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Obama's First Press Conference: Mission Accomplished?

Barack Obama used his first press conference since winning the presidential election earlier this week to sound a reassuring note on the economy even while acknowledging that he has limited tools at his disposal to turn things around before he formally takes office in January.

"I do not underestimate the enormity of the task that lies ahead," Obama said during his prepared remarks that reinforced the somber certitude toward the economy he adopted over the course of the fall campaign.

Later, however, in response to a question from AP's Nedra Pickler, Obama insisted that in his first 100 days he could do "an enormous amount to restore confidence" on the economy.

The visuals of the event (as they had during the long campaign season) were designed to reinforce the message being sent by Obama during his prepared remarks. He was flanked by his economic transition team -- a diverse group that includes Google CEO Eric Schmidt as well as Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Robert Reich, the Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration. Directly to Obama's right stood Vice President-elect Joe Biden while to his left was newly announced chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

Although Obama ran his campaign as much against President George W. Bush as he did against Republican nominee John McCain, the senator from Illinois was careful to be deferential to the current occupant of the White House.

Asked about America's approach to Iran, Obama offered a few general thoughts -- no nuclear weapon development, a cessation of aiding terrorist groups -- but largely avoided any specific policy proposals that would have put him at odds with the Bush Administration. "We only have one president at a time," Obama said -- a phrase he repeated at least once more during the relatively brief (under 30 minutes) press conference. "We need to make sure we are sending right signals."

Among the other highlights of the inaugural press conference:

• Obama has spoken with all four living presidents since winning the race on Tuesday night. He made a slight slip-up (sure to set the conservative blogs afire) when, referring to speaking with dead presidents he mentioned former First Lady Nancy Reagan and her "seances." (It was actually Nancy Reagan's consultation with an astrologer that created such controversy for her husband.)

• The intrepid Lynn Sweet (of the Chicago Sun Times) informed the president-elect that the sling on her arm was the result of a fall as she rushed to his victory speech in Grant Park on Tuesday night.

• The dog debate raged on as Obama informed the world that Malia has a dog allergy but the family would also like to adopt a shelter dog if possible. The Fix waits expectantly to see how this first crisis of the Obama Administration is handled.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 7, 2008; 3:40 PM ET
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HEY WHAT YOU MEAN MISSION ACCOMP. ALL HE DID WAS READ A FEW PAGES THAT WAS WRITTEN FOR HIM-HE PROBABLY DON;T KNOW WHAT HE READ--THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Posted by: wcruce | November 10, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: solrac2002 | November 10, 2008 1:26 AM

"Don't worry..Haters are mad because we have new socialist President."


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You mean black, multi-racial, Muslim, Christian, Marxist, Communist, Socialist, anti-American, unpatriotic, terrorist-palling, unconditionally supportive of dictators, white-hating new President.

Those on the Right should get down on their knees to kiss the Emperor's feet.

Oddly enough, the Secret Service recently gave Palin partial blame for the hate/race-baiting / death threats made against Obama.

Goes to show that McCain's campaign was the sleaziest, most despicable, unprofessional, dishonorable campaign ever run. A sham. And a shame.

Posted by: sloppyawn | November 10, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Albert Brooks is not going to be President either. BTW does the fact that I am still posting prove, once and for all, that I am not a paid McCain staffer?

Posted by: JakeD
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No, it just proves that your love affair with your opinions is ongoing. But we knew that already. Like we know that 37 & a-hole st's "blog" is not very successful if he is always here.

Posted by: LABC | November 10, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Now that Obama is going to lead this country it will be interesting to watch what concerns get addressed first. I think that the passing of the Global Poverty Act should be addressed sooner than later. According to The Borgen Project:
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget.

Posted by: veronica5 | November 10, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Being a 'mutt' is what this country is all about. That's why they call it a 'melting pot.' That us our true strength and something to be proud of.

Posted by: drindl | November 10, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I am also a mutt. Mutts seem to be intellegent and quick to work together! It's these, so called, purebreads people are having so much trouble with.

Too inbread!

Posted by: vicbennettnet | November 10, 2008 6:23 AM | Report abuse

If you're feeling a bit worried about how the next four years are going to go for Obama, go here:

http://tinyurl.com/ObamaRe-election
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Posted by: LisaJM | November 10, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA'S MOST PRESSING TASK: CONSOLIDATE POWER TO DISARM A POTENTIAL SILENT COUP BY ROGUE ELEMENTS


• Retain Gates and Mukasey along with Mueller

• Lay plans to put "homeland" agencies under the wing of Defense, Justice and Treasury


Contrary to mainstream media convention wisdom, Barack Obama's most pressing task at hand is not dealing with the economic crisis.

He must first move to consolidate his power and disarm potential rogue elements within the bowels of the apparachik that may be tempted to subvert his leadership.

Major elements of the security complex no longer fall under the purview of the Department of Defense or the Justice Department. Their independence, and lack of meaningful oversight, make these entities a potential breeding ground for resistance to his ascension to the presidency.

The situation is compounded by the fact that some of these entities are privy to virtually all channels of communications and surveillance.

President-elect Obama would be wise to co-opt any potential resistance by retaining the services of Defense Secretary Gates, and, at least for the short term, Attorney General Mukasey. FBI Director Mueller's term isn't up until 2010; the retention of Gates and Mukasay, along with the continued service of Mueller, would act as a powerful deterrent to potential rogue actors who do not fall under the command of those three key security officials.

The President-elect should immediately announce the retention of these Bush administration appointees. Then he should lay plans for a Congressionally-mandated reorganization that would once again bring the agencies of the Department of Homeland Security under the direct purview and authority of existing cabinet departments -- notably, Defense, Justice and Treasury.

Such a reorganization would establish greater accountability on the part of the Homeland Security agencies, and would better facilitate meaningful Congressional oversight.

This reorganization would retire the title "Homeland Security," which is linguistically reminiscent of the rhetoric of Nazi Germany.

Gates and Mukasey, it could be argued, already have demonstrated their capability for independent decision-making that puts the good of the nation above partisan politics. By giving them a vote of confidence now, President-elect Obama would demonstrate bi-partisanship while deterring potential rogue resistance to his leadership.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER?

Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial targeting squads are "community stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 10, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

My husband and I were blogging on ABC News yesterday about Obama and all our posts have been deleted. What happened to freedom of speech. They were not mean and we did not use filthy language in the blogs we just stated some facts!!!

Posted by: pattyduke45 | November 9, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse


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Don't worry..Haters are mad because we have new socialist President.


Obama '08

Posted by: solrac2002 | November 10, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Are inflamed political passions more likely to do good than harm?

I would think "harm" is the more likely outcome.

Rare indeed is a politician as honorable as FDR - and even he stands ashamed before history for putting US citizens of Japanese descent in concentration camps.

I would think it's useful to get people inflamed and informed about specific issues, rather than party or tendency identification.

I doubt that anyone would be lynched or burnt at the stake, for instance, as a result of a freewheeling debate about the contributions of insurance companies to the costs and benefits of health care in the USA.

We might also benefit from freewheeling discussion of the costs and benefits of placing the price of oil and of currencies in the hands of speculators.

No one need be burnt or lynched, how about we just figure out how differently the price of oil and the value of currencies behaves under a market designed to Milton Friedman specifications than it did before the cost of a tank of gas was placed in the hands of people trying to build wealth by trading futures contracts.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 9, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting and fun to watch the GOP shrink to a few nativist haters, a couple of religious nuts, and the Kathryn Jean-Lopez's of the world in the next few years.


As long as the Rethuglican party continues to offer huge outsized tax breaks for the filthy rich and nothing for everyone else, the extremist nuts will be the only one's left carrying the GOPer banner after 2008.


I think it is going to be a while before we hear about the big tent Republican party.


The Wingnuts are seeing their power being yanked away from them because of their own incompetence and they're throwing a tantrum. After controlling the White House for the last eight years and controlling Congress for ten of the last twelve years they've proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Conservatism is a failed ideology and now they're panicking.
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 9, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I'd just as soon that we leave burnings at the stake in the same history book that records lynchings.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 9, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

For the last two decades, the Republicans have steadily purged themselves of all moderates, of anyone who did not toe the party line, of anyone who did not support the party leaders with every fiber of their being.


Under leaders like Tom DeLay and a dozen other of the top far-right powerbrokers, apostasy was ruthlessly punished. Moderates were primaried out, the religiously or socially tolerant were excoriated, the legislatively balanced were forced from their positions -- all in service to a supposed permanent ideological governance, one that valued ideological purity over all else. Over knowledge, over experience, over common sense, over the very fabric of the law -- the ideology of hard-right conservatism trumped it all. Toe the line, and you were granted jobs in the administration, or positions of leadership in Iraq, or plum committee assignments. Voice disapproval -- you were nothing. You woke up the next morning to a White House Press Secretary declaring that you were a disgruntled brat, one with emotional or mental impairments that were responsible for your pitiable desertion.


After twenty years of purging, all the Republicans have left is that hard-right extreme. They shoved everyone else out willingly: it seems hardly surprising that now, faced with the fruits of it all, they are finding that all constituencies of the nation that they sought to condemn, belittle or purge are no longer interested in supporting them now.


I have no particular interest in them learning this lesson, of course. As far as I am concerned the last thirty years have proven modern conservatism to be not just ill conceived, but paranoid, divisive, willfully incompetent, obtusely premised, and in sum utterly valueless to the nation -- a waste of political oxygen. Something to be burned at the stake, and the ashes scattered, never to be heard from again.


A few years ago, Republican strategists were crowing about a new "permanent Republican majority". As of last Tuesday night, Republicans are a regional party with a narrowly defined ideology and abysmal support among the next generations of voters.


And all it took was Republicans stinking up the place on every conceivable level, dragging the nation into botched war efforts, corruption in the Department of Justice, and the possible collapse of our entire financial system.
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 9, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully few or no further "Nancy Reagan seances" riffs will be forthcoming. That's a classic case of what we know in the sports world as an "unforced error", especially coming from a guy who took heat from fellow Dems for pointing out the obvious, that Reagan was a game-changing politician.

37thOSt (didn't you used to have an ampersand?), whenever I'm unfortunate enough to have to drive the DC beltway, I notice how viciously people drive there. Out in the sticks where I live only the town prick and the occasional hormone-drenched teenager drive that way.

You practice politics the way those urban people drive. It's enough to make a person question the sincerity of the right's oft professed love of rural parts of the USA. I have a feeling that if Rush Limbaugh, or any of the crackpots who populate NRO's Corner actually came to live in a small town like the one I live in, they'd very quickly put people off.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 9, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Indications are that Huckabee may be getting ready to announce that he plans to run in 2012, according to HuckabeeShow.com http://www.huckabeeshow.com
They have a article there about Huckabees 2012 Campaign Website. Hopefully the GOP will wise up and get behind the only GOP contender that appeals to the working class. Huckabee is awesome. Came from Working Class Roots did a great Job in Arkensaw. I couldnt myself an independant voting for any other GOP contender. Besides after watching the video Huckabee Hearts Obama on Youtube. Why would I want to vote anyother way.!!!

Posted by: pastor123 | November 9, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

It seems its official Mike Huckabee has started his 2012 campaign, according to HuckabeeShow.com http://www.huckabeeshow.com
They have a article there about Huckabees 2012 Campaign Website. Hopefully the GOP will wise up and get behind the only GOP contender that appeals to the working class. Huckabee is awesome. Came from Working Class Roots did a great Job in Arkensaw. I couldnt myself an independant voting for any other GOP contender. Besides after watching the video Huckabee Hearts Obama on Youtube. Why would I want to vote anyother way.!!!

Posted by: pastor123 | November 9, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

klondike, you are a true patriot and you clearly look forward to Jan. 20 as much as I do. I agree with 99.99% of your postings... EXCEPT the HRC issue.

I cannot see an SOS HRC sitting at a cabinet meeting with Bill Richardson, P. Solis Doyle, and Claire McCaskill (all iconic heroes in O-Nation, but who rank in the top 5 on the Bill/Hill enemies list, which, sadly, includes the entire State of Iowa). I also cannot believe O-Nation will forget Mr. WJC's two-week long, say-no-to-O TV tour when, during a time O desperately needed his help, took to the airwaves, on "the View" on other shows, to go out of his way to praise Mac/Pfalin and not even mention 44, refusing to even say 44 was qualified. That's a headache a no drama Obama administration doesn't need.

