January 21, 2009

What Would YOU Put on President Obama's "To Do" List?

Posted: 08:41 PM ET

Our nation's 44th president has been sworn in and today is his first official day on the job.  If you could, WHAT WOULD YOU  PUT ON THE PRESIDENT'S "TO DO" LIST? sign  WE WANT TO KNOW! So, stretch your fingers, scratch your chin and fill out your "TO DO" LIST for President Obama HERE! 

Keep your list short - TRY to keep it your list to around 3 of the most important items/issues to you!  And tune-in to "Larry King Live!"  We may use your list on the air! 







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kriss g   January 20th, 2009 1:56 pm ET

1. Stimulate the American Industrial core.
2. Helathcare reform
3. Repair our worldwide relationships

mehwish   January 20th, 2009 1:58 pm ET

to the respected mr.president,
good morning and salam alikum,
dear mr president,
firstly a heartiest congratulations on becoming the 44th american president on behalf of me and specially from my we watched the ceremony on tv across the globe.
we have full faith in u and as a muslim i know that u shall win over the hearts of muslims with ure capabilities.
i have a request to please be concerned about the people of jammu and kashmir , palestine and gaza etc.
we muslims seek peace and peosperity today,tommorow and forever.
plz read my msg.
regards and love,
mehwish and family.

Meryamm Himid   January 20th, 2009 2:20 pm ET

Congrats President Obama – I write from Canada and Canadian's are with you –
To do list:
1. Work hard on peace resolution between palestine and Israelis -try not to be biased
2. Build American peace, respect & harmony to international societies that are suspicious of Americans especially in the middle east
3. Mobiise your people to do more about poverty in America
4. Get closer to Canada and try to understand Canadian politics
Thank you

Diane Glasser   January 20th, 2009 2:26 pm ET

Today was a great day. I think President Obama needs to sit in the chair in the Oval office and jot down the most pressing 10 things he feels need to be worked on. He has a very tough job ahead of him. I found that doing a quick one page outline of those first 10 to do list will help.
I thought the Inauguration went very well. There was only one incident that I think marred the program:
Chief Justice John Roberts appeared to have taken pleasure in “messing-up” administering the Presidential Oath of Office to now President Obama. I am appalled at the way he incorrectly spread out the oath and did not even give President Obama a chance to even finish each part. I personally think it was a final deliberate swipe from Cheney who is close friends with the Chief Justice.
I think President Obama handled that insult with dignity.
It was a great and memorable day.

Andrea S.   January 20th, 2009 2:28 pm ET

The three things on President Obama's to-do list would be:

1. Improving the education program in the U.S.

2. Getting us on better terms with countries around the world.

3. Bringing companies back to the U.S. so we can employ our own people.

Cynthia B.   January 20th, 2009 2:29 pm ET

Economic Reform
Health care Reform
End the war in Iraq
Engage Americans to participate through service at what ever level they can, provide opportunities for that engagement, and seek ideas, no matter how small or grand

Denise Hardman   January 20th, 2009 2:41 pm ET

Today, I watched the inauguration of my President. I am filled with hope and pride as I have watched his campaign depict morality, character, honor and charm. I look forward to the positive change an intelligent, family man who has lived through adversity can bring to this country. These are the reasons I believe in President Obama. I understand how and why part of our country, perhaps, are rejoicing in disbelief with his election; but, change has been coming for years. This is not one man's victory or one race's. We report pride in our vast tapestry of cultures, however, the media, even today, continues to report from “the white man's or black man's” perspective. When will we stop defining a man by his skin? Has GOD not always judged us by our hearts. Let us finally begin TODAY by defining this administration by what it was always meant to be OUR NATION, OUR RIGHTS AND OUR FREEDOM TO DEFINE OUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS! We are all AMERICAN'S! Please consider addressing this need to heal this great wound in our society. All men are created equal and we need to expect nothing less from our government, society or the media! This is my prayer!

Lisa G Nguyen   January 20th, 2009 2:48 pm ET

I hope Mr. Obama wil do what he had promissed our country and the Americans people. I hope he wil have all the support. Time will tell. all talk. do the walk. I hope people voted for him becaused what he had presented, not because he is a black person. I hope you all wil not be disappointed.
I do not have much faith in the D party for many years
They alsway have been pretty dishonest people, liked many D in Chicago.
I am so sad that Mcclain did not win the election. He is a good man

Cynthia M. Davis   January 20th, 2009 3:06 pm ET

Mr. President,
I attended the Inauguration today and I was sadly disappointed. Today's event was unorganized chaos. For the next Inauguration, please put the military in charge. We started out this morning at 0515 from Pentagon City metro. Due to the numerous metro stations closures, it took several hours to get into DC. After standing in line for several more ours with tickets (Silver), we were not able to get to the silver standing area.

There were no clear directions and instructions of where to go. I believe in structure and the military can provide that. Most of the city police officers were sitting in there cars trying to keep warm. I approach a police car with two officers and the first thing I said was "I know you don't want to be bothered, but could you tell me where the nearest metro is". He slowly let down the window and pointed. This event was totally disappointing. Although I am proud of Mr. Obama, I would NEVER attend another major event in DC due to the lack of organizational skills, I speculate that their will be hundreds of people to include myself that will be ill from standing in the cold. There were people on crutches, some in wheel chairs and some with canes attempting to get to their designated area. However, in the metros, the escalators were inoperable and the elderly had to be assisted. This is totally unacceptable.

Also, I was given the opportunity to have coffee with my Congressman after the Inauguration. After standing in the cold and freezing for several hours and missing the entire event. I decided to go home. I wish Mr. President the very best. However, he has his hands full working with the staff in DC. This was a day that I could have been better. Several hundreds, maybe thousands of people with tickets, who traveled a great distance, did not have the opportunity to see ANY of today’s events. What a waste of my time. I am very disappointed with today's event. Also, I would like to thank my congressman, Mr. Gene Taylor who provided the ticket. Thank you Sir. Please feel free to contact me Mr. President.

Cynthia Davis

Johan   January 20th, 2009 3:06 pm ET

1. Continue to protect the US borders from terrorism (still a priority).

2. Take urgent new measures to stabilize the economy (housing & job opportunities).

3. Make possible contributions to a better relationship with the closest political enemy, Cuba, in order to unite families and friends that have been separated for so many years.

Madison C   January 20th, 2009 3:14 pm ET

In all due respect, to me, this was the longest inaugural luncheon! Wow, I'm not sure why the lady who recited a poem was on the agenda– I quess I just didn't get that part–but it seemed to have taken so very long - And then, the whole gathering of politicians were seated at the luncheon for almost 45 minutes before the President and Nancy Peloski, and that entire bunch arrived. I don't know, I wish everybody so well, but it just appeared to be slightly rude that all these people were waiting for so long, just to eat! And now, two senators, Senator Kennedy, and the one from West Virginia, Senator Byrd, as it is being reported - collasped. While the whole country is wishing the President so much happiness - I think that whomever planned this event included far too many participants for this occassion. The luncheon started late, and unfortunately, I think it was too overwhelming. Let's pray for the families of both of these senators on this historic day. (I've been glued to the TV all day, and truly, the starting of that luncheon was off. . .people sitting and waiting to eat just was rude.) Boo to the planners, even though, everything else was extremely well! Congrats on that part.

canadaboy   January 20th, 2009 3:16 pm ET

1: Fix the economy issue
2: Get out of iraq and stop participating in wars.
3: Legalize Marijuana

Madison C   January 20th, 2009 3:18 pm ET

Referring to the lady who recited the poem during the inauguration, not the luncheon. (CORRECTION)

Patricia Sheffer-Hussain   January 20th, 2009 3:22 pm ET

1. Stimulus package including personal checks to all taxpaying citizens.
2. Mediate Gaza and Isreal case fire and peace plan.
3. clean up and reintensity effort to educate all of americas children

Issa Azat   January 20th, 2009 4:05 pm ET

President Obama: Today USA tomorrow the whole world. You can unite the world under your flag. You are the only that that has thwe qualifications to do it.

Issa Azat   January 20th, 2009 4:07 pm ET

Today USA......Tomorrow the whole world could be united under your capable wing

kathy dahlman   January 20th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

i enjoyed watching the presidential parade, but for heavens sake some one needs to tell vice president bidins wife that she is not 16 and needs to dress a little more appropiately.

Linda McArdle   January 20th, 2009 4:41 pm ET

I am sitting in my living room watching the parade on CNN. I hear one of the commentators say "the black national anthem". I did not know we had any other national anthem other than the "Star Spangled Banner".
I did not hear the entire conversation but that upset me very much. What exactly were they talking about?

MARTHA LEAL   January 20th, 2009 4:58 pm ET

Congratulations first of all, then please
keep close to your girls because they will
grow so fast that you will miss all that and
thank god they have the grandma at home
to keep an eye on both and to make sure
they are safe at all times. God Bless you and
all your staff and please don't forget where
you came from,and START with all the problems
we have in the U.S . FIRST and then the rest
of the World. Bring back our soldiers.

Meryamm Himid   January 20th, 2009 4:59 pm ET

I forgot one more thing in your to do list Mr President – there is one man by the name of DAVID GERGEN who throughout your campaign to presidency has been the mostintelligent, objective, tolerant, insightful, respectful, unbiased, a thinker and humble human being who will do well for your government – He will be a great ambassador to either middle east or Africa or even asia, he has the most compelling insightful brain and he is the most critical thinker and one who knows what he is talking about – he will really do well in your government

keep up the good work Mr gergen we love you here in Canada

Maryamm Himid
Ontario, Canada

David   January 20th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

This is the first time in my 43 years of life where I feel a President has connected with me and asked me to do my part as a citizen to help this wonderful country become a better place.

This year, I plan to provide motivational speeches in the local community here in San Diego for folks who are at a crossroads in their life and need a push to help achieve their dreams or goals.

Our president has asked us all to do our part and I hope as a people, we come together to help make this beautiful country of ours a much better place to be!

Best of luck to EVERYONE and 2009 looks GREAT already!

shafky El Monery   January 20th, 2009 5:03 pm ET


Staci Tuggle - Michigan   January 20th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

How I felt about President Obama’s inaugural address

I felt that he addressed my concerns, of an all too uncertain future, as I find myself amidst the growing masses of Americans affected by the direr state our current economy with the recent loss of my job. This was a moment of renewed hope to me.
I felt that he is a student of history and the many lessons it reveals. All too often we’re too busy facing forward to stop and appreciate these lessons and I felt after listening to his references that this will not happen under his watch. This was reassuring and comforting to me.
I felt that he has served poetic justice to the lingering words of Martin Luther King Jr on this day, and how appropriate it was for his inaugural speech to follow our Nations day of oberversance honoring him. President Obama’s swearing in ceremony and inaugural speech were tailored moments in our Nation’s history, testimonial to the legacy of a single man’s dream. This was inspiring and fitting to me.
I felt that he addressed my fears over global concerns, although the focus of mine where not even directly mentioned. My fears involve primarily concern China and all the repercussions of it’s growing internalized focus which have yet to be realized. This was an alarming cry of urgency to me.
I felt that he experienced a monumental and humbling moment when standing before the astonishing masses of citizens huddled together on this bitterly cold day. How ironic that his speech mentioned both his humbleness while making many references to the past. This was reconfirming of his intellectual awareness and appreciation of things to me.
President Obama thank you, for enlightening our minds with your insightful visions of the past and of the future we so desperately seek. I wish you well along your journey of the Presidency of the United States. Thank you for addressing all the obstacles before us this, your speech was fulfilling to me.

Staci Tuggle – Saginaw Michigan

Gerald Noel   January 20th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

I know America is your first priority for now. You have a lot to do, like you said everything might not be done in one term but we will get there. All I or we would like you to do for us Haitian people is to help us to have a better diplomatic relationship with not only United States of America but with all other allied countries. As is it not my time yet, please make the helps are supervised and well distributed. I will say success to you as it was revealed to me. It was not just a hazard for me to meet with your wife yesterday in person. You have a lots to do, and you will accomplish them, because it is not just you is going to be we as a people "White, Black, Yellow, and Red. We need to join hands to make it happens for a better America. America can go down today, but it will rise higher. As a legacy from country Haiti, we pass on the Palm Tree symbol to America as a sign even though you bend down you will always rise. God Bless United States of America.

Tandra from Los Angeles   January 20th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

I am so speechless concerning the events of today. While I am only 44years old, I have experienced racism firsthand in the school system and other places that had a lasting affect on my life to where I never thought that an African American would ever become President or good enough to advance to the heights that President Obama has. I am so godly proud of the maturity that this country has exemplified during this entire election process and now the Swearing In of President Barack Obama. Tears of joy continue to flow as I think of how far we as a race have advanced. Being from a family with slaves and hearing the dredful stories, I can only thank God for hearing the prayers of our Ancestors who built this country from the ground up and never have really gotten the recognition they righfully deserve. To see that young black family being received into the White House is victory for all of us as a united nation all around the world. God bless the First Family of the United States and all of it's citizens for being diverse and loving.

Susanne   January 20th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

Dear Mr. President:

Congradulations on this beautiful day in America! There is so much love and trust surrounding you, so much goodwill. Our country has been in a pessimistic mood. Yet, today the sun came out brightly for you. When things get tough, I hope you always remember this day and all the love you rec'd from your fellow citizens.

The to-do list I constructed for you:
1. Keep yourself safe, so you can keep us secured
2. Stay on top of this catastrophic economy and do the best you can.
3. Continue to support our troops, getting the VA hospitals cleaned up, look real hard at the private contractors involved in our current Mid-East Conflict. Keep our soldiers safe w/the best equipment money can buy, keep their morale up and win their trust. It's a nasty world. Whether or not you consider yourself a "military hawk" does not matter. Our troops are over there, in harms way, and I understand they have been working with conditions that must be upgraded.
4. As a Jew, I am very concerned about Israel & Palestinian conflict. What a nightmare! My next comment might surprise you. I urge you to listen to & confer w/Rham Immanuel. He is not in the State Dept; or in a position that inolves forgein affairs, however, I have read his background and I am mighty impressed with this dynamic man! He has a fascinating background and understands Israel, probably much better than anybody else in your administration, including Mrs. Clinton. Quietly, listen to Rham Emanuel and consider what he has to say. I am sure Arab Americans have people who will likewise, advocate for them.
5. Health care is in drastic need of reform. Please lead us forward on that issue.

Blessings to you Mr. President:). I wish you the best of luck, for America's sake and for your children's sake.

Antonia Franco   January 20th, 2009 5:54 pm ET

To do list:

*Support students going to colleges, trade schools, & professional schools. FYI-–It is okay to go to trade school. A college degree does not always provide a person with a career and adequate income. We do not want our kids strapped with a debt of $40,00-$200,000 or more (with room & board) for college, once they graduate and with the possibility of NO JOB
Each year tuition is going up. Not everyone can get into a 4 year public college. There will be a higher demand for public colleges, because the private college tuition is becoming more and more expensive.
* Rethink raising taxes-–there are some who earn over $250,000 and don't have a Lexus or Mercedes, don't take luxurious vacations, are paying $60,000 in private high school(as Obama does), $ 60,000 in one mortgage, have a higher cost of living than perhaps someone in Iowa, have higher property taxes (over $10,000), pays a $100,000 in federal income taxes--$8,000 car insurance -healthcare costs are imputed income- then there is the cost of –house upkeep and repairs--–does Obama want a family who keeps up with all their bills to go down hill just because that family earns more than $250,000. He must really think this through.

Nancy Lamkin   January 20th, 2009 6:01 pm ET

Thank You for the oportunity speak about something that is close to my heart,

The adoption world has many plusses but due to the surrounding good, the many tragedies surround women being coerced and fraudulently forced into placing their children is a frightning and very real facet of this very cruel process.

This market makes billions of dollars a year off our children, this process is treated in the same manner as slavery. As a person of whom this process has hurt I have researched and faught diligently to stop this cruelty that has no real boundries, and leaves mothers without options unless they have hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight a system that does recognize the unconstitional acts of agencies and courts combined.

The adoption process needs to be monitered closer and not treated as a transaction for people who cannot have children of their own. God said our children are gifts from him, who are this society to say he didn't get it right to the individual mothers.

This is one reason why abortion is high, the degradation of women and children to me is offencive, considering that the main reason for infertility today is STD's and Abortion. Why are we penalizing the girl who choses to give life that was given to her.

Help the children with no families please, but supplying and demanding life because of personal tragedy does not validate taking advantage of young women whos personal tragedy has been the abandonement of constitutional rights and community.

Just as abortion is cruel, so is the loss of a child and degradation of the mother giving birth to it.

Please check into this process and promote families staying together and protect them from corruption and coercion.

Kieran   January 20th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

Hi Larry. I would just like to congratulate the American people on their new president. It may be hard for some to believe but ON THIS DAY you made the world proud. I'm an Irish citizen, and we as a country have benefited enormously from American investment over the last 20 years, so my opinion may not be very popular on this side of the Atlantic. Naturally, as the biggest consumer society on the planet, the American economy needs to be strong for the health of the global economy and would therefore suggest that he tax American companies back into the country. Charity begins at home Larry. Get America working, get the world working.

Estelle Viljoen   January 20th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

I think America's own Nelson Mandela today start this country's " long walk too freedom."

Sue Pair   January 20th, 2009 6:08 pm ET

The sweet person who wrote from Canada (Maryamm Himid) has alot of wisdom. I totally agree with her comments and can't think of a better TO DO list – to start with and also that David Gergen would be a huge asset to Pres. Obama. One little comment I have is that as we all know and I hope he remembers it also, the President is just a man with feet of clay and as we all (I hope) wish him the best and pray for him to do the right things, it is hard and when you are in leadership you have to sometimes do whatever you have to to stand up for the rights of everyone you govern. Not an easy job and I certainly don't envy him. Only someone who feels forced into leadership is best in that position. He obviously feels compelled to do this big job and I am certainly expecting God to annoint him if he remembers from whence he came and puts what he feels God would want him to do in his decisions.

Helene Marcelin   January 20th, 2009 6:29 pm ET

Please, I beg of you to ask President Obama to start off his Presidency by "righting" the "wrongs" (so many) that Mr. Bush did.

Especially, giving immediate PARDONS to Mr. Ramos and Mr. Copean AND giving them back pay and their jobs and an apology.

This, in my view, would go so far to prove to Americans (and the rest of the world,) that President Obama will be an honest politician and really will CHANGE things, as they should be.

For once, we HOPE that President Obama IS what he has sold himself to be.

I trust him and may God bless him and his family and protect them all.

Thank you from Montreal, Canada

Abel Tsegga   January 20th, 2009 6:46 pm ET

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Deborah Fuller   January 20th, 2009 6:54 pm ET

Although my political opinions may be somewhat different from President Obama, I have watched with great interest the inauguration for our new president. President Obama handled every situation with grace and dignity, interacting with the general public during the walk to the White House and as the parade participants marched by. However, do the empty seats along the route and in the box built for the President and Vice President tell the inaugural committee anything? These dignitaries must be completely and totally exhausted, knowing they have at least 10 "balls" they must still attend. Senator Kennedy's collapse should tell the planning committee something. Yes, President Obama and his wife are still young and eager, but this will dim quickly if expectations do not become more realistic. The parade still marches on.......

Rod Turner   January 20th, 2009 7:19 pm ET

I am here in Washington, DC and was honored to receive from my congressman Pete Olsen '2 Purple Section Tickets' for the Inauguration but after 6 & 1/2 hours of walking and waiting in the PURPLE LINE FOR ADMISSION to the TICKETED SECTION in the 3rd Street TUNNEL, WE WERE TURNED AWAY. How can the government distribute TICKETS for the event and not have enough Standing / sitting areas for those who have Tickets. FYI: The tickets took 3 hours of standing in line on Monday, Jan 19, 2009, just to be turned away. Who ever organized the check-in for those with TICKETS, forgot to include us in the security check-in system.

D.E.   January 20th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

Mr. President, please be sure that Army Reservist/NG that have served faithfully (voluntarily or non-voluntarily) on active duty (GWOT here and the united states) since Sept 11, 2001, be given equal retirement rights; to have those years served taken from the eligible age of 60 (1 for 1) . Many of us serve side-by-side everyday with Active Duty members (GWOT), yet their worth of service is valued differently when it comes to drawing retirement. ROA (Reserve Officer Association) has taken this concern several times to the hill for approval, but it has it challenges.

Im hanging in there, because I love this country..and proud of what I do..

Reynaldo Benitez   January 20th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

Mr. Larry King please I understand this is an historic moment for many of us. It appears that Mr. Castellano, member of the CNN consultant team does not agree with the celebration we have today. The disagreenment on his face and the sarcasm was obious please address this with your collegues ladies and gentelmans you are in national TV. Mr. Castellanos' party ways did'nt work, so please allow this new President to sleep in a white house for one night before Castellano start began with his sarcastics remarks and strange faces. It seen that he forgot where he came from.

wildelina   January 20th, 2009 7:45 pm ET

Congratulations Our New President of united States!! Obama,i just want the best for you and your Family,and so proud of you.The only concerm to me is Our services Man dont go to no more war.Im a proud Army wife,husband serving right now in iraq,i want him getting out from there but not going to another place after iraq.God bless you and help you sent our husbands back. from fort hood,texas army wife. mrs.logan.

Poul Erik Andersen   January 20th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

I am from Denmark, and I just want to say, thank you america to lead us into the new era of opportunity where we all can believe in people are equal and have equal opportunities. please let this be MR. Obama's top 10list.

1) food and shelter for all children.
2)food and comfort for all handicapped people
3)food and safety for all elderly.
4)medical-care for those is cannot affront.
5)Freedom and safety and democracy for those who cannot get.
6)Peace and prosperity for those who cannot get.
7) hope and energy for those who will.
8)Listening to the the one never heard.
9)control of the greedy.
10)control of the needy.

Eric   January 20th, 2009 7:56 pm ET

Fix the health care and help us keep our jobs

Anne Smith   January 20th, 2009 8:00 pm ET


This is a great blog!

I love Larry King.


Kelli from Tampa   January 20th, 2009 8:12 pm ET

I have full confidence Obama knows all things on these lists very well and will do everything in his power to do the right thing by all. FInally a President with integrity and heart. I hope he inspires all to help each other.

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 20th, 2009 8:16 pm ET

1) Free National Healthcare

2) Free College

3) NO Trickle Down Economics and Clinton Policies!!

Cheryl from Canada   January 20th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

Just watching Campbell Brown and as far as Obama's speech today who cares that he din't come up with a line to remember, don't judge him on his speech, his speech was in layman's terms and from his heart and that's what the average American wants to hear. The fact that he used Liconlyns bible is a testament to his character, give the man a chance for god's sakes, the media needs to stop dissecting his speech. Grow up media people. I wish him all the best and he'll do the right thing for Native Americans, too bad they weren't shown during the coverage.

jessi   January 20th, 2009 8:21 pm ET

most important things: jobs, healthcare, education

Cheryl from Canada   January 20th, 2009 8:21 pm ET

Ooops forgot my list:
1: Take care of the continued wrongs being done to Native Americans
2. Stop the war, bring home the troops.
3. Work on rebuilding the country.

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 20th, 2009 8:22 pm ET

1) Fair Tax and No IRS

2) Dont allow Illegal Labor to take new jobs created!

3) Money to the ground floor 20% of americans who only make up 3% of economy!! Thats SAD!!!

Troy Davis   January 20th, 2009 8:23 pm ET

I think GOD for our new President Obama, but i pray he fix heaith care, give the working people some help, feed the needed, and most of all he must stay beside Isreal because if he ever turn his back on Isreal America will pay dearly, We act like this world is going to be here for the next 30 years but if you will look at the signs that GOD are showing us it want be long before he come back an judge all of us, if you are with him you will be with him if you are against him you will burn and Hell with Satan I wish Larry King, or some one from CNN will do a show on Bible Prophecy, because we need a wake up call on things we will face an the near future, so don't hate me i just want all of us to be safe and aware of the things we are facing an the near future.

jessi   January 20th, 2009 8:24 pm ET

Thank Obama for breaking barriers for Blacks in America especially for my three sons. Jessi Fort Lauderdale

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 20th, 2009 8:28 pm ET

# One = Immigration Reform – too many jobs now being lost to Illegal Labor and the employers that hire them need to go to jail!

# Two = Bad Assets being bought by government should not wind back up into those guys pockets who created this mess for pennies on the dollar , in offshore accounts , like Savings & Loans assets did.

# Three = Fair Tax, allow free healthcare/medicare for all, Use IRS to police the fraud in the system, instead of chasing tax fraud.

Woody McBreairty   January 20th, 2009 8:29 pm ET

Make it clear that our constitutional rights are intact .
Make it clear that each and every American is entitled to the same freedoms and pursuit of personal happiness and that citizen discrimination is dead.
Get stem cell research going now.

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 20th, 2009 8:34 pm ET

1) Stop providing free housing to Illegal Immigrants, then employers turn around and charge the laborers rent anyway, so they get paid 2 times for same house. Sometimes charging each person living in house, so they get paid several times,, and never taxed!!!

2) Create Home Owner Insurance Program!! Insurance reforms needed across the board, Auto, Home, Health etc...

3) Eliminate this Financial Services Economy!! go back to Manufacturing and Industry, we have no base left , we need a new base.

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 20th, 2009 8:38 pm ET

1) Auto Insurance Reform, why do we have to have insurance, medical portions for each state that are mandated adding 40-60 % to policies. Thats crazy!!

2) Home Owner Insurance, this has also created home foreclosures or denied some housing. Ridiculous, that homeowners pay and pay, govt bails out insurance and banks.

3) Eliminate Healthcare Insurance and go with one standard plan for all.

Marc   January 20th, 2009 8:40 pm ET

Congratulations Mr. President!

1. Shift the country's psyche ( the financial markets) to the good old American "Can DO" attitude, as a unified whole.

2. Welcome help and support from your many friends, foreign and domestic.

3. Defeat your enemies. If you do #2, you won't be alone.

Best wishes!

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 20th, 2009 8:41 pm ET

1) Accountabliity – Wall Street, Enron, 9/11, Iraq, Katrina, Ike, MS, FL, etc....

2) Where did all the money go that Americans donated after 9/11?

3) Where is all the money and how was it used after KAtrina?

Madison C   January 20th, 2009 8:45 pm ET


Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 20th, 2009 8:46 pm ET

1) Insurance Companies should be made to pay for insured property,
What came first , the Wind or Water, thats crazy!! How they cheat us!!

2) Nationalize these companies that never paid claims, i.e : State Farm, Allstate, etc...

3) Lets not forget the Savings & Loan Scandal and we need to remind Americans just who made billions off those assets sold for pennies on the dollar, and how they never paid a dime on taxes.

Beckie Schultz   January 20th, 2009 8:47 pm ET

Dear Wendy,
I am Betz Fortney's daughter. My mother sewed for your family when you lived in D.C. She loved you and the show. I am so sorry she is not alive to see this day. Can you just imagne how a "flaming liberal" like herself would have enjoyed the day. She might have finally seen a politician that could live up to her expectations of what a pulic servant should be.
All the best to you and the show! I can wait for the new dialouge to begin.
Beckie Schultz

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 20th, 2009 8:51 pm ET

1) No Clinton Economic Policies!

2) Stimulate economy by getting rid of Insurance overcharging and State Property Taxes , support Fair Tax and Flat tax policies. Streamline the tax code!!

3) Free College tuiton for all or military service!! Help get these young people to grow up and be better citizens.

Princetta Avant   January 20th, 2009 8:52 pm ET

Two days ago I was really bummed out because I thought I was missing something by not being able to attend the celebrations in Washington. I had worked really hard on the campaign and was feeling that somehow I wasn't part of the celebration because I couldn't afford to be in the midst of the "official" events. Then I took time out from feeling sorry for myself to participate in the Day of Service at a major charity here in Chicago. How could I have thought that mere geography or what someone else did or didn't do could keep me from feeling the importance of what we have done and the necessity of what we must continue to do for our country and our fellow citizens.

Frankly, I don't think President Obama is the one who needs a list; he knows exactly what we need to do. I'm just sorry that for a short time I lost sight of the reasons I joined the campaign. I promise you it won't happen again. How could I have ever thought that he didn't recognize my sacrifice? My celebration is in my heart and my souvenirs are the memories I carry of working with a great group of people for a great man to better a great country. I'm the one who needs the list and I made one. After I finish celebrating, along with thousands of other Americans, I'm going to get to work.

God bless President and Mrs Obama and God bless the United States of America.

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 20th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

1) Stop the overcrowding and over sentencing of petty crimes!

2) Why do we jail a guy/gal for non-support of child, shouldnt we make them do work and keep paying. now it is a felony,too, Come on!
Who hires felons!! talk about sorry policies!!

3) Drunk drivers, .08 limit, thats less than one beer an hour, so we need to tell all bars they can no longer serve more than one drink per hour, fair to me, that way we would help eliminate the need to jail so many people. Or is that how we create local jobs these days!!!

Madison C   January 20th, 2009 9:00 pm ET


Kelli from Tampa   January 20th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

I loved that blog of yours up there Princetta!

carol   January 20th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Maybe Israel should also heed Pres. Obama's statement that "your people will judge you on what you can build NOT WHAT YOU DESTROY.......Hopefully Pres. Obama will take an indepth look at the Israeli government and how it uses they millions of dollars we give them.

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 20th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

1) Stop the labelling eveyrthing a terror act or person a terrorist.

2) Stop states and local towns etc... from being police states, they go out and arrest same people, addicts etc.. thats an easy bet, keep them in jail and receive on average $15 a day per person in their jails.

3) Fund rehab and reentry programs, stop the routine of people being institutionilized at the County Jail Level!! Thats crazy!! hurting the young! We want to punish instead help and help them do things to lead them into being a good citizen easier to throw em in jail.

amanda sager   January 20th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

As I watched the Presidential Inauguration of this nation's 44th president, Barack Obama, I was totally appalled at the way Chief Justice John Roberts seemed to have enjoyed screwing up the Presidential Oath of Office. It seemed as though it was purposeful due to the close friendship between himself and Cheney. Although Chief Justice Roberts didn't even let Mr. Obama have the chance to respond to every part completely, I think Barack took the insult and handled it with very much pride and dignity. As far as the top three things that are most important to me that I would like to see the President do, they are: 1) To improve the education system in the United States, 2) Health care reform, and 3) Improve the economy. I wish the new President and his beautiful family all of the best, and good luck, you've got a lot of hard work ahead of you, but I have confidence in you. Thank You and God Bless!!!
Amanda Sager

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

1) Get rid of Scalia and Thomas from Supreme Court!!

2) Appoint Judges who are committed to sentencing to create common law not common rule!

3) Get rid of Roe vs Wade , time it goes to the states and end this bickering at federal level, thats one for off the books

Larry Robinson   January 20th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

1) Tell Michelle and their girls he loves them each and every morning.
2) Kill Bin Laden.
3) Tell Biden to pipe-down on lengthy dissertations.
4) Know real facts and make proper decisions.

GreenJobs   January 20th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Dismantle the FHA "Federal Highway Administration" which promotes the use of fossil fuel based transportation and creat a FTA "Federal Transportation Agency" which will oversee investment in high-speed rail lines to promote fuel efficient "mass transit" where countries such as Japan and those in Europe have been killing us.

