January 10th, 2009
12:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Borger: Do congressional Dems need intervention?

Some key Democrats are balking at President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan.
Some key Democrats are balking at President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Yes, it's early. Very early. Barack Obama hasn't even moved into Blair House yet.

But it's time - for an intervention.

How else to confront the oddly self-destructive behavior of congressional Democrats? How else to figure out why they seem intent on depriving their new president of a swift - and truly bipartisan - victory on his all-important economic stimulus package?

Watch Candy Crowley report on Obama's sales pitch

It's as if they haven't quite figured out what the public meant when it voted to change business as usual. Or that sometimes, in order to get something done, the perfect is the enemy of the good, as the cliché goes. Or to effectively cripple the Obama presidency in its infancy would be, er, bad for them.

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Filed under: Congress • President-elect Obama
January 10th, 2009
11:18 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to host dinners honoring Powell, Biden and McCain

Obama will honor his former presidential rival at an inauguration week dinner.
Obama will honor his former presidential rival at an inauguration week dinner.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Obama will host a series of dinners the night before his inauguration honoring Ret. Gen. Colin Powell, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, and his former presidential rival, Republican Sen. John McCain, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Saturday.

"In these times of great challenge and great change, leadership requires rising above the same old narrow partisanship," the president-elect said in a statement released by the committee.

"Each of these distinguished Americans has spent his life in service to his country, at each and every moment placing the interests of America before issues of political party. That is precisely the spirit of common purpose we need as we begin the work ahead."

The committee said the events will be held at the National Building Museum, Union Station and the Hilton Washington.


Filed under: Colin Powell • Joe Biden • John McCain • President-elect Obama
January 10th, 2009
09:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama: stimulus plan could create, save up to 4 million jobs

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama now says his plan to pump up the ailing economy could create or save three to four million jobs, more than the 2.6 million jobs the government says were lost last year.

In his weekly radio and YouTube address, the President-elect gave details on a report released by his transition team. The report details the types of jobs that would be created or saved by Obama's stimulus proposals, officially known as the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan."

"The report confirms that our plan will likely save or create three to four million jobs. Ninety percent of these jobs will be created in the private sector – the remaining 10 percent are mainly public sector jobs we save, like the teachers, police officers, firefighters and others who provide vital services in our communities," says the President-elect.

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Filed under: Congress • President-elect Obama • stimulus plan
January 8th, 2009
04:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Bush Delivers Final Policy Speech with Few Watching

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - Twelve days before he leaves office, President Bush delivered his final policy speech, choosing to focus on his signature education reform law known as "No Child Left Behind."

But as he spoke, television networks – including CNN – carried another address happening simultaneously: President-elect Barack Obama's speech on the ailing US economy.

"At the end of the presidency, you get to do a lot of 'lasts,'” Mr. Bush noted in his remarks at a school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"This is my last policy speech. As President of the United States, this is the last policy address I will give," Bush said.

"What makes it interesting is that it's the same subject of my first policy address as President of the United States, which is education and education reform."

January 7th, 2009
03:12 PM ET
6 years ago

Another Sign of the Changing of the Guard

WASHINGTON (CNN) – When President Bush says "Thank you all," at the end of an Oval Office photo-op, that's usually the signal for White House press aides to usher journalists out - and fast.

But during Wednesday's historic gathering of five U.S. presidents - past, present and future - Bush's customary signal didn't have the desired effect. President Bush said “Thank you all” while shaking hands with President-elect Barack Obama, aides demanded the camera lights go off and started herding reporters and technicians towards the door...

But Obama launched into remarks of his own. Video of the event shows the television lights getting turned back on and quickly repositioning as the cameras continued rolling.

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December 30th, 2008
05:41 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama says Burris appointment 'disappointing'

President-elect Barack Obama released a statement Tuesday criticizing Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to appoint Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate:

"Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy," said President-elect Obama.

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