November 2nd, 2009
10:36 PM ET

One year after Obama's victory

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/11/04/obama.transcript/art.obama.speech.cnn.jpg caption="Barack Obama was riding high on November 5, 2008. What signals will the 2009 elections send him?"]

John King
CNN Chief National Correspondent

This is a week that, in more ways than one, will bring lessons of how much has changed since President Obama's historic election victory one year ago.

In Washington, key tests remain for Democratic health care plans in the House and Senate. This week will also give us a better sense of just how detailed Republicans are willing to be in offering an alternative plan.

From the government and Wall Street, fresh earnings and other data will test this cautiously optimistic assessment from Vice President Biden: "I'm confident we have hit bottom."

And Election Day 2009 will be compared with Election Day 2008. Democrats have had the upper hand in New Jersey and Virginia in recent years. In gubernatorial and other elections, Republicans see a chance to make a statement about their party and perhaps about the president's standing as well.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. William of Iowa

    Action. That is how I see President Obama's first year. While results might be slow in coming, the President has addressed a full plate of difficult issues and has doggedly pursued each one. This might be why our citizens seem at times uncomfortable – we are not used to someone actually getting behind the wheel and driving only just tinkering under the hood and not able to find the keys. After eight plus years of sitting in the driveway – the old American car is abit rusty. Give the President credit – he is a man of action and change. God bless him.

    November 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  2. Joanne Pacicca

    Needless to say, Pres. Obama did inherit very complex issues that certainly cannot be rectified in one year; however, it is just that free enterprise flourish and great bonuses be had...but NOT on the taxpayers tab. Somehow, this is beyond ethics, or a slip-up on over-sight. Many Americans without jobs and in foreclosure could have put that money to better use, maintaining their daily life.

    November 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  3. Conserve' for USA

    How do you like the "Change?" Is this what the country envisioned would happen when they voted for the president? It looks as though they majority are not happy with how things are turning out. Maybe, with the elections showing the dems behind even with the president and vice-president campaigning for the incumbants, they will realize people are not happy with what they are doing?

    November 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm |