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VIDEO: Obama addresses the nation

Published: Sunday January 18, 2009

Two days away from his swearing in, President-elect Obama addressed the nation at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday afternoon.

The Obamas, and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden and his family, began the day on a somber note by placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, departing for Sunday church services.

Festivities commenced on the National Mall with musical performers and guest speakers. Musicians performing at the event included Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce Knowles, Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks and U2’s Bono. The invocation was delivered by openly gay Episcopal bishop V. Gene Robinson.

President-elect Obama’s entire speech, as broadcast on CNN, is embedded below, followed by a full transcript.



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By The New York Times | January 4, 2009, 1:50 pm

President-elect Barack Obama listening to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson speak at the Dec. 3, 2008, news conference announcing Mr. Richardson’s nomination as commerce secretary. (Tannen Maury/European Pressphoto Agency)

President-elect Barack Obama listening to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson speak at the Dec. 3, 2008, news conference announcing Mr. Richardson’s nomination as commerce secretary. (Tannen Maury/European Pressphoto Agency)

Update | 2:04 p.m. Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico confirmed in a statement released Sunday afternoon that he has withdrawn his name as the commerce secretary nominee, citing a pending “investigation of a company that has done business with New Mexico state government.”

In a separate statement, President-elect Obama has confirmed that he has, with “deep regret”, accepted Mr. Richardson’s withdrawal. (more…)

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Obama team, Congress fleshing out stimulus bill

Dec 19, 7:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama’s team and congressional staff are scrambling to come up with details of a plan to pump up the droopy economy with $650 billion or more in government spending over the next few years.

The aides met in the basement of the Capitol on Friday to devise ways to pump public money into science, energy, education, health care and infrastructure programs, as well as to help the poor and unemployed.

They hope unleashing a torrent of spending in the near term will create jobs and lift the economy.

But the amounts of money under consideration are so enormous – larger than either the Pentagon’s annual budget or the entire domestic budget passed each year by Congress – that it’s likely to prove challenging to spend so much without wasting taxpayer dollars.

Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress want to enact the still-emerging plan as soon as possible after he takes office on Jan. 20. They hope to agree on an outline by Christmas, said a House Democratic leadership aide, who requested anonymity to discuss the ongoing talks.

The plan, which some Obama aides think could swell to about $850 billion after negotiations with Congress, would be the largest investment in public infrastructure since the federal highway system was established in the 1950s. It also would provide tens of billions in dollars of aid to financially strapped states.


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Obama: Time’s “Person of the Year”

HuffPo- December 17, 2008 10:27 AM EST | AP

NEW YORK — President-elect Barack Obama has won another contest: He’s been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2008.

The magazine has named Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Gov. Sarah Palin and Chinese director Zhang Yimou as runners-up.

Last year’s winner was Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Previous individual winners have included Bono, President George W. Bush and Amazon.com CEO and founder Jeff Bezos.


On the Net: http://www.time.com/

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DOJ blocking Obama transition team from reviewing documents on wiretapping and torture.

Think Progress- By Amanda Terkel on Dec 12th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

According to the Blog of Legal Times, the Justice Department is blocking President-elect Obama’s agency review team’s request “to review classified legal opinions related to secret CIA and National Security Agency programs.” Included in these documents are the “legal rationale of the NSA’s warrantless spying program and the CIA’s detention and interrogation policies, among other intelligence initiatives.” According to a senior Justice Department official, they are “reluctant to provide the opinions to Obama’s team without permission from the two intelligence agencies whose activities they address.” (HT: Daily Kos and Talk Left)

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Malkin: Democrats Will ‘Turn On A Dime’ Against Patrick Fitzgerald

Think Progress- By Ali Frick at 2:28 pm

This morning on Fox and Friends, right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin took up the conservative mantra of linking President-elect Obama to disgraced governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL). (In fact, Obama may have “indirectly contributed to the downfall” of Blagojevich.) Malkin and host Brian Kilmeade also insisted that Democrats, in seeking to defend the governor, would turn on U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and attempt to discredit his investigation:

KILMEADE: You know, one thing I think Patrick Fitzgerald is bulletproof. Because if Democrats are going to say he’s this non-partisan, A-plus investigator when he’s going after Scooter Libby, how could they turn around and say he has an agenda when he’s going after the Chicago governor and wherever those links lie?

MALKIN: That’s a really good point, Brian. Of course, they will try to do it.

BRIAN: Sure.

MALKIN: They turn on a dime on their former heroes and they will in this case.

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Yesterday, Illinois state Republican chairman Andy McKenna, talking to Politico, similarly insinuated that Fitzgerald’s job was in danger. “Some have wondered if Barack Obama would keep Fitzgerald,” he said.

Malkin and McKenna are fear-mongering for no purpose, however. Obama has already made it clear he intends to keep Fitzgerald at his post. His transition team yesterday pointed reporters to a statement Obama had made in June: “I still think he’s doing a good job. Yes,” Obama said. “I think he has been aggressive in putting the city on notice and the state on notice that he takes issues of public corruption seriously.”


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