November 10th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
10 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. Allyson

    I'm glad he's being ambitious! Go Barack!

    On a side note:
    (Maybe I've read too many magazines with 'Baby Bump Watch')

    I'm gonna throw this out there: I think Michelle Obama looks pregnant (Not fat, just glowing pregnant)

    November 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Gloria - Minnesota

    I hope and pray the United States, as well as the entire world, give the Obama/Biden administration time and patience to start healing our nation. Everything cannot change overnight, and some of the changes Pres. Elect Obama is hoping for, may take even more time.

    Best wishes Obamas and Bidens!!! So happy you'll be in the White House!!

    November 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. KLEE

    when you've nearly hit rock bottom the only way is up!!! the times they are a'changin'

    November 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Truth Hurts

    President Elect Barrack "Smokey" Obama will soon learn that even with his gang of Chicago Street Fighting political hacks he will still not be able to do 10% of what he promised, which will not be a surprise to most, except of course his adoring fans, who will be devastated.

    Their devastation will be rooted in the fact that they thought because they voted for "Change" they were actually going to get it, and all they got was a change in taxes, most of them up, and most of them like the national retail sales tax program and the gas tax hikes, they never saw coming...

    What the result will be in terms of backlash for Smokey is he will be the First One Term African American President!!!

    Only 4 years to go until BarTax Obama gets tossed...

    Truth Hurts

    November 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Now is the time.

    We've had eight years of neglect and corruption. We need strong medicine.


    November 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. big daddy

    hey obama victim do you have sour grapes !!!

    November 10, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |


    November 10, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. ron

    All you morons. I know you really believe Obama is a god but get a grip. When your cost of living sky rockets because extremist environmental and prounion policies, I will be among those who will say "don't blame me, I voted for McCain." This man is dangerous and all of you are under his spell.

    November 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. G.R.I.T. - Girl Raised in the South


    I hate to be the one to burst your Governator bubble, but Gov. Schwarzeneger cannot run for V.P. because he was not born a U.S. citizen. I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but I thought you should know.

    November 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Helene

    After 8 years of pure terror and the ruin of this country, it is welcome to hear that things are going to change and fast.

    November 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Here comes European Socialism/Welfare State with high energy prices due to carbon taxes and banning offshore drilling again, one payer health care system, and more corporate and social welfare than ever before. As far as education goes we know the Obama's are elitist so their kids will go to private school in D.C. as they do in Chicago, but letting the Teachers Unions control how to educate our children we will be dumbing down the good school in the suburbs, cities, and rural areas to make the inner city school systems look better. We need tobe like Europe and Asia with our kids going to school 235 days a year from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Maybe their priorities will change to learning math, science history and english over sports, drama, and music which all give you about the same oppurtunity for a job in that field as being a high school droput getting a high tech job. The so called green jobs are not for your typical high school graduate, they are high skill jobs that take alot of math and electronics/mechanical skills, not a liberal arts degree in college.

    November 10, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    We'll see, I'm guessing he'll only do about 5% of the things he's promised he'll do..and blame 95% on Bush, even though Bush will be out of office...hasn't that been the normal Dem playbook for the last 8 years...chaneg is hard.

    November 10, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Michelle, PA

    I agree 100% these are all intertwined. I just hope they don't break off more than they can chew and end up failing. Ask Hillary what happens when you try that – her own experience with health care put the issue on the back burner an extra several years. Move on these issues, all of them, but deliberately......

    November 10, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. neo-cons around obama

    have to GO with other neo-cons in washington and wall street!

    throw the weasels out of power into prison!

    take them to court for crimes against humanity!

    ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM FOR NEO-CONS in Obama administration!

    November 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. paul

    I agree with "BOYE", please take your time and study every situation before making sweeping changes. One slip up now could be a disaster for the country.

    But I wish you luck!

    Oh by the way, in these times, please skip a HUGE party on the taxpayers dime since we are not invited. What a great sign that you understand what we can't do and what we do not have enough of and put that money ... which could be millions ... to much better use.