Let's celebrate the future, President Cool, No. 44....and leave the rest behind...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 9, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

37th and O st

you do realize how happy most of the world is now that Obama won...right?

not because the "wars would immediately end" or whatever stuff you said...

but because we have a President that is smart...hopeful, thoughtful, level and very hardworking.

that is why predominantly everyone besides the morons who backed Bush and who still like Palin (eegahds) ...are pretty darn positive about this lousy situation...that those same morons got us in.

Posted by: klondike2 | November 9, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Broadway Joe

don't know where you are getting your info on Obama's thoughts on SOS

but if you don't think Sen Clinton is on the short list...well

you're wrong.

Richardson, Hagel, Kerry or Clinton


with Clinton far outweighing any of the others as far as who would be most effective in the position...and who brings the most heft and gravitas to the position...

Kniowing how smart obama is...I would guess she is going to be 1 0r 2.

the only reason the others would be up there is because of putting loyalty over effectiveness...

and Obama tends to be much smarter than that.

He looks for the most effective person in the duties of the position as it would be under his administration first.

my bets heavy on Clinton rising up in the next few days as they are looking closer to the question "who would bring the most to the table when the SOS has to walk into a room?"

"which person brings the most message and power to the position"

"which candidate would be the best face to negotiate for the US?"

I wasn't a Clinton fan during the primary...but there is no denying Clinton would be the most effective face in that role to the world...just as Kennedy would be to the UN.

Posted by: klondike2 | November 9, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I have put together an international round-up of commentary on the Obama victory, seen through the eyes of news outlets in Kenya, Iraq, Japan, Ireland and New Zealand:

Out of Iraq, came the following nugget:
“Perhaps the fall of Saddam Hussein needed Republicans while the withdrawal of U.S. forces needs Democrats.”

For more:

“The International Press Looks At The Obama Victory”

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/11/international-press-looks-at-obama.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 9, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

We share below an excerpt of what we understand may be 44's closely-held "long list" for the position of Secretary of State:
1. William Richardson
2. Susan Rice
3. Sam Nunn
4. Chuck Hagel
5. Claire McCaskill
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299,800,111. Tyne Daly
299,800,112. J. Wayne Gacy
299,800,113. Mary Carillo
299,800,114. Robert Blake
299,800,115. Tavis Smiley
299,800,116. Brit Hume
299,800,117. Michelle Maglalang Malkin
299,800,118. Jean Smith
299,800,119. Richard Speck
299,800,120. Mr. Billie Jean King
299,800,121. Mrs. Billie Jean King
299,800,122. Phil Spector
299,800,123. Ronnie Spector
299,800,124. Mrs. Wm. J. Clinton

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 9, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The mission is accomplished - The Barack Obama Fan Club is spreading around the World. .............


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/09/the-barack-obama-fan-club/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 9, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

My husband and I were blogging on ABC News yesterday about Obama and all our posts have been deleted. What happened to freedom of speech. They were not mean and we did not use filthy language in the blogs we just stated some facts!!!

Posted by: pattyduke45 | November 9, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Sommers

Treasury

Hillary Clinton

SOS

Gates

SOD

Kennedy

UN

Kennedy

EPA

Powell

National Security Advisor

Kerry

Attorney General

Posted by: klondike2 | November 9, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Chris He needs to top this off now with appointing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and working it out with Gates to keep him as Sec of Defense.

Clinton is the only person who will bring the heft to that negotiating position when we have her the person showing up at the negotiating table...

it speaks of how we value the negotiations AND how much weight the SOS has to the people of the US.

and I (as you may remember was not her supporter during the primaries).

Kerry and Richardson seem weak choices at best.... adequate...but have nothing compared to Clinton in that position.

Posted by: klondike2 | November 9, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

eemr, that was a mistake. Sorry. A senior typing moment.

Definitely WINNERS:
The State of Virginia (my state)
The State of North Carolina
The State of Indiana
The State of Colorado
The State of New Mexico
Alpha Centauri
Dean Smith

Let me also add as winners
The Duprees
Johnny Mathis
Fistbumps (courtesy of Ms. 44 and Howie Mandel)
The black guy who kept getting the snot beaten out of him at Pfalin hate rallies, allegedly (no more rallies to get beaten up at), get some rest, brother,... and get to the hospital
The 127 people on the official Bill/Hill enemies list, of course, not including the entry for the entire State of Iowa; Patti Solis Doyle, watch your back

Additional Losers
Post Ombudsman (Deborah Howell), for today (Sunday) engaging in the idiotic exercise of counting pro/con Obama and Mac articles to determine the paper's fairness to the candidates (I can't think of anything more un-journalistic than, rather than covering the news as it happens, printing one positive Mac story for every good O story, and the same with the bad stories -- it could be, as it in fact was, Mac/Pfalin had a lot of bad news stories and BHO had a lot of good ones)
The State of Alaska
Burt Reynolds, for making some junk called "Deal," on which I wasted $4.99 on pay-per-view

To World Peace........and the official beginning of [B]amelot, Jan. 20.
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To Broadway Joe:

Why do you put Virginia and North Carolina on the losers list? Were you hoping they would go for McCain?

Posted by: eemr | November 8, 2008 10:35 PM

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 9, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Weighing his wisdom and naturally prudent temperament, I fully supported Barack Obama for President of the USA.

One caution however, President-elect Barack Obama, the first black president of the US, is also extremely pro-choice.

President elect Obama cannot be aware of abortion's Impact on the Black Community -- Only 13 per cent of the US population is African-American; yet statistically, black women abort nearly 50 per cent of their pregnancies, and account for 38 per cent of all abortions in the US. It is a known fact that Planned Parenthood has targeted black communities.

Sixty-two per cent of clinics are located in the inner cities. The reality however is that minority groups have not prospered since abortion has been legalised.

History speaks for itself.

The plight of black people has not improved since abortion was legalised. We’re still the poorest of the poor in the US and worldwide.

Black families are predominately headed by women because one in nine black men between the ages of 20 to 34 are incarcerated. Only one in 106 white men are incarcerated; it’s a statistic of more than ten to one.

