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Obama's Opportunity

When Barack Obama is sworn in as the nation's 44th president tomorrow at noon, he will inherit a country in the midst of a financial crisis of seemingly limitless proportions, a nation seeking to come to grips with its proper role in the world, and a series of international conflicts from Iraq to Israel.

All told, it represents the greatest political opportunity any president has had to fundamentally reshape the county at home and abroad in modern history.

Why?

Great crisis -- and it's hard to argue America is in anything but such a situation these days -- calls for great action, sweeping, elemental changes that in times of less turmoil would never pass muster.

Obama clearly grasps this odd sort of mandate -- a message from the American people to do something, anything to change the direction of the country -- and sees himself in the mold of the most transformational presidents, most notably Abraham Lincoln.

"We have kicked this can down the road," Obama said in an interview with Post editors and reporters last week. "We are now at the end of the road."

That sense that urgent action is required commingles in Obama with a distinct confidence (his detractors describe it as arrogance) that he is the kind of person who can bend the political system -- and the history of partisan politics -- to his will in order to tackle massive problems ranging from the recent economic collapse to needed reforms in long-standing entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.

"I set the tone," Obama said last week in response to a question about his Administration's ability to peacefully coexist despite a gaggle of oversized egos and a management structure that some have criticized as duplicative. "If the tone is set that we bring as much intellectual firepower to a problem...that we make decisions based on facts and evidence then people will adapt to that culture," the president-elect insisted.

Recent polling suggests Obama will have the opportunity and, perhaps more importantly, the time to do big things.

A Washington Post/ABC News survey found that not only were nearly three quarters (72 percent) confident that Obama's policies will help improve the economy but more than nine in ten (91 percent) said any real improvements would take more than a year.

That data, which is similar to trends in the latest New York Times/CBS News poll as well as the new NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, suggests that Obama has effectively conveyed to voters the depth of the problems and the fact that there is no quick fix.

Given all of those numbers, it clear that Obama will have some time in which he is given something of a pass by voters as he seeks to sort out the country's financial problems.

He and his team are already moving quickly to take advantage of that pass -- a rarity in American politics -- going big with an economic stimulus plan that could cost between $825 and $1 trillion before all is said and done.

The question that, as of today, is unanswerable is how long the American public will wait before they begin to sour on Obama in the event the economy doesn't turn around. While most Americans seem content to wait a year or more for large-scale economic change today, that may not be the case if unemployment rates continue to rise and more and more people find themselves out of work or fearful that they might soon be without a job.

Politics is a fickle game. To date, Obama has played it as well as any politician could. And, he is putting down a big bet that the public's desire for change will overcome its hesitancy about seismic changes in the way government works in daily life.

"I hope to model a way of interacting with people who are not like you and who don't agree with you that changes the temper of politics," said Obama.

That's a huge task. But, out of great crisis comes great opportunity.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 19, 2009; 4:50 PM ET
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Rest in Peace RIP Republicans. FOX NEWS, Hannity , Rush and Oreilly make me sick to my stomach. When the entire world was feeling great about our 80% approval rating great President OBAMA they were on their programs being negative. I will be working with other groups and commitees to get these HATEFUL programs off our airwaves.
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Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 21, 2009 4:08 AM | Report abuse

No place for violence on either side, Drindl. It accomplishes absolutely nothing. Never has, never will. The namecalling, such as morons, idiots, liars, whatever, is usually just ticked off people that are expressing their anger. We all have to wait and see what his agenda is, how he will govern, etc. I'm not a follower of his, but I'll reserve judgement and give him a chance.

Posted by: nickelflipper | January 20, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Drindl, there was even a book published on how to assinate the now former President. I saw signs during the 2004 election, banners, stating that it was too bad Barbara Bush didn't have an abortion. Face it, ugly exists on both sides of the aisle. When both side can admit that things are said that shouldn't be, maybe there can be common ground. Neither party is perfect, and it's not a contest.

