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President-Elect Obama Meets the Press

Posted on Nov 7, 2008

During his first press conference as president-elect, Sen. Barack Obama stressed that he’s not in the Oval Office yet but offered a few specifics about how he plans to handle the economic crisis once he moves in. He also addressed a reporter’s question about that most pressing of issues: which breed of dog his family will choose.




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By diamond, November 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

Obama has specifically stated that trickle down economics does not work and will not be part of his economic plan. Anyone who believes he will bring in a draft is in dreamland. By any name whatsoever it would be political suicide and Obama knows that. Besides which I don’t think he’s interested in unending war and is more interested in getting America ‘out of the ditch’ as he called it. The only administration that suggested privatizing social security was the Bush administration and they wanted to do that because it was part of their free market insanity. Only a political party that didn’t want to be in office any more would even put the idea on the table now. Bush was soundly defeated on it himself. I think some people are sour because Obama won and just want to put as many lies and rumours around as they can before he takes office. He hasn’t even been sworn in. Judge him on what he does not on what some people say he will do. All the stuff abour Rahm E. is just sour grapes too. He’s been a very effective organizer for the Democrats and has got a lot of Democrats elected. The only people who would hate him for that would be Republicans and people who voted for the greens or Nader. He didn’t even want to be chief of staff but Obama persuaded him. Doesn’t sound like a power hungry zionist to me. Now, if you were talking about Joe Lieberman I would agree.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, November 8, 2008 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

I doubt we’ll ever see an end to SS given what just happened to privatized retirement.

The draft is one way to spread the jeopardy of military service from those who see it as their life’s single option to even the wealthiest among us, thereby making war a reality to all families, not just the underpriveleged. Since the rich won’t like this, they are more likely to oppose anything but purely defensive war, making it less likely their own chilren will be called to serve.

I doubt there will be an attack on Iran any time soon, unless Shrub does it in within the next month or two.  Obama is way smarter than that.  Look for transparency and truthiness that became such a rare commidity in the neocon adminstration.  Used to be “Shoot now and forget the talking.”  Now it will be talk and keep talking, if there’s any small sign of movement, and avoid at all costs committing a kid to war. We’ve learned our lesson, haven’t we?

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By Folktruther, November 8, 2008 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment

Smith just reported in his Progressive news column that both McCain and Obama were having their aides meeting secretly to develop a military and economic attack on Iran. As the Israeli’s have constantly supported. Both of the two Israelis running for leadership of Israel are against Obama talking to the Iranians.  ‘A sign of weakness.’

Both Obama and McCoin are for a draft.  Obama considers this necessary for US secruity. The Dem rep Rangel has proposed many bills in the house for a draft.  Rahm Emmanuel is against calling it a draft and proposes another name.

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By felicity, November 8, 2008 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

Jaded Prole - in reference to your second paragraph, I recently heard a fascinating explanation of why we can’t force the Dow boys who accept our bail-out money to apply that money to other than fattening the bonuses/pay of themselves and their other chosen ones.  The reason?  Because if forced to abide by our rules, they won’t accept the money in the first place. He said this with an absolutely straight face.
(I went into a catatonic shock.)

As far as the auto industry is concerned, somebody important suggested that the Detroit boys should commit to making one very good car, in other words one model, so good that Americans would flock to the show-rooms in droves happy (and relieved) to be able to buy American - getting 60/mpg among other amenities.

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By troublesum, November 8, 2008 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

If he’s going to reassemble the Clinton administration why the hell didn’t he let Hillary have the job?  She wanted it more than he did.  Change we can believe in.

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By troublesum, November 8, 2008 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

According to the Huffington Post, the next pick for the Obama/Clinton administration is Anthony Lake for CIA.  Lake was Clinton’s national security advisor.

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By Fadel Abdallah, November 8, 2008 at 9:44 am Link to this comment

Yes, I watched and heard Obama’s first press conference and was highly disturbed at what I have seen and heard.

First, I was disturbed that Emanuel Rahm will be the real power broker in the Obama’s administration. I was disturbed to see how he gestured to the vice president Joe Biden ordering him where to stand.

Second, I was disturbed to hear that this Emanuel Rahm was the first appointment of Obama to run the whole show.

