November 25th, 2008
04:03 PM ET

Mistake for Obama to take "ownership" of financial crisis now?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama is looking downright presidential these days. He's held two news conferences in two days and unveiled his dream team of economic advisers. He's acting presidential too.

As our Gloria Borger writes on CNN.com, "Not only is there a team, but there's also a plan." She says that Barack Obama is taking ownership of the financial crisis. He is ready to tackle it even though he has about two more months to wait until he becomes president. Obama is placing high priority on passing a second stimulus package, which will probably be much larger than the first one, to jump start the economy.

It's interesting to recall that during the Democratic primaries, Hillary Clinton derided Barack Obama as not being ready for the job of president. She claimed that while she had years of experience that qualified her to be ready "on day one," Obama had only "a speech" to bring to the office of the president. After Obama whipped her and won the nomination, his Republican opponent, John McCain, picked up Clinton's mantra, saying Obama had no experience and couldn't possibly be ready to assume the highest office in the land.

With about 8 weeks to go, Barack Obama is making both of them look rather silly.

Here’s my question to you: Is it a mistake for Barack Obama to take "ownership" of the financial crisis more than two months before he becomes president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Barack Obama
November 25th, 2008
04:01 PM ET

GOP’s chances if Palin is 2012 presidential nominee?


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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It may feel like a long ways away, but Republicans are already looking ahead to the 2012 presidential election.

According to a new Gallup Poll, Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents most would like to see Sarah Palin run for president in 2012. That's right…Sarah "I read all the newspapers," Palin. Former mayor of Wasilla, first-term governor of Alaska and hockey mom. Her interviews with Katie Couric are the stuff of legend. After she and McCain got their clocks cleaned, Governor Palin couldn't get enough of the TV cameras. They were in her kitchen, her office, virtually every corner of her life. She is now reportedly being wooed to write a book-that would be interesting-or maybe do a TV show.

Watch: Cafferty: Palin in 2012?

Republicans also like Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee as possible candidates for 2012. Palin, Romney and Huckabee- in that order– got the highest scores among 10 possible Republican candidates for president.

Other possibilities like Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Bobby Jindal and Charlie Crist didn't even get the support of half the Republicans polled.

Here’s my question to you: What are the Republicans’ chances in 2012 if Sarah Palin is their first choice for president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: GOP • Sarah Palin
November 25th, 2008
04:00 PM ET

Would you rather read a book by Laura or George Bush?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

First Lady Laura Bush confirmed to the Associated Press today that she has met with publishers and is planning on writing a memoir.

An executive involved in the meetings with the first lady tells the AP that Mrs. Bush plans to write "a positive book with a minimum of criticism."

If it happens, she will be the next in a long line of former first ladies to become an author. Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush's own mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, have all been published. Books by first ladies have done well and have actually had more dependable appeal than those by former presidents. Laura Bush is certainly more likable than her husband if you believe the polls.

President George W. Bush has recently expressed an interest in writing a book as well, but publishers have apparently told him to hold off. Considering the fact that seventy-six percent of those polled in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey earlier this month disapprove of how President Bush is handling his job, that's not exactly a big surprise.

Here’s my question to you: Would you rather read a book by Laura Bush or George W. Bush?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Laura Bush • President George Bush