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September 29th, 2009
10:48 AM ET

Can Obama fit any more on his plate?

From Candy Crowley
CNN Senior Political Correspondent

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama faces a daunting fall to-do list against the backdrop of an American public losing enthusiasm on a variety of issues.

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/09/29/obama.full.plate/art.obama.tues.gi.jpg caption="President Obama's top priorities this fall are health care and financial reform."]

Obama's agenda ranges from dealing with Iran's nuclear ambitions to traveling to Copenhagen to pitch Chicago for the 2016 Olympics - a trip the president said two weeks ago he could not take because he was working on health care.

"Health care reform has been his No. 1 priority issue here domestically. He wanted to make sure that if he went, that it wouldn't have an adverse impact on that, so he's going for just a day," said senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

And health care will still be at the top of the list when the president gets back. This fall, his priorities are health care and financial reform, one Capitol Hill source said.

But health care reform will require a hands-on approach. The Senate Democratic leadership is looking for presidential guidance in creating one bill out of two very different ones - all the while holding onto enough votes to pass it.

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  1. Allen in Hartwell GA

    For all the people demanding that the president meet with Gen. McChrystal, consider this:
    As of 28 Feburary 2009, the US military had 919 active duty flag officers serving the equivalent role of corporate vice presidents. That's one flag officer for every 1536 servicemen. Of these 38 were 4-stars, the same as the much touted Gen. McChrystal. We have as many flags officers commanding the 1.4 million GIs today as we had during World War II when 12 million were in uniform.
    How many of the 919 flag officers have had face time with any president? How many of the 38 4-stars have had face time with the current president?

    October 3, 2009 at 7:27 am |
  2. Dirk Peddler

    I would think our president has better things to do than go to Copenhagen. Not to mention the costs involved for this vacation, I bet it's not the Olympic commitee that is picking up the tap for this trip, think security, Airforce1, entourage. Who does our president think he is, Michael Jackson? Really, there are more important things to worry about. Guess he showed where his priorities are, Healthcare reform dropped way, way down. Impeach, I say.

    October 1, 2009 at 7:15 am |
  3. Mitchell

    Keep strong with your agenda Mr. President. It is every americans dream to live in a totally bankrupt socilist country. You have put us on that track and you are pressing on.

    September 30, 2009 at 8:48 am |
  4. Carl Blue

    CNN is trying to be more like FOX and create sound bites that promote the negative and make CNN sound more like FOX. They fear the baby boomers that live off the drama are moving away from them.

    September 30, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  5. CHUCK

    Why is John Roberts and the others at CNN always asking the question--–" Can Obama fit anymore on his plate"? President Obama was elected to do a job and not like George Bush who stole the job to bankrupt an entire nation.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  6. Dianne

    This President is highly intelligent, multi-tasker, and has a great amount of energy. He does not require a lot of sleep because he is young. He is the right President for this time. We live in the 21st century which will require a President to get things done. Gone are the days of one or two things a year. Time waits for know one including the USA. All these senators and congressmen state they donot have time to read a bill in three days. What did these people do in college? One class you running test to find the known, writting a paper, and taking several important test all at the same time. If these congressmen and senators cannot multi-task anymore, then this is probably not the job for you. This is why term limits would be a good thing. If you all would work together and support the President, a lot would get done and quit the partisan bickering.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:23 pm |