Posted by: nickelflipper | January 20, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"Hey Drindl, nice to hear from you, so much as happen since we last traded barb shots at each other. Now its our turn to sit back and critize without any responsibility of governing. Enjoy today, tomorrow the gloves come off.

Posted by: vbhoomes | January 20, 2009 1:04 PM"
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"The gloves come off"? What??? BHO was just inaugurated hours ago; he hasn't even gone to the bathroom in the White House yet but you're already set to attack him? He is the president of the United States. Are you an enemy of your own country???? Did you not get his post-partisan message, his message of hope and healing? Did you not pay your cable bill so you missed the entire speech? Your post is evidence of the serious damage Rush/Hannity hate broadcasting has done. Let's hope the Fairness Doctrine is high on Barack H. Obama's FCC pick's agenda.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 20, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | January 20, 2009 2:12 PM:
"DO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT BARACK OBAMA SAYS, BUT CAREFULLY WATCH WHAT HE DOES !!!

Barack Obama is the greatest liar in history (no wonder he is an excellent lawyer!)

[A lot of idiotic bigoted junk in the middle omitted.]

And his favorite slogan is "Yes, we CAN", yet he himself CANNOT quit smoking at all !!! (Each year about 1.3 million American smokers quit successfully)."
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Your post reminds me of Mr. T's famous saying: "There's a fool in every city. So there are a lot of fools to pity."
Barack H. Obama is now the president. Our 44th. The election is over. Let's wish him well and that includes robo-trolls like TimNguyen1, 37andO (apparently unplugged for good), Dianne721, et al.
Donna Brazile was great on ABC; I think I heard her say she lifted BHO's chair and blanket.

Signed

The Planet Earth

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 20, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

nickelflipper

'Barack Obama is the greatest liar in history '

see what i mean? he just got inaugurated.. they can't wait for him to do anything to attack him.

Posted by: drindl | January 20, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

DO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT BARACK OBAMA SAYS, BUT CAREFULLY WATCH WHAT HE DOES !!!

Barack Obama is the greatest liar in history (no wonder he is an excellent lawyer!) During his campaign, he told lots of hope in future for America if he was elected, but now he warns Americans of oncoming darker economy and not to put too much hope in his promises. He promises a big plan to reduce budget deficit but his inauguration ceremony this January will be the most costly in history (50 millions) while the nation is in deep depression, as well as his presidential campaign (600 millions), which was far more than his opponent John McCain's. He swears to clean up Washington DC, but he failed to first clean up his homestate Illinois, one of the most corrupt state with the scandal of Governor Rod Blagojevich, who greatly helped Obama to win his state senate seat in 1996, 1998, and 2002. And his favorite slogan is "Yes, we CAN", yet he himself CANNOT quit smoking at all !!! (Each year about 1.3 million American smokers quit successfully).

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | January 20, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I wish you would give him a chance, bhoomes. We had better all pray that he succeeds if we love this country and hope for a future. We are still hovering over the possibility of an even broader/greater recession/depression in which many many more businesses will fail, many more jobs and homes be lost, and much more misery inflicted on people who did nothing to deserve it. We have noway reached the bottom of this, and indeed, the downward spiral is accelerating.

Posted by: drindl | January 20, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Drindl, nice to hear from you, so much as happen since we last traded barb shots at each other. Now its our turn to sit back and critize without any responsibility of governing. Enjoy today, tomorrow the gloves come off.

Posted by: vbhoomes | January 20, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

" I remember one hoping a long and suffering pain for Nancy Reagan when she fell and broke her hip. Do you support that kind of talk?"

No, I certainly don't. I don't wish death, illness, injury or harm to anyone. But i have seen here, and on other blogs, more than a few advocating the assination of this president. I honestly don't recall seeing any dems say that about bush, much as they might have disliked them. Read more closely -- I think you will see that there is far more advocacy of violence on the right.