Time magazine highlighted this in March, and when you interpret that in the light of the fact that only 13 per cent of the population is black, you see where we can end up.

The violence and fragmentation of black families is also attributed to abortion.

“It sets women up for abuse by men, because if they can expose their bodies and their babies to this damaging procedure, how are men going to respect them and their bodies and their children?” (Dr. N. Johnson)

I have faith in the power of prayer and in the discerning ability of President-elect Barack Obama. Hence I will pray that his heart would be softened and that he would not allow himself to be used to betray his own people in all minority communities by providing funds to fulfil the dangerously eugenicist agenda of the PPFA.

Consider what would have happened if his mother had decided to abort him at age 18? And she had all the usual reasons to do so. The African proverb is true, ‘You never know in whose womb the king or chief lives,’ and this so very aptly applies to him.”

Posted by: dopera2004 | November 9, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

To Broadway Joe:

Why do you put Virginia and North Carolina on the losers list? Were you hoping they would go for McCain?

Posted by: eemr | November 8, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I LIKE that he wants a mutt, and I don't mind at all that he calls himself a mutt. Let the word become fashionable!

We're all mutts of a kind - for instance, my own background is Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish, German, English, Scottish, French. By the way, mutts are generally smarter than purebreds and have fewer medical problems....

Posted by: letsbepeaceful | November 8, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

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NO they said once we elect a black man everyone in the world would see how great that was and everything would be instantly better at that point - we are 5 days beyond that and why haven't all the wars stopped????


During the campaign everyone said that if we elected a black person to be President all the world's problems would be solved - all the nations of the world would have peace because we did that - the Middle East would have peace because we did that - and everything would be great.

What happened?


Why didn't all the wars end immediately?

Why isn't the economy back?


Why isn't everyone singing Kum-ba-ya ???

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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 8, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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During the campaign everyone said that if we elected a black person to be President all the world's problems would be solved - all the nations of the world would have peace because we did that - the Middle East would have peace because we did that - and everything would be great.

What happened?


Why didn't all the wars end immediately?

Why isn't the economy back?


Why isn't everyone singing Kum-ba-ya ???

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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 8, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Where to start, my fellow prisoner?

BHO is not inaugurated until Jan. 20, when he begins his presidency. Until then, O is not President. Needless to say, no one in O's campaign uttered one word of the idiocy you've recited. Well, one exception: actually everyone around the world WAS singing Kum-ba-ya, from Times Square, to Frisco, to Chicago, to Paris, to Kenya, to Indonesia!

The more important question is "Why do you keep changing troll handles, from "37thandOstreet," to "Dorchesterand Congress," to now, "37thOSt"?

BHO's ongoing message of hope heard by the entire world obviously met deaf ears when it reached your street, er, alley. Sad.
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"During the campaign everyone said that if we elected a black person to be President all the world's problems would be solved - all the nations of the world would have peace because we did that - the Middle East would have peace because we did that - and everything would be great.

What happened?
Why didn't all the wars end immediately?
Why isn't the economy back?
Why isn't everyone singing Kum-ba-ya ???
Posted by: 37thOSt | November 8, 2008 5:08 PM

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 8, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse


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Call Obama - he knows what to do - we elected a black man so the whole world sees now what a wonderful country we are and that will solve all the world's problems - call Obama and it will all be right again.

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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 8, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

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During the campaign everyone said that if we elected a black person to be President all the world's problems would be solved - all the nations of the world would have peace because we did that - the Middle East would have peace because we did that - and everything would be great.


What happened?

Why didn't all the wars end immediately?

Why isn't the economy back?

Why isn't everyone singing Kum-ba-ya ???


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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 8, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"Dear old Nancy, she is as batty as a fruit bat old chums. And all Obama meant was that unless she had a seance he could not speak to Ronnie Reagan.

"Sheesh, you GOPPERS have no sense of humour do you?

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Posted by: shepherdmarilyn | November 7, 2008 11:33 PM"

Agreed, mate. No one in America cares a hoot except BHO-haters and media folks with nothing to do...

Winners this week:
44
The United States
The World
Rahm Emanuel, for foregoing his dream of being speaker to help his friend, 44
Colin Luther Powell, for going on CNN and explaining to the unenlightened why people around the world were literally "dancing in the streets" after 44's win
David Axelrod/David Plouffe
Chris, for his promotion
Messages of hope
David Gergen, for summing up things nicely on election day
John Sidney McCain, for a gracious concession speech, and not, as Pfalin would have had you do, going out in a teeth-clinching, red-faced, vein-bursting, eye-bulging blast of uncontrolled rage
The Four Js, for recording the only version of "For Love Possesed" with lyrics
Oprah, for getting BHO's journey started off right many months ago
Venus Williams
Dean Smith, for being Dean Smith

Losers
Pfalin, for crimes against grammar, history, science, and intelligence
Hate radio
AA TV commentators Tara Wall and Juan Williams for seeming to not understand the joy heard 'round the world after 44's win; effective immediately, their black cards are permanently revoked
Anybody who cares whether O made fun of idiots guided by seances
The State of Virginia
The State of North Carolina
Mary Carillo
Kathleen Parker, for a Wash. Post column today (Saturday) seeming to channel Scarlett O' Hara (what's up with that), that was definitely NOT what BHO's win was about.
"Mrs." Billie Jean King
37thandO, DorchesterandCongress, AsperGirl, canoli, or whatever nom de fool he's going by these days (hate is not a family value)
The Dean, for past and ongoing crimes against real 21st Century journalism, like Charley James's and Tim Dickinson's


Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 8, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

One thing is for sure: the Obama kids' puppy will NOT be a Pit-bull, with or without lipstick.

Posted by: ElMugroso | November 8, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Please Republicans, stop complaining,
no way to change this mix,

Your suffering is payback for
the trash you've posted on The Fix.

No more lies and pregnant pauses,
no more phony moral KOZes,
lick your wounds and count your losses,
as you row the political River Styx.

The future's staring at us,
you're facing 3rd party status,
because of all your dirty tricks.


Posted by: JEP7 | November 8, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

scootmandubious wrote about right-wingers: "I know you aren't happy unless you control the lives of others."

