Posted: 11/21/2008 7:34:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2008 7:35:11 AM EDT by osprey21]
President-elect Barack Obama and his inner circle fear that some voters
expect him to turn around the economy, wind down the war in Iraq and,
perhaps, cure cancer –– all by the Fourth of July.
They know they must manage and lower those expectations, CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports.
top economic advisor to Obama had a glum warning for the rest of us
Thursday morning: Neither the job market nor the stock market will be
turning around any time soon.
"This might be a long haul,"
said Robert Reich, who was President Bill Clinton's secretary of labor.
"2009 is going to be a very hard year. Some economists say we won't be
out of this for two years, others are saying it may be three, or four,
maybe five years."
Now on Obama's transition team, Reich worries about what happens after the new president is sworn in Jan. 20.
all have to be very careful about the expectations that we are putting
on this man, our president-elect," Reich said. "If we all assume it's
going to be the first 100 days, we're going to be disappointed."
The man who was Obama's chief campaign strategist is moving to lower expectations, too.
are inheriting an array problems unlike any president has faced, maybe
since Franklin Roosevelt in 1932," David Axelrod said. "It's not going
to be easy, not going to be quick."
Rick Jasculca worked for
President Jimmy Carter, President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton. He
said Obama will need every bit of his skill as a communicator.
people see you reaching across the aisle and they see you making
progress –– going forward rather than going backward –– I think people
will give you the benefit of the doubt," Jasculca said.
Added Axelrod: "One of his great strengths is he is never too high, he's never too low –– he's very focused."
why some called him "No-Drama Obama." That has changed a bit, since
the president-elect and his Chicago-based team of political operatives
have begun to bring on board veteran Washington politicos.
there are stories quoting unnamed sources who claim, for example, that
Obama's team is frustrated with Hillary Clinton's delay in taking the
job of secretary of state. They're not happy with those stories.
is a great example of when there's a vacuum, the vacuum gets filled
with a lot of speculation and hyperbole," Axelrod said. "No one is
frustrated. No one is anguished. She's obviously a talented public
servant and someone who'd enhance any team."
Transition aides said late Thursday that Obama plans to nominate Clinton for secretary of state formally after Thanksgiving.
Okay all you Hope & Change believers, under the bus, NOW!
and at least they put it in quotes with obama's favorite catch phrase after some of the lines, "yes we can"
President-elect Barack Obama and his inner circle fear that some votersexpect him to turn around the economy, wind down the war in Iraq and,perhaps, cure cancer –– all by the Fourth of July.
Market yourself as the messiah, and such things will happen.
Boy, are lots of people going to be disappointed. I can't wait!
Hope and Change in 2010