OBAMA IN CHARGE: Things Off To A Good Start

  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 08, 2008 3:28 PM GMT
    While its very early, I'm impressed with the start to the tenure of President
    elect Obama. He seems to be off and running, engaged and ready to take on the problems of the country.

    His chief of staff appointment may been a little partisan, but I think most feel he knows how to get things done. I'm convinced there will be a number of republicans involved in the process. He seems to be focused on avoided any missteps during the transition period.

    More than anything he shows a new administration of competence, a thorough approach to decision making and priorities. Great start.
  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Nov 08, 2008 7:54 PM GMT
    I'd have to agree. I thought the brief press conference yesterday was right on. Concise, matter of fact, etc. Rham is a bit partisan but seems to be able to get things rolling on on the hill. Good pick. The economic advisors seem like a pretty good group of heavy weights as well.
  • GQjock

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    Nov 08, 2008 8:38 PM GMT
    I agree ...
    I was very impressed myself
    He's a breath of fresh air in a very troubled time
    He brings with him a feeling of confidence
    I was impressed with the people he's surrounding himself too

    I think Rahm Emmanuel is a perfect choice
    He's partisan yes ... but that's what you want for a chief of staff
    You want a man or a woman who will do anything for you

  • Koaa2

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    Nov 08, 2008 11:49 PM GMT
    I think he looked good to, although I don't understand this dog thing! Supposed to make him look ?????
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    Nov 08, 2008 11:53 PM GMT
    A better choice than McCain and lets not even start with Bush.

    But in the end I'm afraid he's just going to be a better band-aid.
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    Nov 09, 2008 1:29 AM GMT
    Obama Positions Himself to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions on Environmental, Social Issues

    By Ceci Connolly and R. Jeffrey Smith
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Sunday, November 9, 2008

    Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse the president on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

    A team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration. The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.

    In some instances, Obama would be quickly delivering on promises he made during his two-year campaign, while in others he would be embracing Clinton-era policies upended by President Bush during his eight years in office.

    "The kind of regulations they are looking at" are those imposed by Bush for "overtly political" reasons, in pursuit of what Democrats say was a partisan Republican agenda, said Dan Mendelson, a former associate administrator for health in the Clinton administration's Office of Management and Budget. The list of executive orders targeted by Obama's team could well get longer in the coming days, as Bush's appointees are rushing to enact a number of last-minute policies in an effort to extend his legacy.


    A spokeswoman said yesterday that no plans for regulatory changes had been finalized. "Before he makes any decisions on potential executive or legislative actions, he will be conferring with congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, as well as interested groups," Obama transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said. "Any decisions would need to be discussed with his Cabinet nominees, none of whom have been selected yet."

    Still, the preelection transition team, comprising mainly lawyers, has positioned the incoming president to move fast on high-priority items without waiting for Congress.

    Obama himself has signaled, for example, that he intends to reverse Bush's controversial limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, a decision that scientists say has restrained research into some of the most promising avenues for defeating a wide array of diseases such as Parkinson's. Bush's August 2001 decision pleased religious conservatives who have moral objections to the use of cells from days-old human embryos, which are destroyed in the process.

    But Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) said that during Obama's final swing through her state in October, she reminded him that because the restrictions were never included in legislation, Obama "can simply reverse them by executive order." Obama, she said, "was very receptive to that." Opponents of the restrictions have already drafted an executive order he could sign.

    The new president is also expected to lift a so-called global gag rule barring international family planning groups that receive U.S. aid from counseling women about the availability of abortion, even in countries where the procedure is legal, said Cecile Richards, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, he rescinded the Reagan-era regulation, known as the Mexico City Policy, but Bush reimposed it.

    "We have been communicating with his transition staff" almost daily, Richards said. "We expect to see a real change."

    While Obama said at a news conference last week that his top priority would be to stimulate the economy and create jobs, his advisers say that focus will not delay key shifts in social and regulatory policies, including some -- such as the embrace of new environmental safeguards -- that Obama has said will have long-term, beneficial impacts on the economy.

    The president-elect has said, for example, that he intends to quickly reverse the Bush administration's decision last December to deny California the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles. "Effectively tackling global warming demands bold and innovative solutions, and given the failure of this administration to act, California should be allowed to pioneer," Obama said last January.

    California had sought permission from the Environmental Protection Agency to require that greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles be cut by 30 percent between 2009 and 2016, effectively mandating that cars achieve a fuel economy standard of at least 36 miles per gallon within eight years. Seventeen other states had promised to adopt California's rules, representing in total 45 percent of the nation's automobile market. Environmentalists cheered the California initiative because it would stoke innovation that would potentially benefit the entire country.

    "An early move by the Obama administration to sign the California waiver would signal the seriousness of intent to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil and build a future for the domestic auto market," said Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

    Before the election, Obama told others that he favors declaring that carbon dioxide emissions are endangering human welfare, following an EPA task force recommendation last December that Bush and his aides shunned in order to protect the utility and auto industries.

