November 4th, 2009
11:06 AM ET

Video: Months into Obama's presidency, promise of 'change' is a slow go

Candy Crowley | BIO
CNN Senior Political Correspondent

On that unusually balmy Chicago night a year ago, the candidate who campaigned on what he called the "fierce urgency of now" became the president-elect who needed time.

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term," Barack Obama told the crowd in Grant Park. And he still needs time to turn a myriad of campaign promises into policy.

The list of the undones is long, varied and mostly difficult - immigration reform, new financial market regulations and a game-changing energy bill.

And compounding problems on the president's lengthy to-do list is that 2010 is an election year, generally an inefficient time for lawmaking.

Obama can put down several major campaign promises as "in the works."

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  1. Greg

    It's been a year already and I believe he can still get it done!!!!

    Maybe he should go after the "LOW PICKING FRUIT" and make a quick impact.

    Healthcare is a BIG ONE!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 11:44 am |