This is true. This is why Republicans are the real Party of Big Government. Republicans want to tell us who people can or cannot marry, and what is or isn't "moral". Except for the Ron Paul Libertarians among them, Republicans get angry when people want to live their lives in ways that they don't like. Where's the tolerance?

Posted by: dognabbit | November 8, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

As happened during the Clinton years, there is an active agenda by right-wingers to attack Obama at every turn. They won't even wait until January.

Pathetic.

But you bigots should be pleased, at least you passed Proposition 8. I know you aren't happy unless you control the lives of others.

Melissa Etheridge has now announced she doesn't plan on paying state taxes. I hope a travel boycott follows.
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/11/melissa-etheridge-rightly-tells.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 8, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, time to go. This site is absolutely void of any rationality from the right. Just alot of nuts wearing tinfoil hats.

It astounds me to no end just how many crazy and irrational people on this site. C'mon, get a grip guys!

Here's some of my favorites:
-"His first press conference and he insults President Reagan's widow and refuses to call on reporters from Fox News"

-"I'm not sure at this point what his strength actually is. Unless you count leading of a heard of mindless sheep to their slaughter."

-"For this particular citizen, Barack Obama is NOT my President."

-"Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:"

-"obama again showed his disdain for women.. imagine if a republican had piced on an 87 year old cripple ex first lady."

-"A characteristic of mental health is a good sense of humor.....which Obama totally lacks."

-"If you listen carefully, you see that he amuses himself by LAUGHING AT OTHERS!!! Not WITH others, but AT others!!!!"

-"So in his firstpress conference he named hiself a "MUTT"....an absolute disparagement of any bi or multi-racial Americans, himself included!!!!"

-"At the very first press conference, Barry O. demonstrates what a first class turd he is by insulting Mrs. Reagan!
We are on our way to third world status with such a turd in the White House."

Posted by: Godhimself1 | November 8, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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Let's be serious here - this does not represent change -

I would like the Washington Post to be extremely close in its examination of how Obama's actions match his campaign themes and promises -


We have been clearly stating for quite some time that Obama is a FRAUD. Let's see the change, let's see how post-racial he is - let's see how post-partisan he is - Let's see what people voted for.

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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 8, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Phil Gramm was right, America is a nation of whiners. Just read these entries. Pitiful.

Posted by: nclwtk | November 8, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Talk about sour grapes by the GOP supporters.
Here is a message for you, Your messiah Dubya claimed he was going to change Washington, he did but in a bad way. In his 8 years we are

fighting in a country that didnt attack us.

His administration outed a CIA agent.

Fired 9 Attorney Generals for political reasons.

His VP held secret energy meetings and to this day does not release who was in these meetings.

Authorized torture.

So if you didnt get your panties in a wad over the above keep quiet, what i see you post about Obama is childs play compared to what this administration has done to this country the last 8 years. And if Palin is your biggest star, you are doomed.....

Posted by: rharring | November 8, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Albert Brooks is not going to be President either. BTW does the fact that I am still posting prove, once and for all, that I am not a paid McCain staffer?

Posted by: JakeD | November 8, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Albert Brooks thought it was funny (see HuffPo today) and nobody is funnier than Al Brooks. People are losing their homes. We have two wars going on. Who the f cares about a joke about an Administrattion who for years successfully put a grandfatherly happy face on the politics of intolerance, bigotry, and war? 44 needs to ignore the haters (and he did that a bit by ignoring Faux News, which is not a legitimate news organization).

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 8, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Perfect start to Bamelot. Great Stuff.

Visually stunning, with 44 standing proud, backed by dozens of flags and the greatest policy talent in the modern history of America. Great humor from 44, poking fun at past figures' idiotic fascination with seances and astrology and general detachment from reality. No apology needed, but BHO gave one anyway. Always the gentleman.

COS Rahm Emanuel standing 'side him defiantly with hands on hip sent a great "don't tread on me" message to those who might oppose the will of the people.

America's greatest president, Josiah Bartlett, famously advised on how to pick a chief of staff as follows:
Do you have a best friend?
Is he smarter than you?
Would you trust him with your family's life?
That's your chief of staff.
That's Rahm Emanuel.

Godspeed, 44!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 8, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

obama again showed his disdain for women.. imagine if a republican had piced on an 87 year old cripple ex first lady.

the more i hear from Obama, the more he sounds like a smoother talking cheney.

and 53 minutes late?
how rude

Posted by: newagent99 | November 8, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Not the best intro. Insult Nancy Reagan, phoney laugh, too many pauses, a lot of platitudes and no meat.

Yup, I voted for him and yup, I'll give him time, but if the GOP can nominate someone like Bobby Jindal in 2012, I intend to give him a good, hard look.

Finally, get Emanuel off camera. He's "Chief of Staff" and not on the same level as the rest of the group yesterday.

Posted by: NotBubba | November 8, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse


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Seriously if Obama is going to go with the Rahm Emmanuel - Daley idea for the next administration all we have is SAME SAME - this is not CHANGE. What is worse we have same old Chicago corruption.


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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 8, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Actually, one of Barack's hero's wife, Abraham Lincoln, had seances! So, Barack would have been more politically correct if had used the name Mary Todd Lincoln, instead, and as she is not living, he would not have had to Call anyone to apologize, not unless he too uses a seance. Barack was trying to be funny and the joke went a little off skew.

Posted by: dsoulplane | November 8, 2008 6:07 AM | Report abuse

Thus far I am disappointed with Obama's transition team, economic team, and the names showing up as possible Cabinet members. Where are the MINORITIES? Some things never change. Looks like he plans to have nothing but a bunch of white men surrounding him.

Posted by: teresaking | November 8, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

What are all the republicans so upset about? everybody knows that Nancy regularly talks with Ronnie, at least once a day. I think Obama was kind to call her and she probably responded in kind. It's too bad that those reps have nothing constructive to add to the conversation any more. I guess it was to be expected. Come on guys, let us gloat for a little bit. You had your fun for eight years.

Posted by: Opa2 | November 8, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

accountability_in_gov If you listen very carefully to the voices in your head you will hear them say GET SOME SLEEP- YOU LOST THE ELECTION.

