Only One U.S.President at a Time!

United States
November 26, 2008 7:40am CST
Once again I watched a TV segment regarding the 3rd (today's) upcoming speech from Pres Elect Obama. There seems to be quite a lot of controversy regarding...... Mr. Co-President? Obama upstages Bush on economy There may be only one U.S. president at a time, but you wouldn't know it by watching Barack Obama this week.The Democratic president-elect, who kept a low profile for three weeks after his White House win, has swung into action with a series of economic pronouncements and cabinet selections that have overshadowed President George W. Bush. If financial markets are clamoring for more leadership, Obama got the message."There is a leadership vacuum. If Obama doesn't fill it, more panic will result in (the) short run, and the problem will become greater by the time he officially takes office," said Stephen Wayne, professor of government at Georgetown University. http://www.monitor.co.ug/artman/publish/america/Mr_Co-President_Obama_upstages_Bush_on_economy_75694.shtml My personal opinion is that I am happy to hear any news that could help our economy and if I were in Pres Bush's shoes I would be glad to let Obama have his say because Pres Bush seems to be stuck in a "dammed if I do, damned if I don't" mode. What is your opinion?
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@murderistic (2279)
• United States
26 Nov 08
Obama has been making speeches, yes, but it is not likes he's following Bush around in all his economic summits and meetings with foreign officials. And of course his cabinet choices and economic plans are going to be important, we are only a little more than a month away from Obama taking office.
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• United States
26 Nov 08
One thing I noticed in today's news conference was that Obama is not nearly as eloquent when speaking without a teleprompter and has to think and give his own answers instead of materials written and rehearsed. He faltered a lot and IMO did not sound too sure of himself.
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• United States
26 Nov 08
Obama is a great public speaker, although it's been obvious all along that without a tele-prompter he has been known to pause and stutter and make small mistakes. This is not a new discovery and I don't understand why you are bringing it up now.
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• United States
26 Nov 08
I am bringing it up now because I only just noticed how obvious it was today. BTW do you think I need your approval as to the timing of any content within my comment?
@ganderlot (352)
• United States
26 Nov 08
I wish Bush would go back on vacation... like he did just after he was elected. I think the economic pronouncements and cabinet selections are giving the American people hope and the rest of the world a little more confidence as well. It won't be easy but at least we have someone intelligent.
• United States
26 Nov 08
I agree with you, ganderlot. Obama is doing what really needs to be done, which is stepping up and letting people know that he'll be ready to take the reins immediately when he steps into office. He's telegraphing what he will do once he can, and pushing for what he thinks needs to be done right now to limit damage before he takes office.
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• United States
26 Nov 08
Thanks to both of you definitely (+) ratings.
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• United States
26 Nov 08
I think when Obama said he was ready to hit the ground running, he probably wasn't expecting to be running full speed in place BEFORE his inauguration. Lame duck season is always a tricky one to navigate for both the president and the president-elect, but with the current financial crisis, it's a rock and a hard place for both men. One has the legal authority to act but little public confidence - and not just because of who he is, but because he'll be out of office in two months. Any steps that he takes now are going to lack real force because he's not going to be around to see them through. He could make the most brilliant decision ever, and I doubt it would make much difference in the tenor and sentiment in the country. Everyone knows that he's gone in two months anyway and they'll be working with Obama's administration. Obama, on the other hand, doesn't have the legal authority to actually do anything yet - but he does have the ability to make a difference where it honestly counts the most right now, and that's in affecting the mood of the country as a whole and the markets specifically. By stepping up with a plan, being calm, cool and collected, Obama is basically saying to the world "Hang on, we're working on this." By being assertive and vocal now, he's making it clear what kind of leader he'll be. It's kinda like having your dad on the phone when you're in a major pickle, and knowing he can't do anything from where he is but... don't you feel so much better hearing him say, "Okay, honey, I'm on my way. Just don't do anything stupid until I get there"?
• United States
26 Nov 08
Yes I do feel better!
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• United States
26 Nov 08
0bama is possibly making an extreme mistake in appearring to be a co-president. The mistake would be one of over exposure. That is, even if what he has to say is brillant, people will get tired of seeing his face and hearing his voice if he is on the tv and radio all the time. Even before the inaugeration? Does 0bama think we all crave to see his face, hear his melodious voice, and to contemplate his wisdom, every day? 0bama needs to get real. Highly talented show business performers know very well that even if one is brillantly highly talented, people get tired of seeing the same act over and over. 0bama is already showing us his 'act'. Over and over. It would help 0bama and the nation, if 0bama would back off until he is President. That way, 0bama can delay the evitable of the nation just simply getting fed up with the man.
