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. Kerri

    Civil war.

    January 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. JIM...TX

    Griff...you really should consider seeing a SHRINK and getting meds for your crap attitude about life!

    January 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. god bless the US

    republicans will act like cry baby liberals of 2001 and will try and blame everything that happened in the past 8 years either on Obama or Clinton or Carter.

    Don't be surprised if Iraq and 9/11 became the failure of Obama according to republicans

    January 2, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Ann

    Nothing.. he got what he wanted: he and Michelle in the White House. Now he is just laughing at you!

    January 2, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Laverne

    One thing we can count on are the cynics and haters to continue to bash and trash Obama's every hand. They will lie, wait and try to trap him every chance and opening they get. I predict that God will raise up a standard to protect Obama from his enemies and there are many. Obama will prevail as there are many who are praying for him. The Obama administration are facing many challenges on a domestic and national front which is why I can't believe how our own people would want to see this man fail. NEWS FLASH: If Obama fails, America Fails. The sad part is why so many are plotting and waiting for his demise, you will face tragedies of your own. Remember, you REAP what you SOW!

    January 2, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Deborah

    It will be the collapse of the retail sector and then the collapse of the US economy. It's nobody's fault but our own.

    January 2, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Tom in Delaware

    My prediction is that after what Paul Begula wrote about Ann Coulter, he's going to regret it BIG TIME.

    Paul, or the soon to be Paula, after Ann Coulter gets finished emasculating you (not too hard to begin with), if you think that the Republican Party is lacking in future leadership then you must not be an intellectual yourself, or you're smokin' crack.

    Maybe you're getting things confused with the Black leadership (or lack thereof) in this country since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Either way...sucks to be you.

    January 2, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. GET REAL.

    Of course, you could all try to be optimistic... Adpoting the "us" and "them" partisan attitudes are just making you people rave like loonies. Despite what both sides may claim, change starts at home, so despite the bad weather, you could be out helping in your community or raising your family instead of posting venom on the 'Net.

    Even if I sound like a hippie-dippie liberal right now, I think I have all the evidence I need when I look at you all losing your minds. Seriously. None of you can predict the future (not even Carville), so why don't we just wait and see what happens. In the meantime, the key word here is "support," not "destruction." Worried about the new government? The economy? Get off your butt and DO something. These people here that you're preaching to won't miss you, trust me.

    (Just like they won't miss me... even if this does get posted, I'm sure it'll be lost in a sea of negativity anyway... hello? *tap tap* is this thing on?)

    January 2, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. The big story is where is Obama's aunt?

    She's an illegal immigrant who was deported 4 years ago and then went to live in Public Housing at taxpayer expense. But now someone is hiding her in the U.S. when she should be on the next boat to Kenya.
    What's up with this????

    January 2, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. jbs ohio

    This is to all you McCainiacs,sit back and shut the hell up.We the people has already voted so stop winning about Obama.I think you are scared that he will succeed,country first right,you guys are a joke.Let Obama clean up BUSHES MESS.You McCainiacs have so much hate.I hope you guy's act like this in 2012, please do.You guy's will rather have joe the so called plumber and that so called hockey mom run this country.YOU CLOWNS.

    January 2, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Irritated in Fl

    Obama's homosexuality will irreputably be exposed and there will be another sex scandal in the White House. It'll be interesting to see how he manages his crack habit, being followed by Secret service 24/7.

    January 2, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. All of you are Pathetic Americans

    I do not have a problem with Barack Obama being President. Unlike so many politicians he is very well spoken and has a professional appearance. I do however have a problem with the idiots blaming crap on the Republicans. If you notice it's all the low-life scums who don't know crap that are foaming at the mouth. The racist idiots that will be the demise of Obama are the blacks yelling racism to everyone who doesn't care for Obama. The typical black person does no justice to Obama. Then there are the redneck white folk who think they have it all. In a way I see why they feel like they do. Just look at the paper or news and it's always some black person screaming racism and the fact that they think they are being descriminated against. All you people griping and complaining which is about 95% of the idiots on this blog are Pathetic Americans.

    January 2, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Veronica

    Incompetence on the part of everyone's favorite politician –the almoghty OBAMA will be the big story. Then and only then will these misguided people realize that their great prospective leader is incapable of being the head of a country. He should have tried a governorship before he leapfrogged his way to the top.

    Obama will be a great president!!! he will be YOUR president.Either get use to it or MOVE!!!!

    January 2, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |

    With the southern redneck/talk radio base, the repubs will be the party that hunts down heretics.


    January 2, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. phil.c

    i just dont get it. people whine a lot in this country. whine and whine and whine. its like phil gram former john mccain economic adviser is right when he said it.

    January 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. jaye

    All the naysayers have dire, gloom and doom predictions – why don't we wait and see what happens?
    I am fully confident in our country – and in Barack Obama!!!

    January 2, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. J.P.

    Dear JBS Ohio,
    Please talk with your local elementary school and insist to be allowed to take (or retake) basic English.

    January 2, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    "inuk of the north January 2nd, 2009 10:54 am ET~The big story will be Obama will see the largest downward slide in approval ratings ever recorded." That's impossible, Bushs' approval rating was ~91% after 9/11. WHere's it now... 25,26,27. By my math that's a drop of 65ish pts. Not going to happen.

    My prediction is that the republicans suddenly have no idea what their doing. They've become an old, white, out of touch southern party that has no real baseline of where this country is going. With no clear leader their not going to know how to deal with the new administration. I just hope they don't make things worse!

    January 2, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Arden

    President Obama is the only one that can begin healing the economy. If the GOP doesn't get its act together and start acting like leaders they will only hurt anything that Pres. Obama will try to do. Who's calling who corrupt? Republicans have their own scandals and corrupt politicians. Unless your walking on water I would not judge anyone.

    January 2, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Jimmy

    The internet will self-destruct. A good thing too since it's become the easy-access home for all the various nutcases' and weirdos' opinions and rants (see below).

    January 2, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. geraldine

    1. good speeches
    2. good news attributed to Big O
    3. bad news attributed to Bush and Repubs
    4. Media coverage of 1-3.

    January 2, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Nathan

    I predict that bitter Republicans will continue to leave nasty, bitter messages on CNN's Political Ticker and continue whining and crying all the way to 2012. And then their candidate will get defeated again. Maybe then they'll begin addressing the nation's problems, rather than contributing to them.

    January 2, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Mike Dallas


    "I think Obama will go for the center and have some unexpected allies…the republican moderates."

    I definately admire and hope that your projection is correct, but I am afraid the term "moderate republican" is an oxymoron. They have proven that they are too selfish to care about the little guy, I do not see that changing within the next 4 years.

    January 2, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Matt of Chicago

    If Senator Obama operates in the same way he did in Chicago when he was going up in the political ranks, then he will disappoint many, like me, who supported him. I fear he will "join the DC club" and go along with the Democrat power base – Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, andTed Kennedy. This will be a disaster,

    I also predict that while he may extricate himself form Iraq in 2-3 years, he will mired down in Afghanistan (like the Russians were for 10 years), and Afghanistan will become a much bigger problem that Iraq ever was.

    On the economic front, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd are too enrenched to permit any real reform on Wall Street, Fannie Mae, or the insurance industry. Obama will bow to Union pressure put on all the Dems who get millions from UAW in contributions, and to whom Obama owes for their support, and he will throw more bad money to GM and Chrysler with not real reform or improvement there,

    January 2, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. dr.mimi de la cuz

    Irritated in FL,






    January 2, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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