January 13th, 2009
06:07 PM ET

What Will You Do To Help the U.S.?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Reality is sinking in for President-elect Obama as he comes to terms with the fact that all of his campaign promises can't be accomplished right away, some of them not at all.

What are you willing to do?

It's a matter of priorities, political maneuvering and money.

The economic crisis is so serious that raising taxes on the wealthy, giving homeowners a 10% tax credit, and not running up debt for future generations are all going to have to wait, at least for now.

Obama is expected to be the President of change but at the moment things need fixing.

On the campaign trail, Obama said fixing the economy would be a priority. Since then the situation has gone from bad to worse.

The President-elect is desperately trying to get support for an emergency stimulus package before he's even sworn in.

President-elect Obama has made it clear that everyone must step up to the plate. He's asked Americans to, "embrace a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice."

Here’s my question to you: President-elect Obama has called on us to make sacrifices for our country. What are you willing to do?

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Filed under: Barack Obama
January 13th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Bush Farewell Speech: What Do You Want To Hear?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Bush gave his last scheduled news conference yesterday and now plans to give a farewell address to the nation on Thursday night at 8pm. He's asked the networks to give up some of their coveted prime-time schedules for it.

President Bush plans to give a farewell address on Thursday night.

He will deliver the 15- minute speech in the East Room of the White House in front of a live audience of "courageous Americans."

According to the White House press secretary, the President is expected to reflect on his 8 years in office and how the country has changed during that time. He will defend his record but will also share his thoughts on the greatest problems facing the nation and what it takes to meet them.

There's no law about if, how and when Presidents say good-bye as they leave the White House. Past Presidents have done so on Capitol Hill, in newspapers, from the White House, or not at all, as was the case with Bush 41 before Clinton took office.

Here’s my question to you: What would you like President Bush to say in his farewell address to the nation Thursday night?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


January 13th, 2009
04:06 PM ET

Sen. Burris: Why did Reid and Durbin cave in?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's official: Roland Burris will be sworn in and officially seated in the United States Senate later this week. He fills the seat vacated by President-elect Obama.

Why did Reid change his mind?

This comes after a circus of events that started with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich allegedly trying to sell the seat. Then he refused, and does to this day, to resign from his post. Last week, Blagojevich was impeached by the Illinois legislature. But in a brazen show of arrogance, and perhaps as a way of calling Harry Reid's bluff, Blagojevich went right ahead and appointed Roland Burris. As promised, the Senate refused to seat him.

When Burris was named, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others quickly said they would reject anyone appointed by Governor Blagojevich.

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, number two in the Senate, initially said the fate of the vacant seat should wait until Blagojevich is removed from office.

And there was no shortage of lawmakers issuing statements or rushing in front of cameras to speak their minds. But look what can happen in a week. Burris met behind closed doors with Reid. Democratic Senators suddenly changed their tune and now they will welcome Burris with open arms as their new colleague.

Here’s my question to you: Why did Senators Harry Reid and Dick Durbin cave in and agree to seat Roland Burris as President-elect Obama's Senate replacement?

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Filed under: Democrats • Harry Reid • Roland Burris