Posted by: drindl | January 20, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

drindl: please state anything I have said that is vitriolic. Not out of context, but an entire thought. I don't recall wanting to harm anyone, excoriate anyone, shut anyone up, or call them names. In fact, you're entitled to your opinion, just as I am to mine. However, hatespeech and labeling broad groups of people is always wrong, on both sides. Read some of the comments from the left on these blogs. I remember one hoping a long and suffering pain for Nancy Reagan when she fell and broke her hip. Do you support that kind of talk?

Posted by: nickelflipper | January 20, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Have to be honest. I thought Fox News's coverage was the best. They let the pictures and words speak for themselves. The other stations, especially NBC and Brokaw, got wrapped up in their own Meet the Press-type bloviating -- this wasn't the time for that. I think BBC did well, too, but I just caught the tail end of their broadcast.

Congratulations to Barack H. Obama, 44th President of the United States

Signed

The People of Planet Earth

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 20, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

nickelflipper - I have read your previous comments and those of others who call themselves conservatives on this board, among many other places. They are empty of everything but vitriol.

Posted by: drindl | January 20, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project (www.borgenproject.org) has some good info on the annual costs of addressing global poverty.

Eliminating global hunger: $19 billion
Providing education to every child: $12 billion
Providing access to water and sanitation: $15 billion
Reversing the spread of AIDS/Malaria: $23 billion

Government defense budget: $522 Billion per year

Posted by: cougar_gal06 | January 20, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

So, you expect to be a uniter when you call me vicious, a bigot and full of hate. The person you're mad at represents one person's opinion. For you to label all conservatives as bigots, vicious and hateful makes you the hater. It would be like me calling all democrats names and labeling them with ugly names. You said "it is WHO YOU ARE." So you have labeled me, and you don't even know me or what I believe. You're simply attacking me because I might be a conservative. Sort of like attacking and labeling someone because they are gay, or Indian, or a vegetarian, or whatever. DO NOT try to pigeonhole ME because of something someone else said. Obama wants to be a uniter...well, he's got a tough row to hoe if all democrats and Obama supporters have the hateful opinions of non-democrats that you do.

Posted by: nickelflipper | January 20, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama will have the time alright to change things, since the Democratic Party--controlled Main Stream Media will be covering for him from anything that'll go wrong in his administration for the next 4 years. Anything that goes wrong during his administration, will simply be blamed on President George W. Bush. Anything that goes right during his administration, and was the result of President George W. Bush's policies--like a free Iraq for instance--will be attributed to Barack Obama. With the MSM in Obama's and the Democrat Parties hip--pocket, how can they miss?

Posted by: armpeg | January 20, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

The Great Misadventure is over now, bhoomes. Thank God, while there's still something left. Not much, but something.

Posted by: drindl | January 20, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse


"Let us hope that the little ghetto-ettes, Maliawan and Sashawan, do not take after her mother."

If you want to know why there is so much partisan rancor, nickelflipper, examine your party's soul -- this kind of comment is routine, this kind of hatred, bigotry and viciousness an integral part of the DNA of the modern GOP. This is who you ARE.

This isn't 'free speech' -- this is sewage pouring out of this woman's twisted, poisoned soul. Everyone here with a trace of humanity should report this as abuse, and maybe Mr. Cilizza will get serious about cleaning up the debased tone of this forum.

Posted by: drindl | January 20, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

More like the Great Misadventure begins, broadwayjoe.

Posted by: vbhoomes | January 20, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I notice, sadly, Dianne721, formerly Dianne72 (why does hate change its name so often?) is back.

On this glorious sunny day in Washington D.C. where history will soon be made, Dianne721's hate blast reminds us there is still much work to be done. 44's message of hope cannot reach those who will not receive it. It is sad that today when the whole world is celebrating (so much so that not even NBC's smug monochromatic, Peggy Noonan-led (was Rush or Imus not available?) coverage of the inauguration can spoil it for us), idiots like Dianne721, as well as folks who should know better like Justice Alito (who boycotted the Supremes' get together for BHO last week), have decided to stand openly on the wrong side of history.

