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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  1. hometowndemocrat

    Vegas,

    Good job, stash away the money you made on the backs of those 60 people you laid off. No severence for them right? Screw them, you're the only one you need to worry about right?

    November 10, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Deb in Vegas

    Ann–President-elect Obama has more right to refer to himself as "African-American" than most of the people in the country who refer to themselves as "African-American." His father was born in Kenya (Africa) and his mother was born in the US (America). Where were your parents born?

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

    Hey No Change...I'm glad you clarified to the IRS how you can BUY your way out of paying taxes (unpatriotic, I might add). Do you think they can't find you because you did not use your name when you POSTED??

    November 10, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. mary

    gag me

    November 10, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. J.P.

    Oh wait, but I'm told by the media that Obama will govern "from the center."

    Ha! Now that's some funny stuff, right there. Liberals are positioned better now than they've been since 1977... yeah, and how did that work out for America last time?

    Maybe if we're lucky Iran will kidnap FEWWER than 52 hostages this time, our interest rates will be UNDER 20 percent, the unemployment and inflation rates will be SMALLER than double digits each, and there will be no need for terms to describe the crushing economic liberal policies, like "stagflation" or "misery index." I'm not a religious man, but God help us all.

    At least Jimmy Carter may get a reputation/legacy transplant, by way of comparison with Kommrade Obama.

    November 10, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Major

    Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    If you don't have anything to hide why you are worry about patriot act, the real ID Act, and FISA. Are you an illegal immigrant or???
    These laws are for our security.

    November 10, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Vegas

    hometowndemocrat

    Fair enough... you tell me how to stay open and pay my other employees with a 40% increase in overhead and I'll take it under consideration.

    November 10, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Washington Observer

    It will take Obama, Pelosi, and Reid just 8 weeks to dig even a deeper hole than Bush did in 8 years.

    November 10, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Deb in Vegas

    FRODO–FYI...Obama can't move now. He isn't the President. He's mentioned this a few times lately. He's aware of this, why aren't you?

    November 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. hometowndemocrat

    Try cutting your own salary. The fact that you can let 60 people go and talk about it so flippantly speaks volumes of your character.

    My husband recently had to lay off 2 people (as per corporate) and offered to cut his own salary not to do it but they wouldn't go for it.....point being he hasn't slept well in days because of it.

    November 10, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Wow

    Now that the election is over, the board is full of GOP whiners it seems...

    Get over it, Barack HUSSEIN (since you all like it so much) Obama will be the 44th President of the United States. Had McCain won, he wouldn't have faced near the criticism you all exhibit here.

    He is the President-Elect, you don't have to agree with him, but you do have to respect him.

    November 10, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Oregon calling

    How about no Felons in office or able to receive a retirement from we the people if convicted of a felony!!!

    November 10, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Obama?

    Wow- 'He is the President-Elect, you don't have to agree with him, but you do have to respect him.'

    Because the democrats have respected Bush over the past 8yrs

    November 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Dookie

    From wow: <>

    So, you'll be ok if we show him the same respect that those on the left showed President Bush?

    November 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. J J

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

    That is not up to Obama, if Bush pardons anyone they are pardoned. Much like when Clinton did and other presidents in the past.

    November 10, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. J J

    Gloria – Minnesota November 10th, 2008 1:48 pm ET

    "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."

    Trying to lower expectations already?

    November 10, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Greed is not good

    Let's do this thing...off to a great start with a nice ambitious, aggressive plan for progress! Energy independence, rebuild U.S. industry and JOBS!

    November 10, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Vegas

    hometowndemocrat

    I applaud your husband... and the flippitness was aimed at a particular poster... I lost my cool a bit...

    It will make me sick to lay anyone off (some have been here a long time)... that would not be my first option (closing the doors puts my out of work too)... however it may be my last... I could cut my entire salary (already took a 25% cut along with my shop chiefs) and not even dent the tax increases I'll owe... bottom line is we either lay off half... or loss them all...

    November 10, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. jobs

    hometowndemocrat November 10th, 2008 3:38 pm ET

    Try cutting your own salary. The fact that you can let 60 people go and talk about it so flippantly speaks volumes of your character.

    My husband recently had to lay off 2 people (as per corporate) and offered to cut his own salary not to do it but they wouldn't go for it…..point being he hasn't slept well in days because of it.
    ----–
    But....your husband is still working there? seems he could quit, sleep better at night and allow the 2 employees to stay.

    November 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. frodo

    @Deb in Vegas November 10th, 2008 3:31 pm ET

    FRODO–FYI…Obama can't move now. He isn't the President. He's mentioned this a few times lately. He's aware of this, why aren't you?
    ------
    Sarcasm is lost on you...OF COURSE HE CAN'T DO ANYTHING NOW...that is the whole point. And, it's unlikely given history that he'll do anything in 4 years...he'll say he needs 8. This is what most presidents have done, thus the somewhat serious suggestion that he actually do EVERYTHING in the first days of him BEING president...then we won't have to bicker anymore

    November 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Maude, MN

    What do you mean too soon, we wanted change, now here it is. Let's give Barack the benefit of the doubt and let him make his decisions on his own time. Now is a good time to plan his agenda because Bush will be in office until January. Obama is not the president, let's remember that.

    November 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Tate

    As a money manager I have not spoke to one small business who is already or in the process of layoffs. They are scared to death of his socialist agenda. So all you people with your heads in the clowns you better get your resume ready! Raising taxes in a recesion what a clown he is.

    November 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. The Dog

    Sounds as though team Obama is trying as hard as they can to lower the lofty expectations that they themselves raised with all of their campaign promises. And why not...if things go wrong, they'll simply say what they've said for 8 years..."Not out fault...Blame Bush!!!". And if things go well, they'll say that it was their brilliant policies that were the cause for improvement. I hope that Obama will have the nation's economic well-being at the top of the list and not have payback for MoveOn and the labor unions at the top of the list. I guess if he floats that ridiculous card-check legislation out there right away, we'll know a good bit about his priorities.

    November 10, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Chuck

    An agenda? What's that? We haven't had one for 8 years. Oh yeah, if you mean being lied to, decieved, and corrupt, then I guess we have had an agenda.

    November 10, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Jennie, AK

    What do you mean too soon, we wanted change, now here it is. Let's give Barack the benefit of the doubt and let him make his decisions on his own time. Now is a good time to plan his agenda because Bush will be in office until January. Obama is not the president, let's remember that.

    November 10, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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