Posted by: seemstome | November 8, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Obama has slighted the Sacred Cow Nancy Reagan. Republicans like Rush Limbaugh love democrats like Obama.
What republicans now have to get used to is the fact that they are the two ton irrelevant elephant in the houses of congress.
The only place they have a vestige of power is in the Senate and there is always the nuclear option in case of a filibuster.

Posted by: seemstome | November 8, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

A characteristic of mental health is a good sense of humor.....which Obama totally lacks.

If you listen carefully, you see that he amuses himself by LAUGHING AT OTHERS!!! Not WITH others, but AT others!!!!

So in his firstpress conference he named hiself a "MUTT"....an absolute disparagement of any bi or multi-racial Americans, himself included!!!!

Was this meant to be a joke???? HE owes an apology to all bi and multi-racial Americans.

Posted by: accountability_in_gov | November 8, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse


Mrs. Reagan's obsessive use of a phony astrologer began as a national embarrassment, then raised serious questions as to whether her ridiculous superstitions interfered in government business.

The country was shocked to find out the First Lady consulted a phony psychic as astrology doesn't comport to Christianity. Shock turned to concern when it was revealed that she controlled the President's life and schedule based on some whacko star reader's daily predictions.

People are free to embrace such silly superstitions, but they have no place in our government.

Posted by: jandcgall1 | November 7, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Dear old Nancy, she is as batty as a fruit bat old chums. And all Obama meant was that unless she had a seance he could not speak to Ronnie Reagan.

Sheesh, you GOPPERS have no sense of humour do you?

Hooray for Obama we say in Australia and the world after 8 years of the insufferable and ignorant Bush.

Posted by: shepherdmarilyn | November 7, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

The Nancy Reagan comment was unnecessary, and Obama rightfully called her to apologize. However, the economy is in shambles and we're going through the first war time power transfer in 40 years. Surely there are bigger things to worry about in times like these?

Posted by: CohtR | November 7, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

The Nancy Reagan comment was a popular culture/ public consciousness joke, and it's the kind of joke that Obama can't make anymore. He would have made the joke if it had been Rosalyn Carter who was consulting an astrologer, so I truly believe he wasn't making an anti-Republican joke. It was an off-the-cuff comment that the rest of us can make, but that the President of the United States of America has to keep to himself. Obama is going to have to do better, and he'll have to understand that his every word will be analyzed more than ever. He can't even make a Lindsay Lohan joke.

Enjoy your life as non-Private Citizen, Mr. Obama!

Posted by: dognabbit | November 7, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

At the very first press conference, Barry O. demonstrates what a first class turd he is by insulting Mrs. Reagan!

We are on our way to third world status with such a turd in the White House.

Posted by: thall1 | November 7, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Haahahahahaha ... scrivener ... you're a riot~ NOBODY CARES WHAT YOU THINK! You haters are done for 4 years .... WE WON! Get on board or get out of the way ...
the dogs bark but the caravan moves on.

Posted by: Omyobama | November 7, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Nice slam on a widowed elderly first lady.

Lack of class from the Messiah who isn't!

Not even presidential.

Posted by: StarsAndStripesForever | November 7, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

BillyBob7:
Didn't the whole country including liberals support Bush when 911 happened? Look what he did? He used 911 for pursue his right wing political agenda.

Posted by: nri1998 | November 7, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post - If John McCain won and chose an former Fredddie Mac director as White House Chief of Staff, wouldn't he be asked what kind of example that's setting?

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=6201900&page=1

"Emanuel Was Director Of Freddie Mac During Scandal"

There's time to ask about his pets in news conferences? Will the Washington Post investigate Rahm Emanuel's tenure as a director at Freddie Mac?

Posted by: balanced_one | November 7, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Chris!!!

NEW YORK The Washington Post will expand its crew of full-time White House correspondents from two to four to cover the incoming Obama Administration. That will also include the paper's first Web-based White House reporter, according to Managing Editor Phil Bennett.

He said blogger Chris Cillizza, who writes at the popular page, "The Fix," will likely rename it "The White House Fix" and be based out of the White House beat.

"This is the first time we have had a Web person who is a core part of our White House coverage," Bennett told E&P Friday.

Cillizza, who has focused on a variety of political issues on his blog, could not be reached for comment.


and nice job on Larry King tonight!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 7, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Observations the instant pundits ignored:

• Why the sign? For those who didn't hear that he's now President-elect? And why resurrect the Obama "seal"? Is this payback to Jon Stewart?

• What was that sore spot under Obama's left eye? Sure, he's tired, but he looked haggard, like he spent too much time under a sunlamp. Curious.

• The "mutt" remark: refreshingly self-deprecating... but hardly "post-racial." How would a child in a bi-racial family feel?

• The brevity of the Q&A. Given the late start, and the build-up, why not take a few more questions?

• The vapidity of the questions. Was that the best the press corps could do? The guy from the Trib: couldn't he ask a question with national import? Of course the Illinois U.S. senator decision is the Governor's; why waste his turn with that?

• Flag-o-mania. One for each of the original colonies? And the white spotlights in between: a bit much?

• Obama's demeanor: A+. Cool, laid back, unassuming (perhaps to a fault; see "mutt", above). Bracing. A good start, if a bit stingy on the Q&A time.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION REALLY MATTER?

Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens
OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 7, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

THERE WOULD BE NOTHING IN THE INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING ABOUT UFOs AND ALIENS.

THAT GETS SUBMITTED DIRECTLY. LOL

Posted by: brucerealtor@gmail.com | November 7, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I just wanted to point out a story I feel is not receiving the coverage it deserves: Nebraska became the first state to split its electoral votes today when the Omaha World-Herald called the 2nd Congressional District for Barack Obama. This is the first time a part of Nebraska has gone blue since LBJ's landslide in 1964 and puts Obama's EV total at 365.

Posted by: bluenebraskan | November 7, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

To those of you who say that we should ALL get on board and support our new President, aren't you the same people who loudly proclaimed that George W. Bush was NOT your President? The hypocrisy is staggering. How does it feel now that the shoe is on the other foot? Guess what, the American way ensures that there is a loyal opposition...that we don't all have to be supportive of our President. For this particular citizen, Barack Obama is NOT my President.

