January 2nd, 2009
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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. Kevin B

    The first quarter of 2009 the new adminstraion will be tested by the minoity party, however at the risk of alienating even more of the electorate they will not be able to over reach.

    On Iraq the withdrawal has been set in motion by the present administration so President Obama will be able to keep his promise to withdraw in a minnimum of 18 months (versus 16 months)

    The preseent administration has brought the bar down so low, that will be easy for Obama to llok good on the economy.

    His biggest success will come in beginning to put the hyer liberal/conservative partisanship on the trash heap in order to really move the nation to next level.

    This what the people really voted for !!

    January 2, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. alvino

    Inuk-

    Don't let facts get in your way. Didn't you also predict the Cubs would win the world series in 2008?

    January 2, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. CHANGE.COM

    Cry me a river for those complaining that the dems are blocking a black man to be seated as a senator. I am black, too, and let me tell you folks something: the moment Roland Burris accepted that nomination, he sunk to the same level as Blogojevich. Burries just wanna add a US senator on his resume and carve it into his cementary monument in Chicago. This guy is crazier than Blago. This is no black or white thing.

    January 2, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Bea

    I prayed for this country and I prayed for wisdom for the will be president Obama. I prayed for forgiveness for the wrongs commited as a Nation and I asked God to heal this Land. i know God is faithful and He will give Obama and his team the wisdom they need to restore this country. This is not about Obama..this is about the future of AMerica. I'll keep on praying.

    January 2, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. richard rohde

    Proud American will come up with 15 different ways to spell idiot.

    January 2, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. SIMP

    Griff???????

    Would you please make a complete coherent sentence? You really can't call anyone an idiot, not unless you are looking into a mirror.

    Hater!!!

    January 2, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Foreign Policy

    Insrael, or Middle East in general.

    January 2, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. proudliberal-independent

    i predict obama will throw progressives under the bus.

    January 2, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Larry of Boston

    The Proud American is also a bit naive today.

    A surplee machine at 7-Eleven is what Obama will be working on in 4 years - as this guy is just plain dangerous - and with NO CLUE.

    Fannie Mae dug this sub prime hole for us - The LARGEST 3 recipients of political contributions from Fannie Mae for the past 3 years are – Barney Frank – Democratic Chair of House Banking Committee; Christopher Dodd – Democratic Chair of Senate Banking Committee; and Mr Obama -- therein lies the problem with sub prime.....and therein lies the prooblem with the corrupt Democrats

    As for change, Obama has appointed the biggest and longest running beauracrats in DC – Biden, Clinton, Richardson, and Daschal -– gimme a break. For the next few years the people running the country will be Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Dodd, Kennedy ....

    January 2, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Kenneth M. of Flushing Queens

    Carter was great! Big Daddy O will do a great job. But he cannot do it alone. My prediciton is that he will win over the GOP and they will support him before it is all done.

    January 2, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. cal

    This board is filled with haters. You people need to find a hobby it's ridiculous how you losers write this stuff. Obama is the man, deal with and put your nasty comments in you personal diaries and not on these blogs everyday, PLEASE!!!

    January 2, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Janey

    Proud American–you must be a friend of M. Obama who is "finally" proud of her country! I am sick of your comments blasting republicans–in case you did not know–republicans have deserted this site because they were not allowed to blog during the election. All of the negatives are disilusioned democrats. Obama term has not even started and , already, there are huge scandals coming out among democrats. The blatant racism against Burris is not to be believed and all from hypocritical democrats. What a quagmire of psychopathology–from unqualified Caroline S. being considered for senate to rejection of a qualified black man for the Senate! Unreal!

    January 2, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. happy new year

    God only knows.

    January 2, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. strong

    Predictions for 2009? For starters: the public's love affair with Obama will go flatter than 3-day-old Coke, gone, fini. Then, we will see him for what he really is ...

    January 2, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. TangoDancer

    Big stories...

    1) gradual economic recovery – with limited gains and decreased unemployment. Nothing colossal but moving in the correct direction.

