November 10th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Democrats eye an ambitious agenda

President-elect Barack Obama has put forth an aggressive agenda for his administration, supporters say.
President-elect Barack Obama has put forth an aggressive agenda for his administration, supporters say.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The transition team for President-elect Barack Obama has indicated it plans to hit the ground running with what could be big changes for the country.

But that massive agenda has Republicans - and some Democrats - wary of moving too fast.

Democrats are eyeing an ambitious agenda with plans to take on the economy, health care, energy and education - issues that are all intertwined, according to a leader of Obama's transition team.

"So these are all core, if you will, economic questions, and they need to be tackled together, and I think he'll have a program and a strategy to move aggressively across all those fronts," John Podesta said Sunday on CNN's "Late Edition."

A similar message is coming from Rep. James Clyburn, one of Obama's chief allies in Congress.

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. jeff in MA

    Yay, government actually governing! Obama's not even in office yet and things are getting better!

    November 10, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Boye

    Slow down Barack, we know you want to change America for the better. Too much good change too quickly can turn out to be bad.

    November 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    IT TOOK 8 YEARS FOR BUSH TO CREATE THIS MESS AND WE DON'T EXPECT IT TO BE FIXED IN ONE YEAR. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION DID NOTHING IN 8 YEARS, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AND AMERICANS HAVE TO TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN.

    November 10, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Peter (CA)

    We need an ambitious agenda. Too many things are broken or have been ignored for too long.

    Problem is no one will agree how to do it and the right wingers will block the moves. And then we'll hear them on these blogs complaining that there has not been any change.

    November 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Franky

    Hey guys, tell Gov Palin to take it slow. Tell her don't pressure herself and no one is gonna be pressuring her...

    But all I'm gonna say that being one of the most influential people in politics doesn't take a blink of an eye, it takes confidence and repetition. She might think is easy but boy, if she literally is interesting in running again in the future, maybe, just maybe, she should not think about her selection for V.P...that didn't change the game, and as a matter of fact, it made the game more ever difficult for her. She has to be careful on how she handles herself...I'm telling you, she can only do ONE thing...make people like her. If she can get that going, that's a BIG step forward.

    November 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Candy West Virginia

    For those that can't keep up with Obama you need to move over and let those in who can. This man is brilliant.

    November 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Franky

    I just wanna say something real quick about or President that I wrote...

    You know, I have to admit, this President might be the most unique Presidents we may ever had. Plus, it takes a lot of work when someone is trying to repair an image. One way he can repair it is if my boy's administartion not only does a good job but enhances it. And let's face it, when you think of our President, the first thing you think is the Iraq War! I would like to point out that we have fought previous wars before and let me remind you that everything got better once the incumbent new President manages to fix things or in later terms.

    Some say that the Iraq War was a building block for success in the many, many years to come. Maybe is a step forward to pursue democracy in the MIddle East. But I just wanna remind you that the Middle East is MORE Conservative than all of our existing years of our nation. I would argue that this is one of the top ten events in our nations history...

    Only the strong will can do this and my beloved President just didn't have it...sorry guys, but is not just about us and what we think, is about the world and how they think. Let alone you know how our country thinks...

    Plus, we're a dynasty baby!! LOL!!! I just think is meant to be...

    November 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. j

    I hope so... he's got alot of things he wants to tackle that will make a difference (i.e. clean alternative energy, infrastructure changes, end war in Iraq, etc) and they're all things that need to happen sooner rather than later. I'm not as big a fan of his changes for health care – I don't think it needs to be taken as far as he's suggesting. I don't know how he plans to pay for all this but if it includes substantial job creation initiatives, that will help. I think Congress needs to give him a grace period, suspend disbelief and political tactics aimed to subvert. Congressional members that can't work with the President-elect or offer alternative solutions have no business in office and ought to be voted out. Put an end to partisan politics and work for the good of the country.

    November 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Tim in Seattle

    I would rather seem them split this with the economy and energy being first and health care and education coming second – yes all the systems are broken and related, however, the first two, energy and economy are more tightly wound around each other than the last...

    ...as long as congress cooperates and can be made to work with him then I think they can get a lot accomplished....

    ...time will tell..

    November 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. boered1

    NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO DITHER NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!