Luiz Dourado   January 20th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Hi Larry
The best thing you, as an american personality, could suggest to the new president is that he should go right now (instead of participating on all those balls) to Iraq, to be among american soldiers, and announce that he is ending their staying there, reducing drastically the american presence over there. This measure would touch all american hearts and also the world. He is very tired right now, and he could rest a little at Air Force One, in his way to Iraq. For sure this would be of a great Midia, and a great move. I am a big fan of your TV program. And I know you would be of a great help for him now. Luiz Dourado (Rector of an University and a Vocational Training School in Brazil, with 400.000 students).

hugh ~ california   January 20th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

1. Get out of Iraq
5. Reduce taxes on the middle-class
3. Investigate Wall-street corporate corruption
4. Rebuild inner cities, freeways and bridges
5. Create Green Jobs: Wind & Solar
6. Stop Mike, Zephyrhills, FL from excess blogging entries 😀

John Hanley   January 20th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Congratulations Mr President and your family. I would put these priorities for my first three if I were you:

1. As near to total energy independence as humanly possible. Mandate infrastructure improvements to make alternative fuels available throughout the nation.

John Hanley   January 20th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

2. Take whatever steps necessary to improve the economy and take us back out of deficit spending.

3. Follow through with our Space Program with adequate funding. I realize most will disagree with this saying it's better to spend the money here on earth rather than out in space. Much of what our modern nation has in the way of techonology is due to our space program. We need to maintain our lead in this area if we expect to have any influence in our future. You have my permission to take all my taxes for this purpose.

Helen from Sudbury Ontario Canada   January 20th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Our American neighbors, we have cried with you, we have supported each other, and today we are celebrating together! Canadians are also rejoicing in this Universal change. We look in confidence at the larger portrait of hope & faith for all.

Bryan C May   January 20th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I'm writing from Gilbert, AZ. which is mearly one the suburbs of Phoenix, AZ.

I don't know how things took place in the rest of the country or city/state, although Washington, DC looked beautiful today.
I'm an African-American Father and my youngest son (12 years old) goes to Coronado Elementary School of the Higley School District. I'm totally amazed, shocked, and very dissappointed at the School District, the Community Representatives and State Officials.

I'm a well respected person in my community by running a Youth Football League, with that being said, My son is in 6th Grade and on a historical day like today, when my son should have been watching President Barack Obama, our newly inaugurated 44th president, sworn in: He was watching a video on segregation and desegregation, that is next months subject during Black History Month. When we should have been celebrating a special moment of unity and love and the joy of the United States of America trying to overcome the setbacks of racism, my son was watching a video on the use of the word N-I-G-G-E-R, and a host of other unneccessary vocabulary.

But instead during Black History Month the District will choose to show or discuss Indians, or Fossils, not as if that is not history but all kids need to learn about ALL history and our Government decided that today was the day to Welcome our NEW President into office and also to Recognize the Month of February as "Black History Month". This is a severe case of hidden racism.
I'm going to the school tomorrow to complain and get an explanation, as to why this was not on the agenda District Wide. I do realize where I live, meaning Arizona is McCain Country and was also the last state that allowed the recognition of the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a National Holiday. That is another conversation but today is not the day for that.

This was historic and my youngest African-American son should have been able to see that we can grow up and be proud and be not ashamed of who we are and want to be something great and honorable. Not just a rapper, or a sports figure, not as if that is not great also, but we can now dream bigger than that. I know that I am a good role model for my son but President Barrack Obama is living a "Dream", and making it REALITY for all of us, Black, White, Hispanic, Oriental, and beyond.
Why do we still have these small minded individuals teaching our children the wrong way of doing things? This must stop and this will stop!

Yes We Can!


An Over-Comer of Adversity

hugh ~ california   January 20th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

1. Get out of Iraq
2. Reduce taxes on the middle-class
3. Rebuild inner cities, freeways and bridges
4. Create Green Jobs: Wind & Solar
5. Investigate Wall-street corporate corruption
6. Make Hugh proof-read all his blogging entries thoroughly 😀

sandy from mi   January 20th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

feed the systems in the inner cities badly run & no money for bathroom tissue/ in Detroit/ .....end war abroad /never should have been started in 1st place/ ..get ride of supreme court Scalia /cheney's buddy they hunt together/ & Thomas /Anita Hill's problem/ never should have been voted in but Bush 41 & wife campaigned for him ...pray every day & evening & before every meal..begin every day in Oval Office w/a prayer w/staff.....we need prayers hope & faith ..thanks Larry ...

gigi from nj   January 20th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

heavily TAX the wealthy /bush & cheney/ ..sock it to them ...feed the poor...public schl system in dire need of for the disability kids, that have AUTISM, like one of my grandkids/ public schls do not wish to help/ ...& pvt & religious do not have programs to help them ...

TM   January 20th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

I thought it was great that President Obama
quoted the great reggae artist Peter Tosh

"Pick myself up dust myself off "start all over

Kytia   January 20th, 2009 11:29 pm ET

First, and foremost, continue to give praises and thanks to our Lord.
Secondly, take a deep breath, assess, reflect, and then establish a proactive plan of action. Our country's woes were not developed overnight, therefore, it is unreasonable to expect immediate changes. Systemic changes, and long-lasting changes occur through well-planned stategic plans. President Obama has proven that he is a visionary leader, so, best believe that he has strategies in place to deal with priorit issues.
President Obama should contiue to surround himself with prayer warriors whom he knows will truly "have his back".
We pray God's hand of Mercy &n Blessings upon the Obama's and upon the world.

Jaison   January 20th, 2009 11:34 pm ET


I would tell President Obama take all money back from all CEO's
and put those CEO's behind bar. and use that money for right purpose.

Fred Vidal, PhD   January 21st, 2009 12:17 am ET

Hello Larry:
I THink It could be great that President OBAMA Creates a SECRETARY OF CULTURE in America For Hollywood, The Music Industry And FINE ARTS.
There is a Project in Town Supported By Quincy Jones and 160,000 People, including Me. I will Be in DC for Networking About That Soon. Could be Nice to Speak about it In Your Live Show!
Thank You!
Sincerely Yours.
Fred Vidal, PhD

carol kesling   January 21st, 2009 12:18 am ET

please take your time and not try to do everything all at once!!!!!!!!! i trust you to do it right, and i like the fact that you have set up a web site "FOR US" the people to keep us in the loop....... you make us feel VERY IMPORTANT, something the bush,chenny adm. NEVER DID !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! god bless " OUR NEW FIRST FAMILY" !!!!!!!! god speed.........

Fran   January 21st, 2009 12:19 am ET

Lift the ban on federal funding stem cells.
thank you Larry

judy   January 21st, 2009 12:19 am ET

immigration! get all the the undocumented people from hiding!

make it easy for them to work and live without fear!

Gustavo Sanchez   January 21st, 2009 12:19 am ET

Being from a mexican family i think he should work out a immigration reform to some extent. Not to every immigrant but to those who deserve it

Sahag Majarian   January 21st, 2009 12:20 am ET

President Obama should acknowledge that the world will not tolerate any more genocides that started with the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

Shyle   January 21st, 2009 12:20 am ET

The president needs to open up more visa numbers for nurses. Baby boomers are living longer and there is a high nursing shortage.He needs to create work permits for international nurses.

Robert   January 21st, 2009 12:20 am ET

End Affirmative Action.

Jim in West Virginia   January 21st, 2009 12:21 am ET

1. Fully fund effective programs that prevent child abuse and neglect.

2. Quality health care for all.

3. End our dependence on oil and fossil fuels like coal.

gregory   January 21st, 2009 12:21 am ET

give the poor a stimulus package that would really make a change in our lives. no one talks about poor, the poverty stricken, the working poor. 500 hundred dollars won't even pay my rent.

Michael Terry   January 21st, 2009 12:21 am ET

Fix the college football postseason! It's time for a playoff!

jonathan levin   January 21st, 2009 12:21 am ET

i think he should focus on education because kids are, are future.

Raj   January 21st, 2009 12:21 am ET

Economy – fix corporate governance, job creation, support innovation
Get control of Iraq – Timetable and plan to leave Iraq
Foreign relations – Middle East, India / Pakistan, Iran
Energy crisis – New inventions, better automobiles
Healthcare – reduce waste, and make affordable healthcare available

Jon King   January 21st, 2009 12:21 am ET

I woud put a bill on his desk re-writing the bail out package. It would bail out the American home owner by granting low interest loans to home owners directly. This would pay off loans to banks and give the banks the capital that they are not likely to pay us back by bailing them out directly. It is time to give the Government back to the PEOPLE and take it fromt he companies!!!

eddie   January 21st, 2009 12:22 am ET

Bring the troops home... if he really disagrees with Bush on the war in Iraq this should be his first task....

Karol Petersen   January 21st, 2009 12:22 am ET

Re-unite families separated by immigration, I have not seen my husband in our home for a year. I cry each and every night that I cannot be with him. I miss him. He had a life here and now it has been taken from us. Even though we went through the proper hoops for a visa.

ken stewart   January 21st, 2009 12:22 am ET

1) Keep GITMO open, prosecute the terrorists, oops guess to be PC we should call them something else like detainees, and those found guilty keep them locked up there. They are not criminals and don't have the same rights as American citizens and have no business being prosecuted through the American judicial system. They are combatants, hence the reason for their being given protection under the Geneva Convention rules, even though they wear no uniform, represent no country, and do not honor the Geneva Convention rules themselves. (One of our court's more idiotic decisions.)

If left wing libral nut jobs like Huffington and others don't like it, bring the terrorists to the U.S. and allow them to stay in their homes.

2) Win the war in Iraq and Afghanistan instead of caving in to the far left wing fanatics to pull out prematurely.

3) Design a more sensible economic game plan to turn the economy around as the CBO is already saying that a major part of your strategy will not have any effect for several years...

So far you're not off to a very good start. You flubbed your Presidential oath, you've named a tax cheat to be your Secretary of the Treasury, and you've nominated a guy who was instrumental in getting Puerto Rican terrorists and a billionaire arms dealer and tax evader pardons. If Bush would have done all of the above, he'd be getting ridiculed, but because the mainstream media is dominated by the left wing who's intoxicated with you, you're getting a pass, but the love affair currently being expressed by the American public won't last long if progress is not made on the economic front, within a short period of time and you'll go from hero to zero if we happen to suffer a terrorist attack on American soil over the next 4 years.

Debra Paul   January 21st, 2009 12:22 am ET

First and foremost our Economy! I'm a Realtor and my husband is a laid-off auto worker. President O'Bama has placed a light at the end of a very long tunnel. At least I have hope now!

Lauren Simons   January 21st, 2009 12:22 am ET

Intervene on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and show that the US will not be biased and shall take a just position for once!

M Davis grandmother of 3 bi-racial grandchildren   January 21st, 2009 12:22 am ET

I had hoped today that our new President would acknowledge himself as the first bi-racial president rather than the first African American President. President Obama's heritage represents both the African American and White American population. For the world to constantly refer to President Obama as the first African American President seems to represent old ideas, from the horrible time of slavery, that only one drop of black blood made you a black person. Today I celebrate our new bi-racial President Barack Obama, the president of all people, and wish him, his family, and his team well as they tackle the many problems facing our nation.

Brad Johnson   January 21st, 2009 12:22 am ET

the first order of business is to pull out of iraq, focus on afghanastan, and find bin laden.

next, stabilize the economy thru stricter regulations on the banking industry.

then, shift our nation away from oil dependency and push for alternative fuel solutions for the auto industry.

sam_WA   January 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

The most important and urgent thing I want OBAMA to do is to set up a Universal Health care for all Americans including poor, lower income families and rich; similar to all other Western Nations like Canada, USA and Germany.

There should be federal government subsidies for poor and lower income families.

E. Joyce   January 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

Not that this is as critical as the economy and the wars, but I am advocating a Secretary of the Arts, as others are. Someone who has a passion for all the arts - not one particular genre, such as music or film - who is open to advocating putting the arts back into public education, understands how the paradigm needs to be changed so that true not perceived cultures within and outside of our nation gain a new level of equality.

James Short   January 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

He should

>PARDON the border guards that Bush shafted by only commuting their sentences.

>Fix our porous borders. It is a national security issue, period.

>Do whatever it takes to keep people in their homes.

>Void "Don't ask, don't tell"

Chris Aquino   January 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

We need to end the violence Domestically and Internationally To that end having a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace would be a very good thing.

Increase the Peace, Chris Aquino

Erika   January 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

Many people are losing their homes, this issue really impacts the economy of our citizens.
2. Economy
3. Irak
4. Health Care
5. Education

Nisha, Toronto ON   January 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

1. After 10 Inaugural Balls.... REST would be a good start!
2. Absorbing the fact that he just made history
3. Restorting the economy as well as jobs that were lost
4. Making the healthcare system more like Canada 🙂
5. Bring Americans and Canadians closer together
6. Withdrawing troops from Iraq and Afghanistan
7. Aim to be the best President that America and the World has seen.

Goodluck President Obama!

Charles green   January 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

1. Walk Former Pres. Bush to the helicopter.
2. Make sure he boards the helicopter.
3. Watch the helicoter take-off.
4. Alert all White house security that he is not allowed back on the propoerty.
5. Then and only then, get down to doing the people's business!

Leslie   January 21st, 2009 12:23 am ET

Restore our reputation around the world, fund education, teachers and the arts, put us on the track to fiscal responsibility, end the war on poverty and hold "we the people" accountable for our actions and continue to remind us that we are ones who make the difference; everything and anything is possible!

Akenabah Begay   January 21st, 2009 12:24 am ET

I believe President Obama should release Leonard Peltier for prison as a presidential pardon.

Anthony Guild   January 21st, 2009 12:24 am ET

1. Continue to bring peace to our country and the world.

2. Redefine what the presidency is about and make America shine again.

3. Before you do reap what you sow.

Sharon Garrett-Smith   January 21st, 2009 12:24 am ET

I would suggest that he gets into his possession and watch a sermon preached by a Baltimore Maryland minister – Jamal Bryant titled "He Bailed Me Out". It is definitely an economic stimulant!!

clarkB   January 21st, 2009 12:24 am ET

President Obama should first try his hand at fixing the College Football BCS system into a playoff format. If he can negotiate with those people I think he could negotiate with most world leaders. It would be a good warm up for him, and benefit our country greatly.

Mello   January 21st, 2009 12:24 am ET

Congratulations to our NEW President. All I ask of him is that he puts former President Bush and his administration under investigation.

Anita from Tennessee   January 21st, 2009 12:24 am ET

If the US government would consider giving each and every homeowner the average US mortgage amount instead of bailing out the "big" businesses he would get us out the economic crisis we are in. The amount should be given bases on their primary residence. By taking this method it would all to spend money in their local communities. Each homeowner should be required to purchase within a year and BRAND NEW AUTOMOBILE! It put our workers back to work and therefore our economy would stablize. We could afford to buy products.

Stephinie   January 21st, 2009 12:24 am ET

One thing that President Obama has to address is education at all levels.

From education budget cuts to astronomical costs for higher education, something has to be done.

I want my son to have the best education possible and, unfortunately, it looks as if the United States will not be able to offer that.

Toni   January 21st, 2009 12:24 am ET

As Dr. Martin Luther King spoke so long ago, "I cannot be who I am until you are who you are". Both Dr. King and President Obama, looked beyond thier own races and looked at all of the opressed.
American Indians are the minority race now, and issues need to be addressed. Amierican Indian children are shoved aside (I am Amierican Indian dealing with a School System that has no clue about how to educate American Indian Children with learning Disabilities). Health care for All American Indians as well as assistance for the American Elders.
This Country was stolen from the American Indian. Yet we have served in this Country's defence even when It did nothing but give us honor and pride.
President Obama has already shown initiative to recognize the American Indian community. However the press is pushing that this Precidency is beneficial for the African American. Let's take a look at the Big picture and get President Obama looking at this Countries First Citizens.

Travis Klopf   January 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

Obama should
attempt to fix the debt and the economy jobs and homes
attempt to stop these wars and fix international relations
with a repaired economy work on more socialistic health and education
repair damaged rights and a better justice system not based on income, morality not based on inocome.

it's a new day and that means it's a good day
good night and good luck


LINDA   January 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

Whenever there was something to be done about (illegal) immigration in America – there were always things happening that somehow overshadowed that issue. I remember September 2001. when the new immigration bill was about to be introduced in the Senate and the House – September 11 happened and immigration problem wasn't so important any more. Afterwords, the war in Iraq happened, now the economy crush...We cannot wait any more. Resolving (failing) immigration system in America should one of the top priorities on our President's list.

Akenabah Begay   January 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

I believe President Obama should release Leonard Peltier from prison as a presidential pardon.

Brandi   January 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

First I offer my Congratulations to you Mr. Barak Obama. I feel such relief that you are now the President, and I am sure I share this relief with many fellow Americans. I know you have your hands full. Just one small request!
Please get rid of that wire bill President Bush passed without letting it go through congress! Allow online gaming in the United States again. I feel like my civil rights were interrupted when I was no longer able to visit an online casino. Aren't we a free country? This wasn't a political move, it was a personal religious move.

FAYE WOODARD   January 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

Good evening Mr. King,

I believe the first issue at hand for President Obama is to make it clear in speach and action that he is representing 'all people', not just African Americans. It is only fair of him to include comments about his father, forefathers, and other African Americans in our history such as Dr. Martin Luther King. I do believe the decisions he will make and implement will benefit Americans' as a country. Thank you,

Faye Woodard, RN

carol kesling   January 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

god bless our new first family !!!!!! take your time and do it right !!!!!!!!!!!!! enough said..... GOD SPEED &KEEP YOU SAFE

Ben M   January 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

President Obama has the enormous challenge of reviving our economy, and to be successful should strive for these three goals:
1) Improve the education system from the ground up – giving schools additional funding and making college more affordable.
2) Create incentives for alternative energy companies, allowing them to expand and create well paying jobs.
3) Give Americans confidence once again in their both their government and domestic corporations by eliminating wasteful spending and executives being overly greedy

L. Richardson   January 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

Bring home our dead soldiers with honor and openess. We're proud of their service and their supreme sacrifice and they should not be brought back in secret like some kind of embarrassment.

cyndi   January 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

I would put for President Obama to reach out to every American and let them know that this country will be better off if everyone could just put aside their differences and realize that we all could learn something from each other regardless of ethnicity, religion or any other personal preferences.

Congrats President Obama and God Bless!!!

Christy Read   January 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

I think president Obama should have done something during his speech: tell the American people to do something for someone else already today or tomorrow, bring some food to a food centre, mow a neighbour's lawn, look after someone's kid so they can go to evening class. Get the people in the spirit to start looking after others and take responsibility.

Gary Vliet   January 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

Not his highest priority by any means, but in addition to our road and bridge infrastructure (that we have heard a lot about), he should endorse and promote those applications for government monies to fund light rail and public transportation.

I'm afraid too much will be spent on new roads and not on those facilities that will also reduce out carbon footprint.

Tehmoor Dar   January 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

To do list

I want him to use wisdom for Afghanistan the way he is using wise decission for iraq bringing his troops home.
If he wants to continue the same tactics as Bush did in Iraq, believe you me , this will not be way forward.
Your policy for Afghanistan will also help my country Pakistan to come out of terrorism, the fall out that we are facing due to your presence in Afghanistan.

I hope this will help you understand what we are thinking and expecting of Obama in this part of the world.

May God help Obama to succeed.

Xander   January 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

Firstly, I'd like to say that the video shown at the beginning of the program, with the judge and his grandaughter, was the most touching reaction I saw today from anyone. I actually stopped writing an email while it was on because I felt overcome with a rush of emotion from it.

As for President Obama's "To Do" list, I think it's important for him to outline a plan to pull the troops back, however it should be one that allows for an easy transition for the Iraqui people. It is our responsibility to make the past wrongs right.

Daniel   January 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

Hey Larry!

Of course the economy should be first on President Obama plate. However I think the BAN on Stem Cell research should be reversed soon. Their is alot of new technology out their that can be used to treat an array of diseases and cancers. It amazes me how one cell taken from an embyro can create any organ in the human body.

God Bless Science!

Mustapha, From Morocco   January 21st, 2009 12:26 am ET

1- Mr. Obama, has to come up with an effective plan to revive the US Economy, which will affect the rest of the world positively

2-Try to improve America's image in the rest of the world, especially the Muslim world.

3-Work with the rest of the world to solve the many problems we all face : Such as environment , wars and health issues.

From Morocco

Sam Stephens   January 21st, 2009 12:27 am ET

President Obama should first address Global Warming, with greener and more efficient means of energy, which will hopefully create more jobs, in production and manufacturing and stabilize the devastating unemployment situation.

Tracy Michelle Anderson (Moore, OK)   January 21st, 2009 12:27 am ET

I think much attention should be put on getting the american people employed with decent paying wages. Not just jobs but an opportunity for a career at least a chance for a career. This is an amazing time for CHANGE. If you seen the sky tonight there was a very very bright star in the sky and it represented a bright future for the american people.
In the words of the late great Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King " Let Freedom Ring!" and freedom has rung!!!

Rene   January 21st, 2009 12:27 am ET


A day has come, that all can know
A heart of hope, has come to blow

The heart arose, by mighty hand
For it can see the promise land

The mountain top, from which we fly
In earth and sky, the reason why

Where yellow flames, burn a blue
And all things good, are all things new

Our many ways, that got us ready
The change we made to make it steady

In what we use, to turn the wheel
And how we make, the earth to heal

The weight of waste, we save and count
No longer just, about amount

So hope and faith, will live the creed
Yes we can. The change we need

So if you hear, for all can see
The mighty work, that all can be

And lend a hand, to make the way
For freedom free, to fly away

The greatest love that you renew
In earth our home, and all that’s true

And they will know, your work today
The dream awoke, Obama day

Please share

Sarah :)   January 21st, 2009 12:27 am ET

1) End the Iraq war
2) Stop torture & restore America's dignity
3) Arrest Bush & Cheney on war crime charges

Transparency in government..........


Latoya Gray (Toronto, Canada)   January 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

President Obama has reminded the nation that it is not black or white, however I think that President Obama should tackle some of the many issues affecting the African-American community, particularly issues surrounding education, poverty and discrimination in the judicial system.

Tracey Goldblatt   January 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

Abolishing the Patriot Act should be number one priority what do you think?

Bill Roberts   January 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

President Obama always stressed the importance of Education in America. He believes that all children should not be judged on a Test Score and that all children learn differently. I believe that President Obama should challenge the States to upgrade their curriculum to be more computer based. With advances in Computer Technology our son Alex is beyond the antiquated curriculum that is in the Public School System.

Change should occur in Public Education to compete with other 3rd world countries

Thank You
Bill Roberts
Las Vegas, NV

Susan Laird   January 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

Greetings from Aurora, Ontario Canada.

I have just one item for President Obama's list. Tomorrow, have breakfast with your wonderful family & talk over the incredible events of January 20, 2009. The girls will want to know about the parties!

Bart   January 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

1. A nationwide standardized, updated Integrated transportation system focused on mass transit.

2. A construction of a physical border between Mexico and Canada coupled with amnesty to immigrants already in the country.

3. A drastic restructuring of federal drug policy and Its persecution of drug users.

Vikas Sharma   January 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

The biggest and most important impact of Obama's becoming the president on the world is that this event has freed the souls of African and African Americans or say even every race. Our world is finally free! One can finally breathe.

lydia   January 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

He needs to address the immigration reform change of laws to legalized the 12 millions of people that are hard workers and can benefit the economy of our country

Thomas Goodwin   January 21st, 2009 12:28 am ET

The most important thing that he should put on his " To do list" would be to restablish the middle class system. Over the past eight years the middle class was killed by the pervious administration. Before the government makes any more checks out to executives behind closed doors (Bigger Buisnesses, High Society). Maybe he could iron out that great tax break I always heared him talk about during his running. The effects of trickle down econimics has ruined my life. I feel like I am coming out of an eight year long coma.

Dr. Mohan   January 21st, 2009 12:29 am ET

President Obama can assure stability of the financial markets by holding a press conference tomorrow morning, look Wall Street in the eyes and declare that his administration has studied the issues and that he will proceed to set up a Federally funded bank to absorb and take away all toxic assets, thus freeing the banking system of the one major burden that could sink the ship. Citigroup and Bank of America stocks are headed for ZERO!! It is urgent that this message be conveyed to Wall Street in no uncertain manner and with emphasis that the Obama Administration WILL take this burden off the Banks. Urgent matter that can be solved with a few well-chosen words, IMMEDIATELY.

Thank you for this opportunity!

Mello   January 21st, 2009 12:29 am ET

For all the lives lost in this senseless, expensive war. The lives lost in the Twin Towers attacks, and the bombing of the dam in New Orleans. If none of those stick, there are the war crimes of torture and inhumane punishments in Guantanamo Bay.

Austen   January 21st, 2009 12:29 am ET

1. Please stay moderate as best you can. I do not want this great country to be turned into a welfare state on your watch when we have managed to avoid that the past 200 years...even though the temptation may be great.
2. Cut spending on useless or broken programs
3.please do not gut the military like former president Clinton. It costs more to re-build the military when it is needed then it does to maintain it at a respectable level.

Jayson in Washington   January 21st, 2009 12:29 am ET

What should be on his "top 10" list of things to do is to completely repeal the Patriot act so it can be carefully reviewed by ALL members of congress AND the president. himself
What a sneaky, sleazy trick the Bush administration pulled under the guize of homeland security to put us under a form of NAZI imperialism and practically abolish our civil rights under the constitution!
I'm so sick of hearing these hard core conservatives calling Obama a socialist and am willing to bet that NOT ONE OF THEM took the time to read the patriot act. Hey republicans...did you know we've been under a corporate / imperialistic NAZI type dictatorship for the past 8 years! HELLOOO! Wake UP!

MilBelCar   January 21st, 2009 12:29 am ET

Dear Larry – Perhaps the following. Then perhaps not.
As a 47 year old indigent/lower income, somewhat educated woman of enslaved African/plantation – slave owning European/Aboriginal American – Native American ancestry, I am absolutely overjoyed that Mr. Barack H. Obama will be sworn in as the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA (USA) TOMORROW at noon, in accordance with the precepts of the American Constitution. I am having my own private celebration (which I have been doing since he won the democratic nomination last February). I am glad that America is starting to remove the blinders from the eyes of Justice so that she can begin to see how she will finally begin movement on living up to the promise she owes all citizens, legal residents and the First Nations of this country. However, I am not naïve enough to believe by taking of the oath tomorrow, President Obama’s presence in the White House will magically or immediately erase or resolve all of America’s problems, such as the continuation of ills like:

 racism where the descendants of America’s enslaved Africans and First Nations are of concern,
 equal delivery of hatred of American Latinos and Asians regardless of whether they’re native born Americans or legal citizens or “illegals”,
 disenfranchisement and continual maltreatment of its First Citizens (The Native American/American Indian/Aboriginal American),
 virulent disregard of the disabled and aged,
 gender economic discrimination of its White female citizens,
 continual maintenance of many economic – real estate – medical – educational barriers against its non-White female citizen and legal resident population, mistreatment of its war veterans,
 desire to rid the country of the lower socio-economic overworked-underpaid-shortchanged classes,
 a poorly designed, funded and implemented Americans with Disabilities Act and educational acts for America’s elementary and secondary school children,
 stigmatization of religious “minorities” (e.g., Muslim, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs and the like),
 avoiding the implementation of real universal health care plans (not some buy-in t the current Federal programs. Take an eclectic approach and do a best practices meta-analysis of the socialized health care systems to determine what can be taken and adapted to work for Americans.),
 continuing to take a laissez – faire attitude and approach towards the car manufacturing CEOs and management staff, banking CEO/Management, investor and wealthy classes instead of giving them a good strong kick of reality in the you know what by making them pay a good 67% fair share of their gross income and assets in taxes and giving them a taste of that putrid medicine they so gleefully dolled out to the rest of the nation that is bailing their useless behinds out (hey, take it from someone who knows, homelessness does wonders for the soul and spirit),
 not forcing Ford and other mega-conglomerates to clean up the environmental messes they have made without the expectation that they will tax payer funded assistance, government sponsored special treatment or tax loop holes to be accountable,
 refusing to heavily penalize, via taxation and other tariffs, American corporations and other businesses doing business in or with this country and its inhabitants, that flee offshore so they can benefit from slave labor of other nations and not be forced to employ Americans on American terra firma,
 rein in congressional salaries and goodies,
 allowing banks and the courts to continually run amok on the working class/middle class and make these folks and their families penniless and homeless through bankruptcy and foreclosure (what about real rights for banking customers, mortgage holders [71% White; 44% African American; 54% Latino American; 67% Asian American and 48% American Indian] and renters),
 treating caregivers, stay at home mothers, etc. as it they are not worthy instead of paying them a living wage stipend,
 converting the millions of usable of shipping containers into affordable, accessible and completely functional housing for America’s poor, disabled, single parent households, runaways, homeless and recently bankrupt,
 maintaining a “Bantu” public education system especially in heavily non-white and/or lower socio-economic income communities,
 taking a blind eye and deaf ear and lame foot where gangs like the Bloods, Crips and MS XIII and the like are of concern,
 not looking at the penal system as the only way for educating African American, Latino American and Native American youth,
 overhauling the pharmaceutical and medical system and truly giving patients real enforceable rights and makes medicine/medical care truly affordable and accessible to all who needs it,
 reigning in the funeral industry and they weigh they take more than a pound of flesh when it comes to funeral expenses,
 reigning in the IRS as it should not be a Machiavellian instrument of Congressional whim when it comes to taxpayers and their rights,
 continuing to muck up the environment by not going full speed ahead and giving all non-wealthy citizens and legal residents (including the Sovereign nation citizens and residents) graduated financial assistance (between 67 to 100% government funded financial assistance towards payment of the total cost) to convert, install or do whatever is necessary to make the country 100% non fossil fuel but alternative energy (such as solar, wind, corn, hydrothermal, a little nuclear if it can be harnessed appropriately) sourced for running our vehicles, homes and businesses,
 letting go of Bush’s war mongering ways and re-building our relationships and coalitions worldwide so our GDP can improve,
 refusing to truly revamp the fair labor act so that the working class actually has a say in how they are treated and paid,
 and making sure Bush AND Cheney both actually get on that helicopter tomorrow and leaves DC for Texas for good,
to name a few areas that could be looked at by the upcoming Presidential administration.

I do have a quandary however. Soon to be President Obama has been and continues to be called the first African American President, especially today as it is the legal – national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. /II’s birthday. While Americans of many persuasions insist upon referring to him as being the first AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, it needs to be noted that President – elect Obama IS NOT the FIRST BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN POTUS (see Presidents Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, Warren G. Harding. and Dwight D. Eisenhower). The only differences between Obama and these POTUSes is that (1) President Obama physically looks like 88 to 91% of the Global Community’s population (which is not White) and 67 to 80.1% (depending upon whether you want to count North Africans and Arabs as White) of America’s rapidly growing non-white population an, (2) President Obama does not shy away from being involved truly involved with his communities (as he has continually demonstrated through out all of his life); and (3) President Obama does not shy away form being recognized as a BLACK MAN and he proudly acknowledges his entire heritage (African, European and Native American. Hmmm, he sounds more like a melungeon or mixed race Black/African American, the same racial composition of approximately 97% of all of the descendants of the enslaved Africans of the African Diaspora). It should also be noted that all of the Presidents who allegedly descended from the Blue Bloods and original colonists ain’t WHITE as they and America chooses to believe them to be. There was and there continues to be, a whole lot of mutually consenting, “inter-racial” relationships that resulted in a multitude of children, some of whom were classified as “Moor/Negra/Congre/Negro/Colored/Black/African” due to their outward physical appearance, and others passed as “White” due to their physical appearances. Too bad the walls and the ghosts don’t talk…or aren’t talking right now, HAH! Just think what stories this country would have to reckon with, if they did?????? Boy, I can’t wait!!!!