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• United States
26 Nov 08
Overexposure is one of the main downside comments I have been hearing on the media. Too much too soon can be detrimental to the impact of his actions, which cannot yet be judged, as actions are still louder than words.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I've watched all three days and I've yet to hear any particulars about what he actually intends to do. He's repeating what he said during the campaign, but it's all generalities and nothing concrete.
• India
27 Nov 08
It is but natural for Barrack Obama to unfold his economic policies and the people who he is going to put incharge of the economy to steer it through the turbulent years. The coming years are going to be really turbulent as the economy is in shambles. if he does not insitll confidence in the people, things could turn much worse by the time he actually takes over. Bush should suport Obama's moves as it would be to his advantage to be albe to leave things in better shape when he actually hands over to Obama.
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@psyche49f (2511)
• Philippines
27 Nov 08
I agree with you. I even commented the other day that President-elect Obama should already make some concrete plans to address the financial meltdown, especially the planned bailout on Citigroup as well as other big issues. For one, when he takes over this January, his hands will he full and already inherited big, big problems which will be a major cause for alarm. He should already be mapping out his strategies with his major think tanks, otherwise he will be caught off guard. With such an overwhelming problem, it would be "damn if he does and damn if he doesn't" make pronouncements on issues at hand. And I guess he chose now to say something, instead of merely keeping quiet, just as he did for the last three weeks.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
26 Nov 08
Well, I certainly don't think it would be hard to upstage Bush on the economy. I also think people need to know that Obama is coming up with a plan. What he's doing is very similar to the things that FDR did between his election and his inauguration. That's how he was able to get so much legislature through in those legendary first hundred days. I just heard that Obama had appointed Paul Volker to head up his economic team and that made me feel better. When the part of the banking act of 1935 (Glass Steagall was repealed after 300 million dollars worth of lobbying by the investment banking industry, Volcker was the only Washington official to object. He went on record saying that he did not think that repeal was a good idea. Boy, was he ever right. I just hope Obama listens to him better than Clinton did. (Not that I think Clinton was a bad president. I just think he was way off on that one.)
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
26 Nov 08
Think ya got that right on Bush dam if he does and damed if he dont
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@anniepa (27248)
• United States
26 Nov 08
We're in a totally unique situation that we've never been in before, in my opinion, and I'm actually impressed by the way it at least appears that the outgoing and incoming Administrations are cooperating with each other, seemingly for the good of the country. It's true and Obama himself said it shortly after being elected we have one President at a time but with the crisis our economy is in on so many levels he really has to take an active role before Inauguration Day. When Phil Gramm said we were in a "mental recession" a few months ago I totally disagreed and was actually rather offended but I'll definitely concede that the mental outlook of the country is important when it comes to the economy. People have lost confidence in the Bush Administration, rightly or wrongly so, and seeing Obama introduce his new economic team seems to have given a shot in the arm to the stock market, at least. "Hope" does matter when so many people seemed to have lost it! Annie
• United States
26 Nov 08
There is no doubt that getting "all his ducks in a row" before January 20th IMO shows his intent to do something about our present dilemma.
@clrumfelt (5430)
• United States
28 Nov 08
At this point Obama can only say what he plans to do and start getting his team in place. Unfortunately, media are still carrying on their love affair with him as they have done for the past year, but he better be careful of what he says at this point because a lot of people are looking to him to solve the devastating ecomomic problems they are facing. Who knows if he can really deliver on those promises? Also, the media is steering clear of President Bush. When they do show him, they make him appear tired and weak and not worth listening to. ( Maybe he is tired, after all he has faced during his administration, but he has displayed more strength as a president and a person during that time than possibly anyone who has ever held that office. He is not weak, and he is certainly worthy of the ear of the American people.) But I think your're right, with the negative sort of media attention he is receiving, I think he is dammed if he do and dammed if he don't,and I continue to pray he can still do some good while he serves as president.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I feel if Obama were actually interested in "hitting the ground running" and helping the American people - he would be using his time meeting with Bush and with Congress in an attempt to get his plan in action. Instead, he's holding press conferences that aren't really telling anyone anything more than what he said during his campaign. I tend to feel that he hasn't learned to "Walk the Walk" yet - he's still talking the talk.
• United States
26 Nov 08
it can only be expected that obama will get crazy publicity. just think about it. this was by far the most historic election. there was a black candidate and a female candidate that made it very far in the electoral process. as well as vice presidents. and since the entire country thinks bush really dropped the ball the country is excited about obama.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Nov 08
It seems that Obama is more interested in upstaging Bush then in helping the economy. The trouble is that he will hurt the economy but in his case it will be all right because he is Obama, the great, ruler of --- ,etc. And it seems that Bush has been villainized so much, that he will be blamed even if he did the best for the economy in opening up oil drilling in the States. It seems this election was won on idolization rather on what the country needs. I am waiting for the four years when the American people who voted for Obama realize their mistake.