January 2nd, 2009
10:38 AM ET
9 years ago

2009 political predictions: What will be the big story?

Barack Obama will take office with a big to-do list in front of him.

Barack Obama will take office with a big to-do list in front of him.

(CNN) - This past year was full of unexpected twists and turns on the campaign trail.

With a new president taking over and a host of problems awaiting him, there's no telling what will happen in 2009.

CNN's political analysts and contributors offered up some of their predictions for the upcoming year:

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  1. PayRod

    Blago gets voted "Man of the year" by taxpayers for creating Chaos in Congress for wasting our money.

    January 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Mike in NYC

    The first sitting President to be added to Mt. Rushmore.

    You heard it here first.

    January 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. carol

    Such hateful responses on this blog even before PE Obama is in office...some will never give him the chance regardless which is very sad because whether they like or not he will be "their" President as well.
    We had an awful 2008 and earlier years were not much better under Bush, so the only way it can go is up under PE Obama and I have great faith in him to do the very best he can for this country.
    We who voted for him will be watching and will hold him accountable with things we see as not right and this is our right to do so.....we don't have to agree with everything a President does and blindly follow which unfortunately the Republican party tend to do.
    It is not un-patriotic either, it's our right as citizen's to let our voice be heard and not follow like sheep.

    January 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Apples for sale

    Obama will do just fine.Good morning Richard Rohde or who ever you are today.We all now know you by your Rush Limbaugh talking points and hate filled comments and the one hundred or more names you use to try to make us think there are more morons posting here than there really are.Im at the point where I just laugh at you or just out right ignore you.I just wish they had an ignore button on here that would work by your isp.I would like to read posts by people with real comments without having to wade through your garbage.

    January 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    We've proven we're willing to spend $4.00 per gallon for gasoline. How about a one dollar per gallon tax at the pump, to offset the $500 million debt our nation has incurred to pay for the invasion and occupation of Iraq?

    January 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. knowlege

    I don't know about those with condemning comments on here, but Obama is gonna be a great president. Yes I'm an educated African American that knows what is right and what is wrong. I think there will be more stories, but it won't affect Obama. He has always come out of it and it shows. Whites that are against Obama are always trying to find some little thing to pin on Obama to make him look like the bad guy. I hate to say this, but it has to do with race and being ignorant to reality. We as proud Americans don't condone bigotry and look to help our president elect to turn this country around and you should stop with the racism and ignorance and think more about why you hate America. Please stop being mad at the world. Think positive. We are all one nation under god!

    January 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Proud American

    inuk of the north – Obama could move into the White House on Jan 20th, go upstair and straight to bed. He could stay in bed for the next 4 years and never utter one word and still be a better president than George Bush.

    January 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Aaron from Ohio

    I agree with a couple of the CNN analysts. I think Obama will have problems with the democratic leadership over whether we will be center left or left. I think Obama will go for the center and have some unexpected allies...the republican moderates. I also think the schism in the republican party will get worse. There will be a battle between those who feel the party isn't far enough to the right and those who believe it swung to far to the right. I think they will have to suffer another bad election cycle in 2010 before they move to the center. This year however, I think the right wing will prevail.

    January 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. ml - California

    Hard to predict, with many priorities facing Obama. It would be nice
    and a big story, if Obama could start cleaning up corruption, oh, and that applies to CONGRESS!

    January 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Toby in Illinois

    Now that Headline News has degenerated into HLN, lowering expectations of anything more newsworthy than runaway brides and promising ever more ad nauseum "discussion" and shouting matches, I predict a further stultification of the populace and degradation of the electorate.

    January 2, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. George Bush

    Biggest story of 2009. Taxes that will be raised to pay for all the bailout and campaign promises. It's already begun with the gas tax to pay for job creation in revamping our infrastructure. It's only the beginning, dems always raise taxes.

    January 2, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. clifford

    Here's what won't happen! A scandal free Obama administration!!

    January 2, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Ken

    My prediction is that in 2009 people will see that Bush did a good job afterall. The current economic downturn was caused by a bunch of liberal whiners, the media, and the ungodly budget surplus that Clinton foisted on the Bush administration in 2000. The invasion and occupation of Iraq was pure genius, allowing us to bring bin Laden to justice, to show the Iraqi people how to live freely in a military-free and electricty-free society, and to capture huge numbers of WMDs that Saddam was hoarding to sell to al Queda......so Bush did a great job.....