Thank you for letting me have five seconds to say “YEAH!!!!!”

Joyce Hays   January 21st, 2009 12:29 am ET

At the top of my list would be to hire an interpreter for the deaf. I've learned from deaf friends that learning to read the printed word when you can't hear it is much like learning a second language. It's easy to lose something in the translation. He should bring an American Sign Language interpreter on staff for all his addresses to Congress, the Senate and the American public. This would remove a barrier that prevents many of our deaf from fully understanding what is happening in our country and what our leaders are doing. We have interpreters for our schools, churches, medical offices, social security office here in town. Aren't our country's politics at least as important as these?

victor   January 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

I would like President Obama to lift embargo and normalize relations with Cuba. Most American allies are friend of Cuba and we should play the big brother role. Signing a trade agreement with Cuba will lead to job opportunity in America

Oscar Ramirez   January 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

Mr. Larry,
Obama's first issue he needs to have on his desk is the housing market crisis. No one wants to be living in the streets and if done correctly Obama can atleast prolong the amount of time of people who lost their jobs and about to loose their house to stay at home and pay a lower amount that is closer to the 510% fix rate.

Benjamin Bloch   January 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

1- Eliminate and fine Blackwater and other mercenary groups.
2- Separate church and state. Remove the tax exempt status of all church based political groups, such as the Mormons. Use these new tax revenues to help main street.
3- Expose every aspect of the abuses to the Constitution by the Bush administration. Hold them financially responsible for monies wasted in Iraq.
4- Institute a flat tax.
5- Bring our boys home to patrol and safeguard the Mexican Border.
6- Add one more judge to the Supreme Court.

carrie   January 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

i would ADD to president obama's list because he has a long list.

he should force everyone of these lenders if asked By the the home owner to re-appraise our homes and let us make that payment that will jump start this ecomony and in a way it needs it the most.

Jaime Merrifield,Mesa AZ   January 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

How did President Obama already DO so much on a TO DO list already ?Please President Obama do everything possible for peace and justice; combat hate in the children of the world thru cultural education and understanding;for they will be our future.

Pam Thompson   January 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

Way to go Mr. President!
Number one on the TO DO list is to tax every import that comes into this country. This will help our people. This will create more revenue and before long we'll be making our own things again putting American's back to work.

charles franklin   January 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

I would ask him to urge his attorney general to focus more on the rampant unequal justice that plagues people of color in this nation..I will never forget an incident that happened in NYC about 30 years ago...a white policeman talked a white man into dropping his gun when he was brandishing it in front of City Hall..which was quite fantastic...yet too many black men have been shot and killed while unarmed.......what a contrast!!!

Celeste   January 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

My main wish for President Obama's to-do list is reforming healthcare. I am a single mother of 2 kids, a full time waitress, and a full time law student. I broke my arm in Nov and as a result of substandard care because I am uninsured, I still suffer from immense pain, and an incorrect bone healing. I have been out of work for 8 weeks, and it has been very hard to take care of my kids, maintain a household and recover.

Affordable College education is also high on my list, as a student myself and a mother to a child who will graduate high school next year.

Marcus   January 21st, 2009 12:30 am ET

A nice start for this new administration for which I voted for would be to get out of Afganisitian, as our nation is getting out of Iraq. I certainly dont want to see our new president get mired in Afganisitian, as George Bush did in Iraq, he certainly cant let that happen.

Lori Coupez   January 21st, 2009 12:31 am ET

In the spirit of the 120 day suspension at Gitmo, he should also look into suspending the death penalty – a form of torture – until all cases have been reviewed, especially for the questionable cases. Heck, suspend all death penalty cases until we rule the practice inhumane and unconstitutional like most every other civilized country. For a country that wants to be calling on God to bless us, how can we expect that when we murder our prisoners here? Incarcerate for our protection, but don't murder for retaliation. It is another blight on our reputation as leaders in morality and human decency.

Mrs Gray   January 21st, 2009 12:31 am ET

I know the President has a priority list already but if he could rectify some of the mistreatment of the underappreciated vets of the Vietnam War, I can believe that change has truly come to America. Far too long, this country has preferred to over look these veterans because of the outcome of that "conflict" and behave as if they should just go away. Restore their dignity. Give them their deserved "thank you" and stop withholding the benefits they should have gotten so long ago..

YASSIR   January 21st, 2009 12:31 am ET

President Obama should start by endorsing the Arab Peace Initiative—the best offer the Arabs have ever made to Israel.

Bridin   January 21st, 2009 12:32 am ET


Obama needs :

to continue to speak from the heart and act with the mind

to propogate unity and togetherness across the world

to re-ignite positive relations with countries in the Middle East region

to inspire citizens to correct action

Doyle   January 21st, 2009 12:32 am ET

Our economy will heal its self, we are gonna just have to ride the wave.

Its not the president that creates jobs, its public opinon that creates jobs.

jozef   January 21st, 2009 12:32 am ET

hi from arnhem, the netherlands: i woulkd say that obama should recognise the hague tribunal and sign kyotot asap and on top of that create green jobs by making a law that all new houses from 2010 should be energy neutral or better energy producing... larry king is king! jozef from arnhem, planning a biketour through the midwest to show that a bike is a mean of transpoort for adults. finally i can come to the usa once again, now bush has gone 🙂

Denis, WI   January 21st, 2009 12:32 am ET

immigration, immigration, immigration – it will fix all.
If people who are here illegaly will have to pay fine for their legalization – it mean first income to US treasury. Those people will buy houses and cars, they will buy coolers and TV's , they will move, they will travel to countries where they come from, This will give jobs to carpenters and car makers, car dealers ans store clerks, airline workers and furniture makers... It will also help housing situation and boost economy by tax income, it will help the banks..... If carpenter, plumber and real estate agent will make his money, he will be able to buy new car too.... , and candy for his kids.... there 11 milions of people who have money, make them to pay taxes, and spend those money here.
Congrats Mr. Obama – yes we can!

sam_WA   January 21st, 2009 12:32 am ET

Rather then bailing BIG banks and filthy rich for their failures; Obama should issue non-taxable grants of up to $250,000 for people like me that intends to start up of small business where I can help myself and my family generate income as well as employ 4-8 people and also stimulate the economy and help USA grow and prosper.

lynda s   January 21st, 2009 12:32 am ET


Evan   January 21st, 2009 12:33 am ET

1.Move to alternative energy, we should not have to depend on oil any longer. How is it that I can write this message on my iphone 3G and post it to the world, yet our vehicles cant be used as much thanks to $4.00/ gl for gasoline.

carol   January 21st, 2009 12:33 am ET

-God bless you and your family President Obama. I am a Canadian and my Prime Minister could use a lesson from you in sensitivity and diplomacy.
I watched the election with interest and I never tired of hearing the honesy and compassion from you President Obama.
I also watched CNN and the racist tones from Campbell Brown and Lou Dobbs-watching their shows and them spewing vile -I had a touch of how cruel people can be to each other. The cruelest of all is Alex Castellano who was full of disdain and tried his hardest to take all the goodness out of your day. He gives whole new meaning to the word RACIST. Please just give him his walking papers-he is RUDE and IGNORANT.He is so far from Christain or Human.
David Gergen is a wonderful-intelligent man who would be a wonderful ambassor

chris   January 21st, 2009 12:33 am ET

I want the New president to add in his to do list
to not forget about the Africans suffering. Because there is a shift in the air.
And to reform immigration policy. and make the Stimulus more transparent
Hong kong

sam   January 21st, 2009 12:34 am ET

Re initiate and broaden the equal time requirement for broadcasters and print media in order to blunt the corrosive effect of money’s influence in politics.

Lucy E   January 21st, 2009 12:34 am ET

I believe that President Barack Obama has already started to prioritize in the right way for the American people. As he stated in his inaguration speech today, we need to hold the people in Washington accountable for their actions. This also means truly balancing the budget, in front of the American people. Many other countries do this.

Sabine   January 21st, 2009 12:34 am ET

As an army wife I think that one of the first things President Obama should work on after figuring out which direction to go in concerning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is making sure we can find employment when we pick up and move with our soldier spouses. Many can find employment on post in the PX or Clothing and sales etc. However there are a few of us who were professionals before we were military spouses and in many cases we are stuck. For us the choice becomes throwing away the many years of education and professional experience to ring a cash register. For example in my field once we arrived in central Texas, the prospective employers looked at my resume and decided that since I had worked in the New York metro area they cannot afford me so they just will not hire me. They were not interested in the fact that my husband is military and I'm not going anywhere for at least two years. There are others like me, some of whom I know personnally, that had to choose to move and be unemployed but with their spouses or not move to remain employed but away from their spouses. With our soldiers deploying in support of OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) this is a gut wrenching choice. With all the sacrifices we make to support our soldiers, we should not have to sacrifice employment to be with them or sacrifice being with them to be employed. All spouses should be able to get gainful employment, whether high school graduates or Ph.Ds, wherever the military stations our soldier spouses.

Alexandra   January 21st, 2009 12:35 am ET

The first item on the to do list would have to be the economy. Second would be restoring America's image around the world. And my dream wish for President Obama would be to improve the understanding and employment opportunities for persons with physical disabilities. I appreciate it very much that he mentions us in his speeches. As a totally blind young woman, I feel that finally someone with authority is acknowledging my existence.

Also, I loved the piece with the Grandfather and Granddaughter. It would be interesting to interview them both and document his experiences. Could you publish his name somewhere, or e-mail it to me? I am a free lance journalist, so would love the opportunity to hear his story.

Alexandra P.
Ottawa Canada.

Oh, and my guide dog is celebrating today as she came from a training school in the United States. A State, in fact, which voted for President Obama. 🙂

Paul Benigno   January 21st, 2009 12:35 am ET

I’m hoping the Obama administration will expand its ideas suggested in the stimulus package to go beyond the “shovel ready” projects of merely repairing roads and bridges and draw upon the many think tanks found throughout the country that have already come up ideas for smart land-use and transit solutions that work in their respective regions. America needs to grow up in this respect as well, and will do so by providing funds that will start providing all its citizen real alternatives to our car culture and the unsustainable land-use patterns it perpetuates.

Matthew Chesterton   January 21st, 2009 12:36 am ET

The 3 things I would put on Obama's to do list are:
1. Fix our education system so that the children have the necessary tools to get a great education and eventually become competitive in tomorrow's extremely competitive job market.
2. Help our veterans get the proper service and help that all of them deserve because I have seen the way that some of them get treated by the doctors at VA hospitals.
3. Cut taxes for the poor and middle-class.
4. Push for a tournament system instead of the very one-sided popularity contest that is the BCS.

Summer from Ottawa, Canada   January 21st, 2009 12:36 am ET

First of all i like to congratulate President Obama !!!

The first thing on his to do list is to get some new dancing shoes because President Obama has definitely danced the night away!

The second thing is impossible to say because he shows that every issues is number one on his list .

I as a Canadian am proud to be President Obama's neighbor , he is the hope that every one has been waiting for .

Anita Bobich   January 21st, 2009 12:36 am ET

I would add to the growing "to do" list for President Obama:

1. To inspire Americans to strenghthen the family unit.
2. To help Americans "mother and father" our children better than we
have, if not in the traditional sense, then through "community or neigh-
borhood parenting" or through other creative ways.

Although the President mentioned very briefly "nurturing our young"
during his speech, I would like to hear more on this issue in coming
weeks and months.

Sam Kafer   January 21st, 2009 12:36 am ET

Larry I would love a President to stand up and say to all congress/senate members. Send me any bill you want passed BUT if it has any special interest attached I WILL VETO IT. Let's made the Congress and the senate members do there jobs. Then we will see who gets elected by doing their jobs, not who can get the best freebies for there area.

rose ottaway   January 21st, 2009 12:36 am ET

i would like them to stay the way they are right now, not afraid to show affection to each other and to their daughters. there are many people that it will set a family example to. families are the foundation of a nation. they are wonderful people and it makes me feel good to see them.

Sam_WY   January 21st, 2009 12:36 am ET

President Obama should first address Global Warming; with greener and more efficient means of energy, it will hopefully stimulate more jobs in terms of production and manufacturing, which can stabilize the devastating unemployment situation.

JEREMY LYNN   January 21st, 2009 12:36 am ET

1. War on Iraq
2. Education since I am a college student
3. and Sex Education is something really important to me as well.

Kelvin   January 21st, 2009 12:37 am ET

I want Obama to be added to the U.S currency.

Derek McGowan   January 21st, 2009 12:37 am ET

The first direction he needs to start is economically, obviously. But you ask where in the economy? THE AUTO INDUSTRY! We need to move from OIL toward GREEN energies that will not only help the environment, but create millions of jobs and COMPETITION that is NOT THERE right now. Isn't competition what drives a capitalistic economy? Many are left unknown to these new energies and he should spend money (GOVERNENT SPENDING STIMULATES CAPITALISTIC ECONOMIES) on more postive commercials (as he has done) to informing the people of this change and HOW to do it. We cannot stay dependent on one main source of energy which has controlled our economy since Ford. Please hear me out this is my life and God is speaking through me. Let the world know that the economic stimulus action starts with putting out more HYDROGEN, SOLAR, and WIND energized products and communities. These aren't the only green energies but this is the start.

Carla Zvonek   January 21st, 2009 12:37 am ET

1. Restructure the education system in the U.S. so that is mirrors best ways to learn in the information age. Classrooms with 1 teacher and 30 students behind desks has not changed, tho learners have. No society can flourish when its children are not inspired to nurture their own, individualized talents and interests. The entire paradigm needs to change.
2. Re-invest in America. Pull money from defense programs and use it to fund innovative technologies that will carry the nation and the world into centuries to come.
3. Oversee the use of 'bail-out' funding and involve/inform the public so that a spirit of service is fostered.

Ryan McPherson   January 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

The first and most important thing on President Obama's list should be to make a nationwide speech at least once a week. Everytime I hear the President speak I feel so optomistic and excited to be an American.

shyam mistry   January 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

Hi Larry
1. Being the 44th president of USA -His First thing on Wednesday is to quit smoking and be the Role Model for young kids and be a leader to millions that YES HE CAN (quit smoking).

2.Create Monthly Review of his Promise and his Deeds so that Government can help people who need help and America can become a True Leader in the world with moral values and good deeds to guide the ship of peace thru troubled waters around the world.

3. Appoint “Secretary of peace" whose job is to get the ideas from young kids on how to make peace and live peacefully- since there is saying God resides in Kids so let us listen to God's message thru kids and make this world more peaceful and beautiful.

4. I believe in Power of Prayers – my prayers are for him, his family, his administration,, USA and our beautiful world.

Thank you and Sincerely your Fan
shyam mistry

Rebeca   January 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

Immigration Reform, affordable education for all, affordable, quality health care for all.

Gema Lopez   January 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

That every child from the bleak, poverty stricken parts of town to the children of the swanky suburbs have access to safe public schools staffed by qualified and enthusiastic teachers ready and excited to provide an EQUAL education to all. Every child in America should be given the gift of a quality education, the spring board from which their dreams and futures will take off.

Paulette Lachance   January 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

Obama Team To Do List:
I would suggest that the Obama team publicly acknowledge a few things that I list below. With such acknowledgement and by informing the manipulated American pubic of the truth he will have a better chance of success at peace talks and in reaching basic humanness and environmental change goals on this very small planet of ours.
1. admit that the US foreign policy since 1948 with the enactment of the Securities Act and the CIA led to a dangerous path of ideological bullyism used as a front to increase profits in the pockets of a very few while male members of an "old boy's network".
2. admit that this network took advantage of the fragility of colonized African (and other third world) countries recently coming into new democracies after ridding themselves of their colonizers. These fragile democacries (eg of Iran in 1953, Panama, Chile in 1973 to name a few) then became and often still are slave countries to the multinationals which are often controlled by many American based white millionaires and the speculative stock market and "innocent" pension funds.
3. admint that the corruption and incredible luxury of the minority of rich people in many Third World countries has been encouraged by US foreign policy.
4. admit that much poverty and injustice and wars in Third World countries are fueled by the Pentagon run industrial military-complex cronies policies and economic interests forecasted by President Eisenhauer in his outgoing 1961 address.
5. admit that the prostitution, drug and arms trades are fueled and armed by people who have serious emotional issues and who have become numbed to human suffering due to their own early traumas and sense of hopelessness, lack of education and self-esteem.

I would recommend that these issues be brought out to the front to the international community. I then would begin the hard work of fixing the sad state of our countries and the planet and our souls honestly and collectively.

Paulette Lachance, Montreal Québec Canada, American/Canadian citizen and proud of Barack and Michèle Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King and their ideals.

Thembi Kunene - Jhb South Africa   January 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

Congratulations, Mr. President!
I watched this live on CNN from Johannesburg, South Africa.
First things, first: Thank that tall, FINE looking man who was walking in front of the Presidential motorcade on the way to the White House. I'd feel SAFE with him on my side 🙂
Then... get some vitamins or something for Michelle as her dress seemed a bit light for the weather – MOST people seemed to be wearing coats.Brrrrrrrr!! Jo'burg is HOT, but not as sizzling as the USA 2day!

Larry George   January 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

Stop all arms shipments to Israel, and demand investigation of war crimes!

jozef   January 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

comment to the remark of carol from canada, i disagree with your remark about racist tones from brown or castellano, but go gergen indeed!

Mark Borsenik   January 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

I would put on Barack Obama's list of TO DO.....A peace plan to finally "Make Peace" in the Arab-Israeli Conflict. I would put on his list a plan to jump start or economy by asking Ameicas International Business to come back home; and if you do He will ask congress to give you tax breaks to companies who transplant jobs back to the United States of America, and/or expand job opportunities here @ home.

Caroleen Wilkes   January 21st, 2009 12:38 am ET

Job creation. The unemployment rate is not a part of the American dream.
International affairs. Its time for countries to come together for common purpose and not be torn apart by differences.
Financial regulation. Paying attention to the who, what, where, when, and whys as it concerns the government's spending.
Citizen involvement. It is very important that just as young and old, black and white, rich and poor came together to elect Obama for Change continue to step up and be the change we want to see.

Kise A. Baker   January 21st, 2009 12:39 am ET

Of course, Mr. President must first deal with the problems going on here in America, such as the Economy, Health care, and Education.

But one thing I would like to see as an Arab-American is to change the image of the Arab and Muslim world in America. It hurts because most Arabs and Muslims around the world are just like any other people who live and work hard to feed their families and pay bills.

Also, I hope he will be more fair in the conflict in the Mid-east between Palestine and Israel. One reason why Bush wasn't able to fix the problem is because he always gave the green light to the Israeli government, and that does not bring peace. It would be beautiful to see Muslims, Christians, and Jews living together in the Palestinian/Israeli lands.

patti hendricks   January 21st, 2009 12:40 am ET

First I need to say congratulations to the Obama's on this historical day. I actually cried listening to his speech. I have great faith in this man and our coming together as one in this country. I think the most important thing for this economy is
getting to the core of the stimulus package
Health care for all people
Creating jobs and getting back to the ways we forgot about, that is buying and making American and stimulating our own economy.

Gina   January 21st, 2009 12:40 am ET

I am a 44 year old woman, mother of two (10 year old son, and 17 year old daughter – extremely verbal and expressive children, because we spoke to them immediately and often)......Please pass on this message to President Obama....Welcome to your new very large responibility as the leader of our Country..... As a 44 year old woman, of Italian/Irish heritage, but born here and ALL AMERICAN; please look into the very important issue of considering adding "EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE" classes as part of the core curriculum in grammar and middle schools and high school nationwide.... ( i have READ "EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE by DANIEL GOLEMAN over and over) the subtitle states; "REDIFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SMART"....why IQ is not always as important or effective as a person's "EQ" a measure of one's potential for future success....And this won't even help, unless you also encourage PARENTS to embrace and participate in EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE seminars too..because, so many people are IQ smart, yet never matured emotionally, and we have very intelligent parents who are still immature children on an emotional's why they revert to "childish behaviors when involved in conflict with theri children", " thus they are grown but emotionally children,raising children all leads to the misunderstanding and intolerance between parents and their children, and even between races..Mr. President, we are peers – close in age- okay so i was born and raised in the BRONX, NY, i probably grew up in a much more racially diverse culture than you did in Hawaii and California., i had and still have soooo many close friends of all different races and cultural backgrounds..but i have to tell you...THE BRONX in the LATE 60's and 70'S WAS AMAZINGGGGG!!!!!! WE HAD THE BEST TIME – ALL OF US, ALL RACES, ALL SOCIAL CLASSES, FROM WELL OFF TO excuse my expression, but PISS POOR.... Please take my request to heart...for the sake of helping really EDUCATE AMERICA. – THIS IS THE ANSWER TRUST ME...I WAS AN A+ student all my life, skipped a grade, graduated HS a year early, garduated COLLEGE WITH A 3.8 OVERALL, BUT...INTELLECTUAL INTELLIGENCE ONLY GOES SO FAR, as you well know, we NEED PEOPLE TO BE SOCIALIZED, AND TO MATURE EMOTIONALLY AS WELL, for there to be any real progress in AMERICA – at 21 years old, we must actually have reached the EMOTIONALK INTELLIGENCE LEVEL OF THAT 21 YEAR OLD, n so often, people are reaching 40 n 50 while still never having MATURED EMOTIONALLY – PLEASE HELP. I PROMISE YOU YOU WON'T BE SORRY....Thank you, and congratulations........From a true 60's love child... one with a PASSION FOR LEARNING, AND EDUCATION..... AND YES, "THE CHILD IS BLACK, THE CHILD IS WHITE, TOGETHER WE LEARN, TO SEE THE LIGHT"...... "A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT".....YEAHHHHHH, I USED TO SING THIS ALL THE TIME, AND NOW MY CHILDREN GET TO LIVE THE REALITY OF IT.......PEACE....GINA BUCCAFUSCA

Ron Jewett   January 21st, 2009 12:40 am ET

"Yes We Can!" was the battle cry of the election. . .

Now the election and the inauguration are over. . . We have permission . . . .

The new watch-words should be "Yes We Will"!

javier   January 21st, 2009 12:41 am ET

I think that the Immigration Reform should be a high prority on President Obama to do list. We need to stop the seperation of immigrant familys and give them the opportunity to seek The American Dream and the Pursuit of Happiness. Si SE PUEDE!

William - Richmond,MO   January 21st, 2009 12:41 am ET

Only the best wishes for our new President!!!
This is an awesome time for our country, with a new and fresh outlook. We are all proud to be American, and finally can look to the future.
My thoughts on the efforts for President Obama....
1. Ensure that our tax dollars are used properly, for the good of the entire United States.
2. Fix the problems of teachers and public servants that are facing Social Security reductions due to WEP. Consult with those in the seventeen states that are being discriminated against by the Social Security regulations.
3. Encourage the youth and others to develop our nation into an exemplary environmentally responsible nation.
4. Earn the respect from other nations for the United States. Help us to not be the 'ugly American' stereotype.
5. Support education of our young citizens by: a) letting the teachers do what they are trained to do: b) by developing financially sound loans, scholarships and grants, and: c) by providing funds to encourage new teachers to enter the profession.
6. Continue to support the economy, create jobs, and small business development grants.
7. Encourage alternative energy research by providing funding to communities and states.
8. Continue to gather wise counsel for the policies of our nation.
Best Wishes!!!

Sheena   January 21st, 2009 12:42 am ET

Why was Michelle Obama not wearing her wedding ring?

DOTTI   January 21st, 2009 12:42 am ET

It has been a day that we can place our troubles on the back burner. I am in the mist of foreclosure on my house and may adult child is in bankruptcy. Hopefully Obama will work to help us survive these types of situtions.

Jana Wright   January 21st, 2009 12:42 am ET

First i would like to say i am very excieted about our new president.I pertsonally hope the president does something about mandatory minamins.The money that is being wasted to house non violent criminals could be money applied to our deffesit. The shape our economy is in is sad.Most federal inmates is having to serve more time then they should the crimes dont fit there punishment

Russell Dedmon   January 21st, 2009 12:43 am ET

I'm a Black American living in Germany for the last 30 years and I've been you almost 24 hour checking out every minute of this show on CNN
Btut I feel like I'm a forgotten person not only from my family but from our Goverment. I'm proud to be an American.
My children are Germany/American with American Citizenship.
I Hope when Mr Obama come to Germany that my Family and are invited to see and my Daughter Vanessa Jean Dedmon can sing a song for him. She won third place by Germany Idol
Thank You
Russell Dedmon

gregory   January 21st, 2009 12:43 am ET

I know this would be radical and little far fetched but bailout those who earn say 75000 dollars or less a stimulus package say around 50000 – 100000 minus back taxes and child support , that would make a difference in the lives of those can't even qualify to get a decent paying job, or a mortgage. those of us who live from paycheck to paycheck, one paycheck from homelessness. please help us who need some real help, stop leaving us out.

Alex   January 21st, 2009 12:43 am ET

Wants a playoff system in College Football!

Chan   January 21st, 2009 12:44 am ET

We need jobs!!!

victor   January 21st, 2009 12:44 am ET

I like to thank Mr. President Barack Obama for the wonderful inaugural speech. I want President Obama to know that he is not just the president of the United State but also the entire world. Therefore, he should pardon and forgive all those that have wrong the Americans and begin a new course. This is the calling. May the good Lord bless President Obama and his family

Annie   January 21st, 2009 12:44 am ET

Get a beagle for the girls....

mary san francisco   January 21st, 2009 12:44 am ET

Tell me what I can do to help you.

Sam_WY   January 21st, 2009 12:44 am ET

President Obama, you better first take care of that Puppy you promised your daughters and the nation!

Daniel   January 21st, 2009 12:44 am ET

Legalize and tax marijuana. Prohibition of alcohol was a failure. Same with pot. Let's capitalize on cannabis...

Allan A   January 21st, 2009 12:44 am ET

speed up and expedite the immigration process

Rebeca   January 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

Take time to rest!! Mr. President seems like the kind of man who doesn't believe in sleep. He needs to stay healthy and functional for yrs to come. Plus, to make quality time for his wife and girls; quality family time to reflect and enjoy each other.

nathan   January 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

1. Create a college football playoff system!

Todd   January 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

President Obama needs to take care of this nation's economy, work on universal health care and get us out of Iraq as soon as possible.

Erika   January 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

1. Help bring jobs back to the country

2. Make college more affordable

3. Fix the broken health care system

4. Don't get old at heart.

keith kusuda   January 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

about college football....eliminate the bcs and have a real college football playoff.

Shamus   January 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

Would like to see expansion of equal rights for gays and lesbians.

Lin   January 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

consider pulling down the fence that's been erected between the US and Mexico. Shades of the Berlin Wall!

Amy   January 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

There are two things that I, myself, are concerned with, as they affect me personally. Here they are:

1: Help college students pay for college. I'm in my second semester and am fearing what lies ahead of me when I graduate.

2: Health care. Do something to help people.

Good luck to our new president and only the best of wishes.

Texas Teacher   January 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

1. Stop over testing our students (Texas TAKS Test)
2. Healthcare
3. Teacher Pay

Javier E. Perez Ortiz   January 21st, 2009 12:45 am ET

Mr. President:
We need a resolution to work on the Puerto Rico status. We will like the freedoom of our nation.

Thank you!

Tim   January 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

Where is the 1st Lady's wedding ring?

kate   January 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

1. Continue to uphold your promises to America
2. Bring our troops home as soon as possible
3. Inspire our nation to continue moving in a positive direction though social and political activism

John   January 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

I would love to see the drug laws reformed in a major way. As you have said before in 2001, "They need to decriminalize marijuana". I am a college professor and a high school English teacher and would love to teach without fear of losing my job over a plant.

Arul   January 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

1. Campaign statements are realised
2. Mumbai attackers are brought to justice

Jimo Thomas (Mill Valley, California)   January 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

1) close Guantanamo
2) forbid torture, obey the geneva convention
3) end DADT (Don't ask don't Tell)
Jimmy Carter said that was Clintons big mistake, to not integrate the military (officially) with gays and lesbians by executive order.

Emma   January 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

Lift the Global Gag Rule!

Don   January 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

Tell me what you want me to do. You keep telling me to be ready, but I don't know what to do. You told me to be ready tomorrow. I've got my day open for you. Tell me what to do.

Shajn Cabrera   January 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

Good Evening, On the president's to-do-list should be ensuring benefits continue to improve and the Armed Forces are taken care of. As a Soldier, I believe our military is not forgotten, but yet taken for granted at times. Americans who have not served can sympathize, but never fully feel or understand the sacrafices of our military. The burden on families is at an all time high and the militaries divorce rate is beyond realization. Soldiers don't want sympathy, just want to be understood and want to feel our country cares all the time...not just at special moments in American History. I can elaborate, but know this is not a forum for such. Would love to discuss this further.

Franchise   January 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

Will international students get the chance to work off campus, possibly get the chance to LIVE the AMERICAN DREAM ???

Kelley   January 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

One item that needs to move to the top of the "To Do" list is fixing education by eliminating No Child Left Behind and developing a more practical, more realistic, more productive form of reform and accountability. Erase and start over. Go back to the drawing board

Mike Roman   January 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

Keep talking to this country like your Grandmother talked to you. Teach America to stand tall, be strong and to act like the gentleman/gentlewoman that we really long to be.

Gail   January 21st, 2009 12:47 am ET

Things The President needs to address
1.people from other countries should pay taxes just like everyone else if they have a business
2.VA help for children and family's of deceased military people.
4. Better help for the elderly.

Manuel Hudson   January 21st, 2009 12:47 am ET

I would like President Obama's TO DO list include

1. Abolishing Affirmative Action
2. Creating better Health Care for the young and old.
3. Create more jobs and eliminate crooked bosses from companies.

Jorge   January 21st, 2009 12:47 am ET

1. Extend unemployment benefits for those who still have no job and are struggling.

2. Fix our Health care

3.create more jobs

4. Help the education system

Franc   January 21st, 2009 12:47 am ET

My List

1) Barack Obama will expand access to jobs

2) Make college affordable to all Americans

3) Make work pay for all Americans

Sheldon (Jamaica)   January 21st, 2009 12:47 am ET

Effect policies that will bring about stability in the economy

Stay Healthy

Create more programs to aid in the development of the Caribbean

War on Iraq

Glenn   January 21st, 2009 12:47 am ET

1. fight the war on terrorism with prudence.
2. Enact Merit-Based Teacher Pay.
3. Be more prudent in enacting trade agreements with other nations.

