President elect Barack Obama is one incoming U.S. President with more on his plate than most any other newly elected Commander in Chief in recent history. No doubt he’s given deep thought to some priorities in the coming year.
Here’s a New Year’s resolution more than a few of us can relate to, however being leader of the free world, and with smoking being one of the most preventable health care issues, Barack Obama may really want to ditch those unhealthy smokes.
Recently on NBC’s MEET THE PRESS with Tom Brokaw, Obama joked on making strides to quiting smoking. When asked if he’d quit his two decade old smoking habit, he said, “I have,” Obama replied, smiling broadly. “What I said was that there are times where I have fallen off the wagon.” Let’s hope he’s successful in that goal. Watching our President be presidential in his duties shouldn’t include him puffing away on cigarettes. Image concerns aside, the hopeful notion that Obama may finally be the president to effectively deal with our national healthcare conflicts with a president hooked on nicotine.
Deal With Illinois Govenor Blagojevich Scandal
This one’s a real doozy.
There’s been absolutely no linking Obama to Blagojevich in anything other than being politicians from the same state, however the investigation is still an ongoing one.
Barack Obama had to sit down with Federal prosecutors for questioning over the matter. Obama’s lawyer was present for the inquiry. Obama’s future Chief Of Staff Rahm Emanuel is the only member of Obama’s team to have had any dealings with Blagojevich and according to incoming White House counsel Greg Craig none of Emanuel’s interaction was “either illegal or improper.” Now a defense attorney for Blagojevich wants to subpoena both Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett – longtime Obama political mentor and now senior adviser – so they can confirm information released by Obama’s legal team.
Deal With The Clintons
Yes, Hillary Clinton will be part of the Obama cabinet and will be answering to President Obama in matters of state, but Hillary’s not exactly known for her quiet, retiring nature, nor is her husband a passive individual who doesn’t speak his mind.
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will have an office at the White House, which also means husband Bill Clinton will be dropping by occasionally. Now, if Mr. Clinton was just any run of the mill husband, things could go smoothly – if entirely inconsequential and unnoticed by the press. However, when a former President visits the White House, it makes news. With his international pursuits around the globe, it’s a safe bet Bill Clinton will be on the road more than his diplomat wife, however when he’s at the White House, it will be quite interesting to see how things go and how the media covers the story. Above all, it will be fascinating to see how skillfully Obama handles Bill and Hillary Clinton as a dynamic duo.