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"loyal opposition" necessarily means that you DO consider him your President; that's what "loyal" means.

The President's job is to defend the Constitution and act as Commander-in-chief during times of war.

There are reasonable arguments that Bush not only did not defend the Constitution but did in fact transgressed against and weakened it. He therefore stands in contempt of American law. Which is why many do mot consider him

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 7, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Excellent first press conference as president-elect. Measured and aware of the potential traps of saying to much to soon during this transition period.

Posted by: edhenson | November 7, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

But, BillyBob7, he IS your president.

And I don't know anyone who said W wasn't their president. They were just embarrassed that he was.

Posted by: RexRacer | November 7, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

To those of you who say that we should ALL get on board and support our new President, aren't you the same people who loudly proclaimed that George W. Bush was NOT your President? The hypocrisy is staggering. How does it feel now that the shoe is on the other foot? Guess what, the American way ensures that there is a loyal opposition...that we don't all have to be supportive of our President. For this particular citizen, Barack Obama is NOT my President.

Posted by: BillyBob7 | November 7, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Actually, President-elect Obama missed a great opportunity to stir up a little fun. When asked if anything in the intelligence briefing gave him pause he could have muttered something about UFO's and aliens. The conspiracy people would talk about that for years.

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | November 7, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

oop that was supposed to be "didn't knock Obama down."

Posted by: torro67 | November 7, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm suprised Rahm (I put Israel first) Emanuel didn't not Obama down to get a better position

Posted by: torro67 | November 7, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, we need someone who is presidential. The republican in our White House is an empty suit. When can the middle class expect that 700 Billion to "trickle down"?

Posted by: RMB2 | November 7, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Jrm2 sd
"I found it reassuring and respectful,..."

Well that would be one because the market sure didn't it has dropped a 1000 pts in two days and plummeted today as investors became even more terrified by his press conference. Expect the markets by 1/20 to be around 6000.

"....I urge you to get on board and at the very least don't detract from these efforts because there is a lot of work to do"

Comedians are everywhere since the election. I will leave you with a phrase which you should know well.

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."

Posted by: LogicalSC | November 7, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I have been one of President-elect Obama's most vociferous supporters in the blogosphere. How disappointing to learn that so many of the people who voted for him, enabled passage of the bigoted Proposition 8 in California.

Melissa Etheridge has announced she will no longer pay California state taxes and has urged others to follow in her footsteps.

I will take that one step further and suggest a boycott of travel to the state.

For more on this:
"Melissa Etheridge Rightly Tells California What They Can Do With Proposition 8"

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/11/melissa-etheridge-rightly-tells.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 7, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

What is it about Obama and women?

He has some serious issues which he needs to fix\watch before he says something this stupid about a foreign female leader.

Perhaps a feature of his Indonesian\Kenya upbringing or his turmoil about his mother who abandoned him.

It was seriously juvenile to belittle a former respected 1st Lady who just recently was hospitalized.

Maybe when Obama matures he will know better.

Posted by: LogicalSC | November 7, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

The uniter in action!

Posted by: LogicalSC | November 7, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

cms1, if you think Democrats have never refused to rally behind a Republican president out of partisan spite, you're sadly misinformed.

That being said, I regardless think your claim is well unfounded.

While pleased that the nation made a powerful symbolic statement in electing a black man to the presidency, I was otherwise profoundly disappointed in his election.

I am leery of his plans, concerned that we know so little of who he is. But I am trying to find my way to support his presidency, and I think many others are doing the same. I've been disappointed in eight years of the Bush presidency and the depths to which the conservative movement has fallen, and recognize there really wasn't any other likely outcome in this election.

That being said, I am leery of Obama, a man who in many respects is the Democratic mirror of Ronald Reagan -- charismatic, optimistic, brimming with an almost unnatural confidence in the rightness of his ways.

Hauling out the man with whom he shares so many traits and slapping his wife around is, while certainly a little thing, also a somewhat classless thing.

One more thing... your ill will towards the Republican party suggests you have the same shortcomings you paint your opponents with. Those in glass houses ....

Posted by: b5jv-5tsh | November 7, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

It was Hillary that had a quasi-sceance, I believe with Jean Houston and Marianne Williamson in order to be in touch with or hear from Eleanor Roosevelt's spirit. Williamson promulgates the channeled book A Course in Miracles & wants to create a (false) dept. of Peace under Obama w/UFO experiencer Kucinich as leaders. Oprah, who made Obama president, is a strong occult new ager. Oprah interviews an occult channeler named Esther Hicks & the spirits in her (entered in using a ouja board) & has a new age guru named Ekhart Tolle. Arianne Huffington has a new age guru named John-Roger. Read more about Obama's occult ties at: http://dispolitico.wordpress.com or see a video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NizojZIX7Aw&feature=related

Posted by: techsavvy777 | November 7, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I found it reassuring and respectful, except for the Nancy Reagan unfortunate remark.

But take this into consideration, he's not even President yet and he is making an effort by hitting the ground running. They guy sounds thoughtful and sincere, which is something I haven't heard in a press conference for oh...about 8 years.

If you Rethugs want to hang on to petty bickering go ahead and waste your time, but we have a nation to heal from the wreckage your party has created and don't have time for that.

So, even if you don't like Obama, I urge you to get on board and at the very least don't detract from these efforts because there is a lot of work to do

Posted by: JRM2 | November 7, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

There is no possibility that any Republicans anywhere are going to unite and support our new President in any way, shape, or form.
They simply WILL NOT. Instead, they will do as they are already doing: attacking him over anything and everything.
They seem to to incapable of being actually "political" - which means adapting to reality. They are idealogues and they are going to obstruct any solution to any of our problems put forward by our new President.
And, they will continue to isolate themselves into local and regional factions and destroy the Republican Party. Thank God.

Posted by: cms1 | November 7, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again. Dry sense of humor or not if he can't be a good example than he'll just have to be a horrible warning.

Posted by: hmmm2u | November 7, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

How many times do we need to repeat that there is only one president and substantial policy decisions can not be handled by one on the way out and one not yet installed officially.

Is it possible that Obama and Bush come together under the extraordinary circumstances we are in and do something cooperatively? But then, the practicality and constitutionality of such a thing happening is another matter.