Jessica   January 21st, 2009 12:47 am ET

1. Keep your promises
2. Dont loose yourself along the way
3. Do whats best for the country and for your family.
4. Restore the economy
5. Immigration
6. Education
7. Health Care
8. Forgein Policy
9. War
10. Protect your family's privacy (Specially your daughters)

Yilma Flores   January 21st, 2009 12:47 am ET

Keep supporting stem cell research and support in finding a cure for my son's disease Adrenoleukodystrophy. Today is his +20 day after his bone marrow transplant (he received 2 cord bloods) and is doing well. We are proud of celebrating his +20 day post BMT together with President Obamas Day in History. We are currenly at the University of MN Childrens Hospital. Also encourage those to support and donate bone marrow to save children and adults with severe diseases.

Joyce Hays   January 21st, 2009 12:47 am ET

Now I can slow down and think as I write. Today, I've done things I've never done before; watched an inaugeration and blogged. I am amazed by the number of people who complain about the artists who performed at the inaugeration and what was worn. I'm amazed at how few people felt it was worth noting the great stride our country made today. We still have far to go, but we will get there. My congratulations to the President. My prayers to him in the weeks, months and years ahead as he works to bring our country back to a state of honor, economic stability and works to bring trust in our leader back to the people.

The rest of my to do list:
1. Keep a sense of humor. I think your daughter will help with that.

2.Keep your faith. Prayer will help with that.

3.As with any customer service job, and there is no customer bigger than the country you have chosen and today sworn to serve, don't take it personal when people take angry, verbal swipes at you.

4. Take out your inaugural speech every once in a while and reread it for inspiration. You have made it your road map for the next four years.

5. Stop, take a deep breath, and take quiet time for yourself and your family.

Stay safe, stay healthy and know you will be blessed for your service to our country and it's people.

Carlos   January 21st, 2009 12:48 am ET

Since President Obama Loves Sports, I think he should Try Wheelchair Sports Like Wheelchair Basketball. Don't knock it till you try it Mr. President

Misha Paremski   January 21st, 2009 12:48 am ET

#1! De-emphasize religion, church should NOT be a part of the state "God bless America", swear on the bible, "In God we trust" does not apply to everyone.

#2 emphasize patriotism even more, great patriotism creates great things – 1st man on the moon

Sam   January 21st, 2009 12:48 am ET

1. Help the unemployed
2. Help college students pay for college
3. Help people who can't afford medical insurance

Glenn Kraeck   January 21st, 2009 12:48 am ET

I would not add anything to President Obama's "To-Do List", as he has so encouraged America, "We are One!". Items need to be added to "OUR" "To-Do List".

ruslan sergeyev   January 21st, 2009 12:48 am ET

I think that the top three things on the president's "TO DO" list should be:

1. Job Creation- this should be the number one agenda on the list. Job creation will give this economy a boost which it desperately needs. Having jobs will give people more spending power which will in turn give a boost to businesses who are currently struggling to keep their doors open. It cannot stop until this becomes a circulation cycle.

2. Minimizing the Foreclosure Crisis- too many people have seen their homes become foreclosed or on the verge of foreclosure. This issue should be addressed sooner than later and a solution has to be identified.

3. Ending the War- It seems as if the war in Iraq and Afghanistan has gone on forever. Thousands of lives have been lost and trillions of dollars have been spent. The pull out of troops has to be done slowly and should be planned to perfection. It is not an easy task and it will not be done overnight, but it should be done and it has to start soon.

Liz Freitas   January 21st, 2009 12:48 am ET


I lost my mom to a rare Glioma, Brain Tumor last month and my dad six years ago to Prostate Cancer in their 60's...... and can't understand why we can fly a man to the moon in 10 years but it's taking SO long to find a cure.

Alice Schaffer Smith   January 21st, 2009 12:48 am ET

I would like to see (a) unitary payer healthcare for all (b) Guantanimo closed (c) habeas corpus and the return to rule of law (d) equal rights for all (gays, atheists for example) (e) ensure voting rights for everyone.

I am a 69 year old lawyer, grandmother, active ACLUer, Dean Democrat and proud to be a liberal. Today I was ecstatic and the concert on Sunday was moving.

Just returned from a Palo Alto Obama celebration and hundreds came and cheered Bush's leaving and reheard the inaugural address and stood and cheered time and again.

Thanks for letting me vent.

Alice Smith

judy Harris   January 21st, 2009 12:48 am ET

To do List:

Go after Enron, all the banks, etc........make them pay back all the money. Now that Haliburton moved their company to Dubai, take away their military contract, and give it to an American company. Make those companies account for the monies received from our government.

Brittany Smith   January 21st, 2009 12:48 am ET

Please help make it affordable for college students to re-pay college loans and make it affordable for EVERYONE to attend college.
College Students are trying to better themselves by working to get a degree but are discouraged when the debt you leave college with is outrageous. I don't mind paying for my higher education but it shouldn't be this hard.

Mike B   January 21st, 2009 12:49 am ET

We had our first African American President sworn in today. I am so excited. On President's Obama and Congress' to do list....don't forget about those who are still struggling for their rights. Homosexuals still do not have the same rights as all other Americans, we need to fix this.

Senequa Holloway   January 21st, 2009 12:49 am ET

I would request on the to do list to Make college more affordable for students.

Kevin Curran   January 21st, 2009 12:49 am ET

Mandatory Funding for Veterans Programs!!!

Sam_WY   January 21st, 2009 12:49 am ET

You should probably go to bed before anything else, you two look quite exhausted.

DARYL   January 21st, 2009 12:49 am ET


Sarah Bryan   January 21st, 2009 12:49 am ET

Congratulations Mr. President! I am proud to be part of this history.
As a Canadian, I'd like to see the Presedent ((How does it feel??)) come to Canada to visit more than just our Prime Minister. Come to our schools and say hello to our youth. Visit those that have the chance to "be the future", as it were.

Have a good 4 years, Obama!

Jeannie Villamil   January 21st, 2009 12:49 am ET

Dear Mr. President:
Congratulations! My family and I were so moved when you won the election, and again today, during your inauguration. I know that you can turn our great nation around.
Please add to your very long agenda your Immigration Reform so that maybe, my sister can finally join my family and I in this great country.
Good luck Mr. President! You have a full plate.
I also would like to comment on how great your family look. Thank you.

MC   January 21st, 2009 12:49 am ET

Now that we have elected President Obama to lead change in the country I am excited to see and participate in the changes to come. It appears that Gay/Lesbian/Transgendered rights have been completely avoided in the pre-inaguration discussions.

Does "Yes We Can" apply to Gay America as well ?

New Orleans, LA

Shy   January 21st, 2009 12:49 am ET

President Barack Obama's TO DO LIST:
– Never forget who you are but always embrace who you have become.
– Do NOT let Washington take away what you promised America in your historic campaign.
– We aknowledge that you are now the President, but we also understand that you are a father and a husband first so continue to be a family man.
– Continue to tackle the issue of POVERTY in our world.
– Continue to serve and we as Americans will help you.
– Most importantly...continue to BE YOU.

DOTTI   January 21st, 2009 12:49 am ET

Thanks for a wonderful day, my President. Please help us who are about to lose our homes and never be able to own a home again because of retirement funds. Banks ARE WILLING TO OFFER A QUICK SALE AND "FORGIVE" THE REMAINDER OF THE AMOUNT OWED...BUT, WHY CAN THEY NOT CONSIDER THE FORGIVENESS AND ALLOW THE PERSON/S TO REMAIN IN THEIR HOMES. BANK OF AMERICA does not even have a "person" you may talk with regarding your situation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Help us, Obama.

susan cindrich   January 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

Please, Mr. President, do not forget the Bush Administrations new victims, our college graduates encumbered by high student loan interest rates, and now unable to find jobs in their chosen fields. My daughter graduated from law school, passed the bar in Illinois and Michigan and still no job. She did everything right, worked hard, received good grades, and now she will be a servant to her debt. We need to remember this and reduce the student loan rates to those who have already consolidated at 8%. Mr. Bush has created a generation of educated people who will not be allowed to become thriving consumers.

mary tetlock   January 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

health care for all americans
bringing jobs back to america
all americans should be equal

Dylan Lowry   January 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

I think he needs to work on school education because im a 16 year old going to Paducah tilghman high school in Paducah ky and I think he should give more money for are schools because we have real old TVs.. Some do not work, we have outdated computers, also we do not have rarely any books so we caint reallybstusy as much as we would

Lola Browne   January 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

I don't believe the President needs a to-do list from the people, we elected him with the expectation that he would lead us, knowing full well the role he's campaigned for and been sworn into. I do believe President Obama needs to give all of us on here that have time to tell him what to do, to provide us all with long to-do list, specific tasks that we are held accountable to, it's not enough to sit on our arses, vote, comment on clothing and simply be inspired comfortably in our homes/online. Yes we may work, but there is more responsibility we can take... tell us Mr. President, what do you want us to do? I'm sure he does not need us to add to what we are all aware is on the table.

Laura Beth Elkind   January 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

1. Get us out of Iraq.
2. Get Americans a single payer health care system.
3. Implement the Fair Tax.
4. Lower tuition for American students.
5. Forgive interest and penalties on those that can't find full-time work after college until they have a job.
6. Lower interest rates on all student loans.
7. Help American's losing their homes.

Sean Brooks   January 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

1. Try to recoop some of the 350 Billion spent by the former President (The Other Guy) Like why did AIG get 150 Billion with no type of repayment plan, but the 3 Big Auto Makers have to sell their firstborn to get help and they are a large portion of the US backbone for labor. I couldn't even get my home or auto insured by AIG because of my tax bracket or credit score. So, we know who really needs them to stay around. Surely not people like me.

2. How to get our sons and daughters out of this war without giving the US a bad name. You know cleaning up the mess the other guy made. Even though we already have a bad name with them over there!

3. My new saying is "Obama Did It! (Front of Shirt). So, (We) I Can! (On the back of my shirt).

RP   January 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

Faster Immigration for High Skilled workers from india and China who have been waiting "LEGALLY" since Year 2001 for a permanent residency to USA . Almost all of these individuals have children who are American citizens . The wait for American dream is taking a very very long time ... Hope Barack Obama looks in to the Green Card Retrogression issue and help these high skilled workers gets their Green card faster....

Karol Petersen   January 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

Please work on immigration reform, go to Juarez Mx and see how our government is running this operation. Appaling how inhumane the people are being treated. There is no organization, no respect, people who don't have the money to begin with, spending time and money and being put on hold and disregarded.

Renai' Owens   January 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

1. Improve education.

2. Have safe havens for the povery stricken.

3. Healthcare reform.

I love you so much Mr Obama. I wish my father could step up and become a dad just like you. Please help to instill your fatherlike qualities to the American men who are absent in their childrens lives.

Deb Bickett   January 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

I would ask that President Obama allow me help make this so needed change. I have my Masters in Counseling and Human Resource Development. I am a therapist, career counselor, human resource developer, an administrator of non-profits, a grant writer, a healing person. Currently, due to the compounded interest my student loan debt repayment has become unchieveable. My wages are very modest and the garnishment imposed because of this debt has left me in a position of bare survival, yet the amount taken does not even cover the interest. Let me use this education, my experience and my gifts to give to those who may need my services and credit this service to my student loan debt rather than taking 25% of my meager income. Let me use this education, my experience and my gifts to promote change for others as we strive to move forward in a positive direction.

Martha   January 21st, 2009 12:50 am ET

After today, get some rest!!!


1. Start each day with prayer.
2. Focus on investing in alternative energy to create jobs and for the security of our country.
3. Work hard on the plan to get out Iraq responsibly and reunite American families.
4. Stay on track with making health care affordable to all Americans. Don't put it on the back burner. This problem is financially & emotionally breaking Americans.
5. Immigration: Work on repairing the current system. Find a way to stop separating young American children from their undocumented parents with current deportation laws.
6. Continue inspiring all of us and don't lose focus of what really matters.

Refule by ending each day in prayer and making time for family and some shut-eye.

LESLIE DOYLE   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

Re-forrn the laws of engagement between lobbyists and congress. Specialistt oenir cibgress

Jennifer Stuart   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

1. Look seriously into creating initiatives that promote preventive wellness programs in the workplace at all levels; private, state, federal... perhaps even Medicaid recipients. In the long run, it is cheaper to prevent diesease than tho fix it.

2. Keep on exercising. You may inspire some folks to get up and move a little. 🙂

Welcome to the White House!

Patsy   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

1. Investigate the CEOs and other Wallstreeters that caused this recession. Fine them BIG bucks to help pay for your $770 billion
stimulus plan. (make check payable to Patsy D . . .) We don't retire = THEY don't retire.

2. Health care reform: affordable health care for ALL ASAP. Tell the insurance companies to eat it.

3. Alternative fuels: reduce our dependence on oil thereby stopping the flow of cash into Bush's pockets. . . talk about "sock it to em"

4. Education: Long Term Goal, my son is 2 and I'm afraid to send him to school!!! You've got 8 years (I have faith) please restore certitude in the system.

Francisco Hernandez   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

The number one thing I want Obama to do is, save the music industry. By stopping illegal downloading.

Jack McGrath   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

1. Repeal Patriot Act I
2. Repeal Patriot Act II
3. Call for the resignation of ALL U.S. attorneys for abuse of the constitution and thuggish prosecution beyond the rule of law.
4. Stop the reign of terror against the world. Yes, there is nastiness out there. Deal with it a situation at a time.
5. Stop the war now. There is no exit with honor. Just get the hell out.
6. Open a dialog with various muslim factions. The message: leave us alone and we'll leave you alone. Mess with us and all bets are off.

Lawan Chumsai   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

Best wishes to the new President! Congratulations from Thailand.
I think the most important thing for our new President is to emphasize family values. He already has started this by highlighting how warm and loving his very own family unit is, but apart from this, must really underline the fact that family plays such an important part in forming an individual's character. If good values are taught and experienced within the family unit, you are looking at a reduction in crime, corruption, terrorism, wars, etc. Please do what you can to create awareness of this.

Tudor   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

Quit smoking. By smoking, he is risking his health, and in a way cheating the people who voted for him.

Melissa   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

1. 90 day moratorium on foreclosures and mandate the banks to come to a reasonable resolution with homeowners.
2. Stop immigration raids and deportation of aliens who have immediate family ties here in the US. ie. fathers and mothers being taken away from US citizen children. Reform the very broken immigration system first, hear case by case, and make decisions in keeping with American values and ideals.
3. End the war in Iraq in the most efficient and responsible manner.

kristi25   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

1. Find new ways to end Human Trafficking. Bring awareness to the topic as well as discuss ways of persecuting the criminals with other nations around the world. Modern day slavery is a serious topic that not many of us ( in the USA and around the world) know about!

2. Improve the educational system within America.

3. Fight the battle against poverty, just like MLK wanted to before he was assassinated.

4. Economic Reform as well as Health Care Reform

Henrietta Alves   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

(From an old liberal white Protestant Mississippi woman who has no personal interest in the Middle East....only an interest in PEACE.)

ToDo: Speak to and listen to the Palestinian people....the people, not Hamas. If the Palestinian families were given the smallest degree of respect, they would not need groups like the PLO and Hamas. The Palestinian people are treated by the Israelis the way I saw African Americans treated by Whites in the 50's. Arab hate is the latest racism because it is 'acceptable.'

ToDo: Encourage the wealthy Arab nations to fund the Palestinians the way we fund Israel. (I believe we give Israel $27 Billion dollars annually....'relief money' to a one of the most affluent countries in the world.)

Sincerely, Henrietta

Chris Christopoulos   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

Mr president don't forget your promises and ideas since world needs hope and you as your wife come from the people, give back what with so much pain was given to you.god bless you.

Conchita Razon   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET


1. start the day with a PRAYER of surrender to God
2. QUIT SMOKING are a role model, don't ever forget that
4. remember the OLD VALUES
5. love your family, always
6. remember the poor people of the world
7. consider the creations of God
8.end your day with a PRAYER of THANKS.

Stephen Maleville   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

Have the new Attorney General go after Dick Cheney on war crimes now that Bush is no longer President and would not be able to pardon him.

Carol Montgomery   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

Stop the discrimination on "Mental Health", with insurance companies AND Medicare!! They ALL pay ONLY at 50%, and not one other illness is paid that way, thus fewer people go for help-whether depression, PTSD etc. ALL OTHER ILLNESS' are paid at 80% and the person pays 20 % !!

Kristin Denehy   January 21st, 2009 12:51 am ET

1. Remind us that fixing America will not happen over night; keep us accountable and keep calling us into action.

2. Find a way to investigate WHERE in the world the 1st 350 billion went. Please tell me we can still make them accountable. Throw those at fault for this mess in the first place IN JAIL.

3. Nationalize health care/prescription drugs...the profits they make off of us is mind boggling.

Kayla Lucero   January 21st, 2009 12:52 am ET

1. Prove to America and the world that change will happen and that the United States is in good hands. (I have never been so sure that he will follow through with this.)
2. Keep on dancing, shows he's probably one of the first, if not the only, president who likes to have fun.
3. Introduce peace to the world again.

khristopher rosario from ALLENTOWN,PA   January 21st, 2009 12:52 am ET



Frank Tulumello   January 21st, 2009 12:52 am ET


Suspend and discontinue issuance of all H1b work visas for all non critical professions. Why should we allow companies to import professional workers ? Don't we have enough american citizens out of work ?

Conner   January 21st, 2009 12:52 am ET

If i could put one thing on Obama's TO Do , I would suggest that President Obama require that every business on American soil Recycle. Every resturant, every coffee shop, every gas station, everyBODY should be required to recycle. Employing people to make sure that recycled products are picked up , disposed of, and reused could be a source of new jobs for millions of people; not to mention cleaning up our neighborhoods and our enviornment.

Karen S Morris   January 21st, 2009 12:52 am ET

I would ask that we as a country need to build a Youth Center everywhere we build or have already built a Senior Center. We are finally taking care of our past, but we are still ignoring our future.

Thank Your for this opportunity.

Karen S Morris
President: Mannington WV Promise For Kids

stefano colombo   January 21st, 2009 12:52 am ET

Mr. President,

all you have to do is just pursuing the things you said in your inaugural speech eg make the world again proud to be friends to USA and americans...values, freedom, equality..... All that you and we have lost in the last years when a bunch of economic professional rapists took the power and overshadowed the good that exists in the american dream....

stefano from Vienna

jarma   January 21st, 2009 12:52 am ET

wee need money for our gov so lets work on immigration ,so people get fines and buy their way legal status and get them to start paying tax so we can use it for other business developement

Lawrence Foster   January 21st, 2009 12:52 am ET

I believe criminal justic system reforms should be on his "ToDo list". It's not fair that human beings are punished for the rest of their lives for the mistakes they make. Felones need jobs in ALL fields. Criminals shouldn't go from a negative life style, negative up bringings to a negative caged up environment. Then be expected to come out positive in society.

Separate punishment and rehab.

God bless us all.

Tamar Westphal   January 21st, 2009 12:52 am ET

Equal rights for GLBTQ people and partnerships; quality and affordable healthcare for everyone; improved k-12 education across the country; more affordable college and university opportunities.

Gigi   January 21st, 2009 12:53 am ET

Continue to love and cherish your wife and children, and by all means STAY ALIVE! I have faith that you know just where to start and where to go with this country's many issues, so lastly trust yourself.

Tim   January 21st, 2009 12:53 am ET

Mr. President Obama,
Work Hard and Have Fun...then, fix the BCS NCAA for playoffs!

matthew Miller   January 21st, 2009 12:53 am ET


1) Two-State Solution for Israel and the Palestinian people.
2) Diplomatic envoy to Iran for the explicit purpose of creating stability in the region.
3) Healthy habits -NO SMOKING! tisk tisk
4) Revitalize healthcare, I agree with modernizing the healthcare services industry.
5) More transparency on TARP! My family's tax money shouldn't go to pay the year end bonuses of corrupt businessmen.
6) Less umms, uhhs, and pauses during speeches, there is a reason we don't like Bush going impromptu.

Oh and CONGRATS OBAMA!!! Much love from IDAHO!

Mounir Arous   January 21st, 2009 12:53 am ET

The legendary Obama should honor my country Morocco with his first international trip and give a speach to the Arab/muslim wolrd from here! you know why? coz Morocco was the first country to recognize the US as an independent country and Morocco is one of the most moderate/open Arab country in the whole MENA reagion!

by the way! I love this show! Larry king is the KING!

Ken Underwood   January 21st, 2009 12:53 am ET

Please do not assume that I am crazy based on this list. I am a United States Marine who believes the 3 most important things for President Obama to do are as follows...
1) Revamp are military and give it a break.
2)Stop believing that are energy crisis is the fault of greedy companies and miss-used resources when the truth is that Peak Oil has happened and Resources are simply running out.
3)Make haste on efforts to take seriously the ongoing threat of comets and other space objects hitting the earth and killing thousands possibly billions of us.

These may seem radical and they are but only the weak force themselves to believe they are not relevant

quentin mason   January 21st, 2009 12:53 am ET

1. convince isreal to make tangable concessions to foster mideast peace agreement. 2. support overthrowing robert mugabe. 3. more education aid at home

LauraD   January 21st, 2009 12:54 am ET

To do list: (Finalcial)
1. Seriously investigate the unreported and undereported income of those receiving government housing assistance payment such as in the subsidized multifamily programs.
2. Cut back the Federal Holidays – poll non-federal employees to see what five holidays they get paid and scale back the Federal employees to those 5 holidays. (Yesterday paid holiday and today as well..not many americans got those two days off and paid)
3. along the same lines...bring the vacation time of Federal employees more in line with the non-federal employees vacation well as sick time etc.
4. Put together a few committees comprised only of non-federal government employees to investigate Federal spending and to make recommendations. Publicize the new committees and ask his fellow Americans to volunteer their time on the committees. Not residens of DC; non-federal employees in other states.
5. Education, Education, Education!
6. Health care
7. Benefits for the elderly

Lola Browne   January 21st, 2009 12:54 am ET


1) BE the PRESIDENT; lead
2) DO the work on the table
3) GIVE us the people a list of what you need from us

Victoria   January 21st, 2009 12:54 am ET

Dear Mr. President,
This day has filled my with joy. I have been thrilled, hopeful and content with everything except for the prayers given during the officlal ceremony, especially the prayer by Rick Warren.

My suggestions for your to-do list:
1. Take all religion and religious references out of our government. Be true to the First Amendment's promise of complete separation of church and state.
2. Educate the children of America.

With lovingkindness and great respect for you and Mrs. Obama,
Oakland, California

Patricia   January 21st, 2009 12:54 am ET

Thanks for the opportunity, Larry.

I would like to see President Obama repeal the WEP. Those of us who have worked in public service including school teachers and get a retirement pension are denied our full Social Security benefit even though we have accumulated the full forty quarters. This was instituted by Reagan. Seneator Fienstein has worked to repeal the WEP but was not successful because of the past administration.

Joe S   January 21st, 2009 12:54 am ET

1) Get credit card companies to stop charging american consumer ridiculous interest; this in itself will give all of us an economic stimulus for all of us; now that Bank of America has received 45 BILLION dollars of our tax money, and is becoming the "Bank of America" it is fair to give the consumers a reduction and cessation of UNFAIR LENDING PRACTICES as per congressional hearings conducted by Senator Levin.
2) Get current interest rates for past, present and future student loans to the absolute lowest. (even lower than 4 or 5%) Eductaion should be an advanage, not a 30 year burden for those of us that didn't have family members pay for us.
3) Get bailouts to American people like the billion dollar companies are getting, especially to those that are credit worthy tax payers; federal government consolidation programs.
4) Raise tariffs on products being imported to level the playing field for the american worker making american products.

Bill Crause   January 21st, 2009 12:54 am ET

I dearly wish the President Obama puts the Zimbabwe Crises high on his agenda. There is a desperate need to rid the world of that Mass Murderer, Robert Mugabe. Sadly Morgan Tsangarai does not seem to be the man to save the people of Zimbabwe, and the leaders of the states in Southern Africa don't have the strength of character, nor the political will to make the need changes.But someone needs to step in and put and end to the misery.
Millions of Africans now look to Obama for leadership in the resolution of this unending dilemma

MaryBeth   January 21st, 2009 12:54 am ET

President Obama should be allowed to have 30 minutes all alone in the Oval Office to revel in his personal and historical victory, then he needs to get going on the economy and set in motion legislation to punish the greedy slobs who got us here.

Amy Long   January 21st, 2009 12:54 am ET

All my love and congratulations to President Obama! I worked as a volunteer on your campaign in my city of Bellevue, Ohio and it fills me with GREAT happiness and pride to know that I had a part in your victory ... OUR victory. I have faith that you will bring us out of this darkness and into a brand new light but some things I would like you to keep at the top of your list are:

1) Fix the economy and create new jobs that cannot be outsourced.
2) End the war and bring our troops home safe and soon!!
3) Focus on clean and independent energy.

The best of luck to you and may God bless you, your beautiful family, and your entire administration. The road is long and winding but YES WE CAN make the journey to a better and brighter tomorrow!

Sinikka   January 21st, 2009 12:55 am ET

My wish is to start increase production here at home vs importing junk from China and other low labor cost countries. I would be happy to pay more for the goods made in America. How about a program 'Proudly Made in America'?

Herb Celler   January 21st, 2009 12:55 am ET

Pardon old Criminal Record of 1 time offenders. They are tax payers and voters as well as US Citizens looking for a second chance to help make a change in this Country and their life and wanting to give back.
Discrimation doesn't come just in Color,Creed or Religion or national orgin, it also comes in background as well. Thousands of Good Americans suffer from this. Its time for change" YES YOU CAN"

louis   January 21st, 2009 12:55 am ET

Here's my list:
1. Domestic..fix the HOME first..cannot help the world without getting America back on, health care, Greening of America

2. Israel and Palestine...this is the number one reason we have violence in the world today. We need an UNBIASED solution starting with a 2 state solution. Gaza needs to be treated fairly. We need to fix our policy with Israel, it is a little BIASED.

3. Poverty, Hunger, disease and Environment. A better approach starting with homeland and bringing ideas and plans to the world.

Let there be peace and love for the world!

Sunny   January 21st, 2009 12:55 am ET

Move family and senators into public housing so we can feel hurt pain and suffering. Cut government wages down to minimum wage and make them live within their means. If this is done regular people who actually pay taxes and pay for all the luxuries the government enjoys could feed their families, get better schools, and enjoy all the regular every day things people who run our government enjoy to excess and without sharing and/or caring about the regular folks.

Carrie Salter   January 21st, 2009 12:55 am ET

Hi Larry,
At the top of the list should be bringing our troops home!!!! My brother was just recently redeployed, he is currently in California for 6 weeks before his unit has to honor those orders.
Some of them don't return home alive, some return home wounded, and some return with deep scars not visible to the eye, but none return home the same and our families are being destroyed because of it. This war needs to end.
My brother is featured on youtube along with my family in support of Obama. Tell to check it out under Carrie Salter, Lexington, KY.
Love Yawl!!!
Go Barack!!!!!!

Nelson Galvis   January 21st, 2009 12:55 am ET

I would like President Obama to start with the economy and end the Irak war.
I really believe that if we want to reunite America the immigration issue has to be second on his list,
third education and heath insurance.

Marah   January 21st, 2009 12:55 am ET

Obama, I Love you!! 🙂
The only thing I can think of right now, or the thing that has bothered me for a while and will continue to bother me is this:
1. Recognize that the real terrorists are not the Arabs in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, but the Israelis. They have killed thousands of civillians and innocent children and women. My cousin is currently imprisoned by the Israelis in Palestine for doing absolutely nothing. My family is getting affected by this and so are millions of people out there. I have been waiting for a President that will be able to recognize the obvious. The fact that the Israelis are the real terrorists, and not at all the Arabs/Muslims. I believe Palestine is rightfully the Arabs' and I don't think the Israelis have a right to take that away from them, because it is all they have. By funding the Israelis so much, we are helping to kill millions of innocent people. PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

producerchick   January 21st, 2009 12:55 am ET

to make the public assistance transition a little easier than what it is. In addition to placing better ppl in these postions to better handle them. It is hard enough to have to deal with loosing a job and going through verious programs such as wic and dhs for tax paying help. Those ppl who work in most of our free assistant places are rude and they treat you inhuman!!!

peter   January 21st, 2009 12:56 am ET

To do list;

1. Stop the war
2. Stop the war
3. Stop the war
4. Prosecute war crimes by the Bush Administration

Bakari jones   January 21st, 2009 12:56 am ET

The first thing I would ask him to do. Is Green energy reform. Because I think that green energy would on the long run would give us the edge to become leaders for the world. The second thing is health care reform. Because we need to make it affordable for the middle class citizens. Also its our right to the people that this is taken care of.

Hope Clarke   January 21st, 2009 12:56 am ET

So many Americans have lost their jobs and companies closing their doors becaus of "cause and effect." Our jobs went overseas and the patriotism that businesses rely on isn't being met because we, Americans don't have jobs so there is no money circulating here. I think that Obama should focus on getting American business back in the US and discourage companies from seeking corporate discounts/labor from foriegn land. I'm sure that this sentiment is shared by the majority of Americans who have lost their jobs due to outsourcing. Business need to recognize that today, they might have saved money on salaries and overhead, but they forgot that the cycle of US currency has deminished due to lack of US circulation. Mumbai employees aren't spending any of their salaries on US merchants or paying US taxes. This trend need to stop.

Eve Dicker Eiseman   January 21st, 2009 12:56 am ET

I would like to see President Obama stop smoking. It's not a good role model for our young people and it's not healthy

I would like to see more interaction and feedback from the disabled population. In particular I am interested in the responses and reactions from the culturally Deaf population regarding education, leadership, etc.

I would like to see national service encouraged so that every person in America feels there is something s/he can do to make a difference

DARYL   January 21st, 2009 12:56 am ET


Sheila Hoffman   January 21st, 2009 12:56 am ET

We must stop all incentives to outsourse overseas. Really , it's a no brainer. Jobs must stay in America if we are to be prosperous.

Insurance companies get by with loop holes. They never pay what they owe without a fight. Sick people, old people, busy people, and poor people should not have to fight for what they are due.

Surendar   January 21st, 2009 12:56 am ET

First of all congratulation to Obama. The list is as follows;
1) Stimulus package with corporate taxcuts and spending. No taxcuts for others pls. even though I dont have a job because I think it will be a waste. I think good corporate taxcuts will jump start. Spending on infrastructe, Green technology, Electric Grid upgrade and similar long term futures.
2) TARP with accountability
3) Spending cut by removing wasteful programs.
4) Israel-Palestanian resolution initiation
5) Healthcare dialogue – Being the Number 1 country I hope everyone has insurance without questions being asked.
6) SSN dialogue initiation
7) Making sure that people are involved with his governance.
8) Resolution to Burmese democracy – Will do a big +ve for our image.
9) Help Africa and other developing country

S. gee   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

Undo whatever you can, that has turned detrimental to this country in the last 8 years.

patricia peppers   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

thank god everyday(this day is predestin by god almight

Tim   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

-End the War in Iraq
-Send more troops to the real problem area: Afghanistan
-Create some policies that will help get the economy on track
-THE ENVIRONMENT: This issue in some ways is more important than anything else (if we don't have a world to live in what's the point of worrying about homes and the economy)
-decriminalize marijuana (anyone who does some research realizes that there is a lot of propaganda info pertaining to THC)

Chris Hooke   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

Since you plan to be the real Education President , I would recommend that you get on those messages that go out to our schools each morning over the schools intercom and encourage students to do their best, not to allow so called friends to put them for wanting to be good students, encourage students to listen and not goof around in class. Put teeth in discipline in the schools and encourage parents to be involved with their kids. This should be done weekly at first – wee what the response is. Use the "Bully Pulpit".

