The First Draft, Monday, Jan. 5

January 5, 2009

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President-elect Barack Obama woke up today in the tony Hay-Adams Hotel, across Lafayette Park from the White House.

Soon after sunrise, a black SUV was spotted carrying Obama’s younger daughter Sasha to her first day at Sidwell Friends School elementary campus in suburban Bethesda, Maryland. Older daughter Malia will go to Sidwell Friends’ middle school campus in Washington DC.
The Obamas arrived in Washington late Sunday, an extra-early move so the girls could start school at the beginning of the semester. Most presidents-elect arrive on January 15. That’s when the Obama family will move into Blair House, directly across the street from the White House. The new first family moves into the executive mansion on Inauguration Day, JBOXING/anuary 20.

Top news on morning TV shows was New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s withdrawal as Obama’s chosen commerce secretary in the face of a legal inquiry. Richardson, a former Democratic  presidential candidate, has denied wrongdoing in connection with the investigation of a California-based financial company that had done business with the New Mexico state government.

U.S. TV news shows offered a bit of chatter about Obama’s plan for up to $310 billion in tax cuts for businesses and the middle class as part of an economic stimulus package.

Obama goes to Capitol Hill today for discussions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or California and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. The new Congress will be sworn in on Tuesday, launching the political year.

For workaday Washingtonians, the advent of the Obamas is more than politics. It’s a traffic story. On the first working Monday of the new year, commuters are faced with street closings and restricted access around the Hay-Adams.

REUTERS/Jason Reed (Hay Adams Hotel in Washington)

REUTERS/Steve Marcus (Bill Richardson in Las Vegas)

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It’s just the beginning, but Obama already has corruption all around him. He is going to have a very tough time and as an earlier headline stated, his “honeymoon” period may be very short.

All we heard throughout the presidential campaign was how the republicans were evil money grubbers only out for themselves. While the democrats were “for the people”. Well, so far, Gov Blagovich and now Gov Richardson, appear to have shattered that myth (yes, Raum Emanuel is also a part of the Blagovich scandal). And its only the beginning.

The difference here is that Obama will get a pass (for now), while Bush was relentlessly attacked right from the beginning as though he was intimately involved with any and every scandal that occurred. That was a myth too. But it served the democrats well, for now.

No, we will not be happier four years from now under the new administration. (Even the liberal faction of the democratic party and the Arab world is upset with Obama. And it’s only the beginning).

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

the road to the top in politics is a very sordid business,the people obama has associated with in his rise from obscurity are no different to the what we can expect.reality is, to complete you have to raise contributions and that means compromise,and for donations there is always expected pay back.if we think that blago is the exception don,t be naive.some say obama was given a free past?if he had not ran with a certain crowd he would not have received the party nomination,but now we can detect a more moderate line.hopefully he has covered his back, and the people he has trusted will not whistle blow,if there has been some shady deals.

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