    November 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Proud to be American

    Yes... that is why the American people hired Obama to get it done!!!! God bless him and we must all pray for the health and welfare of our President elect ..... he as a hard job to do but I have faith that he will "Get it done!"

    Obama and Biden 2012

    Thank you.

    November 10, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. An American

    Things are gerting better? Try and sell that to all the people out of a job and those going to be. Talk about being way out there.

    Nothing has changed so far and nothing is better as yet. Obama geting rid of some of Bush's policies right away is not unusual. All new incoming Pesidents do that. He will only be able to do that with some things though, not all. The rest of Obama's agenda is yet to be made clear. Obama is not pickeing any "outsiders" of Washington that I can see. Some people are going to be very unhappy with him, either the far left or the center right that is for sure.

    November 10, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Wow! A president-elect with an actual agenda! Bush has been in office eight years, and I still have no idea what he planned to accomplish. It seems his agenda has been to kick everything down the road, obstruct progress or scare us.

    November 10, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. tigersun

    Sounds like he didn't learn from Newt's mistake. He forgot that nearly half of America voted against him and didn't want a revolution.

    November 10, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. frodo

    well, the bailout that was crammed down our throats has worked out SOOOO well. Why would we be wary of moving too fast? I think we should do everything that Obama has proposed IMMEDIATELY!!

    "affordable" healthcare
    "affordable" college
    bailout the US automakers
    raise taxes on everyone over$250,000
    spend $150B on a bailout for us
    pull out of Iraq
    He should use executive orders to do this. He should circumvent congress and do this now!! Then we can evaluate the results for the next 3.75 years and make a decision as to how he did. If we move slowly we won't know within 4 years if he has been effective in actually turning things around.
    Obama!!! Move NOW!!!

    November 10, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |

    The Country is still waiting for the "First 100 Days" List that Nancy Pelosi promised two years ago when the Democrats took over Congress.

    We don't expect much from this one.

    November 10, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. 3strikes

    just because the democraps, turncoat repubs and indies candidate won, they're all saying 'its time to unite', 'americas ready'. theyre all gloating and still bashing repubs, good way to unite. america aint ready and the time to unite aint even close, not by a long shot. nobama democraps, turncoat repubs and indies trash mccain supporters on this blog site behind the safety of their computer because nobody knows who they are, cowards. screw nobama, the force fed candidate

    November 10, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. kelly WI

    History will be the judge.
    Mean time I will take this Hope to the store and see how much it will pay for.
    At least we have Homeland security until Obama trashes it and the military. He will just take them from Iraq, which is Bushes plan any way, when the time is right, and put them in Afghanistan.
    Of course there of those in our country that would rather see us be hit by terrorists again. Which started our economic down fall. They know they can't destroy us militarily so are doing it with-in.
    Barrys people are now gently saying he is backing off some of his campaign promises. I guess now that he is getting briefings and learning about the economy he is finding out it takes more than rhetoric.
    He is staffing with the Clinton gang. Wonder what he will appoint Hilary to.
    Some seem to think throwing money at a problem will solve it. It doesn't and guess who gets to pay for it. We don't need any more gov.programs that don't work such as medicare and s.s. What gov. socialist program has ever worked that hasn't cost us more than we can pay for. Yes, Obama will create more gov. jobs so we that are not in gov. can pay for it. Forever. Real people know this bad economic time will take over 10 years to correct. If we are hit with more disastors it will take longer. Never mind the tax the rich scheme. The rich will invest their money over seas, or shut their doors. That is what business people do. They are in business to make money.

    November 10, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Jaye

    It's going to take an ambitious agenda to get us out of the Bush years and to get our country back on track.
    You can bet that the republicans in power will do everything they can to screw with everything Obama tries to do...and it will backfire on them just like the election did.
    The republicans need to stop the infighting and the nasty remarks and get to work – our country is at stake and all they want to do is backstab Obama.

    November 10, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. worriedmom

    This is scary!

    November 10, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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