February 16th, 2009
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CNN Radio Political Notebook: The stimulus and Obama

 The president's legacy may be defined by the success of the stimulus bill.
The president's legacy may be defined by the success of the stimulus bill.

A development just a third of the way through President Obama’s First Hundred Days may come to define his presidency.

In today’s CNN Radio Political Notebook, CNN's Bob Costantini talks with Professor Julian Zelizer of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, who lays out the stakes Obama faces following the passage of the stimulus plan.

In his commentary for CNN.com, Professor Zelizer wrote, “The huge size of this legislation raises the stakes beyond what many presidents confronted in their Hundred Days.”

Related: Zelizer: Stakes are huge for Obama

Listen: CNN Radio's Political Notebook



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  1. Irene

    President Obama has been in office a matter of weeks.........

    It took GW Bush and his Administratiion 8 years to compound the MESS that has been "dumped" into 2009 and onto this new Administration. It will take months, even years, to START turning things around........GIVE THE MAN THE CHANCE!

    We are one Country, folks.......we should all wish President Obama and his Administration SUCCESS in their efforts to dig us out of the "economic pit" we are in.

    IT IS "MAIN STREET'S TURN" NOW"!

    February 16, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. John

    Ray Ray; The republican abuses from Bernard Madoff to Kenny Boy Lay are where you should be looking if you were trying to be honest in even the slightest way about the stock market. But then you rightwingnuts will continue to listen to "Old Druggie Rush" and ditto your way to the poor house.

    February 16, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. catmom

    It's funny listening to Republicans whine. They have been saying that President Obama is the worst President ever since Nov. 5. They think if they say it long enough and loud enough it will be true. What is truly funny, actually pathetic though, was listening to Rush Limbaugh say today that the economic problems that we have today are because of Jimmie Carter and Bill Clinton. Notice how Republicans are so quick to blame any Democrat they can come up with but never accept any blame or responsibility for anything that has occurred under Republican administrations.

    Here we have a President who has been in office for a month and all of a sudden he is responsible for everything that occurred during the past eight years. These posters are to pitiful and blinded by hate to not understand that Obama has had no impact on anything that has occurred to date . He doesn't even have control over the budget as of yet.

    Bottom line is that they want President Obama to fail, they want the country to fail. If President Obama fails then they think that America is so stupid that they will flock to Republicans as their saviors. NOT!! Most Americans understand that it will take years to clean up the mess George Bush and Republicans have made. Republicans playing politics as usual and blaming everyone else in the process. What pitiful, sad people they are.

    February 16, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Gary

    Hey FreeNLovit,

    I agree technology innovation will help. But we have a fundamental cultural problem in this country. Many people want things for free. Some people don't think that they have to work for a living. Some people think that they shouldn't have to pay taxes, that some rich person will pay all the taxes so they can get free education and healthcare. Many people buy crap they don't need and can't afford on credit cards and never pay them back. Many people buy big homes that they can't afford. People think that they can work from age 18 to 65 and support themselves until they are 90 years old. The numbers don't add up: working only 47 years to support 90 years of life. We need to become workers and savers. We need a government that can balance a budget. Until we change our culture we can't improve our nation's situation.

    February 16, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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