    Robert Sussman, who was the EPA's deputy administrator during the Clinton administration and is now overseeing EPA transition planning for Obama, wrote a paper last spring strongly recommending such a finding. Others in the campaign have depicted it as an issue on which Obama is keen to show that politics must not interfere with scientific advice.

    Some related reforms embraced by Obama's transition advisers would alter procedures for decision-making on climate issues. A book titled "Change for America," being published next week by the Center for American Progress, an influential liberal think tank, will recommend, for example, that Obama rapidly create a National Energy Council to coordinate all policymaking related to global climate change.

    The center's influence with Obama is substantial: It was created by former Clinton White House official John D. Podesta, a co-chairman of the transition effort, and much of its staff has been swept into planning for Obama's first 100 days in office.

    The National Energy Council would be a counterpart to the White House National Economic Council that Clinton created in a 1993 executive order. "It would make sure all the oars are rowing in the right direction" and ensure that climate change policy "gets lots of attention inside the White House," said Daniel J. Weiss, a former Sierra Club official and senior fellow with the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

    The center's new book will also urge Obama to sign an executive order requiring that greenhouse gas emissions be considered whenever the federal government examines the environmental impact of its actions under the existing National Environmental Policy Act. Several key members of Obama's transition team have already embraced the idea.

    Other early Obama initiatives may address the need for improved food and drug regulation and chart a new course for immigration enforcement, some Obama advisers say. But they add that only a portion of his early efforts will be aimed at undoing Bush initiatives.

    Despite enormous pent-up Democratic frustration, Obama and his team realize they must strike a balance between undoing Bush actions and setting their own course, said Winnie Stachelberg, the center's senior vice president for extern
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    Nov 09, 2008 1:32 AM GMT
    Koaa2 saidI think he looked good to, although I don't understand this dog thing! Supposed to make him look ?????


    I was caught off guard by that too but I remember pieces on FDR and how much he look liked he enjoyed himself despite the enormous weight on his shoulders. I think Obama was serious, concise, cautious while enjoying it all.
  • silverfox

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    Nov 09, 2008 2:23 AM GMT
    IdkMyBffJill saidI'd have to agree. I thought the brief press conference yesterday was right on.



    Everything except the Nancy Reagan/ Seonce stuff icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Nov 09, 2008 2:35 AM GMT
    I was thouroughly impressed by Obama's first press conference. I was thinking that I could get used to his almost daily face very fast. About the seonce, I thought that was tongue-in-cheek. But when he called himself a mutt in terms of his mixed race, I thought that he was the best self-humored President in a long time.
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    Nov 09, 2008 2:36 AM GMT


    Can someone explain the 'dog thing'?
  • coolarmydude

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    Nov 09, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    Obama promised his girls that if he were elected President, they would be able to pick a puppy. Now there's a non-official poll for Americans to pick the type of puppy, but it has to be hypo-alergenic as one of the girls is allergic to dog hair. The lead runner is a mutt adopted from a no-kill shelter.


    It's a cute, human story that perosnifies the President and his family. Go with it. My dog, Guinness, a black lab, is rooting for a black lab, naturally.
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    Nov 09, 2008 2:52 AM GMT


    Twirtle!
    So really all it is, is what it is. They want a pet and have invited opinions of the public. Pretty classy and inclusive.
    Does there have to be ulterior motives?
  • coolarmydude

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    Nov 09, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    meninlove said,

    "Twirtle!
    So really all it is, is what it is. They want a pet and have invited opinions of the public. Pretty classy and inclusive.
    Does there have to be ulterior motives?"


    Republicans think that is still Socialist!
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    Nov 09, 2008 3:05 AM GMT

    ...well, we are 'social' creatures, us humans. er, what are they?

    (oops sorry, no flames here!)

    *grabs the nearest dog and has him pee on sparks starting to catch on thread*
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    Nov 09, 2008 6:48 AM GMT
    GQjock saidI agree ...
    I was very impressed myself
    He's a breath of fresh air in a very troubled time
    He brings with him a feeling of confidence
    I was impressed with the people he's surrounding himself too

    I think Rahm Emmanuel is a perfect choice
    He's partisan yes ... but that's what you want for a chief of staff
    You want a man or a woman who will do anything for you




    I agree. The Republicans are complaining about Rahm Emmanuel because they are bitter losers who know that he'll kick their asses--as he should!

    I think the cry for post-partisanship is naive. Get real! Obama is a Democrat, and he will, for the most part, conduct himself as such. He'll probably pick 1 or 2 token Republicans and call it a day. I'm hoping he only picks 1.
  • joggerva

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    Nov 09, 2008 7:17 AM GMT
    We are off to a good start.

    http://change.gov/jobs/apply/

    Obama has included sexual orientation AND gender identity in his non-discrimination clause for Presidential Appointments.