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. ANGIE

    Come on Dems And President Obama lets get our country rolling again, Clean up that Republican Filth in the House. 71 days left My fellow Americans and maybe we can get our country right Again 71 days WAHOOOOOOOOOOOO YAHEEEEE WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Not fooled by words

    All you kool aid drinkers really believe that Obama is going to make things better. Too far to the left and you will lose your individual rights for the sake the preservation of the state. The Party becomes the state. Too far to the right then you will lose your individual rights for the sake of the preservation of the national socialist state. One extreme equates to Marxist Leninist Socialism/Communism the other extreme equates to National Socialism. How far are you willing to go?

    November 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. CanIcallyouJoe

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

    Progression takes courage. And we NEED some progress here. We think of ourselves as the international example of a democratic society, yet were are less progressive than South Africa.

    Even if it makes total sense and will benefit the people greatly, it's still new and too scary for the government. Oh no, it's new, therefore it's baaaad.

    I allude the Bush Administration to the Medieval Dark Ages.
    The Church was law, dissenting voices were tortured, shunned, and exiled, military campaigns were fought against "evil" forces with the power of "righteousness", independent thinking is looked down upon, and the only ones to prosper were the corruption at the center of it.

    November 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Will in Carson City

    Hey Mark in B-ham, I wouldn't go knocking music. There are statistics to show that music students actually do better in core subjects than non-music students.

    November 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Vickie

    Hey Rob,

    You just don't know a good thing when you see it!
    You can thank me for my Obama vote in four years, when this country is pulling itself out of the ditch we are currently in. 🙂

    November 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Maggie from Virginia

    With change comes resistance. Suggested reading: Who Moved My Cheese.

    If you read it before, read it again.

    November 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. grammardictorian

    @I'm just saying November 10th, 2008 2:27 pm ET

    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
    Now, Their's an annoying person! wear did they recieve there education?
    its alot two ask, butt we know how to right hear...OK!!

    November 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. hometowndemocrat

    Well said PDX Gal!

    November 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Ann


    PS HE IS NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN (his father was not slave nor american)
    STOP SAYING THAT ON CNN!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. what now

    for sake of all of us, the world I hope he will be able to do some what he promised. He promised a lot, it sounds good, but reality is not that simple. It is very hard task to make all happy, it is very hard task to accomplish.
    It is very wise to plan well – take care of every detail and scenario – like when you do the movie -you need very detailed screenplay to make the movie right. The same with everything, if the plan is thorough, and well done, then the job is well done. Too much hurry or rush causes that something is forgotten or not done well.

    November 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. mitch

    i recommend all the loser repubs out there go fly a kite. you cant stop ur hate for one minute. you care nothing for our democracy. barack was elected by the majority. if you dont like our system ,leave. we've been tolerating ur inept policies for 8 years and we're facing difficult times. you repubs will do all you can to make things are the most un-american americans ever.

    November 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Dewey

    Y'all get your Obama commemorative coins yet?! They been advertising these things every commercial break since the election. The coin makers knew they could count on the people that buy Elvis and Nascar memorabilia to be Obama supporters.

    If Obama doesn't wise up and announce that he will not increase capital gains taxes so investors can feel safe with the stock market again, these Obama coins could be worth more than your 401ks down the road!

    November 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. hometowndemocrat

    Chicago GOP

    You may recall that prior to Bush you guys bashed President Clinton for 8 years so get over yourself!

    Also, Reagan was no a history book, the guy should have been impeached over the whole Iran Contra Affair.

    November 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. sick n tired

    I hope things happen for the better and as quickly as humanly possible. So i can get back to work and continue to support my family before all of my hard earned savings is all used up!!! Hope is all I'LL have left before too long!

    November 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. we can, we are

    I agree, I don't want to hear "Yes, We Can" anymore!!!

    I want "Yes, I am/did".

    For example,
    Barack, did you fix the economy " yes, I did"
    Barack, did you get everyone a good job that pays well "yes, I did"
    Barack, did you fix the auto industry so that their sucky cars get better gas mileage like the Japanese? "yes, I did"
    Did you mail the bills yet to the American People for all of these extras? "YES, I DID", "I will"

    November 10, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. birds, and cheese

    The early bird gets the worm.
    The second mouse gets the cheese.

    November 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    We saw the sweeping change that Nancy Pelosi promised in the "First 100 Days" of the Democrat Majority in Congress two years ago.

    This is just more of the same.

    November 10, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. it's time

    the change has begun.

    November 10, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. wha....?

    PDX Gal,

    We had success. And now it IS your turn to have the success that you couldn't get on your own. Only the government can give it to you. If I look silly now because you couldn't succeed on your own, without promises from the government then too bad for me. I'll just lay off my workers and go on the dole too.

    November 10, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. mitch

    hey repubs! get ready to pay all those tax breaks back that you been collecting on, like its some kind of social welfare! time to pay ur share!

    November 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Beverly, NYC

    After 8 years of a do nothing President and Congress, the member of the House & Senate need to be eased in to work again, poor babies.

    Pelosi and Reid better get with it, if Barack can conceive it they better work to achieve . Get most of it done during the honeymoon period. This is the time for action, the American people have waited too long for a Presidency about something other that wars.

    November 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Tim in VA

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Please welcome your new Socialist overlords.

    November 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. No More Republican "BS"

    Borrow & Spend ... The New Name For the Republicans ...

    In each year that he was President ….

    Democrat Jimmy Carter increased the national debt by $80B

    Republican Ronald Reagan increased the national debt by $200B

    Republican George H. W. Bush (41) increased the national debt by $400B

    Democrat Bill Clinton increased the national debt by $185B

    Republican George W Bush (43) increased the national debt by $640B

    So they next time the Republicans use the “Tax & Spend Liberal” gimmick against Democrats, remember these HARD facts.

    Republicans are responsible for the clear majority … over 80% of the balance on our national credit card …..

    So who are the Borrow & Spenders and who tends to clean up their mess?? That would be the Democrats...

    November 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. tithe

    How many of you who paid for Obama's victory are now actually doing something to improve things?

    If the churches, food shelves and other local organizations received $500 Million per year, the world would be a better place. We don't need to give that money to the government middleman...

    So, now for the next four years, every year, donate locally what you gave Obama to blow on TV commercials. Your donation to a food shelf would be a better way to spend your money. And if you are a Republican, you already know this, so keep donating your (heavily taxed) income on a local level.

    November 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. I'm just saying


    Props... Funny stuff. 🙂 I figured I'd get some vitriol for that one, but something had to be said at some point!

    November 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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