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. Maggie from Virginia

    The majority of America is supporting Obama. More will come aboard in time.

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

    Being that we have pretty much done nothing in the past 8 years except fight an illegal war, and give tax breaks to the wealthy, and oil companies, it is about time someone had a plan. Amazing how it works when you have competence at the wheel.

    November 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    Were in a crisis and the REPUBLICANS want slow motion. With have been in slow motion for 8 years. The Republicans have made this mess and now they want tell Obama how to govern. Obama dosen't need you Republicans who want no regulation and no oversight on anything to tell him how to run his agends.

    Thanks but No thanks to any Republican suggestions, they should have suggested this to Bush.

    November 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Rob

    One and Done.

    The question is, what is it that will be done, Obama's disaster of a term, or America.

    All you that voted for him – just watch. No tax decreases (in fact he'll smooth talk his way into raising taxes on everyone), higher unemployment, higher gas prices, lower national security. But really, will it matter to you? You fell for it to get him elected, doubt you'll come to your senses anytime soon.

    Oh, and say goodbye to your 401k's and decent healthcare.

    Good job!

    November 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Irwin

    Great news! Hopefully among these changes are a reversal of the growing police stateand destruction of the constitution. We need the restoration of habeas corpus as well as a renunciation of parts of the Patriot Act and wireless surveillance.

    November 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Vegas

    I hope he gets his policies in place ASAP... that way by primary time people will see how much worse off we are... and then he can be one and done... which is what's going to happen... happened in 76... will happen again...

    In 24 months when the primaries start... landslide coming

    November 10, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Sue

    How can anyone possibly doubt a man who was battling against all odds, continuously repeating "Yes We Can!"... until he he/they finally did.
    I believe WE and Barack Obama can do anything we set our minds to. This is the change we needed.

    November 10, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Steven, Edmonton,Canada

    rob,

    you know so much about Obama, are you working in his inner circle? you seemed to have figured out everything he has to do as President.

    November 10, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. dave g, minneapolis

    I've never before seen such an empowerment of Big Cry-Babies...
    The bigger they are, and the louder they cry, the more our government is willing to give them.

    Why?

    Banks...".Waaaaahhhhh!!!!" Gov't "Oh, here's $700B!!! need more?"
    Automakers" WAAAAAAHHH" Gov't " Oh, we'll give you $150B, more?"
    Unemployed " WAHHHHHH" Gov't "oh, here's some money and we'll raise taxes on your boss"
    Airlines "hey, if we merged, and were too big to fail, but failed, could we get money" Govt " give it a shot, after all, we print money for things like this"

    November 10, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Kelcie

    Amazing – There are people who would rather see President Elect Obama fail, than see America prosper.

    November 10, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Rainy

    It was obvious in 1999 that when the Supreme Court appointed Bush as the President that the USA was headed for destruction.

    I mean imagine an unintelligent boozed druggy born again as an evangelical christian, taking the helm of the country. That could only spell trouble and it did.

    Overblown patriotism got him elected a second time. Maybe it's time Americans looked into the mirror to see who is really to blame for the mess today.

    I wonder if the Supreme Court Justices who voted in his favor are part of the 76 % who now disapprove of him? If not they should be!

    November 10, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. horse with no name

    @Sue November 10th, 2008 2:19 pm ET

    How can anyone possibly doubt a man who was battling against all odds, continuously repeating "Yes We Can!"… until he he/they finally did.
    I believe WE and Barack Obama can do anything we set our minds to. This is the change we needed.
    ....................
    Well, sue, I've repeated "I want to win the lottery" and I finallly DID!!!! My win garnered me $3. Not exactly the change that I wanted. But, keep repeating we can, and we will get change...just probably not the good change you're expecting.

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

    Wow, what a bunch of bitter republicans posting here. I especially like the ones that say the people that voted for Obama will regret it.

    Sorry folks but I have a hard time taking advise from people that voted for Bush not once but TWICE! (The mind reels!!) Anyone that did that has no room to be pointing fingers at anyone else. You fools got us into this mess now shut up and swallow the medicine to fix it. Maybe a spoonful of sugar will help you choke it down..........also might help take the sour looks off of all of your pinched faces.

    November 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Gail AL.

    I've heard YES WE CAN, for so long, they better change to YES WE ARE, If they want the american people to stand behind them. I know politic's is politic's and Obama can't deliver on half of what he has promised, and I don't expect him to, but they better have something good in store or 2012 the Obama's will be moving out of the whitehouse.

    I don't expect any change,Obama is all talk, no Action.

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

    IT IS CALLED MULTI-TASKING AMERICA, SOMETHING MCCAIN AND THE REPUBLICANS OBVIOULY DO NOT HAVE MUCH EXPERIENCE WITH. WELCOME TO A NEW ERA FOLKS!

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

    Our government has been far too complacent – their wariness of the Obama policies are evidence of that.

    Even if it makes total sense and will benefit the people greatly, it's still new and too scary for the government.

    I allude the Bush Administrator

    November 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. riggins

    @Kelcie November 10th, 2008 2:21 pm ET

    Amazing – There are people who would rather see President Elect Obama fail, than see America prosper.
    ------–
    it's not "rather, than" it's "rather, so that"
    Amazing – There are people who would rather see President Elect Obama fail so that[we] see America prosper.

    November 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. mitch

    multi-tasking is a definite advantage for barack. bush is contemplating his navel and wondering where the sailors are.

    November 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. A Real American

    He has a clear mandate and the political capital to make things happen. Moreover, the country is in total disarray thanks to 8 long years of Republican malfeasance and incompetence. He SHOULD have an ambitious agenda and he DOES have the fortitude and foresight to make things happen.

    November 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. I'm just saying

    I know our current President has dumbed down our national discourse, but please people...

    – A LOT is TWO words... (alot is not a word)
    – YOUR is possesive, and YOU'RE is a contraction for YOU ARE

    Too many more to mention (like the difference between to, too, and two) but I'll leave it at that. I'm hoping that aside from functional policy, Barack brings functional grammar back to our nation!

    November 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Chicago GOP

    It is amazing how the Democratic party has bashed the president relentlessly for the past 8 years and saw nothing wrong with it, yet are the first to throw blame on people bashing Obama. That being said, I will do my patriotic duty and respect President-Elect Obama even though I disagree with many of his stances. I will not become the disrespectful, unpatriotic American that bashes and disrespects the president.

    Remember...Without Carter, we would never have had Reagan!!!

    November 10, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. JD

    Let the propoganda begin!

    November 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. mitch

    gail al. : why would anyone believe you? ur obviously a disgruntled right-wing sourpuss.

    November 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. PDX Gal

    hometowndemocrat-
    Don't be dismayed!! It's a new day, and the sore losers are very upset over their lack of power. We can take their ugly complaints, and enjoy as our work turns into jobs, healthcare, peace & opportunity.

    Remember, the better our leaders, the madder they are... and the greater chance the rest of us have for success....

    ....and the sillier they look.

    November 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Kelly

    This guy has been running for office for almost two years and you think he does not have a plan and have thought things threw. If he does nothing for the first year, then you say I told you guys not to elect him. If he starts to govern like the people voted him in to do then you say he's acting too quickly. Stop backseat driving and let the man do his job.

    November 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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