O-Nation minus 1:30 hours...the Great Adventure begins at 12Noon...

Signed

Planet Earth

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 20, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Both sides calling each other names. Seems you can't be a Republican without being a complete moron (the left's favorite word to describe a conservative) and you can't be a democrat without being a kool-aid drinker. The hatred and namecalling on this site is pathetic. If Obama is truly going to be a uniter, he'd better start with this group of posters first. As far as I know, this is still a free country and you can belong to whatever party you wish. The thing is, folks, you should be able to do it without being threatened, put down, or made fun of. Don't force your beliefs down my throat. I'll believe as I choose. Talk about a group of angry people.

Posted by: nickelflipper | January 20, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I cannot wait until the 21ts of January when Obama starts his 1st day in office. With all the hype I have heard from the MSM, I have no doubt starting tommorrow the Israeli's and the Paletinians will make lasting peace. Iran will discard its nuclear program, North Korea will become democratic, Zimbawe's economy will right itself along with the rest of the World economies, Their will be no more hate groups because we will all love one another. Who knew we could have all this just by electing one man. What was I thinking when I voted for the McCain/Palin ticket.

Posted by: vbhoomes | January 20, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

"I am so bitter and angry that Hillary is not leading us twin_peaks_nikki "

Nikki: the plain simple truth is Hillary lost. She wound up with a great job despite her loss.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | January 20, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Chris 1st Congrats on you and Mrs fix's baby!!! I wonder what it would have been like if AL GORE would have been the President?

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 20, 2009 5:43 AM | Report abuse

whatever chris.
Human Rights supersede financial doodoo.

it's not about finances, it's about the Human Experience.

let's take care of our neighbors before we take care of ourselves. hopefully, our neighbors are thinking the same.

Posted by: egalitaire | January 20, 2009 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Citystreet and Judy-in-TX

Diannne721 is very ignorant,lost and nuts for posting garbage like this!!

Posted by: runslow66 | January 20, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

12:00 in Louisiana
1/20/09

Great day to be an American.
Great time to be alive.
Great day for the world.

God is good.

Posted by: jdunph1 | January 20, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Diannne721 sweetie..You appear to be very upset and have issues that should be discussed with your therapist or during an EXTENTENED stay in a facility, for the mentally disturbed! Mrs. Obama is an extremely beautiful woman. Are you jealous of Mrs. Obama? Could that be it, you constantly attack her looks, her affirmative action education, their children, her demeanor, and you try to rename her in these post (btw not sure if you know this but YOU can legally change YOUR name to Shaniqua, you seem rather fond of it) I’ll take a wild stab at it.....You’re NOT EASY on the eyes are you? You should only be upset with whom or what ever raised you. Sweetheart calm down, be happy with who you are. You, obviously lack the poise, grace, and good breeding, you so boldly suggested Mrs. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (In a matter of a few hours she will be known as the First Lady of the United States) lacked. By referring to Mrs. Obama as Shaniqua or Lady Sasquatch says an awful lot about your upbringing, lack of common sense and good judgment! Should there be anything her affirmative action education fail to teach her or something she missed being born and growing up on the South Side of Chicago, she’ll be just fine, with The Office of the First Lady of the United States, as the final ingredient to an intelligent, classy, well spoken, beautiful, foundation in the person of Mrs. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama. Not only, will she go down in history as the first African American First Lady of this great country but she will also go down as one of the most amazing people who ever lived. Not bad for someone of her stature or those child bearing hips that make all men stop in their tracks and gaze. Nothing like a woman with curves and hips………ask your man or the man you wish was yours!!!!

Posted by: runslow66 | January 20, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Let us hope that the little ghetto-ettes, Maliawan and Sashawan, “do not take after her mother”.
Posted by: Diannne721
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Comments from a grammatically challenged bigot… Should actually read - do not take after “their” not “her” mother freaking illiterate… Most bigots tend to be stupid by nature which may be the reason why they are bigots in the first place. Sort of like the chicken and the egg! Is Diannne721 a bigot because she’s so incredible stupid or is it her stupidity that makes her a bigot? Maybe Sarah Palin can help us out with this… That’s her crowd.

