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. Red State Republican who voted for CHANGE!

    We are behind you all the way!

    November 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Fan Club

    Where is Susanne Malveaux? She was the 1st to cover Obama when CNN didn't think he could win.

    Then after Hillary lost, we see Candy Crowley trying to latch on to the Obama detail.

    Now that McCain has lost, we see Dana Bash saddling up to the bar also.

    CNN, I'm from the school that says you dance with the one that brought you ... I'll be looking to see the lovely Ms. Malveaux as the primary political reporter covering Mr. Obama.

    November 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. C A

    Boye November 10th, 2008 1:09 pm ET -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

    No Boye:

    I agree that if one moves too quickly and is unwilling to make course corrections then things can go from good to bad. But if one will move, take action, and be willing to make course corrections after implementation the negatives can be dealt with and eliminated resulting in a good result.

    Waiting and inaction is worse then taking no action at all. Act now and make correections as necessary.

    November 10, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Joshua College Station Texas

    Let's do it Barack! Don't let the politicians hold you back! America is ready!

    November 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Michigan Voter

    Alpy – do you mean Arnold Schwarzenegger? (sp?) He can't run for VP (or President) because he's not from the United States.

    November 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Peggy - TX

    Last Friday, I heard the same message on three different Talk radio shows (yes, I am a political junkie); this is not unusual –obviously they get there talking points from the same place. Friday they were whining something to the effect that Obama won only because he is black and that blacks who voted for them for this reason are racist.
    To day I heard one host complain (Laura) that people were selling tee shirts that said “my president is black” rather then “bi-racial”

    In our society, we have a long history where for a time Black people were excluded from full participation because of the color of their skin. One-forth or one-half blacks were excluded as well regardless of their white heritage. So when a black person votes for a black person, they may be voting for inclusion, which is not the same as voting to exclude another race, which clearly is not racist. The same analogy can be made for women as well.

    I noticed that the racist slurs and comments are going unanswered, whish is a good sign that racist people and their message are irrelevant – including Rush Lim….

    November 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Virginia

    An ambitious agenda indeed! He can't wait to get into office and rescind all those executive orders that Mr. Bush signed that stopped the murder of innocent babies through embryonic stem cell research and abortions at overseas military installations! God help us and all those babies created just for their stem cells!!

    November 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Neiki

    Aggressive action is a must & plans have to be already set & ready to put into place on day one for President Elect Obama. He will be ready, just like he was ready to run for the position in the first place. That's why he will be our new President. He is very profound in his ability to seek & find the answers. He's willing to actually listen (& hear) the people who are experts in their fields & allow them to do the jobs they are skilled in. After all, that is the American way.

    November 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Tired of the Lies

    Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, said, I think you will see a Republican Party in Congress serving as a check and a balance against Mr. Obama's power and Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi's power,

    The Republicans in the current congress have conducted more filibusters than any three previous congresses put together, and per Rep. Cantor, they plan to make sure the next congress doesn't get anything done either.

    America, we missed an opportunity when we didn't give the Democrats a filibuster-proof majority.

    November 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. MikeH

    48 Obama investigators are going over the various dictatorial powers and pardons for torture that Bush created for himself, as well as various corrupt measures to de-regulate pollution controls.

    The offensive and unconstitutional one will be stricken from the record.

    Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld should be tried for war crimes. war profiteering, and treason.

    November 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Jeff

    Go Obama!

    About time the Democrats were abmbitious... go get em!

    November 10, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. History

    It is all emotion, especially for young black people, and it will not last. Only history can tell, already Obama shows sign of continuing Bush's direction in foreign policy. He will realize he cannot depart one hundred percent from the Bush's policy, which he criticized to get elected. Will the economy get better or worse, and the militry stronger or weaker, only time can tell?? The Democrats messed up before with Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama will be even worse.

    November 10, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    I just hope he does everything he promised. Now we will see if he is different than most politicians....lets see if he sticks to his promises.

    November 10, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Gene

    So the same people that used to scream that Obama hasn't done anything and he's just an empty suit...

    Now they're crying because he wants to get things done?

    Go Barack.. do your work, and shut these doubters up.

    November 10, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Danny in Chicago

    It's about time we got moving! With all the things that need to be done we BETTER move fast!

    Come on Democrats – let's show the Republicans what they COULD HAVE done with the full power of the Government. This is an opportunity to show the world what CAN be done. The Republicans blew their chance – let's not blow this chance again.

    November 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Steven, Edmonton,Canada

    The United States and the rest of the world doesn't need a saviour it needs a responsible, prudent and patient leader, to help direct your country in the right direction and to help bridge the gaps and heal the wounds between the other governments in the world.

    With good leadership, the problems will fix themselves over time.

    November 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Janey

    A little off topic–but isn't it time CNN stopped with the Bush-baiting and concentrated on the new Pres-elect? Repubs are expected to support "the one", but CNN did not support the former Pres? A little hypocrisy, maybe? If CNN is nice, they might get an interview with a real star–Sarah Palin. (like foxnews)

    November 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. paul (staunch Moderate)

    It's important to focus on the economic issue first. That will be tied to so much else that needs to be fixed. And it's a bi-partisan issue where the two sides should be able to work together without too much acrimony (so long as Pelosi can keep herself muzzled).

    I'm also VERY happy that the transition team is carefully reviewing all those Executive Orders which Bush/Cheney put into place. WAAAY too many of those – more than any ohter administration in history. Many of them need to be repealed immediately.

    And – please – no, I repeat NO, pardons for anyone.

    November 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. thomas

    Add the war, housing. and immigration to the issues of economy, health care, energy and education and it is clear the Obama administration will have a full plate with which to contend. America is in a lethargic malais over the war and the economy and she is fatigued from the long combative election. But if we don't get the economy moving quickly, conditions will deteriorate rapidly. Falling gas prices provide a small window of relief so now is the time to capitalize on new initiatives.

    November 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. idm

    Alpy- Ahhhnold cannot be veep or pres for that matter. The Constitution stipulates to be pres or veep one must be born in this country, or of American parents living off US soil.

    Good Luck Mr. Obama- with the mess we've got now, you're going to need all your skill and talent. We're behind you!!

    November 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    To anyone picking up the mess the Republicans has left would seem like an ambitious agenda. But the truth is, it is just the housekeeping that has been left undone for too long!

    Good-bye and good riddance, Republicans.

    November 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. billy-bayou

    Screw your ambitious change. They have not to date explained what they hope to change, except that they plan to trash the Constution.
    Be ever watchful,and watch your back.

    November 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Dan

    Dems are still drinking the Kool-aid I see....

    November 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Tired of the Lies

    Considering that even major economic endeavors like a $700 billion bail-out take time to work their way through the economy, methinks t'would be best to do some careful thinking and then pull the trigger without hesitation.

    It's easy to make the stock market bounce around, but there's a significant lag between initiating programs and seeing results when you're creating jobs and overhauling industries. Let's not make it take longer than necessary.

    November 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. paul (staunch Moderate)

    alpy: Arnold is not eligible to run for V.P. because he is not eligible to become President per the Constitution. He is not an US-born citizen.

    November 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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