Do not sign the Abortion Rights Act – Babies should not be killed for the convenience of the mother. Abortion is not good contraception and
that "Choice" should mean making the right choice not the pseudo choice of convenience over what is morally right. Ask "What would Jesus Do??????

Charles Jones   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

The financial institutions and auto makers were given stimulus packages. I would like to see homeowners facing foreclosers given a stimulus package on what is due to save their homes.

Vanessa Lann   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

1) Increase the nation's focus on all forms of cultural expression and the value these manifestations of the human spirit have on connecting our souls at the present and maintaining our multifacetted creative legacy for the future

2) Find a way to bring quality health care into the lives of people of all backgrounds, ages and lifestyles, as well as serve the planet with the health care she, too, deserves

3) Lead the world through mutual respect with foreign nations and peoples, and by listening with an open mind (leading through learning about others)

Valarie in California   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

Dear Mr. President,

Please forgive us when we complain about petty things how we could not see at the inauguration, security or how slow lunch was served. Being responsible is new to some and sometimes our selffish ways gets the best of us sometimes. Today we showed in the millions that we support you and are trying or making a new commitment to assist you in making this country better. We know that you know what needs to be done first. It is clear during your campaign that you know what issues concern us and that you will excute the duties from your office to bring this country first together and to bring change to America. May God bless you and keep you and know that you are in our prayers. Congratulations and God speed!!!

Karen   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

I have great faith in our new President. He doesn't need my to-do list. I trust he will make his first working day a productive one.

Robson Wells   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

Michelle Obama's inaugural dress is similar to the dress that Nancy Reagan wore at their first inauguration. Both Mrs. Reagan and Mrs. Obama's dresses were white with one shoulder.

waukeen mccoy, esq.   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

GET RID OF DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), make laws equal to all humans, Gays and Lesbians alike in the Federal System. As the attorney who argued in the Supreme Court of California for the right to Marry, in March of 2008, as an African American, I think President OBAMA should close this loophole in our society, so we all can be totally FREE.

Elma   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

First ,Healthcare reform for all regardless of income, affordable college education and relax immigration issues.

KEVIN DAVIS   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET


Liz Freitas   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET


I lost my mom to a rare Glioma, Brain Tumor last month and my dad six years ago to Prostate Cancer in their 60's...... and can't understand why we can fly a man to the moon in 10 years but it's taking SO long to find a cure.

It broke my heart to see Senator Ted Kennedy rushed off to the hospital. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and caretakers. I've been there and know how hard it is to see someone you love so much go through this. I hope for him and many others suffering with cancer we find a cure sooner than later.

Karen Bryant   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

Need to change the bankruptcy laws back to before the Bush changes.
Most middle and lower income families only have one home and they need to refinance them to keep them. The Bush change in law only exempts the second home. This change would allow people to save their homes and help the current economy and banking systems.

Pat Pascale   January 21st, 2009 12:57 am ET

Am retired civil servant , living on fixed income; who lost untrievable (WM) losses on market. ...Increase yearly deductable losses up from $3000; some of us will not live long enough to recapture losses

Rachel W.   January 21st, 2009 12:58 am ET

1. Please investigate all government agencies and make sure people are getting a fair chance at employment and the agencies are doing what they are suppose to be doing.

2. Cut back on some of the political democracy for employees to be qualified for jobs in the administration field.

3. Stop so many people getting hired on jobs because of who they know.

saskia   January 21st, 2009 12:58 am ET

Wants Obama to turn NAFTA into a North American Union.

Anthony C.   January 21st, 2009 12:58 am ET

Tell us the truth about UFO's. The American people need to be told the truth. You the man Obama

Eric Armstrong   January 21st, 2009 12:58 am ET

1. Improvements in under poverty communities (Schools, Housing, road construction etc.)

2. Keep the Gas prices Low or at a medium ( I don't mind close to $2)

3. I would like to see Free College for Returning students (People who are working got married have kids etc. ) and for the first time non traditional students. (Non high school kids who would like to further education)

B. Froemming   January 21st, 2009 12:58 am ET

Rural America needs a communication infrastructure. Many rural communities in America do not have cell phone service or high speed internet. Those of you in metropolitan areas can't imagine life without it – I find it frustrating living without it. Therefore these communities lack the information system to make informed choices. Also, the schools in these regions lack the ability to expand curriculum that city schools have access to. If you look at the areas that Obama did not carry in the election it was the rural areas. Perhaps they would better understand the issues with better communication.

Rena R.   January 21st, 2009 12:58 am ET

Congratulations to our new president!
It is clear President Obama has a tough agenda ahead of him and the obvious are clearly on it, economy, healthcare, foriegn relations etc. etc. I am wondering if President Obama has considered a solution for the new epidemic of obesity which is sweeping our nation with more than 60% of Americans overweight and over thirty percent obese and almost five percent morbidly obese.

Craig   January 21st, 2009 12:58 am ET

Stop ignoring the facts, and legalize the medicinal use of marijuana, and tax and regulate the responsible recreational use of marijuana by adults already! This would create thousands of jobs IN THE USA, unclog our court systems, generate billions of dollars each year to build schools and roadways, and allow ill Americans the right to use the medicine that works for them. Billions of dollars are wasted each year pursuing nonviolent, taxpaying adults using a substance that is safer than the legal drug, alcohol. Legalize it NOW for medicinal use as well, we're all human beings, its only humane.

DARYL   January 21st, 2009 12:58 am ET



Donna Craig   January 21st, 2009 12:58 am ET

I would like to see the President get the economy back in shape so that we moms who are working two and three jobs wil be able to spend more time with our kids.

I would also like to see children who have fallen behind in school given a chance instead of pushing them to get a GED. All that child needs is someone to encourage him and let him know that he or she
can be anything that they want to be.I would like for him to work on this.

This should have been the first thing on the list and that is put God first
in everything that he do.May God continue to let his light so ever shine on him.

Jaz MacMornna   January 21st, 2009 12:58 am ET

Some of us are forced to live in neighborhoods that are run by the crack and heroin dealers. The local cops are on the take. So one thing I'd like to put on the President's To-Do List is: help us weed out the dope dealers and crooked cops that make our neighborhoods into Hell Holes.

Marjorie Ecker   January 21st, 2009 12:59 am ET

Congratulations Mr. President. I have a don't do.
Please don't cheat on your wife. I just hate it when that happens.

Jackov   January 21st, 2009 12:59 am ET

I think it's time to legalize marijuana. I know there are more important issues (economy/education/wars abroad) that require attention, but it amazes me that such a beautiful and natural thing can be considered illegal while alcohol and tobacco are legal. Time for change .. Yes We Can Legalize Marijuana.

Cary Carpenter-Rome,NY   January 21st, 2009 12:59 am ET

Mr.President...Congratulations on becoming the first black american to be sworn in as president. Your "to do" list should be as follows:
1. End the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2. Concentrate on health care for all americans-young and old.
3. Get jobs for all americans who have lost their jobs during this crisis.
4. Reach across party lines and bring both parties together.
5. Do not let people push you around-stand tall and be firm.
Remember one thing Mr.President:
"Success comes in can's and failure comes in cant's"

Marah   January 21st, 2009 12:59 am ET

And also to add to my comment above, if you cut funding for Israel it might just solve some of your problems with the Arab World. It might bring you closer to them. This I believe, might be the answer to our problems. I would love to see this happen, and for the Arab and American World to finally live in peace together, without any trouble.

edith   January 21st, 2009 12:59 am ET

1. help disabled people get personal assistance services at work so they can work especially neurologically handicap who need mobility assistance from another and cannot use a device and who need assistance with motor skills, carrying etc at work and home and are NOT Medicaid eligible so they can work and earn a living
2. expand health care to all
3. stimulus on jobs, etc
4. withdraw from iraq
obama gives us hope.

Ms. Val W. (NYC - Harlem & The Bronx)   January 21st, 2009 12:59 am ET

Mandate that the younger generation, pull their pants up and stop wearing them hanging low. No more undersear to be seen in public.

Mandate the non-use of pesticides and hormones in meat and produce. Make sure nutrition is returned to the foods we eat.

Promote organic food.

Go green.

Sheryl Taylor   January 21st, 2009 12:59 am ET

First of all, congrats President Obama! I know you will do well as our president of the United States of America.

Please note; President Bush was a great leader. Something that has been overlooked is that he has been the only president who had the courage to help another country and their people who desparately needed our help because of a horrible leader. Thank you, President Bush.

We have always helped other countries. Many Americans believe he was not a great president. If you agree on his courageous act, please let him know. That is my "to do" request, at this time.

Thank you President Obama. Best wishes to you and God Bless!

MilBelCar   January 21st, 2009 12:59 am ET

One thing tha tis of utmost importance given the fact that the "job" of POTUS is definitely a mental, physical and spiritual health hazard (just watch how gray and how many lines will be in the hair and on the face of POTUS Obama by this time next year;, and by the time he is re-elected for his next term in 2012). But cessation of smoking by POTUS Obama is a fierce urgency; we cannot wait, his family cannot wait, his staff and VP cannot wait, the world cannot wait for him to stop. But most of all, he needs to work on stopping. It will contribute to a very painful and suffocating death (I held my spouse/long term companion as he spent 83 hours gasping and finally suffocating from a baseball size carcinoma that had blocked his espohagus in addition to metastasizing to other major organs. He too was a heavy smoker.). The girls and Michelle need Barack to be in their lives for at least 80 more years or so.

Trisha A B T Fierro   January 21st, 2009 12:59 am ET

I'd like to see something done to help our native american's. (Where there is Hope, There it be success. ttf).

damionrose   January 21st, 2009 1:00 am ET

2.cease fire in gaza and israel
2.fix the economy
3.more jobs at stake
4.exit iraq

congrats Mr. president!!!

J S Mill   January 21st, 2009 1:00 am ET

1. Close Guantanamo this week.
2. Establish a commission to investigate the Bush-Cheney administration, and bring charges for torture and violations of the Bill of Rights – from top to bottom.
3. Bring the troops back from Iraq.
4. Deploy a single payer health care plan to the people.
5. Lift the Social Security contribution limit.
6. Tax the Uber-rich at 90% over $2 million.
7. Start a 'Manhattan Project' for green, sustainable economic projects, and institute a Cap and Trade program for greenhouse gases through the EPA.
8. A binational solution for Palestine/Israel: tear down that wall.
9. Learn that Republican talk of 'bipartisanship' is code for "our way or the highway'.
10. Give up smoking. This might be the easiest.

Sasho   January 21st, 2009 1:00 am ET

As a fellow smoker: make tobacco industry produce dangerous-chemicals-free cigarettes! Don't fight smoking by fighting smokers,
but smoking industry.

Mary Schanno   January 21st, 2009 1:00 am ET

Please abolish the IRS practice of automatic electronic offsetting of income tax refunds, child tax credits, earned income credits, and economic incentive checks to go directly to the many companies that provide funding for the Federal Stafford Educational Loans and Parent Plus Loans. I am a parent who had a $10,000 loan to send my son to college. For the past three years the IRS "offset" all of the above while the interest rate has soared the principle and interest on this loan to double the original loan for tuition. I am a single mother parent of three, one child disabled. Already the IRS has electronically offset $9000 of money I needed to feed and house my children. My heart especially breaks for young parents, students...who will never be able to pay off their student loans in this economy, and care for their young families.

Debbie Hollars   January 21st, 2009 1:00 am ET

President Obama has weight of the world on his shoulders but he must always take time out of his busy day to spend time with his family. They will be with him long after his presidency ends.

Ann   January 21st, 2009 1:01 am ET

Finally pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act HR 503 and HR305 , and stop the sladugter and inhumane transport to slaughter of our horses for overseas gourmet dining. It is time to protect the horses of America that have served and helped build our country. As evidenced in today's Inaugural parade, horse are a very important part of our nation's heritage and the these intelligent , trusting animals deserve better than being thrown away and sent to slaughter to feed overseas gourmet appetites when their owners no longer want them. This bill has lingered in congress for entirely far too long due to special interest group's influence on certain Congressmen and Senators. As a Senator, Obama was a Co-Sponsor of the bill, I hope that he can sign it into law as President.

R&BMan   January 21st, 2009 1:01 am ET

I'm an American in Japan who's been up all night ecstatic about this historic event. I absolutely love the Obama's and now that they're in office, I have a request Mr. President....

Ban weaves! They're way out of control and Michelle looks great with her hair natural:)

Get well Sen. Kennedy!

AK   January 21st, 2009 1:01 am ET

The economy, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, healthcare and many other things are top issues. I really hope Obama looks to change the FDA. Many over the counter drugs hurt and get people sick yet they are still legal. Obama should legalize marijuana..400,000 death from cigarettes 80,000 from alcohol 0 for marijuana. Taxing marijuana would help the countries economy go on the right path also. Thank u
larry king you rule!

patty washington   January 21st, 2009 1:02 am ET

Obama's to do list:

1. Appoint a prosecutor to investigate the Bush Administration for war crimes, this is so important as he violated every ideology listed in the Bill of Rights, the reasons that this country was founded, upon. George Bush violated our constitution by not only conducting an unjust war, but did so by invoking terror throughout our great land; further more he violated the Geneva Convention, by allowing torture. We as America must lead by example and we cannot be respected, when we ignore those ideals that we pretend to stand for. Our new administration must Indict George Bush, we must send a message that any violation of thes sanctions, must not be taken lightly, we must earn the respect of those countries that we have forsaken. Barak Obama must have him indict him, then have the compassion to pardon him. We must lead by example.

2. Healthcare for all. We are guaranteed the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of freedom. However, our country is only as strong as our weakest link. We need a stronger, healthier America.

3. Education primary and secondary for all. We are responsible for the generations that will follow us, we need to arm them with them not with hate, not with weapons, not with a reactionary perspective, but with knowledge. The greatest gift that we have been given by the divine, ( no matter which theocracy that one subscribes) is the gift of thought. That carries with it not only the ability to, but the responsibility to ponder, to question and not accept the information that is directed at us blindly. We need to be aware. We need to invoke change and we can only do this by educating ourselves and our children.

Amanda   January 21st, 2009 1:02 am ET

To begin working on a better system of health care for our veterans.

Sly Augustus   January 21st, 2009 1:02 am ET

Dear President Barack Obama,
Now that you are the man to affect change what will you do about the number of imates, many of who happen to be disproportionately black or latino, within correctional facilities across this country? Many of which see no hope of rehabilitation on the inside or life on the outside due to a broken system that only expects their return. How are you going to fix a justice system that dispenses unfair punishment under the guise of "justice" to those who are non-violent offenders? What are you going to do to prove to us that a person can leave bars behind with only the possibility of improving his/her life with better jobs and hiring practices that do not willing descriminate against them? Everyone deserves the opportunity to change, even those who society has seemingly failed.

Jack Flack   January 21st, 2009 1:03 am ET

1) Continue to inspire others to overcome identity/cultural politics and speak to essential the American founding ideals:
a) every human mind should be free,
b) faith in the citezenry to govern themselves
c) central government is limited, NOT ENABLED, by the US Constitution

2) Fund education and health care in lieu of corporate "bailouts". At least there are metrics to measure the effect of education/health funding. In fact, to rephrase, the federal government should fund NOTHING that does not have an inherent "yardstick" for measuring success and is not a direct investment in the long-term future of the country.

3) Uphold "net-nutrality" as an obvious extension to the first-amendment and also as a useful social lever. Nuturing a completely un-encumbered "series of tubes" is an idea not only protected by our U.S. Constitution, but is also useful as an example to the world of how a free society thrives unencumbered.

Julie Walters   January 21st, 2009 1:03 am ET

Work on a deeper understanding of the Middle East. One that is not based on taking sides with one party just because they have strong lobbying...
It is about time the world sees the US intervene justly starting with the massacres that took place in Gaza. Such abominable actions are unacceptable in the XXI st century.
Just prove that the US today ( needles to say "unlike under the Bush presidency") will work on meritting back justly that sovereignty and respect that have become questionable.

Geoffrey Randell Sheppard Smith   January 21st, 2009 1:03 am ET

what do i think about fashion?where is the first ladys weding ring durring the ball?

Carol Montgomery   January 21st, 2009 1:03 am ET

To Joyce Hays that wrote at 12:47 ET, you couldn't have said it better, to our new President ! You are a good writer. President Obama is such an inspiration to all and I will always be praying for them, as I hope he helps, in stopping so much "hate" out there. I really feel there will be a change and yes, it needs ALL of us. On, my prior comment about him helping to get Insur. co. to pay like all illness'- everyone is so very stressed but can't even go to their therapist to help deal with it-because they can't afford to pay the 50% that is required.

Alexis   January 21st, 2009 1:03 am ET


Pray to Jesus to wash away, in His holy blood, PRIDE and the WRONG CONVICTIONS it brings about (especially about abortion)

Jacob   January 21st, 2009 1:03 am ET

1. Think before reacting. Form a detailed plan for economic stimulus and not just act without consenting the American People first.
A. Bailout of auto industry (Modifying TARP) to handle auto-industry because they made poor decisions (Like going to unionized labor) and buying jets, and wasteful spending, should be stopped.
B. TARP should only be used as it's original concept, freeing up financial sector to allow loans and to assist homeowners. Course this should be looked at more in depth. Many American's tried to flip houses so much that the ones that it backfired on should not be bailed out of the mortgage. It was a bad business deal and they should learn their lessons about making such risky ventures.

2. Keep our troops at home and secure our nation, not help every country overthrow a government style that is not like ours. Remove troops immediately to stop excessive spending for a war that should have never started.

3. Resolve budget and government spending. Make earmarks and lobbying illegal and crimes against the American people.

4. Let farmers farm for food not ethanol fuels. Find other means for fuels that do not take away from the world food source.

5. Increase nuclear power plants. Creating jobs, and cleaner source of energy. Increase Electrical through Hydro plants, wind source power, and lower the cost of utilizing solar power (obtaining equipment).

6. Prevent and make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain American Citizenship. With the birth rates and the people coming in from outside countries, the population of US is becoming to many without the job source to produce for the citizens. Many Americans are sick and tired of Jobs going overseas or getting let go so a new immigrant can be hired cheaper. Tax the living crap out of companies that do this, make it cost more to go elsewhere than to just hire regular American Citizens.

7. Form a stronger bond with China than the UN or EU. Forming to power houses for world peace, economic prosperity, and let China worry more about the east than us. We should worry about the issues here at home more than overseas. Close our borders to those we know are enemies of the American People, take care of our own citizens first.

8. Form a discussion website where President Obama, and VP Biden are live discussing issues with everyday people on how to proceed to get the pro's and con's from every angle.

9. Make jobs, not just bailout people. Create jobs, overcome the deficit and make it a surplus, and by all means start the fair tax. Unfortunately my dear American people we will need to come to bat for our country and life style and pay more in tax to clear up the deficit. We will also need to clean up washington from their wasteful spending. Like trying to remake a oyster bay in New Jersey. Government Funding should be for country benefit not a single state. This should be taken from the state or city budget. People in California should not have their taxes go for something being built in Illinois.

10. Make sure that he abides by the ideas of America. A capitolist state not a socialist state, not a police state. Fight for the freedoms of the American people and Obey the Constitution of the United States to the letter.

Brenda Brinson   January 21st, 2009 1:04 am ET

My heartfelt congratulations to you. My pride is beyond belief. God bless you and your family.

I would like to ask you to reconsider the 1965 voting act by Lyndon Johnson that requires signature to allow us the right to vote as a people. I don't believe a signature should be required to allow us to vote. It is our God given right. I was born here as were many others. You have immigrants who come here that have more rights than we do. I would like an "unjust" to be made "just".

I know the challenges you have ahead. They are not yours to carry alone. No man is an island. We must all do our share. It won't be easy, but I KNOW it can be done.

God b bless

Milton.v.Kamarah   January 21st, 2009 1:05 am ET

May the lord help him in all his undertakens as long as he means well for the country.Which we all think he does.My wish for his to do list,is the immigration issue.There are thousands of cases that had been filed for family members,genuinely&all requirements forwarded but still slow to process.especially when it comes to African Countries.

Lola   January 21st, 2009 1:06 am ET

CONGRAT'S MR. PREZ!!!! May the Universe grant you health, the strength and wisdom to make the right decisions, and the clarity of mind to see when you could be wrong.

Here's my list ( not necessarily in this order)

1. rebuild the economy
2. try to move towards universal healthcare, not just lower cost
3. To focus beyond Guantanamo and help spread Democracy in Cuba. The people of the island are hungry for it, and the Cuban-Americans although traditionally Republicans (because of what happened at Bay of Pigs during Kennedy) have done much for this country and are a powerful force. I have faith the older generation will grown to respect him and embrace him, especially if he takes interest in the island. We, the younger Cuban Americans are with him.
4. LOOK INTO ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING!!! I know President Obama can feel empathy for the theme of slavery, and this is MODERN DAY SLAVERY OF THE WORST AND MOST BRUTAL KIND. Especially because he has 2 little girls. (who are super cute!)
5. Palestine and Gaza, Bring peace and not be bias. Palestines at this point have suffered as much as the jewish people.
6. Engage in friendly relations abroad especially with countries like Iran, Russia, and in South America where communism seems to be growing (Venezuela hellooo!)

Deena   January 21st, 2009 1:06 am ET

The President should: Issue his "Wish List" of grass roots efforts that can be easily accomplished by those of us who are eager to get started with making a difference. I am available to paint homes, sweep streets, tutor students or anything else I am asked to do, all on a volunteer basis, of course. The President's "Wish List" could be disseminated to each Governor who will, in turn, be innovative and assertive in engaging each city's mayor to organize efforts to get the jobs done. We, the people, are ready to support the President and our communities- to make a difference! Just tell us what to do; when and where to get started and we can do it! Yes, we can!

Woody Brown   January 21st, 2009 1:07 am ET

#1) Repeal the Patriot Act
#2) Dissolve The Department of Homeland Security
#3) Repeal very nearly all of G.W. Bush's Executive Orders
#4) Get the nation off fossil-fules
#5) Eliminate the Federal Reserve & Reevaluate the Dollar
#6) Fund Education as if it were the manna of life
#7) Withdraw Military presence in dozens of nations
#8) Actively prosecute human and civil rights violations
#9) Cease all Middle-Eastern military and political activities
#10) Resolve all Health-Care and Domestic Poverty

Paul Harris Smith   January 21st, 2009 1:07 am ET

Build the Interstate high-speed train network! Have the Big 3 automakers manufacture the trains and supply the power with windmills. Anther benefit will be reduced carbon emissions, especially from heavily-polluting airliners.

Amanda   January 21st, 2009 1:07 am ET

Things need to improve for our veterans, the quality of health care being the first. All of our honorable and brave troops are coming home to hate and mistreatment but for the most part indifference to what is going on with the war in Iraq. There needs to be more information and a positive and respectful attitude towards our troops. Obama will do everything he can to change that but why wait for him? There is more power in the individual than people realize.

Mickie Sorabjee - Mumbai/India   January 21st, 2009 1:07 am ET

With Barrack Hussein Obama unanimously elected and sworn in as its 44th President, the United States of America has repaid a long overdue social debt to discriminated African Americans whose ancestors were imported into their country as shackled slaves.

And, with the conclusion of the much awaited and most exorbitant inaugural celebrations of the new elected head of state of the American nation, and after his highly emotionally charged swearing-in as the 44th President of the United States of America, the young man who aspired and succeeded in creating history by becoming the first American President of African roots, Barrack Obama has made the ultimate transition from his “YES WE CAN” to “NOW WE SHOULD”, stage.
He has miles to go and promises to keep……. America and the world is anticipatively watching, with a zillion hopes for positive change across the globe pinned on his sturdy dependable shoulders that sought change and achieved it with all the goodwill he earned along the way.
The preface has been written. Now for the main story as it unfolds

Quanzale McMath   January 21st, 2009 1:08 am ET

1. Strategize our countries National Security.
2. Reform the Health Care system.
3. Change our neighboring relations with the World.
4. End the Iraqi war.

Monica Nonaca   January 21st, 2009 1:08 am ET

Hello Larry!!!!!
i will put in tha list 3 importants things in this world !!!!
1_HELP TO FIGHT GLOBAL POVERTY, as ONE we all can do it!!!!

Lola   January 21st, 2009 1:08 am ET

5. Palestine and Israel (correction!)

jake   January 21st, 2009 1:08 am ET

tax relief for families that where struggling and had to pull money from there 401k's to make ends meet.

healthcare reform, a fair system for every american. been a smoker for many years and would like to quit someday but drugs like chantix and other ones are not covered by health insurance.

Nikki   January 21st, 2009 1:09 am ET

It's indeed a new day, not only in the American history, but also the world! America and the world need someone like him, who has not only the professional capability and statesmanship qualities, but also who has such charm and outer impression to reach the heart of everyone who hopes for a better world.

Things to do:
1. To build a better public relations in a global scale (luckily Mr Obama is an excellent public speaker).

2. To enforce equal treatment before the law, even to the leading financial CEOs or professionals who commit criminal actions.

3. Be assertive in foreign affairs policy. Mountain does not bow to winds.

4. To appoint professional and patriotic Americans, the best ones available, whose originality and background come from the very same lands, for posts relating to the Middle East (Iran) and Asia (China and North Korea). A strong, charismatic female candidates will be encouraged.

susie   January 21st, 2009 1:09 am ET

1. Sleep
2. Meet with top advisors this week – one-on-one – agree on list of top 5 things each is working on – figure out which one thing they need your help on
3. Figure out top 5 people to meet regarding economic environment, including heads of business, schedule meetings with them this week
4. Schedule All-Advisor meeting for next week, ask each of them to share what you are working on. If you can't do all of them, agree as a group on most important items for you to start with.
5. Review all with Michelle after meeting, see what she thinks.
6. Schedule meetings with international leaders for 3 weeks from today – get out there even if it's only gratuitous for a day. Maybe go with Hillary – check with her on this. Get her advice.
7. Within a week, decide on one campaign promise that you can keep quickly and do it – get your PR person to make sure that everyone knows.
8. Check in with kids – see how they are doing –
9. Decide on a dog – maybe a cat?!

velar farmer   January 21st, 2009 1:09 am ET

He should push back the swearing in celebration to march seeing that the president elect would become president at 12:00 noon on january 20 anyway. This way more people would be able to enjoy the celebration thank you

David   January 21st, 2009 1:09 am ET

I would like President Obama to change the name of the white house to "the state house"

hopeful   January 21st, 2009 1:09 am ET

President Obama should try to stay humble, strive to attain a balance between giving his attention to his family, especially the children, and the country, ( trying to make sure the girls are not neglected because they are at the age where they need their fathers attention and affection) strive to continue to walk in love, for faith works by love, and should seek the face of God for the grace and strength to do this, and for the wisdom, guidance, understanding & knowledge he will need to lead this country. With emphasis on seeking Gods' face, wisdom, guidance, strength, grace, understanding & knowledge FIRST.

mary tetlock   January 21st, 2009 1:09 am ET

I remember in the 60's being at a drive inn theater when they annoucned over the loud speaker for the national guard to report for racial riots in the greater boston area. I voted for president obama and feel as a white 57 year old women that he has instilled hope in this country that is divided between hate and fear. I have been employed in the gaming industry in the state of nevada for over 30 yrs. and have never seen layoffs and the fear of job loss like I am seeing now. I feel that every american should have the benefit of health care. Thank you President Obama for giving me back the gift of hope. I know that there are many americans that are scared and just don't know what is to come next.

Hope Clarke   January 21st, 2009 1:10 am ET

Real estate costs have sky rocketed and are not affordable for the average income. Prices are on the rise, but salaries are at a standstill. There should be a reasonable cap but on the amount that Realtors can sale homes at.
Prison terms need to be reevaluated and should be a means of reform. Sometimes a lifetime is just too long.
America pride itself on being a melting pot, but have we really embraced our immigrants. How about the time it takes to review and process applications for resident aliens? So many are here and have been here for so long that Americanism is all they know. They live here, work here and because of politics, they do not pay taxes which would help our country and they are exploited by employers. This should be reviewed as well. New guidelines should be considered especially for those seeking asylum.

velvet   January 21st, 2009 1:10 am ET

I would like president Obama to help my state become more diverse to help the state of LA become more diverse.
It seems like my state still doesn't realize it is a new day and we should get fired up. I know we are in the deep south but everyone need to change. so I wish Mr O would develope a group to talk more to states that does not see this new era..

Nikki   January 21st, 2009 1:10 am ET

I am from Indonesia.

It's indeed a new day, not only for the Americans history, but also for the world! America and the world need someone like Mr Obama, who has not only the professional capability and statesmanship qualities, but also who has such charm and strong character to reach the heart of everyone in the world who hope for a better world.

A few things to do I could think of:

1. To build a better public relations in a global scale (luckily Mr Obama is an excellent public speaker).

2. To enforce equal treatment before the law, even to the leading financial CEOs or professionals who commit criminal actions.

3. Be assertive in foreign affairs policy. Mountain does not bow to winds.

4. To appoint professional and patriotic Americans, the best ones available, whose originality and background come from the very same lands, for posts relating to the Middle East (Iran) and Asia (China and North Korea). A strong, charismatic female candidates will be encouraged.

Woody Brown   January 21st, 2009 1:11 am ET

#1) Repeal the Patriot Act
#2) Dissolve The Department of Homeland Security
#3) Repeal very nearly all of G.W. Bush's Executive Orders
#4) Get the nation off fossil-fuels
#5) Eliminate the Federal Reserve & Reevaluate the Dollar
#6) Fund Education as if it were the manna of life
#7) Withdraw Military presence in dozens of nations
#8) Actively prosecute human and civil rights violations
#9) Cease all Middle-Eastern military and political activities
#10) Resolve Health-Care for all and Domestic Poverty

Oludare   January 21st, 2009 1:11 am ET

– The Stimulus check is good but it's a temporary solution
(it will sustain people however, for a while, depending on how much pending job creation and restoration)
– Restore / Create more jobs
(no matter how affordable health insurance is, $0.00 can't buy any)
– Healthcare
(An unhealthy and hungry person won't even consider education)
– Education
(Local issues are more pressing right now, but national security takes precedence regardless)
– Design strategy to ending Iraq war

Nikki - Indonesia   January 21st, 2009 1:11 am ET

It's indeed a new day, not only for the Americans history, but also for the world! America and the world need someone like Mr Obama, who has not only the professional capability and statesmanship qualities, but also who has such charm and strong character to reach the heart of everyone in the world who hope for a better world.

A few things to do I could think of:

1. To build a better public relations in a global scale (luckily Mr Obama is an excellent public speaker).

2. To enforce equal treatment before the law, even to the leading financial CEOs or professionals who commit criminal actions.

3. Be assertive in foreign affairs policy. Mountain does not bow to winds.

4. To appoint professional and patriotic Americans, the best ones available, whose originality and background come from the very same lands, for posts relating to the Middle East (Iran) and Asia (China and North Korea). A strong, charismatic female candidates will be encouraged.