Posted by: citystreet | January 20, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

LADIES AND GERMS!

I GIVE YOU (see below) WHAT'S LEFT OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY CIRCA: 2009.


RIP GOP!


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Let us hope that the little ghetto-ettes, Maliawan and Sashawan, do not take after her mother.

Posted by: Diannne721 | January 19, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: DrainYou | January 20, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Kathymac1
said: no it will take about 4 years of the worst economy since the depression to bring the republicans back and that is exactly what will happen
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It’s painfully obvious to see why someone like you voted for George Bush twice! Also, I am sure Palin will be on the ticket in 2012 and she will still be trying to see Russia from her house…

Posted by: citystreet | January 19, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Let us hope that the little ghetto-ettes, Maliawan and Sashawan, do not take after her mother.

Posted by: Diannne721 | January 19, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

To: Posted by: Diannne721 | January 19, 2009 9:14 PM

Wow, I'd thought that Wingnuts like you would have learned your lesson about racism and bigotry by now.


This is one of the top reasons why doughy trailer-trash Repuglican crackers like you have gotten your asses handed to you in two straight landslide elections.


Keep it up, I'll be more than happy to see the Greedy Oil Party out of power for 25 years or more...and believe me, if you don't change that's what is going to happen to you nuts.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 19, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

With reactionary conservatism. The Republican Party has become the party of dumb. They will deny it, but for years now, their candidates have played the dumb card. No matter what the question – George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, global warming, Freedom Fries, stem cell research, Dan Quayle, evolution, Star Wars – they’ve always come down on the dumb side of the answer.


The result has been a gradual dumbing down of the Republican party until the only places that really bought what John McCain was selling were places (the deep South) where poor people are still being duped into believeing that tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of Americans is some how going to help them put food on their table, gas in their pickem'up truck and ammo in their 12 gauge shotguns.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 19, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

To Chris Cillizza and the Washington Post website monitors:
I know you have a ton of comments posted online.
But comments such as this one:
Posted by: Diannne721 | January 19, 2009 9:14 PM
-- SO RACIST!!!
should be caught and deleted.
This comment is offensive.
I will "Report Abuse," but I think these people need to be put on notice.
We aren't going to take this anymore.
Free speech is one thing.
But offensive crap like this shouldn't be tolerated.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | January 19, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: johnc_80 | January 19, 2009 8:32 PM:
"Where was the enthusiasm to replace George W. Bush four years ago?"
--
Well, John, I have a theory about that.
4 years ago, while the war was costing us uncounted billions, and the air and water were getting dirtier, and the borders were leaking like a sieve, many Americans were still comfortable.
The stock market was relatively high, savings and pensions were intact, prices of many essentials were rising but had not yet gone through the roof, and more Americans than not still had unthreatened, intact jobs.
That's what changed this time around.
If you're a Democrat (in my case, a Hillary Democrat), the only song to sing to get the ordinary American's attention away from his single-issue social voting, is:
"Hit'em in the checkbook -- fire away!!!"
Sho'nuff.
The stock market craters, banks get sold repeatedly, homes get foreclosed up and down the street, whole towns have their major industries shut down, the jobs shipped overseas, pension funds are the targets of crooks, 401-Ks suddenly drop between 20 and 50 percent in value.
This does not fit the adage:
"The more things change, the more they stay the same."
This time the sleeper awakened -- and he was furious.
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Posted by: Clio1 | January 19, 2009 8:17 PM:
"There is NO MANDATE for "sweeping changes" that have not even been broached yet, let alone debated and weighed by the public. I repeat: NO CARTE BLANCHE.
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I have news for you, Clio.
Within a week or so after GWB took office in 2001, Cheney and Rove were running around touting: Mandate!!! Mandate!!!
I thought, "What the heck are they talking about? They so didn't 'win' this election, that they had to be 'appointed' by the Supreme Court. Mandate, my foot."
Well, honey bunch, if GWB could claim a mandate in 2001 for his policies, this 2008 landslide leaves you no room to even comment as you did and expect to be taken seriously.
So, Clio, get with the mandate.
If you are unhappy with some issue, let him know.
You can do it directly.
His staff has assured us they are paying attention to on-line postings.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | January 19, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