Third, I read the following article by John Whitbeck which contains disturbing information about this power broker of the Obama administration. Please read the excerpts below and read the whole article at Counterpunch.
Obama, Emanuel and Israel


“In the first major appointment of his administration, President-elect Barack Obama has named as his chief of staff Congressman Rahm Emanuel, an Israeli citizen and Israeli army veteran whose father, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, was a member of Menachem Begin’s Irgun forces during the Nakba and named his son after “a Lehi combatant who was killed”—i.e., a member of Yitzhak Shamir’s terrorist Stern Gang, responsible for, in addition to other atrocities against Palestinians, the more famous bombing of the King David Hotel and assassination of the UN peace envoy Count Folke Bernadotte.

In rapid response to this news, the editorial in the next day’s Arab News (Jeddah) was entitled “Don’t pin much hope on Obama—Emanuel is his chief of staff and that sends a message”. This editorial referred to the Irgun as a “terror organization” (a judgment call) and concluded: “Far from challenging Israel, the new team may turn out to be as pro-Israel as the one it is replacing.”

That was always likely. Obama repeatedly pledged unconditional allegiance to Israel during his campaign, most memorably in an address to the AIPAC national convention which Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery characterized as “a speech that broke all records for obsequiousness and fawning”, and America’s electing a black president has always been more easily imagined than any American president’s declaring his country’s independence from Israeli domination.” ........

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By Fahrenheit 451, November 8, 2008 at 6:39 am Link to this comment

“During his first press conference as president-elect, Sen. Barack Obama stressed that he’s not in the Oval Office yet…....”
I’ll bet he wishes he were.

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By troublesum, November 8, 2008 at 5:02 am Link to this comment

Lawrence Summers was the first to suggest to Clinton that Social Security be turned over to wall street back in ‘97 but then Monica Lewinski stepped on stage and Clinton got tied up with the House Judiciary Committee.

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By Jaded Prole, November 8, 2008 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

In his call to “set aside politics and partisanship” I believe Obama is putting his opposition on the spot. He is inviting them to join in working with him but the real message is that he has the political capital and numbers to crush any opposition. That he has Rahm Emmanuel on board makes it clear that he will roll over them should they attempt obstruction. It is the steel hand in the velvet glove. No, he won’t turn SSI over to Wall St. Whether is plan succeeds economically is another matter.

If we are going to publicly subsidize the auto industry then I think that industry has to answer to and be open to public direction. Any industry that accepts major public subsidies should also accept public ownership.

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By troublesum, November 8, 2008 at 4:33 am Link to this comment

He’s warming us up for the main event which is turning Social Security over to wall street.  The $700 billion was only a drop in the bucket, not hardly enough to do the job.  The problem is that the country is already maxed out in borrowing from other countries - there’s a danger that they will call in their chips.  Now with social security you have a couple trillion dollars sitting there which doesn’t have to be borrowed and wall street has had its eye on it for years.  They couldn’t get their hands on it by legislative action three years ago but you see we have this crisis now… we’ve got to sacrifice… we’ve got to act swiftly… we’ve got to put politics and partisanship aside…

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By cyrena, November 7, 2008 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

Well, according to troublesum, Obama says this…“We have to put aside politics and partisanship” (he’s only been saying that for a few years, so most of us have probably heard him say it) and troublesum says that when he says -that- he really ‘means’ this:

“.. What he means is that we have to go along with the usual one sided class warfare, top down.  They’re going to get billions; we’re going to get unemployment benefits…”

So, for any of you that need an interpretor, because you don’t understand English the way that Obama speaks it, then you can just hire troublesum to tell you what he means, despite what the words mean to you.

I think everyone should hire her, because while troublesum might think she’s gonna get unemployment benefits, that might not happen. At least not before Jan 21st. It’s hard living out there without an income.

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By troublesum, November 7, 2008 at 6:51 pm Link to this comment

As Nader says, Obama is non-confrontational; that’s why he keeps saying we need to put aside politics and partisanship.  Wall street is as partisan as you can get so how are you going to put aside partisanship?  What he means is that we have to go along with the usual one sided class warfare, top down.  They’re going to get billions; we’re going to get unemployment benefits.

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By Blackspeare, November 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment

I may be wrong, but I think the USA might just have its first co-president.  I can’t remember another time when a president-elect held a news conference so close to the election and then took on the current administration though BHO did it quite tactfully!

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