Obama will not declare mission accomplished prematurely. How little we understand the financial crisis and the possible courses of action can not be overstated. It is rather immature to see many of the comments here.

Posted by: mouli_7982 | November 7, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

jsypal, it's an emotional time in America right now, but don't allow yourself to react to one person on a team. Obama has pulled together an economic team with many perspectives and records of successes, as well as trials and tribulations. I admire his consistency in seeking input from a wide spectrum. Governor Granholm most likely has learned a lot from her Michigan experience, and if she's inept, there are many brilliant economic brains to ensure she doesn't influence the outcome.

Posted by: mchasin | November 7, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Someone said "Humor is not his strength."

I'm not sure at this point what his strength actually is. Unless you count leading of a heard of mindless sheep to their slaughter.

Posted by: HoosierHun | November 7, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Where's all the earlier comments? Looks like a lot were deleted?

Posted by: balanced_one | November 7, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The Reagan thing was a gaffe, it'll go for days. Obama needs to have better control, but it's not like other presidents haven't made worse gaffes to kick things off (see: Clinton, gays in military).

Posted by: Nissl | November 7, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

@rheinstein
It's disingenuous for any Republican to even mention "culture war". President Obama will find ways to communicate to voters without relying on right-wing media filters.

Posted by: lartfromabove | November 7, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama wins Nebraska’s 2nd District (based on Omaha World Herald projections) and raises Electroial Votes to 365! Even a part of Nebraska is blue! Now the challenge is to govern in a way to keep it blue in 4 years.

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2835&u_sid=10481441

Posted by: bkdvorak | November 7, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

How can this man have Jennifer Granholm on his economic transition team. She has single handedly caused a single state recession in Michigan (until the recent economic crisit) with her ridiculous policies. She raised taxes only to see tax receipts drop and businesses leave the state which helped to spike the jobless rate to 8.9 percent when the national rate was below 6% (so I'm assuming that the jobless rate in Michigan is even higher now). If this is an indication of the types of people he's going to surround himself with - we're in DEEP trouble.

Posted by: jsypal | November 7, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the list of his transition team, and considering all the people that President-elect Obama could solicit advise from on economic matters, especially knowing that our poor energy policy (or lack thereof) is the driving force behind these problems, why wouldn't he consider someone with substantial accomplishments in the energy arena like Andrew Liveris, current CEO of Dow Chemical, whose very business is based on energy management on a global basis. Obama is for change, and this is the kind of non-traditional thinking he needs.

Posted by: 48001am19 | November 7, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Overall, he handled the press conference deftly and showed that he can be self depreciating, which I find refreshing. I'm sure Hannity and Limbaugh will try to make hay at the reference to Nancy Reagan, but when you are desperate you grab onto straws. Obama will never please the extreme right and there will always be someone tearing him down but overall, a VAST improvement over what we have had the past 8 years!

Posted by: billbolducinmaine | November 7, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Take a chill pill Reaganites, I'm sure he knows of the 'love affair' only too well, as he has his own as well.

But the TEASER on Plouffe, what's up with that, nary a word about him....I heard all this news on Air America?

Posted by: JustAnAmerican | November 7, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Mutts all over the world are muttering their complaints. I really think the scary part was the cardboard "President Elect" sign hanging crookedly (hopefully not an omen like Enron's E) and the Urkel Playing President appearance.

Posted by: theeasypartsover | November 7, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

His first press conference and he insults President Reagan's widow and refuses to call on reporters from Fox News. If Obama intends to fan the flames of the culture war it's going to be a long four years.

Posted by: rheinstein | November 7, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The problem with going on for more than 30 minutes is that a lot of the graybeards standing behind him may have keeled over.

I'm hoping he and his Treasury Secretary-designate spend a lot more time talking to the press than 30 minutes.

Posted by: PDiddy | November 7, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Whatever you think of Reagan as a president, his and Nancy's love affair was one for the ages and a touching reaffirmation of the power of the heart. They loved each other immensely, and there's no reason to drag an old widow into today's mean-spirited political game.

Shame on you, Mr. Obama.

If you want me to believe you're above mean-spiritedness and partisanship, you need to show me in the big things and in the small things, which so often reveal the true heart of a person.

I want to believe you will be a good president, not just for unions and environmentalists and poor people, but for venture capitalists and CEOs and even Republicans, too. But you still have to earn that from me, and this doesn't help.

Posted by: b5jv-5tsh | November 7, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I liked the mutt comment. It reminds me of Bill Murray's speech in Stripes.

BB

What the hell's the matter with you? Stupid!

We're all very different people.

We're not Watusi. We're not Spartans.

We're Americans. With a capital A, huh?

You know what that means?

Do you? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every
decent country in the world.

We are the wretched refuse.

We're the underdog. We're mutts.

- Here's proof. His nose is cold.
- So is his brain.

But there's no animal that's more faithful...

...that's more loyal, more loveable than the mutt.

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 7, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama has the kind of dry understated humor that won't split any ribs but should grow on us, and is suitable for these less than hilarious times.
The only problem with the conference was he cut it too short, just when he was finding his rhythm. He should have untethered himself a bit and quenched some of the feverish interest he's generating.
Except I bet the Nancy Reagan thing was something he wished hadn't let slip out. There was an opening for a good joke when he said he consulted with all the past presidents, but that wasn't it. I'm sure he'll give Nancy a call and make it right.

Posted by: landsaend | November 7, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

wow. three friggin columns to note the nancy reagan comment. it's soooooo reassuring to see the wapo highlight the most important and overriding concerns of the village magpies.

Posted by: mycomment | November 7, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Cillizza: Must you try to make a headline of something as small as referencing Nancy Reagan's channeling. And, why didn't you give the full quote about selecting a dog. President-elect Obama showed humor and his ability to self-deprecate by suggesting one option was to get a mutt like himself.

Most important is that neither of these things are very important. The failing economy is and President-elect Obama clearly indicated he understood this clearly.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | November 7, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, sensible.

Posted by: Krunj | November 7, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Humor is not his strength.


Posted by: wpost4112 | November 7, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

So who was the big winner among your election prognosticators? By my calculation it was Bill Maher.

Posted by: sensible | November 7, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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