PRESIDENT OBAMA: BAN THE ROOT CAUSE OF TORTURE

As your first major act, please ban MORE THAN TORTURE...

...Ban policies of EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND PUNISHMENT... policies that breed torture and human rights abuses AT HOME as well as abroad.

Extrajudicial targeting and punishment allows a calculated bypass of the judicial system... paving the way for human rights abuses -- including DOMESTIC TORTURE VIA RADIATION WEAPONRY that is being widely deployed among law enforcement, the military, and intelligence agencies.

Mr. Obama, domestic torture and physical assault by way of high-tech devices and weapons CONTINUES TO THIS DAY in communities throughout America...

... a covert evil that is happening with the apparent knowledge and approval of U.S. security forces.

This correspondent, a veteran print and TV journalist, speaks from personal experience:

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/plea-obama-ban-extrajudicial-policies-behind-torture

OR (if link is disabled):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 19, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

One thing is now painfully clear -- many of you Obamaholics have have been beaten by the stupid stick

Posted by: pharrrrtt | January 19, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

to city street

no it will take about 4 years of the worst economy since the depression to bring the republicans back and that is exactly what will happen

Posted by: kathymac1 | January 19, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

to drain you

God are you naive. So everyone is going to become a democrat and we will not have a two party system again, and what? everyone will join hands and share with everyone else! What are you drinking, I want some of that!

Posted by: kathymac1 | January 19, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to President Barack Obama and to America. Change has to come to our great Country.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk4_-5Hb6a8

Posted by: jymi48180 | January 19, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I see that Dionne is still posting racist tripe. Getting a little desperate, though. Sasquatch? What a louzer!

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 19, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

DO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT BARACK OBAMA SAYS, BUT CAREFULLY WATCH WHAT HE DOES !!!

Barack Obama is the greatest liar in history (no wonder he is an excellent lawyer!) During his campaign, he told lots of hope in future for America if he was elected, but now he warns Americans of oncoming darker economy and not to put too much hope in his promises. He promises a big plan to reduce budget deficit but his inauguration ceremony this January will be the most costly in history (50 millions) while the nation is in deep depression, as well as his presidential campaign (600 millions), which was far more than his opponent John McCain's. He swears to clean up Washington DC, but he failed to first clean up his homestate Illinois, one of the most corrupt state with the scandal of Governor Rod Blagojevich, who greatly helped Obama to win his state senate seat in 1996, 1998, and 2002. And his favorite slogan is "Yes, we CAN", yet he himself CANNOT quit smoking at all !!!

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | January 19, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I had a bad dream last night, the Republicans were still in control of Congress and McCain was President. When you watch President Obama's inauguration tomorrow think of my bad dream, I feel great.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | January 19, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

It is so wonderful to see the delusional posting their inane proclamtions that Michelle Shaniqua Obama is beautiful. Silly people indeed... For the record, Mrs. Obama (aka Lady Sasquatch) is amazonian in stature and her child bearing hip betray her. She lacks poise, grace, and good breeding to be a successful First Lady. It's unfortunate that her affirmative action education failed to teach her class and manners.

Posted by: Diannne721 | January 19, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Chris I read you quite often, and I would like to say that what I see happening here in Los Angeles is a shift in consciousness....an awakening of sorts....we are at a time where we can no longer ignore the issues and pretend that everything is okay....and we, as humans, not just here in this Ctry but around the world that we are interdependent upon each other, and if anything showed us that was the Stock Market crashing and taking half of the world economy.