Shiloh   January 21st, 2009 1:11 am ET

I would like for President Obama to read the Bible daily. Get in the Presence of God and pray and ask God for his direction and guidance.
(Always seek the wisdom of God). Take time out to fast and pray with your wife and don't forget to pay your tithes and offerings.

I am always pleading the blood of Jesus over you and your family and praying for divine protection over you and your family. I thank my Heavenly Father for putting you into the White House in such a time as this. (Psalms 75:6) God Bless

lisa varney   January 21st, 2009 1:12 am ET

I've always felt that the welfare system needs to be reformed, there are a lot of people out there that are taking advantage of the system, and for those that work 5 or more days a week 40 + hrs can't even get any help with foodstamps because we make to much, and the cost of food is going up, the health insurance is going up, like my payments for health insurance doubled at the start of the year, i can barely afford it, but i need it cause of my health. that is another thing that needs to be addressed. and i think that the Pledge Of Allegiance needs to be placed BACK in the schools.i know it was taken out cause it offended people, but it offends people who believe in God , but nobody thought about them and what they believe in, just what people who came to America believed in. Nobody says they have to say it, just sit there while people who want to say it says it. Thank You i think this is a great idea to hear the peoples voices.

Paul   January 21st, 2009 1:12 am ET

Aside from the obvious ones such as fix the economy, end the Iraq war and fix the broken healthcare system, I would like to see the Obama administration take a careful look at the long list of legal changes made by Cheney's lawyer David Addington that have not only weakened our Constitutional protections but have also provided the framework that permitted Bush's flagrant abuse of executive power. I would also suggest that Bush's actions relative to the Iraq war and the use of torture be carefully investigated to determine the extent to which his actions come under the definition of war crimes and/or crimes aginst humanity.

Lillie -Mississippi Delta   January 21st, 2009 1:13 am ET

Teach our youth there is nothing wrong with being a well dress person. Let them know that being a father is a life time job. Don't let go of our youth.

agan kunic   January 21st, 2009 1:13 am ET

congrats to all Americans you got a good man in the house now!YIPPEEE!!! wish list;
1)Rebuild and fund educationacross the board rich or poor
2)make all elected officials accountable again not untouchable
3)make your country one of the greenest on earth set the standard make it a big part of the new economy globally
4)find back and win back all the old friends you lost it won't be hard and make new ones along the way,rebuild trust and compassion again.
5)make cuba part of your list of friendly statesand close Guantanamo
6)give those who can't afford it basic health to start and work your way to nobody left to suffer.
7)donate land in every major city to build a Mosque include again as the U.S.A. historically always had.the world will take note.
8)Help central and south America in to the 21st century it will help you in the short and long run. maybe learn some more languages,be curious again,try to be humble and take interest again on the world scene,and put that smile back on your face,you all deserve this day!!

Donna Powell   January 21st, 2009 1:13 am ET

President Obama, Your todo list from our house to yours!
Get your rest!!!
Eat right, and stop smoking.
Laugh and love!
Enjoy the journey!

But from a selfish perspective, please do something for those of us who have already lost our homes and finding it difficult to even rent an apartment, or meet rising medical costs on limited retirement/disability incomes. Please help us.Donna

NANCEE   January 21st, 2009 1:14 am ET


Jane Frick   January 21st, 2009 1:14 am ET

1. Change the social security law to restrict benefits to only those
who have paid into social security. Eliminate payments to wives
of living retirees who have not worked but are now eligible for one . half of their husband's social security while he is still living and
collecting his full amount.

2. Organize retired teachers who are willing to act as mentors to
new teachers or teachers who need assistance. Use their
valuable experience to demonstrate the skills of teaching to the
moment and capturing students' interest.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 21st, 2009 1:14 am ET

Why all the muslim references on this blog especially from pakistan?
I was under the impression that Obama was a christian,of mixed descent.Can you muslims clarify that for me please.?
Three things to do first.
1)bring home the troops now.They can all gaurd the president
)2 federal law...5% on credit cards. mortgage with 500 beacon and 10%down
3)stop foreclosures by direct government money,not via the banks
)4 3000 for every household and 1000 per child on top if less than 100k a year income combined.payable now.The retailers will get it all.cost approx. 900 billion dollars.
If people save it,it becomes tax deductible.

melinda   January 21st, 2009 1:14 am ET



producerchick   January 21st, 2009 1:16 am ET

i love obama but i want to understand how they came up with a well spent 125million on this inauguration and they are talking about handing out IOU's during tax time and for unemployment checks!

RYW   January 21st, 2009 1:16 am ET

1. Work on all the things he said he would

2. Keep god first

3. Good luck Mr. President

Sofia   January 21st, 2009 1:16 am ET

There are sooo many things that need to be in the "to do list" but, PLEASE, SOMETHING MUST BE DONE FOR THE SCHOOLS. My daughter goes to LAUSD and she's 8 years old and SHE'S WORRY because they told her at school that kids are not going to get free lunches at school, there not gonna be enough books for e-body, there not gonna be programs to help them before and after school and more cuts everywhere. These children are our future.

Katya   January 21st, 2009 1:18 am ET

INVITE RUSSIA TO JOIN NATO! Dear President Obama, Over 20 years ago a young woman from Afghanistan who was my dear friend commented to me: "The Russians should have talked to me before they went into Afghanistan. I could have told them how it would turn out." And it got me thinking, there are people in this world who know something real about what is going on, on the ground, but somehow, they seldom get heard. So in that spirit, I would like to make a suggestion to you and your team. Please open negotiations with President Medvedev of Russia as soon as possible to discuss Russia joining NATO. The expansion to NATO to the exclusion of Russia is one of the primary bones of contention Russia has with America. I think it is to our shame that we have not invited Russia to participate as our partner in the post-Cold War era. To our shame and to our peril. History has shown us that treating our former rivals poorly at their time of weakness only brings death and destruction. Do not let us repeat the failures of history. Russia may have been weak, but Russia will not remain weak. So much damage has been done already to our relationship with Russia. Please move our policy in a positive direction, before it is too late. For all of us. Thank you.

selina A   January 21st, 2009 1:18 am ET


matthew Miller   January 21st, 2009 1:18 am ET


These SAPs, the institution of the Bretton Woods System like the World Bank and the IMF, are conditions placed on supposed "aid", packaged as market reform and then crammed down the throats of impoverished nations – all in the name of Free Market Liberalization. This "free-ing up" of the market indirectly leads to the exploitation of millions of individuals. These "reforms" are merely channels of favoritism for American multilateral corporations. Countries so desperate for U.S. humanitarian assistance ought (as in a moral obligation) not be seen as avenues of trade but rather as nations in need. We abolish "bad" protectionist policies like tariffs in order to flood their markets with our cheap exports, Africa has become America's dumping ground for surplus goods – this at the cost of local industry. One industry particularly effected was the Health Care industry, one that was dismantled as a perquisite of "aid" acceptance. You see in the Western World private health care and private education work, but in a world where the majority of the population makes less than a dollar a day these two things constitute a humanitarian crisis! In conclusion, I just want you to know that it is hard to "renew America's dream", when that very dream is supported on the backs of millions of exploited Africans. Barack Obama, if you hope to save your father's homeland, stop the exploitation!

From Matt Miller in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

P.s. I encourage people to look this up and I encourage CNN to do something within their power to stop it.

Sharon Penland-Mace   January 21st, 2009 1:19 am ET

My suggestion for President Obama is that he find someone to organize community service in an active and vital way, as did President Kennedy with the Peace Corps. I think there should be an expanded program of service for Americans that utilizes various talents and skills of citizens so that everyone who deisres to get involved with the president's call to service can find a niche where he or she can serve. This should be done immediately while all this energy, enthusiasm, and motivation is still strong and looking for an outlet.

I would like to see more emphasis on domestic service rather than foreign service. Our own country has many pockets of poverty and need and despair. New Orleans still needs help. Our schools, especially in the inner cities, need help. Poor people need business expertise to help them organize their creativity to start new businesses that vitalize their communities. There need to be people who can work with inner city gangs, so these children can find positive ways to focus their energies and creativity in a way that builds self-esteem, independence, and directs them away from violence.

Foreign service is good, but we need this energy for our own people; and if there are programs for other countries, then the armed forces need to be involved to protect those lay people who dedicate themselves programs that potentially put them in harm's way.

After President Kennedy, it seems that the youthful energy that was so enlivened by service in his Peace Corps program was allowed to languish. I would hope that our new president would revitalize service programs so people will find outlets for their energy and desires to serve. It's not enough just to tell people "We need your help; we need your service." Programs need to be in place whereby people can apply and find a place that suits their talents and interests.

Ingrid Martin   January 21st, 2009 1:22 am ET

(please add to above post of mine).

Peace and blessings to all.

Jacob   January 21st, 2009 1:24 am ET

One other thing above all else:

Denounce all race and religion in your campaigns. Maybe that is a harsh word but below you will see what is meant. But with your current status you can do the following:

Pretty much destroy the African American idea, the good ole boy white folk idea, the I'm special i am Indian idea. And tell people that to say this stuff that they are not getting special interest for this kind of action.

Look them in the eye and tell them Your American. No pronouns, adjectives, or leading part. America is America. You live in America, then your American. Let's stop the adjectives, and descriptions of people and become united.

If I am to hate something, I hate the active racism and passive racism that people are doing. I am sorry Mr. President, your not African American, or a dark skinned American, you are simply put the only thing all of us in the United States should consider ourselves.

American, and Human.

Let's clean up the hatred both in passive and active terms. Passive racism is utilizing adjectives to describe what type of American you are. Let's rewrite history, and the organizations that still provide hatred in our country. KKK, NAACP (these two organizations still provides a racist view for it is not Equal Opportunity for all people of America), put laws in to address anything race related in our country as being a treason against the America People. A law that can put a judge in control of the issue. Give them power to give life sentences to execution regardless of the crime that involves race or any other attack on Equal Opportunity. Where life sentence is the lowest punishment they can give.

Equality in all things should be given to all American's. Not one over the other, and at this time all groups have their special little interest organizations.

Bill Wheeler   January 21st, 2009 1:24 am ET

I would like to see President Obama move quickly to dismantle George W. Bush's Faith-Based Initiative. This UNCONSTITUTIONAL program, enacted via executive order without debate or input from Congress or the American public, was essentially used as a Republican Party slush fund to buy the loyalty and votes of Christian voters, especially Black Christians who traditionally vote Democratic. Using the Faith-Based Initiative, Bush has illegally bypassed separation of church & state requirements and channeled billions of tax dollars to Christian churches and organizations. There has been essentially zero oversight to ensure that those tax dollars were used for secular purposes, or if ithey would just be used to fund more proselytizing by Christian organizations. There have been numerous documented cases of recipients using the taxpayers' cash for personal gain or proselytizing. The Faith-Based Initiative illegally entangles religion and government by favoring religious organizations over secular or non-religious ones. As one of the 30+ million Atheists in America, I am outraged that my tax dollars are illegally being shovelled into the coffers of religious organizations in violation of the Constitution. I hope President Obama will remember he swore an oath to uphold the CONSTITUTION of the United States and not the Christian Bible. The Faith-Based Initiative should be dismantled immediately!
Bill Wheeler

ed ,vancouver canada   January 21st, 2009 1:25 am ET

it is not what the president can do for you,but what you can do for you.
Whatever you were doing before you lost your job,start your own the end you will have more money.
he who cleans the yard is soon part of a very clean neighborhood.if everyone does their share,things happen.
if we all rely on someone else,nothing.

hopeful   January 21st, 2009 1:27 am ET

Congratulations Obama & family!
May you have a great term in service to our country! (and more if you so desire)

Seek the face of the Lord by reading & praying everyday, and try to start the day off with reading a scripture or two.
Stay humble & try to get plenty of rest.
Kiss & hug your wife & girls as much as possible.
Pray for the nation & unity in our country.
Ask God for wisdom, knowledge, understanding & guidance when making major decisions & for life in general.
Try to give over to God the heavy things that seem too much to carry.
Continue to walk in love (faith works by love).
Try to make sure to take regular vacations to reduce stress.
Try to maintain good health.

Lisa Mitchell   January 21st, 2009 1:28 am ET

we must release the animals out of the laboratories. Not some of them, but all of them. This would include all of those tested on in the private sector as well for certain products that we use. And it would also include us ending the burning, maming, and killing of animals that the militry has been engaging in for medical tests. All animals should be released from being tested on for any reason. We cannot go forward for ourselves with any real succes as long as we are systematicallly performing sadistic tests on God's little creatures. I say this and I am not even a religious person, but I know this to be true. When Gandi said that you could judge a nation by how it treats its animals, he knew what he meant to be something more than symbolic. He knew it to be a real prediction of what that country was going to come up against for itself. We will never be succesful in what we want to do for ourselves as long as we are doing this. and this is something that I wish people could really understand. There will continue to be problems for us as long as we give others problems-what goes around comes around. This is the law of the universe. Reincarnation is a fact. The animals that we do these heinous crimes upon, will be people in future lives. Perhaps in our childrens lives –or even in our own. Do we want to do this to them anyway? Knowing that I have funded such tests in my life–I'm 47 too–without knowing it because a food company or whatever kind of company whose product I bought tested on animals–has come close to ruining my life because of how this knowledge has made me feel. I would really like to be released from this horrible pain and finally be free because I knew that we were going to do this for the animals. God gave these creatures hearts–and minds–and to live a certain kind of life. A rabbit life, a dog life, a pig life, or whatever life it was meant to live. And I guarantee you, that God did not intend for us to wisk them up and put them in cages and perform sick, sadistic tests on them–I don't care how many human lives it might save. They have things to learn as whatever kind of animal they are and that is not to learn pain and horror and sadness and lonliness–that is what we are teaching these animals. They are not learning what they were intended to learn. People need to understand that God mignt want certain animals to live rather than certain humans at even given time. Entities are born, and some get sick, and there is reason to it all. The answer to why disease occurs cannot be found in the body of an animal-it can only be found in the mind of the individual themself. That is what we might what to concentrate on as far as any research we might do. Although we should understand that ultimate answers will not be found by science, but by our spirit. I think this is something our new President can understand.

Rev. Darryl L. Miller   January 21st, 2009 1:28 am ET

Dear Larry,

I appreciate your television program in allowing your viewing audience to have the opportunity to voice their comments and concerns.

For President Obama to do list is as of the following:

1. To establish credibility and working relationship with people in the Middle East especially among Muslim nations.

2. To lead this nation's back to its Judeo Christian values and principles by which we as a people have lost both our moral and theological mooring.

3. To heal that of this nation that has been ripped by racial strife and discord.

4. To create jobs within this country and the rebuilding of our economical principles so as to have a stable family structure.

5. To protect this nation from terrorist and ideological clowns that seek to hurt people within this country and neighboring people all over this world especially in the Third Word countries.

6. To bring both Israel and Hamas leadership to end the strife between these neighboring countries, and the disparity of its own people during this time of war and conflict.

Larry may God bless you by His grace. Keep up the good work.

Cordially yours,

The Rev. Darryl L. Miller
Founder & CEO of Contending for the Faith Ministries, Inc.
President, Darryl Miller International Ministries

farhad, seattle wa   January 21st, 2009 1:29 am ET

President Obama, congratulations on becoming the people’s president! This is a new era for all. You bring optimism and a new life to democracy. We have the utmost confidence in you and your cabinet. Please keep the promises you made that got you elected. Peace

Raza Burgee   January 21st, 2009 3:15 am ET

That he would put in order the state of California as we are bludgeoned by the lack of good health care, and the tricks they plan in the Health Services as they attempt to make us think they care but instead they find ways to manipulate and not do anything.

That the educational value would be restored to California, that care for the elderly would once again reinstated and people not be allowed to badger them and that those of us with disabilities would be allowed to help others and become that voice for those who are not able to help themselves.

That people over 50 and 60 who want to return to work would be able to and not be badgered because they receive Social Security and that their SS not be looked upon as a Howard Hughes package but that they be allowed to supplement their income by working part-time to demonstrate that they are capable of at least helping themselves to a degree of dignity.

Larry, I stand ready to do my part.


Tracey Avance   January 21st, 2009 3:19 am ET


Jeremy   January 21st, 2009 3:19 am ET

Certainly not at the top, but somewhere on President Obama's to do list should be educating the media that comments on his wife's dress are not news.

Louis Aaron   January 21st, 2009 3:27 am ET

What I think the new president obama should do is come up with a new political program- to boost the economy and to get people to volunteer; as displalyed on the new website. Then regulate it to where people who volunteer have a better chance at getting a job at corporations who sign up with tax breaks and such.

Beth Kovin   January 21st, 2009 3:27 am ET

1. Irans neuclear threats twoard Israel
2.The environment

Attorney Reginald Estell   January 21st, 2009 3:27 am ET

I would insist that the FCC clean up the music on the radio, and begin to play more positive songs to influence our young people to do better. He could start with Hip Hop artist "Tjuan" who has a c.d. entitled Real Positive Radio, which is getting rave reviews and making a huge difference in the community! I found it interesting that this Artist has a non profit foundation that gave away 10,000 free c.d.'s at this year's Inauguration.
God Bless

Kathy Collins   January 21st, 2009 3:30 am ET

Honorable Mr. President,
Here are my 3 To Do List for the upcoming months:
1) Establish the USA Solar Panel Industry, making this country the leader in production of Solar Panels. Set up the manufacturing of these panels in the most desperate states, those needing employment and revitalization due to unemployment and lack of jobs. In so doing, the cost of solar panels will come down and all new construction should have to offset their energy demands by placing a certain % of green energy per sq foot of land occupied. Make these jobs available to ONLY USA citizens.

2) Establish Health Care for all USA citizens that is focused on Primary Care and Preventative Health Care. Make individuals have some sort of accountablity when their lifestyle choices are ruining their health. Begin a National Health Care TV channel where accurate health information is available to all 24 hours a day. We have young adults who for the last 8 years have had no honest discussion about reproductive health choices under the failed, "abstinence only" education of the prior administration.

3)Consider a National Identification card. Make this necessary to get or keep your job, get welfare disability, unemployment benefits, or to get a Driver's license. Had we had such a system in place prior to 911, the terrorist in this country would have been discovered before their destruction was unleashed. Computer data bases have the capability now and our freedom is MORE at risk NOT knowing who is in this great country that wants to do us harm. If you are proud to be a USA citizen, then you would be proud to carry your USA ID card as your official means of ID.

Thank you, Larry King and CNN for this opportunity to express our ideas!
Kathy Collins

Justice   January 21st, 2009 3:32 am ET

I believe something needs to be done about the federal court systems. Currently here in Portland, Oregon there is a racial harassment/discrimination lawsuit where 4 african american men were threatened, verbally abused, demoted, and fired by their employer because of the color of their skin. The worse part is that its a company that has been caught doing it before. they went to court and were awarded by an all white jury the sum of 19 million dollars even though the lawsuit was only for 17 million. It made national headlines. But now, the consensus is because of the previous history of the judge that is presiding over their case that they will only get about 10-15% of that. Justice should be left in the hands of a jury of your peers, it shouldnt be a crap shoot left up to chance about the judge you get and what tendencies they have when it comes to remitting amounts.

big jake155   January 21st, 2009 3:36 am ET

i think the main things that the new president needs to look at is #1, solar dome technology, co2 reduction in the air, and finally the economy, there is a way that america can be forever stable, to do away with credit. cause the main reason that our economy is so fragile is because of credit am i correct. no dont judt dsy no to those who cant afford the american piece of the pie. find out in a better sincable manner on investigating if one should beable to recieve a prgam that would allow him or her to be able to live next to the joneses

Pixie   January 21st, 2009 3:40 am ET

Pakistan should be declared a terrorist State and a Haven for terrorists

tim cleveland   January 21st, 2009 3:42 am ET

for are econame i think the presadent could pass a law that would let the people deduct the interest from there creatit cards and car purcheses from there taxes, thanks

Janet Schmidt   January 21st, 2009 3:44 am ET

Educate himself on the faith of the nation. Saying "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers." leaves out quite a few and lumping people of faith into "non-believers" isn't right.

Glen   January 21st, 2009 3:45 am ET

Cut taxes for everyone, less gov't, some conservatism

Andrew Mathisen   January 21st, 2009 3:45 am ET

I dunno..the whole TARP-type program has that "trickle down" theory
at its core. You know..pour dough into the top of the system and watch
(and hope) it stimulates all sectors of the economy on the way down
to the bottom. I would prefer the "perculate up" application to also be
implemented. This is usually where pork barrelling and "pet projects"come to
the fore. Both have their place in terms of stimuli, although the perculation
process has more local, democratic input involved.

In Canada, particularly in the past, we have always had a mixture of these
to help boost employment and a slumping economy. There was always mixtures
of "mega-projects" coupled with local initiatives. Since our Employment
Insurance program is administered Nationally, locally initiated "make-work"
projects could be identified by both businesses and services from a community
and application could be made to fund such projects through the local branch
of the Employment Insurance office. There, the projects could be vetted for
viability, need, value to community and what-have-you. Pragmatism and common sense
usually trumped politics. A good project was usually one that was deemed
of benefit to the community, had training and future opportunity built in and
had some chance of carrying on after funding trickled out. Unfortunately,
this last perambiter was often not given top priority, hence the term "make-work"
programs became the catch phrase. I would think with consultation/partnership
with local business and educational authorities that last hurddle could be overcome
and seedling small businesses could take root from the intiative.

Building/repairing roads and bridges has its place in creating immediate
employment and enhancing infastructure, but a lot of monies could be
better spent identifying and funding small enterprises that could lead to
long-term growth. Housing and training/counselling for local homeless
also comes to mind in terms of long-term benefit to any community.

Mega projects and billions of dollars poured into communities by
"all-knowing" all powerful Government Bureaucrats have often led
to pork-barrelling, graft and lots of "White Elephants"

With regards to the importance of environmental change;
the opportunity to identify local needs for green spaces,
eco-friendly transport or businesss or alternative energy needs
are ideal for such communty driven projects and funds ( as
opposed to a large utility company being given funds)
Remember Enron?

The whole TARP/bailout monies coming from the citizen's pocket
(and their future) needs a heavy dose of Democratization thru identifying
local needs and acknowledging local input.

just my 2-bits worth from an old, ex-community organizer

Ryan Naylor   January 21st, 2009 3:47 am ET

One of the first things barrack should do is leagalize marijuana. it will help the economy and reduce federal spending on the drug policies. after all the policies hurt over 800,000 million people.

Dianna McDougall   January 21st, 2009 3:48 am ET

1) Get Blackberry back
2) Give CNN commenter Dianna McDougall an internship
3) ... fix everything

Andreas   January 21st, 2009 3:48 am ET

The country's economy, peace in the middle east and a solution to the Cyprus issue

Philipp mohr   January 21st, 2009 3:49 am ET

Obama should make the White house LEED certified, energy efficient, green and 0% carbon foot print.
Solar panels on the roof, geothermal heating underground, green materials, rain water collector, water reuse system, using latest green technology.
White house should be a model for a green and clean modern home.
Inspiring the nation to do the same. Congress should pass a bill that supports people who convert their homes to be more energy efficient and green.

Jill Herrin   January 21st, 2009 3:50 am ET

I thought I missed all the blogging associated with this event. I thought I better get one in before you signed off. I do think this is a monumental day. I figured OBama would be President sooner or later when I first noticed him. I thought Hillary would run, but I predicted that during GW43 first term, to myself. When I heard about him before I finally first saw OBama on tv, I was like right, another black guy running again. I have been a hard sell, but by the time or the election & gettting more exposure, I have a better opinion of the new President, and wish him well. I am interested in now reading one of his books to learn more.
Thanks for letting me have a chance to wish , the OBama family, well on their new adventure.

Ann   January 21st, 2009 3:51 am ET

Repeal the social security Windfall Elimination provision and Government Pension Offset. This penalizes teachers, police and firefighters.

Bobbie   January 21st, 2009 3:55 am ET

Mr. President,

End the war, get control of the economy, healthcare, homelessness and put a stop to the Student Loan Scandal thats still going on today.


God Bless you and the United States of Amercia

Supriya Reddy   January 21st, 2009 3:56 am ET

1) Is the president's new cadillac environment friendly/energy efficient ?
2) Help the current home owners by reducing the mortagage interest rates rather than waiting till they default in their payments and then help
3) Take care of the economy

ana   January 21st, 2009 3:58 am ET

I am sooo very happy with President Obama in power now, i am originally from Guatemala, and us citizen since 1985. and I pray to God to give him the wisdom to rule this wonderful country of us.
I lost my good job in 2006, got a job in 2007, lost this one in november of 2008 and has not been able to find a decent job, so I ask President Obama,to help us the unemploy now, i have apply for unemployment, and was denied, i am appealing this decision, but not have it until february 13, it has been since nov, 18, since i have had money coming in, it is very hard, with morgtage and all the bills to pay.
Reason they denied it, I am going to massage therapist school in baltimore, and they think i don[t want to work, i am looking for a job in the meantime, i decided to move to morning classes, i used to go in the evenings while i had a job.......they really don[t help people that want to better themselves, and i finish may 19 is my final test, and hopefully i would start my own massage therapist practice.. with the help of God.

Andrew   January 21st, 2009 3:58 am ET

*Be nuetral in the Israel and Palastine conflicts

*Invest actual funds into alternative fuels

*Make Bush accountable for his actions against the environment

*Help to create a bill that will allow more than just two candidates have a debate

*Help to invest in lower taxes on oil

*Make the meat industry responsible for their illegal practices

LegalCohen   January 21st, 2009 4:01 am ET

Take up knitting (or some other needlework) as a substitute for smoking. You can't knit and smoke at the same time. Knitting is also much better for relieving stress and you will end up with something useful to show for it. Think of all the lovely scarves you can knit for Michelle and your daughters.

Wilda Szeremi   January 21st, 2009 4:02 am ET

Dear New President Obama,
1. KEEP THE TRAIN – fun and energy efficient; Support Amtrak.
2. Let your hair grow just a little longer – so your ears will not
appear so prominent. They are really small and nice.
3. Could you fix it so TVA would encourage us to install
solar panels on our houses in Alabama? Tax credit is
helpful. We have a large roof that faces South!
4. Help D.C. get representation in our govt.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, your family and
all our leaders in D.C.

Lisa   January 21st, 2009 4:03 am ET

My "to do list" for President Obama is:
1. Execute his plan for healing the economy.
2. Resolve inexpensive health plans for all Americans and adopt Canada´s model.
3. Ban same-sex marriage, and assure the rights of the Christian Church to have freedom of expression on this issue.
4. Withdraw the US troops in Iraq and leave a task force which can help Iraquians form a solid representative government for its people.
5. Do what is still possible to reverse or slow down global warming´s disasterous effects on our planet.
6. Force the US government to tell the truth about UFO and extraterrestrial activity on our soil and the rest of the planet. Let´s stop pretending they are not here.
7. Continue to support Israel, so we can remain a blessed nation, according to the Abrahamic promise in Genesis 12.
8. Just be his wonderful self and lead this great nation to prosperity, equality and justice for all.

I am praying for his success, that of his cabinet and our unity.

Mary E. Powell   January 21st, 2009 4:03 am ET

The President not only must help the troops, he must think of the widowers who lost everything when they lost their spouse to war.

Next retirement military personnel who dies and leave there long time spouse without any income. The SRB program for retiring veterans needs a major overhaul. The cost of the SRB is so high and removes so much of an enlisted mans pay, they convinced the wives or husbands not to sign this document. The SRB takes about $90 to $120 out of the retirement of a enlisted person depending on the rank at retirement. Then the military veteran pass away unexpectedly and now the spouse can not get any funds, and if the spouse is 44-52 they can not get any social security until age 65. Lost after spending most of their time moving from base to base during their husbands 20 to 30 years of service, and therefore could not stay in one place long enough to work on a job offering retirement.
On the flip side, if the military member pays into the SRB, for 10 years, pays more than 10,000 and his wife or husband dies before they do, the SRB plan does not return one single dime to the individual. Why? With insurance whole life you can get some funds back, with car insurance even if you do not total your car you can get it fixed, but with the SRB program both parties lose out and the only person getting money is the SRB. Some military personnel have paid as much as $30,000 into the SRB and then the spouse only lives long enough to collect 2,500 before they pass away.
THE SRB IS UNFAIR, UNEQUAL, PUT MILITARY SPOUSES IN A HURTING STATUS BEFORE AND AFTER DEATH AND IT SHOULD BE REVISED OR STOPPED. Even in the civilian world if a 20 year or 30 year retirement is given and the individual dies, the wife would receive 1/2 of the retirement and without any payments to any insurance company, why can't the military.

Barbara Dionisopoulos   January 21st, 2009 4:04 am ET

I believe President Obama should immediately address the the world nations, then the troops, and lastly, address those affected by the economic crisis with a speech early in the day, giving all some sort of direction and hope of what is yet to come.

Later in the day, he can address the specifics. He could have it transmitted via satelite, like a National Security Seminar. He is in a very powerful place to move this country to whatever end is necessary. We, the people of the USA, are waiting for the order! Emotionally, we seem to be looking to him to be the "Big Daddy" of our country. I pray he does not disappoint us. Barbara Dionisopoulos, Carlsbad, CA

john q public   January 21st, 2009 4:06 am ET


Trevor Best   January 21st, 2009 4:10 am ET

Additional Funding will need to be alloted to fuel entrepreneurship along with the easing of the credit criteria if the idea is truly a good investment. Entrepreneurship serves as a catalyst to ignite an economy

Trevor Montavon   January 21st, 2009 4:17 am ET

Dear Obama,

While there are a multitude of things that could help our country get back on the right track, there are certain core components that, if changed, can have a profound impact on us taking a step in the right direction.

First and foremost, we need our government itself to get back to functioning as the forefathers intended the system to work. This process starts with the reinstitution of the constitutional republic. By this term, I mean that we need to reestablish a system in which the principles of the government are what govern the land, instead of a group of elected officials whose intentions sometimes sway from objective decisions for the good of the country to subjective decisions which are often motivated by the agenda of big business and personal gain. While this is a complex issue that will certainly not be an easy task to achieve, it is necessary for our country to realize the ambitions and goals that were set by the founding fathers so many years ago.

That said, another effective way to keep our country and the global economy afloat is by changing the way our financial system operates. The Federal Reserve is owned by private corporations, and this fact alone plays a large role in debilitating our country's leaders with respect to decisions for the good of the land. Though I have taken a few classes in economics, I am not as educated on the subject as I would like to be. For a more comprehensive look at our financial system, its flaws, and how it can improve, a particularly interesting and informative article is available in the tenth issue of a magazine entitled Republic Magazine. There are several helpful ways to educate oneself on the intricacies of the subject in the article entitled Grand Theft America.

These are just a couple of ideas for Obama to tackle. Poverty, world hunger, and global conflict are other intriguing issues for our world, but I strongly believe that if the two that I went into brief detail are addressed, it will make many other issues easier to improve. These types of serious changes will not be easy, as the President has already made clear in his short time in office, but they are needed nevertheless. It will take some sacrifice on behalf of all of the people of our nation to do so. One of the main things I try to keep in mind, and I hope others do as well is that while we discuss the "rough road ahead," we must also keep in mind that many of the problems arise from financial complications. The idea of our children not receiving sufficient education during harder financial times is a difficult pill to swallow. The resources are there. The people are still there. We just need to figure out a way to bring them back to the forefront and make this process easier on ourselves.

