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Obama in 60 Seconds

After the much anticipated 60 Minutes Barack Obama interview, here is basically all that was said in a 60 second recap:

First Part of Interview with Obama One on One

  • Challenges we are confronting are enormous and multiple
  • He’s working on National Security team
  • He’s working on economic plan
  • Unprecedented crisis since Great Depression (but not comparable to Great Depression), Paulson has worked tirelessly; we’ve assigned a member of our transition team to speak with Paulson daily
  • Bailout is helping because things would be worse without it
  • Need to focus on foreclosures and what is happening to homeowners
  • Automotive industry collapsing would be dire; we must provide assistance but not a blank check and must have a stable auto industry plan.  Under normal circumstances the auto industry could go into bankruptcy but because these are extraordinary circumstances normal measures can’t be taken
  • Even though cost per barrel for oil is way down, we must break our addiction with oil and must have alternative energy
  • We will have to spend money now to stimulate economy and shouldn’t worry about that spending versus the deficit it creates in the first year of the administration
  • Need to transform banking system, not heavy handed regulations but must restore balance
  • Will take early action, will close Guantanamo Bay and will stop torturing captives
  • As soon as he takes office will start plan to draw down troops in Iraq
  • We’ve got to shore up efforts in Afghanistan, must stamp out Al Qaeda including capturing or killing Bin Laden
  • Will announce a cabinet soon, would not commit to whom any of these folks would be but will include at least one Republican
  • Has spent a lot of time reading briefing papers and reading Abraham Lincoln; he finds Lincoln a very wise man; he’s also been reading about FDR and the Depression
  • Will experiment and try things until something works in dealing with economic crisis
  • Free market system must be held to, but in economic crisis government needs to kick start economy; this is not a Republican or Democratic problem; needs to be solved by all
  • Said he wants to create a bond of trust between the Presidency and the people that he believes has been lost

Second Part of Interview with Barack and Michelle

  • Neither of them think being elected has sunk in
  • The emotion over the outcome at Grant Park was great
  • Talked about what it meant to both African Americans and everyone of all races
  • He didn’t believe race played a rolled in the actual votes that people voted for who they thought was qualified and who they wanted
  • Tried to make the next day normal for the kids at school; Malia was embarrassed by kids cheering
  • Got teased for his apartment in Washington DC because it was worse than his staffers’ apartments
  • Michelle spoke highly of Laura Bush; says White House is beatiful and awe inspiring
  • The two year campaign period has made them closer as a family; living in the White House will have them all together
  • One of the great joys of the campaign is seeing the girls adjust and remain themselves; retaining the kids’ normalcy over the next four years is of high importance
  • Not a complaint but the loss of anonymity and small routines of life will be missed; wants to try to stay as normal possible
  • Michelle is serious about motherhood; primary focus first year will be kids, but she will evolve a role of First Lady
  • Kids school choice will be based on the best interest of the girls
  • Won’t get dog until they are settled; so not until next year
  • Michelle’s mother will move into White House if she wants to, and they hope that she’ll come
  • Thinks BCS system doesn’t work and college football should create an 8 team playoff

I have to admit that I really enjoyed this interview.  I think I actually saw both Obama’s in a new light after this interview.  As is the case with this blog, I will be monitoring as to whether some of the rhetoric I saw here in President-elect Obama’s comments on policies will come to fruition.  I will continue to be critical and analytical in how these policies come to pass, but, for tonight, I think we ought to just enjoy what we saw and heard.

Click Here To See the Entire 60 Minutes Inteview

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Written by KJ Kaufman

November 17, 2008 at 12:03 am

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  1. I enjoyed your recap. I cannot watch the man. He’s reading up on FDR, but what about Hoover. I see him doing the same things. Gordon Brown has said all taxes must be cut, but Obama still is sticking with his 95% net tax cut. Stimulus won’t work, we need taxes cut. Last cap and trade will sink the economy while energy prices skyrocket. Let’s not forget there will be no new drilling for oil. Coal plants will go bankrupt. No new nuclear power plants will be built. We are about to go into another Great Depression thanks to Obama.

    rightwinger

    November 18, 2008 at 5:19 pm

  2. Rightwinger,

    I agree with you. I just happened to be in a nice mood the night I watched Obama on 60 minutes and got a little caught in his hypnotic melody. The scariest part of the interview was my bullet point of the following:

    Will experiment and try things until something works in dealing with economic crisis .

    Which means much of what you described above, and he will turn what would have been a recession (maybe of a few years) into a far deeper and longer recession or a full blown depression.

    This is the worst possible economy to have liberals running things. Ugh.

    curi0us0nefromthe60s

    November 19, 2008 at 1:40 pm


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