January 22nd, 2009
09:33 AM ET

What we don't know about Obama

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John Harris and Jim Vandehei

We know a lot more about Barack Obama than we did on Election Day. He wastes little time making big decisions. He was serious about surrounding himself with seasoned people, even if they are outsized personalities likely to jostle one another and unlikely to salute on command. He intends to move quickly to put his personal stamp on government and national life.

Yet much about how the 44th president will govern remains a mystery—perhaps even to Obama himself.

The stirring rhetoric witnessed on the campaign trail and in Tuesday’s inaugural address is laced with spacious language — flexible enough to support conflicting conclusions about what he really believes.
Only decisions, not words, can clarify what Obama stands for. Those are coming soon enough.

Until then, here are the questions still left hanging as the Obama administration begins:


soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Chris B.

    There's a site I came across Pageberry social network that is also following the Obama's Presidency much like FACEBOOK but I must say looks like they are very strong. I think Barack's people are aware being Blackberry / Pageberry is of interest there's a Barack Obama page in this network and users are commenting and leaving messages. So in short looks like Barack is attached to yet another Berry technology Pageberry. Its worth a look.

    And I believe he is the right one for the task at hand and well deserving of holding such a position.

    January 22, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    Obama may break the mold on how he governs – going with the best solution as problems come up rather than the old tired party answers to things. We are in a heck of a mess and creative thinking without the onus of party obligation may be the best order of the day.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  3. Pete Bitar

    It would seem to me that it was CNN's and the rest of the media's responsibility to find out more about President Obama – digging far deeper than anyone did during the last two years of campaigning – and report that neutrally to the American people. The very title of this article is itself an endictment of that dereliction of duty. Stop fauning and start reporting!

    January 22, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  4. Racquel

    I truly hope the President comes through on his promises in his campaign, but be alert America....I don't care about how he dances, how The First Lady looks in her dress or how many balls they attend...let's get down to business and stay focused! The last 30 days have made us look more like a giant cult following then a nation coming together to stay united in our own war.

    President Obama... You may have the democrats fooled, and even some of the republicans....I digress and give you the benefit of the doubt. I stand with my country and support you as our President....but I pray that you are not all smoke and mirrors.

    January 22, 2009 at 9:55 am |