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What do you think President Barack Obama's first priority should be?

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Choosing a dog.

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Notginger - It's being reported that Obama is going to choose either a labrapoodle or a portuguese water hound. Can you believe that?

Perhaps we can get some input fron Cleo here!

Moderator: Stay on topic please.

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You know... with the exception of the economy, it would be best if Obama kept his fingers OUT OF the remainder of your poll choices.

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He should immediately terminate ALL aid (financial and military) to Israel. That will be good for the Middle East and good for the US economy.

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The last choice in the poll here is "Other" which got six votes as of 9:50AM.

Choosing his dog would therefore fall into this category, and is not off topic. How about a beagle?

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Training and socialising the First Puppy. And getting it its vaccinations.

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Sarge, I agree with you about what's on topic and what isn't. (I voted "Other".)

Beagles aren't known for their hypoallergenic qualities which only-a-day-to-go-until-he's- President Obama has said is a must because one of his daughters has allergies.

Even if you're the most powerful man in the world, Family comes first. Or should.

Moderator: Readers, no more on beagles please. That is not what the question is about, as you all very well know. The poll refers to Obama's policy priorities.

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Make America and Americans richer. He is good american in values and should use his skills to push for richer and more productive America. Globally also trade will get richer for all nations.

Many in opposition parties now,want to get back power via democratic ways. When GOP in power,Democrats try to get back power and got power back. So now with Democrats in power,GOP looking to get back power too.

May be Obama ,should just try make his prority, retaining power for another term.

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Closing the Guantanamo Base detention camp because it is the one issue mentioned here that he can do something about in a timely manner.

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He should enumerate all the campaign promises he does not intend to keep and get that out of the way.

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I can't get enthused about the question and I don't believe any of the hype. I dislike watching people time after time going all gooey about a candidate and then ending up expressing their disappointment.

Perhaps Obama will be the new US Hugo Chavez or Ahmadinejad, capable of anything, but I suspect the differences will be in the fine detail, in the ability to fudge/prevaricate and somehow remain neutral when a strong right-wing leader might have acted decisively/impulsively. I think he's got a good intellect, and this can only be a good thing. I look forward to some long-term green spinoffs, but in a spirit of innovation, not in a spirit of restriction and disapproval.

Having got that off my chest, he has an agenda in front of him and all need to be addressed at once, and not in order. Guantanamo, however, was an election pledge but will be almost impossible to sort satisfactorily and will involve passing the buck and sleight of hand. Reminds me of Blair's pledge to Cherie to stop fox hunting.

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Come on, who really cares, why is everyone so "what is america doing next"...

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The economy.

First priorities: Flat Tax, Balanced Budget Amendment, Line Item Veto, Cap Malpractice awards to a reasonable rate to make health care actually affordable,

Whoops wrong Guy, well maybe next time.

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The first issue would be to come back to earth and stop pretending to be the second coming.

And that is also an issue for the sycophantic media.

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I voted 'other.'

Obama's first act, if he has any instinct for self-preservation, should be a huge shout out to the mass media elites who got him elected. And I'm talking about making that known to the entire nation moments after he is sworn in.

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The U.S. economy, no one want to see the recessecion becoming the Second Great Depression.

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Woof! The US economy has gone to the dogs. Obama would be barking up the wrong tree if he made climate issues his first priority. As top dog, Obama needs to sit, stay, and try to stimulate the economy.

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I think Obama despite his best efforts is the new captain of a sinking ship, it's previous captain drove it on to the iceberg of recession. Too many countries own American assets, and if the foreign countries start going down, they're gonna sell it off, creating an even larger hole for Americans to crawl out of. Tis a bad year to be an American. $9.7 trillion in national debt in 2008? Good luck!

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Basically every one else's first priority is more important.

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The economy. Period.

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I'll second that. The economy. As soon as that problem is on the road to recovery, everything else will fall in place. But like I said before, I don't envy Mr.Obama in the slightest.

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funny that more peeps vote for the camp closures, rather then for the prehistoric health systhem that kills peeps daily.

Health and economy should be treated in the same rush, there is still time to talk about the world with Aso after that.

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The economy. tax cutz

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Something of a stupid question really because a country with a crippled economy isn’t going to be in any position to set about doing anything else to any degree worth doing. 100% commitment is needed for whatever the US gets itself involved with next time & if the money isn’t there neither will be the commitment & that is just inviting yet another disaster like Iraq.

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why is everyone so "what is america doing next"...?

I would think the answer to that is rather obvious, judging by how much of a mess the world economy is currently in largely due to American-stype Capitalism™ gone horrifically wrong.

As ideal as it might be for Obama to juggle all issues simultaneously, the reality is that virtually none of the others can be accomplished meaningfully without getting the US economy back on stable footing. As someone once said to Bush Sr., it's the economy.

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funny that more peeps vote for the camp closures, rather then for the prehistoric health systhem that kills peeps daily.

Some “peeps” don't like sleeping with the ultimate responsibility for such a primitive and abhorrent aberration as Guantanamo hanging over their heads and consciences, even at risk to their own healthy and safety. Admirable, really. World might be a better place if people stopped with the “me first” attitude that’s led us to the current economic/ecological mess we’re in.

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His first priority must obviously be to solve Japan's problem with NK kidnap victims. Everything else pales in comparison.

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he can choose whichever he pleases and think what is best for his country.. i.e. stay out of other countries affair.. :)

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That list in THAT order!Q

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America is not over.It's just the beginning.Just remember Europe and Asia were baby countries too.Some parts of Europe still act like baby countries even though they have have been around since the beginning of time.America is a very adaptable country and will always rise to the occasion if put under pressure.

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The President of The United States has to be part Entertainer. Daddy, and Circus Performer- Juggler.

He has to entertain and juggle everything.

Bush couldn't do mulit tasking. Let's hope Obama can

Yes we can ! Yes we can !!!!

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memyselfI,

Bush couldn't do multi tasking.

Bush couldn't do uni-tasking. the guy couldn't watch football and eat pretzels at the same time.

That said, President Obama just gave his inaugural address, and while he isn't laying blame directly on bush, it clearly lists bush's failures.

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"The US economy has gone to the dogs"

And yet it's still the #1 economy in the world by far.

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And yet it's still the #1 economy in the world by far.

Yes, the objective is to stop it from going there after these last eight years of bad economic policies.

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And yet it's still the #1 economy in the world by far.

Economies are ranked by economic performance, which usually means growth. By that measure, it's not even in the top thirty economies, Sarge. It's the largest, just like the Titanic was the largest.

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Focus on America. The rest of the world needs to learn to deal with its problems on its own.

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Fixing up Citibank and other US finance companies systems. Fixing up the US motor industry systems. Getting that Top 30 companies of Dow doing well again.

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rajakumar,

teh only thing to be "fixed" is the liberal media's coverage of these companies. They will be just fine so long as the new SocialDemocrat administration keeps teh free markets working.

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bishamonten, I agree with you but then so many others for he has an amazing load on his back with the rest of the world expecting him to start making the correct moves. Also other world leaders following some of his major moves ALL with hope that it is in the correct direction.

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loltehinterwebs, teh should be spelt as the.

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loltehinterwebs at 03:13 PM JST - 22nd January

Focus on America. The rest of the world needs to learn to deal with its problems on its own.

Yes, since it was america's fault to begin with, leave us alone and focus on your stupid selves. >;l

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Focus on America. The rest of the world needs to learn to deal with its problems on its own.

that part was ment to be quoted to lol ^^

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