    Oh wait, that's called a fairytale, not a prediction. But in some quarters that fairytale substitutes as 'fact' and is spewed to the vacuous neo-morons for instant belief, despite the obvious and overwhelming evidence of pervasive [R]ightwing failure over the last 8 years.

    My real prediction for 2009 is that I will attempt to disembowel the rightwing underbelly of this nation at every opportunity. It is the biggest single longterm threat to my family and this nation. As our patriotic duty, all of us should no more ignore that threat than the threat posed by the Muslim terrorists......both represent a hatred for the underpinnings of our modern society - freedom and the Enlightenment. Both need immediate and constant attention. Both need a response of overwhelming force to protect our nation and the world. Nov. 2008 was a great start.

    January 2, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    I think Obama Will have his hands full with demands from the left. We have already seen that some special interest groups think that they can tell Obama what to do. I am proud that Obama so far has been able to ignore them and try to focus on what matters to everyone. One of my major concerns about Obama was his ability to work from the center not because he is a radical but because the special interest groups will soon be kicking down his door and telling him that he needs to do what they want or he will loose the support of that group. So far he has not cracked under the pressure and I hope he keeps it up.

    January 2, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    My first prediction is about mother nature! I hope and pray that it starts snowing in Israel and the Gaza Strip for both sides to really cool down!

    There is one President at a time but at this time there is a new reality in the world. America has to remember to cash in on the huge interest of this election and on the fact that Obama and the american election was viewed from around the world has real change is coming in the world to offer a new attitude. This current international crisis and the images being seen of this war on one side and the people in the street for Gaza shows through media and now the internet, how fragile the good feeling towards the new president is and how it is at risk of being short lived if the heritage of this current administration is to not express, since it is all about perception, how folks from all walks of life truly desire to put an end to any type of violence in this world we all live in and we are all interconnected in this world of ours.

    January 2, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Lauren the Designer

    I predict that there will be even more whining, blaming, and hatred from the anti-Obama people on here.

    Oh look! I'm already right!!

    January 2, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. SAD SAD

    To The Watcher,..inuk of the north ...and the rest clueless people who are expecting downfall of the new President. You people need to get of the wagon of hatred that will only lead to treason. Jmac and Sarah told stevens to resign and the rest of the GOP wing nuts....did steven resign..?
    Please you brainless idiots always see dirt in someone's eyes and never mind the log in your own eyes Jesus Christ called that hypocricy. The election is way over.

    January 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Stanley in NJ

    More shadiness from Obama.

    January 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. RealityKing

    Lack of independent news coverage by the progressive MSM. i.e. State run media..

    January 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Nora L in CA

    Obama steps down in a Birth Certificate scandal that proves he's ineligible to be President. Biden becomes President, Picks Hillary for VP and he decides not to run in 4 years paving the way for a Hillary Clinton Presidency – which she rightfully won anyway.

    January 2, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Gallimimus

    The biggest story for 2009 will be the level of respect for our new president. After Jan. 20th, Obama will be president and will be able to start working for the people of America. I predict that Obama's approval rating will be off the charts by the end of 2009.

    January 2, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Dave, Illinois

    Kudos to you Robin.
    I predict that Reid, Pelosi, Frank, and Dodd will be a serious handicap for Obama. I see these jokers prescribing the same old failed liberal fixes to this nations problems. I did not vote for Obama, but I see a glimmer of centrist showing through and I think that the old Libs in Congress will do their best to pull him hard left.

    January 2, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Sherrol in Canada

    The link to James Carville's predictions doesn't work!!

    January 2, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Ted:Canada

    Watch what happens to the "Republicans" this could get real NASTY!

    January 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. MikeH

    Despite a concerted effort by rght-wing America-hating Republican exytremists (cheered on by wackos posters here) to obstruct Obama's plan to reverse America's economic and manufacturing decline, Obama will, with the help of the common rational man, begin to make headway and put in place programs that will result in real progress towards a stronger, better educated, democratic America.

    Scortched-earth theo-facists, like griff, will go crazy and either end their lives to protest progress or move to Burma.

    January 2, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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