Day One

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

John Heilemann, national political columnist at New York Magazine, discuss the Obama agenda, as well as what it means for New York.


John Heilemann

Comments [24]

Peter from Sunset Park



Jan. 21 2009 12:10 PM
seth from Long Island

I mean agitating only in the best sense of the word, especailly when it comes to offering some well deserved feedback to the moderators.

Jan. 21 2009 11:57 AM
Peter from Sunset Park


You really think I am agitating? The thing is, I have grown a lot with WNYC. I can recall listening and getting really mad because Brian would have on far right wingers like Gingrich. But shows like this one have literally helped me grow. I now appreciate the guests who I disagree with. So it really stuns me that the moderators cut so much thought from these pages. The mods act as if discussing real issues is somehow shameful.

Obama is faced with a Middle East in tatters and his job started the day after Hamas (and Iran) were defeated by Israel. Round two will be Israel attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities and the entire Arab world and most of Europe quietly applauding. My guess is that the next 8 months is going to include a huge battle between Israel and Iran – the issue is real. When the mods come on and suggest otherwise, it is just silly.

Jan. 21 2009 11:50 AM
Lucy from Brooklyn by the Bridge

He is deliberately non-committal as usual but I think the comment could be about freedom as a "way of life."

Jan. 21 2009 11:39 AM
seth from Long Island

Peter from Sunset Park,
Keep up your agitating. It spices up threads that can sometimes be really boring and sleep inducing.

Jan. 21 2009 11:35 AM
Peter from Sunset Park


You have come in twice today directly after my posts. Is that by chance, or are you suggesting that I am not being civil and am off topic?

I think that recent events in Israel that feature Iran, a near nuclear power, are about as pressing and current of a situation that President Obama has. If you don’t agree, then we simply have to disagree.

I hope you don’t make the mistake of cutting my comments again only to realize a week later that I was right.

Jan. 21 2009 11:29 AM
KC from NYC

Wow--right there with the music cue! I doff my cap to you, sir.

Jan. 21 2009 11:26 AM
Leo Farley from Manhattan

I loved the part about people looking to follow people that are building something not destroying something. Easy to destroy, harder to build. A great metaphor indeed!

Jan. 21 2009 11:21 AM
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Jan. 21 2009 11:21 AM
Peter from Sunset Park


I agree, it is the official position of the elected Palestinian government that children should be used as human sheilds. That is truly vile. I hope that president Obama has the courage to discuss this practice of using Palestinian children as human shields on an international level.

Jan. 21 2009 11:20 AM
mc from Brooklyn

I agree with Marissa. I always thought the "day one" argument was stupid. There is no job in th world that can prepare you for this.

Jan. 21 2009 11:20 AM
peter from brooklyn


My wife, a US Resident, has worked for the UN for 30 years (they are subject to the same tax rules as the IMF), and after all that time I still don't fully understand them (especially if you file a joint return and one of you doesn't work for a Bretton Woods institution), so even though I don't really like Geithener as a choice, I can fully sympathize with him.

Jan. 21 2009 11:19 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

Geithner signed a statement EVERY year when his salary was "grossed up" to cover employer share of taxes. He didn't make a mistake. He filed fraudulent tax returns and ought to be prosecuted. A tax cheat for Treas. Secy. -- Jon Stewart was absolutely right in comparing Obama to Bush -- different faces, same old stuff.

Jan. 21 2009 11:18 AM
barry from Manhattan

It was a victory all right. The dead children are the fault of Hamas, and if I hear correctly it is Hamas that revels in the death of the children because they are going to "paradise"
Talk about vile...can it get any worse?

Jan. 21 2009 11:13 AM
Marissa from New York, NY

How ready can anyone possibly be for a job that only 43 other people in the world have ever had? He will not be perfect. However, at least Obama is aware that he is not all-knowing, and he doesn't simply shrug his shoulders and smirk at his lack of awareness.

Jan. 21 2009 11:11 AM
mc from Brooklyn

Senator Cornyn is a psycho. He was the one who made statements that almost excused violence against judges at a time when judges were literally being gunned down.

Jan. 21 2009 11:10 AM
Peter from Sunset Park


I rather agree with you. I didn't vote for Obama, but I support him as my president. The problem already seems to be that the media just isn't up to challenging him. Already we have a guy now running the IRS who chose not to pay his own taxes. The media functions as a major check and balance, as much as the supreme court or congress, but the media has taken itself out of the game on Obama.

Jan. 21 2009 11:07 AM
Peterson from Westchester

We now have a president with virtually NO administrative or financial market experience, who has stumbled badly with two major cabinet appointments (Richardson, corruption investigation; Geithner, tax evasion).

What makes the new president competent to make economic decisions & set priorities?

Jan. 21 2009 11:03 AM
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Jan. 21 2009 11:02 AM
Peter from Sunset Park


Victory is not shameful and I don't recall saying anything about the death of children being a good thing. I just pointed out a fact - Israel won a military battle in Gaza. Was WWII vile? Civilians died after all. I don’t follow your reasoning. Best of luck.

Jan. 21 2009 10:57 AM
AWM from UWS


Really vile... you revel in the deaths of children? Good luck with that way of perceiving the world.


Jan. 21 2009 10:27 AM
scnex from harlem

wrong forum... yet, the ideas still convey... it is about building not destruction...

Jan. 21 2009 10:20 AM
scnex from harlem

he is the commander and chief.... this is the military... it is not up for debate.. it is clear that what is being discussed is not understood through the lens of a military chain of command...

Jan. 21 2009 10:16 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Please ask Mr. Heilemann:

How do you think President Obama will respond to Israel's military victory in Gaza? Will he make a first day statement?

Jan. 21 2009 08:03 AM

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