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Hey, Cyrus, you don't look gold yet!

Still nothing.
 
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And he's off!

Obama discusses finance crisis with world leaders
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081107/ts_afp/usvote [Broken]
CHICAGO, United States (AFP) – Incoming US president Barack Obama discussed the financial crisis and other problems with top world leaders ahead of his first public comments Friday since his election triumph.

After making the first key appointment to his administration, Obama spoke by telephone with the leaders of Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico and South Korea, hastening the shift in political gravity away from President George W. Bush.

The financial crisis, the Afghanistan war, climate change and the North Korean and Iranian nuclear crises dominated the talks, according to accounts from the various capitals.

Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak agreed to work together to tackle North Korea's nuclear disarmament and the financial turmoil, said Lee's spokesman in Seoul.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that he and Obama discussed "our resolve to act together on dealing on the global financial crisis and also working closely together on the great challenge of climate change."

Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to work "closely" on Iran's disputed nuclear programme, Afghanistan, climate change and the financial crisis, her government said.

Reforming the financial system also featured strongly in Obama's talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain and a 10-minute telephone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, their spokesmen said.

Aso also raised Afghanistan, climate change and North Korea, the Japanese foreign ministry said.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon and the US president-elect discussed immigration and drug smuggling on the restive southern border, the Mexican foreign ministry.

Most of the world leaders will attend the emergency summit on the economic crisis in Washington on November 15, but Obama has not yet announced whether he will take a role in the event.

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Still nothing.

Cyrus got stiffed by one of his Johns.
 
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Cyrus got stiffed by one of his Johns.

So much for the image of the GOP as the party of loyalty and honor...where did John go?
 
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Not looking good, I must say. tsk, tsk
 
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Don't know if this is worthy of a separate thread but -

How Obama's Win Will Affect Middle East Elections
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1857351,00.html

Four elections to be held over the next year in the Middle East and its outer fringes — all of them potentially affected by Barack Obama's historic win on Tuesday — could substantially alter the region's troubled dynamic. Obama's victory will be, rightly or wrongly, viewed by many abroad as heralding a tectonic shift in U.S. foreign policy. And that perception could shape the outcome of a number of different races across the troubled region in ways that could affect long-term U.S. goals, for better and worse. (Read "The World's View of Obama's win.")

Israel goes to the polls on Feb. 10 to elect a new Prime Minister and parliament; voters in Iran will choose a new President on June 12; and Iraq will hold provincial elections next January, followed by a national election late in 2009. Afghanistan is slated to hold new presidential elections next fall.

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Should be interesting to see what develops in terms of the leadership and popular expectations in those countries.

We need to find a nice deserted area in the world where anyone who wants to shoot someone can go and participate, and the rest of us who would rather live in peace (and not shoot anyone) can do so.
 
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Obama, Candidate of Change, Looks to Old Hands From Clinton Era
http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/au5kqtuqgkhu [Broken]

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama, elected president as an agent of change, is building his new team with old hands from the Clinton administration.

His first appointment, chief of staff, went to Rahm Emanuel, an Illinois representative and veteran of the last Democratic White House. Leading Obama's transition team is John Podesta, who was President Bill Clinton's chief of staff.

Obama's most dramatic step would be to name New York Senator Hillary Clinton, his defeated rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, as secretary of state. Two Obama advisers confirm the idea has been discussed, though they say they don't know how seriously the president-elect is considering it or whether Clinton would accept it.

Faced from day one with an economic crisis and two wars, Obama's campaign theme of changing the way Washington works is about to be overtaken by getting to work in Washington. For that, experience helps.

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From his transition team to his economic advisers, Obama, 47, has surrounded himself with both loyalists new to government and a group of familiar Democratic Party figures who formed something of an administration in exile during Republican President George W. Bush's administration. Some of those who have advised Obama reach back to Jimmy Carter's administration, such as Paul Volcker, 81, the former Federal Reserve chairman.

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I'm hoping Obama retains considerable independence. We don't need a repeat of the Clinton administration.
 
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...Obama's most dramatic step would be to name New York Senator Hillary Clinton, his defeated rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, as secretary of state.
If the Pres. elect goes w/ Clinton everyone will pretty much have to scrap 'Change' logos and bumper stickers.
 
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Richard Holbrook.

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Im going to say his name over and over again until Im blue in the face. Give him a good position.
 
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Alex Castellanos, Rep media consultant, commented last night that Obama did something he has never seen before: Obama told Americans that he he will need our help.

Can you guess who said this after winning the presidential election?
...So today I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent: To make this nation stronger and better I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust.

It appears that any Tom, Dick or Harry can call themselves a Rep media consultant.
 
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Can you guess who said this after winning the presidential election?


It appears that any Tom, Dick or Harry can call themselves a Rep media consultant.
How about "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." That was the President asking Americans to help him.
 
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Exactly, Evo.
 

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