We, are ready.....we know deep inside of ourselves that this is right, that is why even out here in Los Angeles you can feel the energy. It is fantastic and long, long, overdue!

BUZZARDSKORNER

Posted by: Hheeaatt | January 19, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition as Richardson and Clinton and Emmanuel and Dodd and Rangel and Blago and Holder are pulled into the vortex. Soon trillions of federal dollars will be splooged into the nimble old hands of these appointed kleptocrats.

Posted by: georgejones5 | January 19, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

It will be EZ for Oboma to be a hero because GWB has left our country all FU'd.

Posted by: maphound | January 19, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

It will be easy for Oboma to be a hero because JWB has left our country all FU'd.

Posted by: maphound | January 19, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

RAPTURE? Is that like 1/15/2009, my SETUGISIMA? Like this week I told my Son," YOU WANT AN APOLOGY--I APOLIGIZE FOR HAVING PARTICIPATED IN YOUR BIRTH"!!
Old MUDBONE be a bunch of hard bones!

Posted by: mudbone | January 19, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Where was the enthusiasm to replace George W. Bush four years ago? He had already given the American public more than enough reasons to make a change at that point. Any Republican or centrist voters want to explain what changed since 2004 that wasn't evident in the first four years?

Posted by: johnc_80 | January 19, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

It's "MAJOR BOWEL MOVEMENT!
We are squeezing the last of it and hoping breakfast is "TWO EGGS OVER EASY, HOME FRIES WITH BACON, TWO SLICES OF TOAST, GLASS OF OJ,,,AND A BIG JUG OF JAVA!!

Posted by: mudbone | January 19, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Chris, take a deep breath please and get a hold of yourself. The press is in full-blown lather today and it will only get worse tomorrow. Talk about the Rapture. BEAM ME UP, GOD, I'VE SEEN EVERYTHING NOW!

I want our new President to succeed and I hope he takes some political risks, but let's get one thing straight right now, there is NO MANDATE for "sweeping changes" that have not even been broached yet, let alone debated and weighed by the public.

I repeat: NO CARTE BLANCHE. Stop smoking whatever you are smoking and get your head straight.

Posted by: Clio1 | January 19, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Bye, Bye Repug's! See you in another 25 years!...That's just about how long it will take to elect another Republican to the White House given the current mess left behind by the Bush Administration....

Posted by: citystreet | January 19, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Yes,,of course my answer to some of your "FELLOW OVERWEIGHT THUGS" is being evaluated
MR MILLDUMP..Happy "NEW YEAR YOU FAT PINK LIEING HOG!!"

You would kill your Mother for a paycheck!

Posted by: mudbone | January 19, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes,,of course my answer to some of your "FELLOW OVERWEIGHT THUGS" is being evaluated
MR MILLDUMP..Happy "NEW YEAR YOU FAT PINK LIEING HOG!!"

Posted by: mudbone | January 19, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: furtdw | January 19, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

PHARAOH OBAMA?

Why are those people singing, dancing and chanting Obama? I have never heard any singing about Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt...

This may be an involuntary culture of personality but it is also dangerous. Now Obama sounds like African leaders. I used to sing and dance for them. But I was at least paid for that. Hundred millions of Africans dance sing and hail African Pharaohs just to get a reward of not being jailed or killed.

Posted by: mshalt | January 19, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I love the media's tendancy to write instant history. If we could only go back six months or a year with the daily reports, I'm sure we would discover how many times journalists have predicted the end of the world. Americans are not a very patient people. The recession is already a year old and we're sick of it. President Obama doesn't have months and months to fix our problems. By the end of the year, we'd better start seeing some positive results on the economy. We'll hear a lot of reports of "Lincolnesque rhetoric" and "hopeful words" tomorrow in Obama's speech. If there isn't progress on the economy by the end of the year, all of this will seem like empty promises and the beginning of another failed presidency.