    If you scared demos cannot get behind his changes for fear of your seat you have missed what this election is about and you will LOSE your seat to someone who understood what this election was about.

    History has a way of moving those who cannot keep up so either support him or start thinking about what you will do when you are voted out of office next time.

    November 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    So many of the problems are interlinked that in order to fix one, you have to fix the other. In order to deal with the economy, you need to talk about healthcare and in order to talk about national security you have to talk about energy. Energy is a big component of the plan for the economy, so on and so forth. You have to take big bites in order to eat this Elephant in room.

    November 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Obama Victim

    hide your wallet

    November 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Puffy

    The big Ambitious made him the person his today!!! Let him do his things.

    November 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Greed is not good

    People are tired of excuses and finger-pointing the past 40 years. It is about time America has a President and solid leader to get Congress moving.

    Fast forward and tackle these issues. We CAN multi-task!

    November 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Greg M

    President Obama lets get busy taking care of the business. The republicans can't do it. President Obama lead the nation and the world to positive change.

    Obama 08'.........................................................................

    November 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Sean

    Throughout Obama's campaign, his critics and even many of his supporters were playing armchair quarterback, second-guessing what he should do about this, or say about that....yet he consistently proved us wrong and showed us that he has the intelligence and judgement to do what's most effective. Until he proves otherwise, I'm going to trust that Obama will handle the changes we'll be seeing in a positive, effective way.

    November 10, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. alpy

    The republicans should have picked Arnold as the vice presidential candidate they would have been more successful. On the other hand I think Arnold is smart enough to know that the rep. party did not have a chance because of Bush, but I'm almost positive he will be the vice president in the future

    November 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    An Ambitious Agenda Is Exactly What This Country Needs! The Sooner We Getting Working On These Huge Problems The Sooner We Can Find Some Solutions!

    November 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. KLEE

    Its going to be a mighty interesting 1st year!

    November 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. C A

    Let's move now on all these issues. Adjust them and make any necesary corrections as they are implemeted.

    Obama and his administration can begin now planning for the implemenrtation of improved education and college affordability, health care, the economy, energy dependence and job creation. We wanted change and voted for change. So let's change.

    The problem with government versus successful private enterprises has always been that governement meets in order to dicuss having a meeting and then has another meeting to discuss when to have another meeting. Planning is good, but action has always been much slower in government than in the private sector. We need to plan, then move, then correct and stay the course in making these changes. We do not need to sit on our hands scratching our heads as to when to meet again on these issues. Let's move!!!! Let's get it done!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Alaska Blue

    If you're not riding the winds of change...you just might find yourself overcome by it. My suggestion would be to give HOPE a reasonable chance, for it certainly can't be any worse than the present Administration.

    Congratulations America!

    November 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. DMD

    Repeal or severely overwrite NAFTA and bring back our manufacturing jobs to the U.S. and let's proud of everything labelled 'MADE IN USA" once again!!! I also think we need to close our borders for a little while to clean up home, before we "open up house" again.

    November 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Lynn, CT

    This country doesn't have the luxury of waiting until President-elect Obama takes office before his administration starts evaluating and then enacting. Fortunately, we've elected someone who understands that and is taking his job quite seriously right from the start.

    This is a president who has learned from history and understands that is essential. He also has no problems changing his mind when he sees a decision may not have been the right one – what a refreshing change – he admits he's human!

    Most importantly, in my humble opinion, is that common sense will once again find its way into the White House. It has been a long time coming.

    Hopefully the Republicans will do what is best for the American people and not only look at trying to make things difficult so they can win more elections in 2 years. They need to remember this election and know that history will repeat itself is they don't learn from it.

    November 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. god bless the US

    Bottom line, government of the people, for the people

    November 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Spencer/VA

    Let's not forget to mention this false pretense war we have going on. If we can stop WASTING our money in Iraq, that money can contribute to some economic growth here. And yes I said WASTING. Pres. Bush landed on an aircraft carrier years ago with a banner over his head saying Mission Accomplished. Then why are we still there? The war is won. As an Army veteran, I believe the war against Iraq should have never been waged in the first place. We need to pull out as soon and as safely as possible. 10-12 billion dollars a month can do a whole lot back here.

    November 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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