To paraphrase, the President mentioned a metaphor in regards to the struggle George Washington faced in defeating the British and the harsh winter Washington and his men endured. We ARE a strong, resilient people, and we can overcome these challenges, but it takes courage and sacrifice to do so. Obama is one man and can only do so much. I hope he can begin to tackle some of these issues, but the true task still relies on the resiliency of the people of this great nation. I have all the faith in the world in us, as long as we are willing to go the extra mile. God bless our nation and Obama in our fight to restore our nation's reputation as a beacon of hope for the rest of the world to follow. Thanks for the opportunity to present my ideas.

Trevor Montavon

Andrew Mathisen   January 21st, 2009 4:17 am ET

Although not suggestions for Renewal I'd like to put my poems up again. It was Truly a Great Day for America!


The hard dark stain of servitude
fades fast upon this day
Below a stately white-washed dome
the dream is here to stay

The long hard fight for liberty
pursued through sacred blood
Becomes a truth; a shining light
the hopeful people flood

With solemn oath on hallowed steps
we watch sad history swept
Renew our hope; revive our dream
Make sure the Promise kept

Poem for America

I pray the Winter of our Discontent
perchance through Dreams will pass;
to make Good Wine in Spring's Sweet tent
from old bitter Grapes of Wrath.

(with thanks to Steinbeck,Shakespeare, etc)

Russel Iron   January 21st, 2009 4:19 am ET

I'm glad the true founders were a part of the parade.
I am a Cree First Nations person from Canada and I have seen so little about the people that were trampled through the greed and so misunderstood people who were acctually not even lost. The land was not lost too but somehow it was found.
1. Straighten out the history on how it began.
2. Thank the Native Americans for such a beautiful country they watched escape their future.
3. Do right to all and lets all heal through this, then we will be powerful in what we do.

Thank the Creator for all that is happening, it brings out the best in all of us!

jake   January 21st, 2009 4:23 am ET

The society is becoming a plague, the acceptance rate has become percentages of man's prejudice, our societys conciousness is emprisoning, our inner empathy is limited and the rehabilitation centers for addiction and the mentally disabled have become concentration camps, many of the medicines seem to cause more damage than treatment, people are being raped in mental hospitals, raped in prisons, if we want to shun a certain person and classify that person as a criminal or legally insane, disabled or any label our sorry brothers and sisters percieve, we should bring out the jesus philosophy and tear down these temples, and began to rebuild from the foundation up, if prison guards want to corrupt what should be a healing process in our prison, if they want to allow this cruelty to continue and even feed into it, if the staff in mental hospitals wish to make judgment and forsake a man, forsake his soul and allow brutallity, allow others to inflict a punishment so cruel, cruel enough to let these patients be sexually assualted by patients along with staff, to steal a fellow humans dignity and judge another becuase of his or her differences, if our sherriffs and police do not see the effects of poverty, the effects of greed, the effects of a crooked politician in a poor city without any resources of opportunity, as a community with not enough activities to bring any hope, the homless wandering from one town to the other becuase they have realized that our system is broken, and that this land with all of it's corruption and evil does not seem to stand for freedom as our forefathers so hoped for this land to become. Your idea of change is definetly a significant solution, to rebuild from the floor up, but it is certainly not at all all having to do with the economy, it should have to do with our citizens and their wellbeing, our minds, our small freedoms that to many are being discreetly tooken away, you must change the sytem of our mental facilitys, the systems of our prisons, these criminals are still our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, neighbors and relatives, the prisons and mental facilitys, treatment centers and rehabs, need to have a place for worship, classes for education, college courses, art, electives, a library, these are the environments that we must change, these are our citizens that need to be liberated, and society has committed crime against them to a certain extent, through our many apathys, our greed, many of these criminals may have been framed, becuase of corrupt police, dictator politicians with no sense other than their hunger for power, our societys have judged many of whom are labeled mentally ill, labeled a criminal, labeled lame, whatever the label with such judgment their is known to be traumatizing affects, devastation and devastating choices fueled by many of these issues which exist today and the cruelty of our nature yesterday has caused much of the insanity we deal with today. please to not be urgent to go to war, to take a life means to become the enemy.

Marcia   January 21st, 2009 4:27 am ET

Health care for everyone, other countries take care of their people.
Get rid of the donut hole, and require medicare to negotiate for the best prices of medicine.
Get congress to pass a law, that if something requiring money doesn’t have something pertinent to do with the purpose of the bill, it cannot be added to the bill. No earmarks allowed. A line item veto would be terrific.
Stop outsourcing of jobs and get the jobs back. Perhaps a huge tax on goods of outsourced jobs. If they are going to make it overseas. Let them sell it overseas.
Stop issuing visas to people who are coming here only for American Jobs. We have the people to fill these jobs, and the companies asking for them know it.

Debra E. Evans   January 21st, 2009 4:27 am ET

1. Take a few "first " minutes to make a 10 minute personal appeal DVD (similar to his letter to his daughters in the Parade Magazine) to be distributed and played at the same time in all of the Boys and Girls clubs across America during Black History month (February).

Since some of the inner City boys and girls in Memphis are going to barber shops to get the "Obama cut", I'm sure an unfiltered message directly from him to them would have an impact on the climate, clothes (pull their pants up) and crime in our communities that spans generations.

2. REALLY, REALLY stimulate the economy and the American people, in the short run as well as long run, by REALLY figuring out what to do, executing swiftly as well as measuring and communicating the results. (To date, we the people have not seen and certainly have not felt the results).

3. Continue to monitor the wars and execute plans to increase effectiveness and start bringing our brave and dedicated soldiers home.

Andrew Mathisen   January 21st, 2009 4:29 am ET 2 days ago..once more into the breach!
Bruce Springsteen has always been a light for me.
Like Trumbo..Like Upton Sinclair
or Hemingway..he took a stand. Please enjoy this
"parody" that offers some solutions. Double barrelled!

Springsteen Parody/Canfor mill closure
Livin' in a Canfor Town

(sung to the tune of "youngstown" by Bruce Springsteen)

Here in New Westminster

back in the late-nineteen thirties

the Prentice and the Bentley families

bought a mill along Brunette Creek

Then they built a peeler

brought in log booms by the score

Then they made the plywood

that helped the allies win the war

Here in New West

Here in New West

Hey Jimmy we're sinkin' down

Livin' in a Canfor town

Well my daddy worked the boilers

it kept him hotter'n Hell

I signed on and made my way to Pressman

a job that'd suit the Devil as well

It was cedar chips, steam and Resin

fed my children, made my pay

The baler poundin' like a beatin' heart

through winter fog and the drizzlin' rain

Here in New West

Here in New West

Hey Jimmy it's slowin' down

Livin' in a Canfor town

They closed down the plywood plant

durin' the mid-nineteen eighties

The mill became a recycling plant

makin' products outa waste wood trees

Everything from erosion mats

to panelwood and Honda Accord doors

like Rumplestiltskin of old the plant got busy

weavin' waste wood into gold


from the Woss and Nimkish Valley

to the mill at Fort St. James

from the big mill up at Houston

the story became the same

A million board feet of lumber a day

Now Sir, you tell me the world's changed

Once I made you rich enough

rich enough to forget my name

here in New West

here in New West

Hey Jimmy it's shuttin' down

livin' in a Canfor town

When I retire I don't want no fancy jacket

gold watch or dinner with the Boss;

A decent pension, a chance for my kids

This mill is just another loss

This mill is part of the solution

for recyclin' and goin' Green

The fact there ain't more like it is wrong

and God-damned near obscene

Here in New West

Here in New West

Hey Jimmy it's closin' down

Dyin' in a Canfor town

Hemp4Life   January 21st, 2009 4:30 am ET

How about seeking the truth about marijuana and medical cannabis? Marijuana is not some evil devil weed. It is a very useful plant that has been used as a form of food, shelter, clothing and medicine since just about the dawn of our precious Earth. It's time for marijuana prohibition to be put to an end. Our courts are tied up and bogged down with hundreds of thousands of simple non-violent marijuana offenses. How about going after real criminals and violent offenders (who, by-the-way, love it that the court systems are all tied up)! It's all ridiculous! And how about the hemp industry? Why is the production of hemp illegal in our country? Hemp is cheaper, stronger, easier to produce and more environmentally safe than cotton, plastic, wood, paper and just about all other comparable products. We have the most advanced agricultural technology in the world, yet we don't put it to good use! Hemp and cannabis could help stimulate the economy in many, many ways, just give it a chance. Anyways, President Obama, How about putting that on your desk! Hemp4Life, CA

Lisa Mitchell   January 21st, 2009 4:30 am ET


Lisa, Sao Paulo - Brazil   January 21st, 2009 4:31 am ET

Ok, I put just three points on my TO DO LIST:

1. Execute the Obama plan to recover our nation´s (USA) economy.
2. Adopt Canada´s health plan for the USA.
3. Ban same-sex marriage and assure rights of Christians to freedom of expression on the issue. God will continue to bless our nation if he does this.

Lisa, an American living in Brazil

sad_discoverer   January 21st, 2009 4:34 am ET

What's eating me alive are credit card companies! Please, please make it impossible for them to take every penny you make. In such a horrible economy it is inhumane to raise interest rates to ridiculous amounts because you miss ONE payment. Many Americans have lost their jobs and are struggling just to put food on the table for their families... they have gone from cushy jobs to losing their homes, their jobs, surviving on unemployment and sometimes even food stamps. All the while credit card execs enjoy the finer things in life. It's time for someone to finally put their foot down and end this madness!

Sal   January 21st, 2009 4:58 am ET

Change is what America needs within and he's there just to take you through to the new age where the whole world will follow !!

Charmaine L   January 21st, 2009 5:00 am ET

Dear President of the United States of America,

I speak to you as a citizen of the world. We, the people, at this point of global chaos look to you as our next Gandhi. You are the Gandhi of our present and of our future. But you are OBAMA, one who do not abide by Hinduism and British prose, but armed with the American revolutionary laws and the African-American spirit. Do not sacrifice yourself as Gandhi did, one man cannot change the world. But you are OBAMA and we believe in your survival in the face of our current crisis.

Please DO NOT FORGET, that we are strong too! Armed with trust and hope for a peaceful world for generations.


We are not your burden, but your instruments. Lead us and let us work together. TELL US HOW TO HELP YOU HELP THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.

Rest assured, we will stand by you because you show compassion, humility, and integrity. We have not seen the likes of you since Gandhi and for that, we love you and support you.

Nyasha Masundire   January 21st, 2009 5:02 am ET

Congradulations Mr President
wat i would want on your to do list
1-repair international relations
2-find a way to fix the economy
3-be healthy for yourself and for us

In God We trust

Deborah Florio   January 21st, 2009 5:03 am ET

I hope to see Barack Obama bring God and Prayer back to this country. Put it back in our schools especially. I think when this was taken away, things began to go bad with our kids. I am not a religious person but I am a spiritual person.

Terry   January 21st, 2009 5:14 am ET

I am a Singaporean who wish to work in USA. Many companies in USA a sponsoring H1B visas and they charge around 2000 USD for sponsoring the visa. I did not apply with such companies but understand from others that there are some companies who cheat. I hope Obama can bring a law barring such companies from applying the H1B visas. Only the companies(or the client) who eventually hire should be allowed to apply the H1B visa (many companies sponsor H1B visa charge a fee of 2000 usd and place the candidate with a client, this should not be allowed too)

Nora Ibrahim   January 21st, 2009 5:22 am ET

For security, must look at cause/s of the unnecessary wars e.g. acknowledge history of Israel's creation. Be fair.
Peace is possible! Learn from past global apologies and restitutions e.g. Apologies were said to American native Indians, Australian Aborigines and NZ Maoris for past unfair 'land grabs'. Ireland's IRA got their State which they could rule in peace. South Africa's anti-apartheid fighters including Nelson Mandela got their State and they could democratically choose their own leaders. Post World-war restitutions are common e.g in Europe, restitutions between Poland and Germany people who lost their properties/land.
For sustainable world peace and RECONCILIATION, US must ensure the Occupier Israel apologise and return Palestine land (1967 boundary? To be negotiated between Palestine, Israel & neutral 3rd parties), with fair compensation/restitution and development aid.

John Charles   January 21st, 2009 5:24 am ET

Goodmorning to America. With the graet honor I have watched from CNN the inauguration of Obama( even though there was a slide). I am currently watching on the show of Larry King. I am hoping for Obama to include in his schedules or to do list are the following:

1. To fix the Israel-Gaza Conflict
2. To Fix the Afghanistan-Iraq war
3. To raise the hopes of America by starting to investigate on the Global Financial Crisis which was the effect of the Economy Crises of America.

The hope of the world is on the administration of Obama and Obama's hands. With the cooperation of every American, all Americas, and people of the world shall rise and have trust and hope to Obama. To the President of the United States, to its people, and to everyone around the world, Goodmorning and Greetings! Thank you!

Sherbano Ali Khan   January 21st, 2009 5:29 am ET

To the world's most good looking president ever OBAMA 🙂
Mr. President,
I congratulate you and pray for your success through out your tenure.
I hope my message reaches you ...
1) Support the muslims, get us rid of the term 'terrorism' attached to our names. We our a people of peace. Our religion does not in anyway support terrorism.
2) Help the muslims move foward in terms of education.
We have the potential. Help us out of our dark times please.
Bring education into Pakistan. Education changes everything. If my people can think right they will be able to make the right decisions as well.
3) Keep your promise of being fair and extend your hands equally. I pray you do not make hard choices that would result in something sad for the Muslims. Hear our voices and please don't prove us wrong. We put all our faith in you from the start.
Once again CONGRATULATIONS on behalf of the MUSLIM world.
We love you and we pray to the Almighty that you will change the world for the better. ameen.

Larry King, hi to you and oprah ...please take her name when and if you read this out loud 🙂
Sherbano Ali Khan,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
+ 92 300 5151156

OHIS   January 21st, 2009 5:32 am ET

1. Take our all the american soldiers from Iraq! Its a needless war and it isnt and wont make U.S safer! It will cause sympathy for muslims instead.
2. Loosen immigration laws to make would be immigrants who have something to contribute to be able to live in the U.S
3. Face the economy

Deborah Britton   January 21st, 2009 5:33 am ET

A Department of Peace to provide state of the art non-violent conflict resolution and cooperation options for the Presidentl, to create a culture peace for our children and for the world. And for the President to call on all nations to create a similar post in government – he is a beacon and his commitment to our common humanity shines.

Godwin Inyang   January 21st, 2009 5:34 am ET

I am so glad that at last, an African-American has emerged to fix the world economy. I like him to revive American- African relations and stre
nghtened democracies in Africa. I want him to deal with the Zimbabwen crisis, assist nigeria in electricfication and power crisis and ensure that South African democracy does not suffer set back

sandra   January 21st, 2009 5:36 am ET

Congratulations Mr. President .
I wish that President Obama do all that he said and promised to do either in America or for other people especially the Iaqi's and in Afghanistan. I hope he makes this world better.

Betty   January 21st, 2009 5:39 am ET

My wish is to make each State accountable for buisnesses.I live in Missouri and am very worried about our state. I am recenntly disabled and find myself on disability, and the state is taking anything I make over $750 to pay on medical bills, when I need to go without medicine every other month because I have to pay the bills I put off the month before. Thus no extra money to put into the economy. The waste of gas,money and making disabled people getting off and on buses and been trying to find out who's money is being wasted here, no one seems to know they blame it on each othjer I think its unfair to American with Disabilities. Also stiffer punishments for internet fraud and using it to promote violent acts on human beings! I believe in Obama!

Winston Ifill   January 21st, 2009 5:42 am ET

On this historic day, I congratulate the 44th President and the first lady and their beautiful daughters.

I must stress the importance of Immigration. America have to give those people who want to lives their lives here that oppotunity to do so. To many people are living out their lives hiding and running from the law, when all they want to do is live a happy life with their family. Immigration must be relax, and stringent measure implement to help the unfortunate.

Hristo   January 21st, 2009 5:43 am ET

Beyonce singing America The Beautiful made me cry!! Beautiful how everyone joined in at the end!

David   January 21st, 2009 5:44 am ET


Dawn   January 21st, 2009 5:45 am ET

President Obama, Please keep us informed on how we, as simple individuals, can make the biggest positive impact on our country!

sandra   January 21st, 2009 5:46 am ET

wipe racism and thats of course what he will do.
end the war in Iraq and afghanistan and in palestine and end do not allow Israel to make wars against middleeastern countries especially palestine and lebanon.
end all terrorism
help the african countries and people
solve the world economic crisis
allow foreigners to study at their countries without hard regulations.
provide work for all
improve education and healthcare

Greg   January 21st, 2009 5:47 am ET

I would like President Obama to use his executive power to arrest George Bush for war crimes.
If he (George Bush) gets away with the financial, political and global catastrophe he has created and inflicted on poeple, it means no one should be found guilty for any offence.

bobby jones   January 21st, 2009 5:48 am ET

Put forward a plan to rebuild Gaza.

Hold Israel accountable for war crimes.

Address the situation with Israel's illegal settlements.

Expose all the Zionist rats responsible for the financial breakdown
and the fall of the USA, including yourself.


Meredith   January 21st, 2009 5:49 am ET

1. Improve public transportation across the country and make more bike lanes.
2. Donate all leftover food from all government events across the country.
3. Put pressure on public and private universities to make college more affordable and accessible to all.
4. Stay Healthy!

Dawn McKeever   January 21st, 2009 5:50 am ET

BE BOLD MR. PRESIDENT, BE BOLD! Now is not the time for half measures, whatever you decide to conquer.
My list:
1. Prepare for the end of oil. Our ENTIRE way of life must be changed to meet this reality.
2. In everything you do, think of the impact on our Environment.
3. Health Insurance and affordable health care for ALL Americans.
4. End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bring our troops home and give them everything they need to adjust physically, psychologically and economically to living in peacetime.
5. Give peace a chance, beef up our diplomatic corps.
6. Continue to lead us as you have, with hope and the truth.
Thank you!
Dawn McKeever
An American posted to Athens, Greece

lucy   January 21st, 2009 5:50 am ET

1. look on the immigration processing times at the US center for immigration for faster processing of petitions
2. do something for the visa retrogression for international nurses who have been waiting for extra visas since 2005 so that the need for nurses can be filled up and will not compromise the healthcare given to american people.

Hanson Johnson   January 21st, 2009 5:50 am ET

Africans are happy. Nigerians are happier. We need peace in our continent are we are developing. HELP!!!

A very mighty congraulations once again.

lOUISA MUTASA   January 21st, 2009 5:52 am ET


Linda McCluskey   January 21st, 2009 5:55 am ET

Speak to the people of Gaza who have lost family and friends. Send your sympathies to the innocent who've been suffer there. That doesn't mean that he has to take sides or say anything against Israel. It's just acknowledging the huma

Sazgar   January 21st, 2009 5:56 am ET

Mr.President, congratulations.
There are many supressed and forgotten minority people in the world . They have been victimized to geoncide , assimilation and more. They don't have a voice in the UN. Please don't forget them! and help to renieuw the organization of the UN, it is an old organization. It does not meet the need s of 21 th century.And please don't forget my people the "Kurds".

Hanson Johnson   January 21st, 2009 5:58 am ET


Africans are happy. Nigerians are happier. We need peace in our continent as we are developing. HELP!!!

A very mighty congraulations once again.

Suha Audren-Cassim   January 21st, 2009 6:00 am ET

Thank you so very much for the opportunity. What a moment in modern History.

I would like President Obama (Wow that sounds great!) to please mediate to end the conflict in the Palestinian – Israel Issue. For Israel to totally withdraw from the occupied areas and make sure there is a treaty of non violence between them.

It has been a divine day and I can almost see God smiling!

Best Wishes

Suha Audren-Cassim   January 21st, 2009 6:02 am ET

Thank you so very much for the opportunity. What a moment in modern History.

I would like President Obama (Wow that sounds great!) to please mediate to end the conflict in the Palestinian – Israel Issue. For Israel to totally withdraw from the occupied areas and make sure there is a treaty of non violence between them.

It has been a divine day and I can almost see God smiling!

Best Wishes
Sri Lanka

Zerqa   January 21st, 2009 6:05 am ET

Congratulations to Obama.
Congratulations to Mrs. Obama

The first lady of America's dressing is very beautiful. I hope America revives itself and shows the world its traditional costumes and knee length frocks. Thats how I can tell America and Europe!

I am writing from Pakistan. I am a Pakistani, I hope together Pakistan and USA would bring about peace and show good roads to nations to prosper.

God has made this world and its people. We should love one another and competitions should be on positive levels.

Thank you.

jan lindrum   January 21st, 2009 6:06 am ET

Almost impossible to know how to prioritize when there is so much to be done. The world is coming out of a thirty year period of neglect, greed and corruption.

I think one of the first and most important actions would be to establish an educational centre where lessons can be filmed and relayed on line and throughout every school so that ALL children receive the same message. This would build a united front which is needed in order for all things to change for the better, otherwise changes will only be temporary.

Before all else, we should be teaching young people life skills so that when things go wrong, they have believe in themselves to find a way out of difficulty.

Every child in the world deserves an education so that he or she can improve him or herself. The only way this can be achieved quickly is to build one educational centre in each location that relays the same messages to all schools, with the message supported in the classroom by the teacher. A teacher on his or her own can only achieve so much.

Good luck America.

Kindest regards

Jan Lindrum

Gaby Murino   January 21st, 2009 6:08 am ET

For Barrack Obama's TODO list I would add the following:

To be in partnership with the world in a way that that uses the leading knowledge in Communication to truly understand, empathize and transcend hatred and war, to the next level of human evolution whereby PEACE and the expression of LOVE & HUMANITY are the operating principles around which the entire world and life can organize.
To have the goal and purpose to live in a world where HATRED and WAR will be to human beings what segregation is now to the United States: a thing of the past.
To see our enemies instead as brothers and sisters that are not being heard. To listen, to get to the bottom of what it is that they want, underneath all the layers of hatred for violations they may feel they have suffered. To really get why so many are angry at us. To heal our relationships. To be committed to teaching other countries of our mistakes, to helping other countries not make the same mistakes with their economies and their environment. We are one country, but we have one world. To respect the sacredness of the rest of the planet and its interrelationship with the United States.
To go from greedy to Responsible, both, production and consumption: worldwide.
To have standards for what is available to young minds through current technology.

Collen Maepa (Johannesburg SA)   January 21st, 2009 6:10 am ET

I am very glad for what the people of North America and the rest of the wolrd have been looking forward for and dreaming about, has come true. To me it proves that everything is possible. I suggest that other leaders around the world should take Obama as an example/role model. I wish the whole world would be like the way Americans are doing things. That is fantastic and marvelous to see such changes in the world. I wish Pres. Obama and the Americans a happy future. Change is good!

Nadera Mashini   January 21st, 2009 6:10 am ET

Heartfelt congratulations President Obama on behalf of all Jordanian people who long for peace ..

I call upon Your Excellency to realize long-fetched peace in the Middle East by promptly establishing a Palestinian State that would co-exist with Isreal .. as being the sole solution to the long dispute in the Middle East so as to put an end to blood and tears in this region..

We set our hopes on you ..

May God bless you, your wife, your two lovely daughters, and your all beloved ones..

Thank you ..

Nadera Mashini

jan lindrum   January 21st, 2009 6:11 am ET

Very difficult to prioritize when so much needs to be done. However, I think building an Educational centre to relay the same messages to all schools is very important. All children are entitled to hear the same messages, that is how to build a united front. Children need to be taught life skills so that they can jump any hurdle.

Good luck America. May God be with you.

Edward R. Murrow said it in the 50's.......television is a powerful tool and should be used to educate otherwise it is just wires in a box. We are not yet using the amazing tools we have to help every child achieve his or her potential.

Kindest regards

Jan Lindrum

Maj   January 21st, 2009 6:13 am ET

First of Congrats to President Obama and to the USA for voting in the right person.

As a British Muslim I would like to see Pres Obama do the following:

1. Working closely with UK PM Gordon Brown on finding a solution for the world economy. Millions of people are losing jobs because of the stupidity of the few.

2. Finding a proper solution to the problems between the Israeli Government and Hamas, because innocent people in Israel and palestine are suffering because of the few stubborn people. Having Tony Blair as Middle East peace envoy has done nothing for the region but send it backwards. We need a fresh face and somebody associated with the change we have seen in america.

3. Health insurance for those who cannot afford it in America. We live in the 21st century and the worlds most powerful country and leader of the freeworld has many many millions who will not receive proper healthcare. That is not right.

Iwan   January 21st, 2009 6:14 am ET

Send a strong signal that the US will take a strong stance as honest broker in the Mideast and will not condone Israeli overreaction by cutting military aid to Israel by $ 1 billion for the coming year and channeling that money to the reconstruction of Gaza.

Roy K. Francis   January 21st, 2009 6:19 am ET

Sense when does America have a President? America is made up of many countries like Canada, United States of America, Mexico, Cuba, Panama and many many more countries. President Obama is the President of the United States Of America, not America ! because America does not have a president.

Michael Huidobro   January 21st, 2009 6:24 am ET

I'm writing from Tulahuén, a small village in the mountains in the north of Chile, 900 inhabitants, where I live.
President Obama has to turn his attention to South America which should be a natural partner for all of the USA raw material needs. We are so close, yet so far away after the back hand policies from the Cheney administration.
If the US would shift a part of the resources being spent in the Israhell welfare state to this region, the return on the investment would be wholesome. Not war, genocide and inhumanity.

Joel Wells   January 21st, 2009 6:52 am ET

I would hope the Obama administration would make flying enjoyable by telling the customs agents and TSA officials that it is OK to be pleasant on their jobs and it is good to be welcoming not only to visitors from other countries but to United States citizens. As a world wide traveler, travel to the United States is the most uncomfortable experience in the world because of the hostile attitude of customs and security personnel. They need to be reminded most people are not terrorists and do not need to be treated like they are.

Corine Clarke   January 21st, 2009 7:07 am ET

Things to Do for the new US President
1. Arrive on time on the first day, first impressions and all that.
2. Organise individual teleconferences with UK, China, Russia, Australia. Get Executive Assistant to set up recurring monthly informal 30-minute ‘catch-up’ meetings with Heads of abovementioned countries; add more countries to the list if necessary or time permits.
3. Gaza situation: Goal is to stop the hatred/killings, Initiate world-wide search for a Mandela or Ghandi type person to stop the fighting between these two warring neighbours. Liaise with those countries who support Palestinians on best way forward to stop the killings. This person to report directly to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
4. Change the constitution on the 8-year Presidency rule. Change it to ‘The US President shall remain in office until the American people vote him out’.... something like that.
The last item of the day, if successfully implemented, should keep the current President in power for a while.

On a personal level, congratulatons Mr President, I get the impression you are going to love every minute of your time in office.
All the very best to you and yours
from Perth Australia

Andrew Hall   January 21st, 2009 7:35 am ET

DRUGS: From your bully pulpit, Mr. President, start a campaign to make hard drugs unfashionable, not the "thing" to do. The drug culture runs counter to all the steps you feel essential to get our country back on its feet.

Vivienne Andzenge   January 21st, 2009 7:35 am ET

Mr President
I have watched your journey to to the White House with a keen interest you have been a huge inspiration to billions of people all over the world.......i am glad all this happened in my lifetime and i look forward to the future with a lot of hope that my generation and future generations in my country (NIGERIA) and all the all parts of the world can dream, hold on to those dreams and they would come to pass.

I wish u the very best in your years at the White House and beyond that.

John   January 21st, 2009 7:42 am ET

I would simply hope that our new president will not be a nightmare to the US and the world as his predecessor was.

Audrey   January 21st, 2009 7:45 am ET

I am soooo happy that Barack Obama is our 44th President. Each and every time I see him, his family, hear him speak, I am brought to tears of emotion. He is a breath of fresh air, so bright and articulate. Although our country is in such a sad state of affairs, I am confident he will be the one to bring change to our country for the good.

I hope one of the things he looks more closely at is the Medicaid spending which I believe is through the roof and should be investigated. I don't believe everyone on the rolls should be receiving this benefit and the overspending of this benefit would better be spent on our sick health care system which is leaving so many Americans without this very important benefit.

Cathy from Montana   January 21st, 2009 8:09 am ET

First of all congrulations to President Obama. I want to start off saying I live on a Indian Reservation. I'm a 51 year old grandmother. I raised 2 children on my own without the help of their father or the Government. I have worked for over 35 years, and at this time I am unable to work because of a disability. I am unable to get any kind of help or disability because of the state thinks I am not disabled enough for any assistance but my Doctor can't understand how I can even walk with out assistance. I live in government housing with my 74 year old mother, who is also disabled, my daughter that works a part time job, and raising a grandson that is in school, and within the next 5 years or less I will likely be raising another grandson.

Because I am not a member of this reservation it is very hard for me to get a good job. I did have a good job but because of the Government take over I and several othe employees were let go, and never offered or jobs back. Because of another turn over in the same department, I am uanble to get back in this posistion because of my age.

Because no one in my house hold no longer works for the Tribal Government, or the local Government we are being eviceted from our home we have lived in for over 20 years. Because we are not members of this Tribe we are also not eligible for any houseing here or any other program that is Tribal. We do not get any help from the local government here as the Tribe we are inrolled in is not regonised by the UNITED STATES GOVENMENT. This is not a big comunnity so houseing is in short supply and my family and I would have to move over a hundred miles to be able to live in a home for the size we need. My ancestors have lived in this area for over 150 years, and yet we are treated like outsiders.

My point in all this is, I have a family to take care, we do not know from one day to the next if we will have a roof over are heads. We worry every day how were going to feed every one as we do the best we can to provide shelter, food and clothing for the family. I can not believe that the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA spent over $170,000,000.00 on the Presidents Inauguration. There are millions of people in the US who are starving without homes, without medical care, living from day to day and this much money was wasted on something that should not have coast so much.

Anthony illah ugbedeojo   January 21st, 2009 8:13 am ET

i want obama to be aware of hypocrites and pragmatic in carrying out his duties as the president of the most powerful state in the world.

Godwin Inyang   January 21st, 2009 8:20 am ET

I am from Nigeria

I watched Obama's inuaguration with profound gratitute to God for this event which is a dream come true especially for the black Americans who suffered segregation and racial discrimination in the early life of the American history.

It is my hope that God will grant you Mr president the grace to shoulder the great tasks of rebuilding America and indeed, the global economic misfortune.

Youths in Nigeria are happy for you and wish you well.

I will like you to engange the mideast in a peaceful dialogue towards a lasting stability in that region.

Africa has great expectations from your presidency. In Africa, basic infracstructures are lackig, high level corruption and ineffective public institutions.


Mahimid   January 21st, 2009 9:27 am ET

Congrats President Barack Obama –

Larry thanks for the opportunity to air our views – do you know that
President Obama's name "Barack" means blessings in Swahili actually stemming from the word baraka in Arabic?? One thing Obama should do – is to keep remnding his wife Michelle to always be herself – she is wonderful woman – !!!
For Michelle, you are a complete fabulous woman stay who you are and don't listen to the critics who are already starting dissecting your clothes etc etc – you are amazing, intelligent, insightful and respectful woman -stay grounded!! And for the media who are trying to criticize this and that please enough of that – you should focus on the way forward – women support each other instead of criticising each other all the time – its redundant – let's move forward!!
Michelle Obama YOU ROCK!!

