November 10th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
9 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. ednadavid

    I think that President Elect Obama will have to strategically move across all fronts to make a significant impact on this country – so he has my approval with that approach.

    November 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama

    Do you really think media outlets are going to report anything negative about Obama after they rammed him down our throats while hijacking Hillary Clinton's nomination. I don't.

    November 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Give me a break

    The same people that voted for Bush TWICE!!!! and still haven't admitted they made a mistake are telling people who voted for Obama that we made a mistake Ummmm THATS CRAZY!!!!! Listening to Obama naysayers (Republicans and so called independents) is like being criticized about your weight from a obese person that just finished eating a double whopper, large fries, two apple pies and drunk a large diet coke. The republicans (the public and people in congress) if ya'll don't want to help Obama's administration turn around the horrible situation we are in now then you will have a self-fulfilled prophecy of him failing but you will take part of blame and suffer like the rest of us.

    November 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. JDC

    The Dems do NOT have a mandate to turn things upside down and better go cautiously.

    November 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. New Day

    Obama Victim – Why???? Bush hasnt left anything in my wallet to take?

    November 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Vegas

    mitch November 10th, 2008 2:44 pm ET

    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!

    No problem mitch... I have 60 people lined up for layoff so I can afford them. Most of my money has already moved to Panama to avoid Capital Gain... all my US investments are sold and moved to forign stock for the same reason... I'm selling the other building prior to Capital Gain (the one those 60 currently work in)...

    Thanks for the notice on the taxes... but we already knew that... why do you think 600K people have lost their jobs since Obamas nomination and posting of his tax plan.... Bye

    November 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Nik

    Those that are griping about the progressive agenda are used to being lame ducks and accomplishing nothing. Get used to actually working under President Obama.

    November 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. ran

    Good. A lot of repair is needed from all the damage the republicans and this admin. have done in the past 8 yrs.

    People get behind Obama/Biden and make sure they and every other elected official do what is right for this country for us all. The time of special interest is over.

    We could start by demanding that instead of giving out $700 billion to stimulate the economy we give $1 million to ever citizen over 21 yoa. Doing that will stimulate the economy faster and at a lot less cost. People could pay off their mortgages or buy a house out right; put money away for their children's education; their own retirement; buy health care insurance. Let us do what is best for us all not the special interest groups (ie CEO's shareholders etc.)

    November 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |

    Go get it done OBAMA!!!!
    This is one of many reasons why I voted for Barack Obama last week!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. gl, Pittsburgh

    I can not believe there are still whinners on this board that still have a problem with Obama. Oh well, that is there problem becasue most of us have move on. I bet these are the same people that voted for Bush twice that are still whinning about Obama.

    November 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Rob

    Vickie, the home for the delusional called and want to know when you are coming back.

    November 10, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. No Change

    I'm glad myself, like many of my wealthy counterparts, are fortunate enough to skirt past many tax laws due to our highly-paid tax advisers. As the tax laws become increasingly stringent, we rely on our tax advisers to be increasingly creative. Obama's tax policies wont have a profound impact on those of us making 200k+, as we have the ability to buy our way out of paying taxes 🙂

    November 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. thebdb

    You know what I think is funny about all the Republicans that are spreading their fear in these comments?

    As soon as the election was over they stopped preaching their "Country First" rhetoric, and are now showing their "Me First" beliefs.

    November 10, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Enough

    This is why we picked a President who could campaign and prepare for debates and formulate solutions to the economic melt down – all at the same time.

    Obama will be a great President.

    November 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. boered1

    Wow I can only say after reading the posts here that the radical right are really SCARED of Obama, now they know how we have felot for the last eight years! They are worried they will no longer control the direction of the US and those of us who can look forward instead of backward will now be in control. It is amaszing to me that the radical right can blame ANY of the problems in the US on the left, look at history folks since 1968.. 40 years, the government has been controlled by the radical right almost 3/4 of the time (12 years with Carter and Clinton...28 with Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush1 and Bush 2) now a simple look at the facts will tell you one of two things.. first the Republicans, having been in charge for most of this period, are responsible for the fate of the US right now or second the Democrats are WAY more effective leaders than Republicans since, by the "reasoning" used here they are responsible for all our problems and have been in charge only about 1/4 of the time. Either way it looks like we need the Democrats to fix the problem because either they are the ones who were against the policies that put us here or else they are the better leaders.. so republicans shut up sit back and in 8 years you can come back and try to destroy us again

    November 10, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. LB

    Vegas: Since you wanted to live here when you were making money, but don't want to now pay your fair share, be sure to give up your US Citizenship too when you ship your companies and money over seas.

    November 10, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. 60 year old, white female for Obama

    President Elect Brarck Obama according to the Gallup poll has a 68% approval rating...the highest for an incoming president since polls have been taken (1920)...he has the mandate for his agressive agenda.

    The Republicans now electioneering for 2010 and 2012 should take note...join the program or begin to present your own policies instead of whining, slamming and complaining.

    November 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. WIlly Brown

    I (tax) President (tax) Obama ( tax) will (tax) of the (tax) people (tax) first!(tax). Well that should cover his one term.

    November 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. U.S. Citizen

    He needs to move fast. This administration has done so much damage that much needs to be done to correct it. We have an ultra neoconservative agenda in our government right now so we need to move way to the left. I really hope he pursues a generally progressive agenda on many issues, e.g., environment, energy, global warming, voting rights, presidential power, regulation of the economy and other areas and a center to center left on others, e.g. fair trade agreements, immigration.

    He should also look to making a major change in the underlying philosophy of our foreign policy. Besides willingness to talk, he should be respectful and willing to listen. It should be less about the corporate agenda of pursuing access to resources and our economic interests and more about coexistence and working with the international community for the general welfare and human rights of our citizens and those of other nations, as well as protecting our security. We need to "walk the walk", not just "talk the talk."

    November 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. g ontario canada

    he could be like bush on vacation or golfing when there are promblems like bush really cares all he cares about is his off shore pay checks comming jan.21

    November 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Allen

    obama enough about what kind of dog your going to get your spoiled rotten kids. You should be thinking about all the promises you have made, for the people who voted you in. So get on it and shut up about unimportant stuff.

    November 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    This first thing Obama needs to do is get the PATRIOT Act, the REAL ID Act, and FISA repealed. W. and thugs have been spying on us long enough.

    The next thing he has to do is balance the budget–and not by taxing everything that moves, which is usually the first thing Democrats think of.

    November 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Vegas


    I'm not leaving... Just have to adjust for the new tax plan... can't afford it without down sizing... funny how my fair share is already over 35%... what's your fair share... nothing?

    November 10, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Major

    Democrats: Enjoy the honey and the honey moon.
    Reality will hit you very soon.
    You can't govern a country with big speeches!!

    November 10, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Nicotine

    In the twenty-first century, do you think Obama understands the harmful effect of addiction to nicotine, as he himself is a smoker? Young people are wondering if they should pick up smoking, or quitting it, to be more like their "super-hero?" He claims to be a hard-core model Christian, in the traditional, conservative and moral values of our founding-fathers, so what he is doing to his God-given body, or the Temple of the Holy Spirit, is no longer his choice, but he has a responsibility before the Living God whom he serves faithfully for many years, all his life.

    November 10, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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