    2) Wall Street recovery. Things will improve.

    3) Continuing Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Lots of battles, more bombings, killings, etc... We'll continue to get more of what we've alread become accustomed to in this part of the world. No real resolution by the end of 2009

    4) Minimum of six major political scandals – evenly divided among democrats and republicans.

    5) Reduction of military forces in Iraq / Increase in forces to Afghanistan. Successes and failures on both fronts.

    6) The big story will be how the current economic stimulus being so vigorously debated will have the desired POSITIVE effects of jump-starting this economy. This will be the story of 2010 though.

    January 2, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Reality

    Democrats led by the woefully incapable Obama will create all sorts of inefficient bureaucracy and leech America of all its money.

    International businesses, faced with increasing costs, increasing taxes, increasing regulations, and a less productive workforce will relocate off shore.

    Iran, no longer concerned with American military might with Obama in office, will finalize development of a nuclear bomb. Meanwhile, the liberal media will continue to cover up the fact that Saddam was one small step away from having a nuke. (No WMDs indeed.)

    Israel, no longer able to depend on America's support because of Obama, will take measures to secure its border. Oh thats right, this is ALREADY HAPPENING.

    World War III is not off the table. Good pick, Obamabots, good pick.

    January 2, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Skip, a black man

    root of hatred comes from reading comments from CNN.....

    January 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Jan

    I wish the Dems would leave our next president (Sarah Palin) alone and try to reconcile to their racist, corrupted party. No AA's in the Senate if the Dems have their way.

    January 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. dr.mimi de la cuz

    CHOPPY WATERS UP AHEAD.

    BUT WE SHOULD BE OK.

    WE HAVE A GREAT CAPTAIN AT THE HELM

    & A GREAT CREW TO STEER US OUT OF THIS MESS.

    January 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Watermann

    There will be only ONE BIG STORY or QUESTION.
    Are the US politicians, the public, the media, the CEOs, prepared to forget about there own goals and greed and to cooperate for a recovery of the US in total? Just listen again to the major speeches of your PE. May be that you will finally understand what is at stake.

    January 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Well, for starters the Republicans are already trying to put cogs in many wheels to trip Obama, his administration, and the American people as we wheel towards cleaning up the mess of the past eight years.

    Just look at the Republicans: Still dark suited (must be a message there), pale-skinned, stern, narrow-minded, negative, bald (hmmm, a genetic attribute toward Republicanism?), and self centered.

    Where's some sunshine?

    January 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. J.P.

    The big story for 2009: glowing media praise and coverage of Obama. I mean, I can't IMAGINE them actually showering him with praise (sarcasm).

    Also new for 2009, media referring to the POTUS as "President" (fill in POTUS name) versus the previous media reference of "Mister" (fill in POTUS name). Oddly enough, the AP and other news giants made the opposite switch in the standard POTUS title sometime around November or December of 2000. Strange, huh?

    January 2, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Texas Teacher

    Trust me, just as Bush/Cheney had their agenda which was followed by this people, so will Barack Obama. As Joe Biden say, he will give input, but Obama is the President.... and HE will be the final word on ALL decisions! Now that speaks volumes! Obama is a very intelligent, highly educated man as well, he taught Constitutional Law for ten years. This man is qualified to run this country... AND HE WILL with the advice and aid of some of the top minds in this country!

    So get with the program, folks, or remain part of the problem instead of the solution.

    Just sayin'.... :)

    January 2, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Brad

    I am quite confident that with Hillary Clinton as SOS and with the reincarnation of the rest of Bill Clinton's administration, this will be a very positive and prosperous 8 years.........................................New slogan "Yes We Can"(Again)

    January 2, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. AJ

    My prediction is that the nation will discover that Obama cannot walk on water and is alas, just another politician. The public will then hopefully gain some insight and bring their expectations down to a reasonable level. Obama will be neither a great president nor will he be another G.W Bush (meaning a national disaster.)

    January 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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