Posted by: kenpasadena | January 19, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

You have to hand it to Bush, when he said he was a uniter and not a divider, he really meant it. It's just that in true Bush fashion, he managed to unite the nation around a president from the other party, one who promises a near total reversal of Bush's policies. Karma, George, ain't it a b*tch? But, hey, we won't be shedding any tears over you, George. We're all too busy getting behind the first president we've had in years who we can be proud of. Now is the time for us to put our hearts, minds, and backs into getting our country back on the right track together. You united us all right and it's the only really good thing you ever accomplished in your life. Good riddance and now let's get to work. Obama has set the right tone. We're off to a good start already.

Posted by: Bob22003 | January 19, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I am so bitter and angry that Hillary is not leading us during these troubled times. It was Hillary who understand that the angry, bitter leftists -- people like me who read firedoglake and are secure in our gender identity -- are part of the fring-left reality-based community that knows what is best for our nation. Obama Barack may indeed be different than Bush, but if he hopes to lead the way Hillary could have, he will have to be more tolerant and inclusive, allowing all the voices in our great nation to be heard ... all but the evil and nasty Republicans, that is.

Posted by: twin_peaks_nikki | January 19, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is...

Thank you, Lord for answering our prayers and delivering us from the eight years of evil that has turned our country into a hated nation.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | January 19, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Mr Obama and I am hopeful that he can change the tenor of American politics BUT, there are three things that worry me right now.
1)He has already made some choices that make me scratch my head.
He said he wouldn't take money during the campaigns and he did. (The most ever in American politics) He has a nominee for AG that made some very poor decisions when he was council for the Clintons. Finally, he has a nominee for the IRS that didnt pay his taxes. Well, OK he did pay them but late and only after he was going to be nominated.
Are these already cracks in the veneer?
2)What is with all of the Clinton people? Is this the compromise that Hillary made with all of her delegates? She wont make a stink if her people are named into office???
I thought this was about change. There isn't a single person that is not a Washington insider.
3)Finally, how could there NOT be so much good will for Mr. Obama with the press doing nothing but fluff pieces on him? If the two nominees I mentioned were Bush's the press and the blogs would be going nuts! But the press glosses over it for Obama.
Where is the objective media? Isn't this the same group think that lead the media to not asking harder questions before the invasion of Iraq?
After all of this I am afraid that Mr. Obama has no where to go but down.
I hope I am wrong. I hope that he is successful. I hope I am simply being too cynical from so much negativity over the last 16 years.
I hope ....

Posted by: dbeins | January 19, 2009 7:04 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 Druggy Rush's and Seany Hannity's of the world in the next few years.


As long as the Repuglican 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's going to be a long while before we hear about the big tent Republican party.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 19, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

you can almost count the minutes left of the bush regime.. a long heartbreaking 8 years comes to an end in less than 24 hours and we find ourselves graced with a man that inspires at the very least hope as opposed to fear. In australia, the inaugration airs at 3;30am. my entire household will be watching.

Posted by: andrewkellyaustralia | January 19, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Im so excited im going to fix myself a drink and celebrate early even though im not really a much of a drinker> and im also celebrating the old flightsuit george at last getting his behind out of our beautifull white house and it wont be a minute to soon to be rid of him.Tomorrow is a new day and the right path to a better America with President Obama.God Bless America!

Posted by: smorrow | January 19, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama must realize - and probably does - that his current overflow of goodwill and, most importantly, political capital, won't last forever. He must get the top priorities on his agenda through now and accept the consequences that will come later.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 19, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow the nation, and the world, will join together in an ecstatic celebration of renewal and possibility for all of us. America can be SO proud! For we have already fulfilled the promise that America represents: we have renewed ourselves, we have re-invented ourselves, we have corrected our tragic error.
And, in THAT alone, the world is given hope. Of course, it is going to take a lot more than that, but, without it, we are, indeed, lost.

Posted by: cms1 | January 19, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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