AZIKEN PATRICK   January 21st, 2009 10:12 am ET


Ingrid Martin   January 21st, 2009 10:43 am ET

I wrote a lengthy informed post last night and then a short post because i wanted to properly close it. Only the short post is posted here.

What happened to the real post? Why didn't it get posted?

Please delete my closing - it makes NO SENSE without my post.

patti   January 21st, 2009 10:46 am ET

I suggest President Obama
1. Get a filter on the tailpipe of "The Beast" so he doesn't add to the air pollution and find out what that industrial plant was that was pouring out smoke from its smokestacks when he passed on the train .
2. Set up a department for cleaning the planet, to educate people not to throw trash everywhere and to reduce vehicle and noise pollution.
3. Encourage Disney World, etc. to set up theme parks called "Flower World" all over the world for teaching children and adults to cultivate flowers and learn their spiritual meanings according to the book FLOWERS AND THEIR MESSAGES, published by Sri Aurobindo
Ashram, Pondicherry, India.

KEA   January 21st, 2009 11:54 am ET

First of all, Good Luck and Congratulations. I would like to see him make antibiotic (penicillin) lozenges for sale by pharmacists/or in drug stores without a prescription so as to reduce medical costs. If someone takes a few lozenges a day for about five days, it can stop an infection before it takes root and and could become serious and require medical attention, thus becoming a huge drain on the medical profession. These are available in other parts of the world. Perhaps if the US does this, Canada will follow suit. It would be wonderful to end wars, create peace in the Middle East, help fix the economy, clean up crime, enhance schooling and medical coverage, etc., etc., but it appears these are all in his plans, and I wish him and the US all the very best. You have a wonderful country.

arin ogungbemi   January 21st, 2009 12:04 pm ET

Congratulation Mr President and first lady , I will like you to be yourself and my family will like to met your family ! God help you . I stay in Chicago

etta weeks   January 21st, 2009 1:05 pm ET

Change justice system which sends too many young men to long prison terms. Set up educational centers, skill training instead of locking them up in cages. The U.S. spends too much on prisons without any benefit to the young criminal who ends up worst than when he went in. What about CCCc amps of the 30's? Those employed in prison supervison often are more criminal than their inmates.The U.S. prison system is broken and taxpayers are footing the bill.

Michael   January 21st, 2009 1:53 pm ET

I would like to see President Obama take on the challenge of revamping the federal reserve and the IRS. The federal reserve needs to be taken out of private bankers and private hands and be turned back over to the people and Government of the UNited States- If anyone wants to know where our current economic crisis stems from-it is becasue the Fed has from inception resided in wealthy individuals hands who have been sucking the lifes blood illegally our of taxpayers money the same way the IRS came into being-It is legal theft and no one has or deires to do anything about it.

Annette Ryskala   January 21st, 2009 3:45 pm ET

Wow with all these comments on this website I hope mine gets addressed before your term runs out. I am very glad to see that you made it,congratulations,wishing you and your lovely family all the best.

My hopes that I would like to see happen are:

1. To change the law in texas so that family members can be allowed to get paid to care for their parents. (Hopefully this can be addressed in the first 100 days)

2. To get healthcare for all the uninsured people.

3. To protect our borders,keep all the aliens out of Texas,we have enough here,help get rid of the ones we do have and if they do want to become citizens knowing how to speak english should be a requirement.

4. Help fix medicare protect all seniors and have something there for the ones who will be seniors soon (I'm 49).

Well Thank you cnn for having this website-Keep up the great job you guys are doing-I watched cnn all day long on 1-20-09. Anderson Cooper is my favorite,he's cute,you're cute too Larry but you're already taken.

Vicki   January 21st, 2009 3:45 pm ET

1. Universal health care that does not neglect mental health for all Americans.
2. Fund/develop efficient programs that systemically address the problems faced by our inner-city youth to create true equality of opportunity for all children.
3. Lift the limits on safe sex promotion and condom distribution placed on American international aid workers by the last administration.
4. Continue to inovate new ways to reach out to all Americans and bring them into the political arena – continue to grow their new found patriotism, interest in your agenda, and stress the importance of unity and community – even when they disagree with you.

Sharon Penland-Mace   January 21st, 2009 4:07 pm ET

Obama "to do" list:


I am a retired teacher who spent the last 25 years of her career teaching in alternative/adult education. Each year I watched amazed as our funding was cut again and again. Then anyone over 20 had to pay tuition to attend high school, which practically eliminated the adults from our program. I taught adult and high-school age drop-outs who could barely read, write, or do basic skills in math. I was able to teach these students so they could either handle high school level courses or pass the GED with good scores. Yet our funding kept getting cut.

The "No Child Left Behind" program is a joke. You need to send some reporters out to talk to teachers, especially those in the inner cities. This program is just another way the government can sneak in more cuts to education. Teachers are forced to "teach to the state competency tests" in order not to lose funding for their schools, so important creative teaching and arts programs fall by the wayside, and teachers are reduced to focus on "rote" teaching methods; otherwise, you could be the one responsibile for your district losing funding. Teachers who work in the Detroit inner city have told me they do not even have the needed texts, and the financial outlay for many important teaching aids are borne by the teachers themselves.

Teachers are often not paid enough to support their families and obstructive teachers' unions prevent gifted teachers from receiving bonus pay for outstanding achievements in their field. If there were higher pay scales in the teaching profession, it would attract more talented people who are not afraid of competition.

There are many teachers who are "called" to the mission of teaching, and they stick it out through low pay, difficult working environments, repressive administrations who do not respect the teachers they supervise in their districts, and who deal as best they can with unruly, defiant, recalcitrant students whose enculturation and socialization have bred in them a belief that violence is the best way to solve disagreements.

Some teachers, however, react to this depressing environment by just giving up; they simply put in their time, pass failing students who have special needs that are not being met, and become cynical and, yes, lazy–going through the motions. Most started out their careers with enthusiasm and optimism and energy. But they lose their inner fire and enthusiasm for their profession due to lack of respect for what they do (which is why they are underpaid). Many talented teachers are lost to the profession due to their mistreatment at the whims of some administrators who are out of touch with the teaching process, or are obtuse and abuse their power. Other teachers, who still care, must continually struggle to provide quality education despite severe and ongoing budgetary limitations that result in inadequate teacher compensation and the lack of educational tools teachers need and that are required in order to do their jobs effectively.

Why do state and national governments always start with the education and social security budgets when they need to curtail their spending. Where are our national priorities? The USA is falling behind other countries in science, math, and other academic areas. Our government seems to feel nourishing a child's creativity is not cost-effective, so arts and music programs are cut.

I know how bad this situation is because for 25 years I worked in the trenches with many of those whom our educational system failed. And now citizens are being told that if you are over 20, you don't deserve another chance to improve your skills so you can increase your employability, earning potential, and self-esteem.

EDUCATION must become one of the top priorities of this country or we will one day find ourselves, like Rome, in history books as the "fallen" country.


Tarajina   January 21st, 2009 4:21 pm ET

Congratulations! I am so proud to be American and be black!
My List for President Obama is as follows:

!1) Continue to erase racial lines and improve race relations in our country.
2) Help homeowners! We need help. It is so hard to watch the news daily and still hear no talk of helping us. STOP ALL FORECLOSURES NOW until the guidelines are set and papers reviewed. Too many elderly Americans are losing their homes. I know, I have already lost one.
3)Run the White House the same way you ran your campaign. Clean, precise and to the point. Honest and open. All qualities that will help American presence abroad.
4) Smile and take a deep breath. So far all of your decisions have been good. You are a very intelligent man and I am sure you will know what order everything should take place. So I respect that you have the knowledge and ability to do your job. I feel that you will know what to do next and make the right decisions.

It was said that If you can't get a prayer up to God, have good praying friends that can get one through for you.
I think that Obama has used this ideal to pick his closest advisors and cabinet. If he doesn't have the right idea, he has chosen someone to be beside him that will know the right idea.
Good luck and I hope it lasts 8 years!

CHERYL   January 21st, 2009 5:17 pm ET




Ingrid Martin   January 21st, 2009 5:39 pm ET

I am overwhelmed with joy, hope and gratitude having Barack Hussein Obama elected President of the United States.

And, in spite of all the valuable, although long overdue, inclusivity, I noticed a really important group of people were not included, especially in the inaugural speech regarding how we "came across the oceans" and "settled the west": the First Americans.

So, this is a perfect opportunity to add to President Obama's To Do List

According to William A. Means of the International Indian Treaty Council, as discussed on Flashpoint KPFA 94.1FM on 20 Jan 2009, 5:40-5:50pm:

1. Appoint an American Indian / Native American to a high level cabinet position.

2. Abolish the BIA.

3. When we talk about immigration from Europe, why not include the migration from the south. Address and acknowledge this migration over our southern borders and the contributions of these immigrants to our country. Create work permit system etc.

4. Create a Presidential Treaty Commission to understand and acknowledge the legal obligations of the US under the 371 treaties the US signed with native peoples.

5. Free Leonard Peltier

Peace and blessings to all.

(PS I tried to post this 1/20 PM and it never made it to the site, although then my emails about it did. Sigh.)

Gerald Noel   January 21st, 2009 6:19 pm ET

The idea to close GITMO is a real sign of peace. However, some of the prisoners could be the most ultimate danger to America. I hope you know how you will do it. I believe in your genuine mind, but a genius can always learn how stupid the geek is. It says that we are the products of our environment. Think about it what kind of monster GITMO have produced during the Bushes' administration. It is for the first time I feel to get involved as Mr president said "we as a people need to work for the best interest of America".

Adnan Mansoor   January 21st, 2009 6:27 pm ET

Before even entering the oval office you have achived more than any president can even dream of:

"You have for the first time in your country's history changed the White's House to White House, you have given this office a new meaning, a new hope to acomplish more, a chance never to return to White's house whether it is occupied by white, yellow or black.

Sunny   January 21st, 2009 6:33 pm ET

Make the Gitmo prisoners their own island. Only have a party that we ourselves pay for completely. Freeze/stop senate's pay and only give them what American's believe they deserve. Since Obama lives rent free he doesn't need any money and that money can go to schools and to pay down the deficit.

Patrick Harrison   January 21st, 2009 6:54 pm ET

Dear President Obama:

I hope you'll set up a children's government like the one my Dad proposed to Hubert Humphrey when he was running for President.
There would be a children's government just like our adult government who would then report what's most important to our kids, the future leaders of our nation and world.
Especially one that organizes what kids can do now about the Climactic Changes or Global Warming like the one my co-author wrote about in our Amazon #1 Best Seller (October 07, 2007): WHO SAYS KIDS CAN'T FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING. In our book we show how kids start their own Global Warming Club in their school and the how they go about getting solutions tested to find the best way to reduce harmful tailpipe emissions while helping their parents and schools save on their fuel needs.
I have put all my money while on Social Security Disability into producing this exciting book, that's how much I believe in our kids and their abilities to take the suggestions from adults (parents and school administers) and then add their own ideas to create solutions that even kids can participate in.
Lawnmowers are one of the worst polluters on our planet (along with other liquid fuel propelled yard tools). One lawnmower running for one hour pollutes worse than forty vehicles idling for fifteen minutes each. That's one of the solutions the kids in our book cane up with. We suggest kids in schools take the example in our book and duplicate it while coming up with their own solutions as well. We would love to have Sasha and Malia review our book, and will be happy to furnish one for them.
In closing, President Obama, I will never be able to thank you for running against all odds. When JFK was assassinated, I was the director of our Junior College Newspaper. It was the worst day in my life politically. Then when Robert and Doctor King were also assassinated, we all had a fear of getting involved in government roles.
You have now reinvigorated my desire to work the rest of my life devoted to making changes in our national image and daily activity to help the world join with us since we do live in a global society. When I hear us say God Bless America, I can't help but add, God Bless US All, extending that prayer for everyone in our world; for God is not only interested in our national citizens but those citizens of the world who have already chosen to believe in God, no matter what name they use to honor him.

edith   January 21st, 2009 7:15 pm ET

Dear Mr President Obama
first i want to truly congratulate you and i pray for you and your family. i think you are wonderful.

here is my to do list

1. very very very important – people with disabilities need personal assistant services at work and at home who are NOT Medicaid eligible. there are some of us with neuro handicaps who cannot work without the aide of another person to help with mobility (not everyone can use a device so must lean on someone's arm for mobility), help carrying things etc and yet we are very intelligent. also we cannot cook or do laundry or perform motor tasks and must depend on friends who also have a life and things to do. please do something about this fast!

2. other things get out of iraq, solve arab-israeli conflict
3. help poor and stimulus for jobs
4. repeal patriot act

Marie Payne   January 21st, 2009 8:35 pm ET

Leave the poor guy alone!!! He knows mwhat needs to be done!!! Give him a chance to do it in his own way!!

hugh ~ california   January 21st, 2009 8:58 pm ET

1. Get out of Iraq
2. Reduce taxes on the middle-class
3. Rebuild inner cities, freeways and bridges

John   January 21st, 2009 9:05 pm ET

1. Prosecute the Bush administration for war crimes
2. Prosecute the Bush administration for crimes against the constitution
3. Prosecute the Bush administration for treason

Cassandra   January 21st, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Tavis Smiley go sit down.......You use black people to make money, and always have......Yet you don't support Obama...Now how's that? Or is it just what they say.....You're acting like a crab in the barrell.

vivian Middleton   January 21st, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I think that the President should forge ahead with his vision. He doesn't need a list, he already has one. He needs his cabinet to get firmly behind him and help him to achieve this vision, which he has made clear to the American People, To Change the things we can to work towards a better unity of life

Sheree   January 21st, 2009 9:10 pm ET

The unsourced story that's being reported on MSNBC and CNN seems to be conflicted.
According to Keith Olberman, a Kennedy spokesperson said that Caroline Kennedy did not withdraw her name from consideration and that there is some confusion over this report.

Paul Harbin - Waco Texas   January 21st, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Mr. President,

I think you have many and far better architects than my ability, for this reason I will not off you any insight on your to-do list. However, when it comes to building something, in my experience, there is an old saying you should have at the top of this to-do list.

Measure twice, cut once.

It is a very sound practice.

Cindy - Vermont   January 21st, 2009 9:16 pm ET

A pay freeze for the government? What a novel concept (sic) ! It's about time. But, can we please let Bush go – he's history.

donna harper   January 21st, 2009 9:17 pm ET

he has quite enough on his list. he will decide which to do first. thats why i voted for him. he can do the job.

A,nrom webster   January 21st, 2009 9:18 pm ET


i would like for the president to be left alone if cnn feel the need to keep post then you guy;s should be ashame of your self you want a 100 days window so you can put stress on him and with all of the prays going out he's goint to make it with flying colors just u watch and see. and who bright i deal was it to metion where the kids go to school shame on you in all my years, 51 that is i have never known where the kids of the president sysbiling went to school over and over again ell i know it's HISTORY AND NEWS BUT LET'S STOP and be FAIR

John   January 21st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

When elected, Pelosi said she was going to drain the swamp. She didn't drain the swamp. Why hasn't she investigated all the crimes and wrongdoing of the Bushie's? You can't move forward until you right the wrongs of the past. She clearly is not up to the task. We have no credibility to promote American values when we have trampled on the very values we spout such as freedom and liberty. Torture, illegal wire tapping, treason, loss of habeas corpus are not values and practices we believe in.

Las Vegas   January 21st, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Throw some 20's on the Beast and party like a Rockstar. LOL Just joking, I'm sure that he will follow through with everything that he promised us as he seems sincere and a man of his word.

Hi Larry – we love your show!

Bonnie   January 21st, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Work on a plan to end the war in Iraq.
Tax Cut for the Working Person.
Health care for the ones with no Insurance.

llinda seaton   January 21st, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I spent enough time with Caroline Kennedy and her family to know that she is first and formost sincerely astute and genuinely concerned about her uncle Teddy to make her decision to step aside for now. Like such a woman, I would weigh the very same facts; ie: My uncle means the world to me and this may be a sign (from God) that I am to put my personal ambition off for now, and be available to my family. There will be opportunity in the next few years to prepare fully for this post, as Barack Obama has lifted me to my feet and inspired me to look within my very own self and rediscover what I can bring to service to this nation. The flame within me shall not die, but shall be ignighted with acuemen for good. Rest assured. I am a professional and I have contributed much, whether the media (or the general public) is aware of this or not; it is certainly truth.

Judith   January 21st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

To go into the future we need to put money back in schools,period!
Right now around the Country Schools are the ones taking cuts.

Put a high tax on imports and lower one on exports.States should not give Foreign Countries tax breaks for putting plants here in the USA.
We can make everything we once did.We can grow everything we once had.

I hope our President Obama vists the troops.

Put the banks with their credit cards in line.The bill 2010 is too far and should be done now

Susan   January 21st, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I think that you can not fix health care until you fix our food supply. I am opposed to the Agri-Sect appointment as this man has never been on a farm and supports chemically/genetically engineered food that is not labeled in this country and full of viruses and bacteria and is killing the bees. We need organic food, new honest labels, coconut oil instead of soy, the total removal of aspartatame, etc., food we can trust. Then the health care system will be on the mend, if we are on the mend. When I was growing up no one was over weight. Now everyone is. That is why we must change the food in a dramatic way. This man will not in my opinion put into effect what is needed to accomplish this.

Clarence, Albuquerque   January 21st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Learn from the lesson of today: If you don't get something right, or if your staff doesn't get something right the first time, give it a new and determined effort.

Barry   January 21st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Giving money to the auto companies, without cars being sold, is not going to do anything but prolong the inevitable. Providing the auto companies with money is not going to sell cars. By providing the taxpayer a new car tax incentive, hopefully, will sell cars and money will then trickle up. For example, provide a tax deduction on every new car sold. My thought is that you get a deduction divided by a designated number of years i.e. $10,000 a year until the cost is equaled.

Lisa   January 21st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Perhaps President Obama could teach Larry King that it is no longer acceptable to say, "A black has been elected President." It would be a lot less offensive, and a lot more respectful for Mr. King to say, "A black MAN has been elected President." By not asking Mr. King to cease his repetitive use of dehumanizing descriptive language on the air, CNN is contributing to the continuation of racism in the USA. It's never to late to teach an old dog new tricks!

Karin   January 21st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Of course the Supreme Court can't get anything right. Does the 2000 Presidential Election ring a bell! Pleased President Obama re-took the Oath of Office. Day 1 – he's off to a great start.

Las Vegas   January 21st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I'm embarressed but I really have never taken interest in the Presidency until now but does anyone know if the First Lady will still go to work and be a Lawyer or what is her job consists of?

Thank you

Clarence, Albuquerque   January 21st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Ya know, if the government is willing to give out Billions to someone who doesn't seem to be doing anything with, I would't be too concerned about Gaitner and the few thousand that he eventually paid.

Andi   January 21st, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I truly believe the only way to get the American people to plunge the stimulus money back into the economy is for of new president to administer the money in a form of a credit card and limit what it is used to purchase. This is something to think about.

Carl Ferguson   January 21st, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Please explain to you viewers that he paid HIS taxes. What he failed to pay was the match that his employer would normally pay but in his case he was required to pay.

Marilyn   January 21st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Have Bob Woodward on every week......he makes politics understandable!

Nam(South Korea,Busan)   January 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I think North Korea is one of “TO DO” list.

Delicate problem.

sandy   January 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I'd like to see President Obama – oh how I love to say that! – establish communication channels where our voices are actually heard. The regional Obama organizers in our area have careers & cannot possibly spend the requisite time listening to us.

Mark Palombo   January 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Mr. Woodward:

Please cut the god damn excuses regarding the confirmation of Mr. Geithner. He SIGNED a confirmation from the IMF regarding his reimbursement for taxes.

I have been filing taxes since 1970 and not an accountant and today earn over $1M dollars. Never have I been audited or been confused about my taxes.

You, Mr. Woodward are a fraud to defend Mr. Geithner, a FRAUD.

laurie mitchell   January 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Revise "Leave No Child Behind" and return public schools to more creative teaching and less test taking.

Julie   January 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Will CNN finally become somewhat impartial and state this:

Provide the original copy of proof of natural born citizenship.

Janine Silva   January 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Interview Damon Weaver

Priscilla   January 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Hire a personal wardrobe stylist for Michelle.

Steven   January 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

repeal don't ask don't tell now

Lynette Spaulding   January 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Increase Financial Aide for Non-traditional College Students to cover their living expenses off-campus.

Jon   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

1. Reregulate the financial sector.
2. Fix the economy
3. Legalize and tax marijuana to help offset the $1.3 trillion 2009 budget deficit.

Dana Griffith   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Ignore all negative requests.

Liz   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Put more emphasis on music in the public (and private) school system. Someone has to do it!

Karon   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Please put high speed mass transit in every state in the country.

Jana   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

1-Fix the economy
2-Try to fix the situation in Iraq & the Middle Easy
3- Equal Marriage Rights for Gay Couples

Basically, I hope he achieves what he has promised us to do ....

Clarence, Albuquerque   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Bow the lady can sing.

Valerie- West Palm Beach, FL   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Unite the country and make non believers realize that indeed we are one – the USA – and that you alone cannot do miracles. We must work together.

Marlon   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

1. Fix worldwide relationships

2. Stabilize economy

3. Improve education programs

Eva Moskovic   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I'm sorry, but not paying taxes for three years isn't a misake, it's tax evasion for which many of us would pay dearly. Calling it a mistake is pure hogwash.

Deborah   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Did we all forget about affordable health care?

Mike Wood Photography   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Restore and enhance America's reputation in the world.

Mike Wood
London, Ontario, Canada

cody   January 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

obama should worry about are garbage along the highways

Juan Carlos Moreno   January 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

1. Economy
2. End the 2 wars
3. Immigration Reform at least APPROVED the DREAM ACT
4. Health Insurance

Erica   January 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Make education more affordable for Ohio, I cannot afford to go anymore!! Also while holding government accountable for their actions why not hold careless spending Americans accountable for living over their means it ruins it for people that have not been given a chance to buy a home etc.

Deb   January 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Please stop off-shoring American jobs to other countries. This process has got to be stopped, where many large American-based companies, who are showing profit, are laying off employees, save money.

Jon Macke   January 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Make Augusta National a Public Coarse. I'd like a 10:00 tee time please.

Lori   January 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I appreciate you having this blog, however, please don't share on TV those comments about Obama's ears and length of hair. It just sounds rediculous!

As for my TO DO LIST...
Don't forget about those of us that didn't purchase homes that we couldn't afford. As you take time and spend money to bail those people out, please don't forget about those of us that are hoping to be first time home buyers soon!

Rod Legg   January 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I would put the following on Obama's to do list:

1-Continue doing what you are doing as you are President because you know what needs to be done and I will do my part by helping you in my community.

emilio saldana   January 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

1. make colleges and universities more affordable
2. raise the minimum wage
3. make new jobs

Daniel   January 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Be determined to follow through on promises. America has been lied too enough, say what you will but do what you say.

Christine Williamson   January 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Canada loves the Obama family!!! I think that it's great that President Obama is making a trip to Canada in a short while and I hope that he makes a stop in Winnipeg!!

The #1 thing that he can do is keep following his heart and his gut instinct and I think that Americans are very lucky to call him their leader!

Barack rocks!!!

Cora   January 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I absolutely love Aretha's outfit and her voice is still strong, it brought tears to my eyes.

Corinnea   January 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Divide the bail out money between the tax payers so they can pay off their debts and therefore the banks will have their money and not need a bailout.

john george   January 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

go after bush and chenny for crimes committed againt the public and war chrimes.

Zed   January 21st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Shame on you for putting such petty and insulting posts on the air... have the President grow his hair to cover over his ears?

Don't you have a producer to weed out such nonsense? If you do, he/she is not doing their job.

Show the man some respect! He is no longer a candidate, but our President!

Shame on you, Larry!

Gladys G. Smith   January 21st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Please suggest to President Obama that he not use the wimply Bush wave where he outstretches his arm and vibrates his fingers. I have only seen President Obama do this once.

RayJay1947   January 21st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Mister Obama

top top priority

Tell the teenage and the adult to live the reality








Anna Murillo   January 21st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Please hire Dick Chenny to keep our nation safe!!!

Jamie   January 21st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Encourage Congress and Senate to lauch full investigation of the Bush Cheney administration

Dennis   January 21st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I think an important thingt to add to The To Do List would be to STOP giving social security checks to illegals who don't even put anything into it, when people who pay into it all their lives are getting cutbacks.
Thank you!

Marlon   January 21st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

1. Stabilize economy

2. Fix worldwide relationships

3. Improve education programs

Mary Tennyson   January 21st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I think his first priority has to be the economy... otherwise nothing else will matter. This has been a very long struggle for us "middle agers" (50+). My husband lost his job 2 years ago and can't find work because of his age.
Second priority should be to clean up politics. We are desperately in need of people that are in Washington to look after the needs of the people that elected them and not after themselves.
One last thing, in a perfect world, would be to find a way to take care of those of us stuck "in the trenches" of everyday life in this country. Seems like it's every man for himself lately and it's feeling like no one is even looking for us, let alone trying to get us OUT of the trenches!
Sorry this is so long, but thanks for the chance to air my feelings!
God Bless America and Please help our President get us back on track.

Philip Baczewski   January 21st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I would like to see all the manufacturing jobs that went abroad returned to this country, ASAP! Give them a tax incentive to return.

E. Joyce Moore   January 21st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Send a memo to the media, pundits, etc. to encourage tolerance, patience and responsibility in their journalism as one of the conduits of information to the American people.

Dianne   January 21st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Because I am retired and so is my husband, I would like to see our health care addressed. Also, a stimulas check to all would be appreciated. Larger than the last one. We wish him and his staff all the best and they are in our prayers every night. Thank you

g keller   January 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Why can't they give every current paid up taxpayer about 20,0000.00 and let them pay down on their mortages and reduce their credit card debit. Start at the grassroots with the bail out. Quit putting the money in at the top where it does not work. Example where is the first 1/2 of the bail out money?

laura   January 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

1.restore hope in america (done!)2.fix the economy our image to the world.

coogan   January 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I would make a proclamation that America stops talking about race. It was behind us, but in the past two days almost everything I have heard has to do with "blacks"

Aref A., MD   January 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Removing the extensive questioning and personal biometrics data collection including fingerprinting and photographing of some foreign-born Canadian Citizens, when crossing the USA/Canadian borders, which was introduced by previous administration.

mary harvey   January 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

The safety of us all on the mall on January 20, was due to the spirit of love, respect, joy, and more that President Obama has created. Tthe goal for us all must be to work to keep this sense of respect, love, and more going; this saved the exit from the mall from a potential disaster and will, in the end save us all. Government can not, as yesterday showed, save us from a disaster. We, the people, must do our part, as we did yesterday. May this spirit continue. I will work hard for that. And this, from a committed (WASP)hardworking government worker.

Carole   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Would like to see the Fair Tax implemented. We need a consumer tax instead of the IRS system we have that penalize your earnings.

I'd like to know if the taxpayer can use Geitner as a "precedent" when taxes are not paid. Also when illegals are hired.

What hypocrites!

Cheryl   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Hi Larry! I love your show!

As for the comment made about President Obama resigning: I think he's too smart to do something so foolish. It's only logical that he was voted president – It just made sense!

To the person that made the rude comment about his ears ~

Cheryl, NJ

sage from maryland   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I completely support the TARP, but! The President must insist that every single bank that needs TARP funds have their books reviewed by the Treasury and FDIC, freeze all salaries of employees who make more than $200,000 per year and cut the compensation packages of all members of bank executives by 20%. Insist that each bank engage in cost cutting, particularly on unessential items and activities, and most importantly insist that banks conduct themselves as banks. That means lending money to credit worthy businesses and individuals. If they refuse to conduct the bank's business, then by Golly! Shut them down!

By the way, engaging in the TARP should not be voluntary. It should be determined by regulators whether a bank needs to engage in the TARP or not. If the bank needs to engage, then the bank must follow the rules. Otherwise, again, shut them down!.

Geppetto   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

America wonders what happened to the first $350B flushed into the bailout. We have no accountability. Why are we entrusting a man to oversee the remainder of this questionable bailout process when he cannot even follow the directions in IRS Publication 305 which forbids the deductions he claimed for his children's care at summer camp? Are the priviileged exempt from bailing out the country?

J.R. Smith   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

First thing: prepare himself physically, emotionally, and spiritually for the challenges ahead and make a commitment to take good care of himself and his family so that he will remain strong and effective.

Second thing: make a commitment to revive, nurture, and grow the middle class and prevent our country from becoming the two-class system to which we are rapidly headed.

Eric   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The thing he should do most is create millions of jobs, save money on prisons, put violent drug dealers out of business, and create much more tax revenue through the legalization, taxation, and regulation of drugs. The new industry would give honest, taxpaying jobs to honest, taxpaying individuals while removing them from the gangs and amoral individuals who work them now. Emptying the prisons of nonviolent drug offenders will save millions on prison costs. Furthermore, proper legalization and regulation of drugs can keep them out of the hands of children and teens much better than the blanket prohibition currently in place.

Alex Hamilton   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Green America.
Increase government reimbursement or intensives for green power alternatives such as "solarizing" residential or commercial buildings to become self sufficient and less dependent "dirty" power.

ted in pdx   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

1. require the big-3 and UAW to reduce their salaries and take stock instead; require a specific plan to produce hydrogen and electric compact cars; require dollar for dollar matching funds from the private sector to validate their recovery plan.

2. Make a major commitment to the construction of 10-20 nuclear power plants, many of them in the SW of the United States, and use their power to fund the production of low-cost hydrogen fuel in support of hydrogen based cars to be produced by the US auto industry.

3. Create an enterprise zone along the US & Mexican border where US capital could be used to create factories which tap into lower cost labor pools in Mexico; provide a state of the art mass transit system so Mexican workers can commute to day jobs in the US and work cooperatively with US workers to produce a more competitive manufacturing capability.

4. Focus the index of our success at economic recovery on our balance of trade, and set a firm goal of achieving a consistent positive balance of trade within two years.

Michael   January 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The President should seriously consider legislation on his 'To Do' list against these boys and girls walking around with their pants falling off. It is the most disgusting style of the century and it is just not a proper style of dressing.

Amy   January 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

To have access to free education opportunities for all the people who have lost their jobs due to the inclement economy so they can have a better chance to find better opportunities in this difficult job market or to have the chance to branch out to a different career.

Julia Young   January 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

My to do list for President Obama is short:
Fix housing-stop foreclosures and you will help restore economic confidence. Mandatory modification either through bankruptcy courts or government sponsored mortgage bank is imperative.

llinda seaton   January 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

To hold a pole judging the taste of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin's hat, clearly after she stated, herself, that she loves it, is in extremely poor taste, Larry. Shame on you. Please think of more relevant topics than that. This should embarrass us all.

Sharon Hess   January 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Products made in USA in our stores. This would put our people back to work.

Ken Kollodge   January 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Since the Federal Reserve Banking System has nothing to do with our government, and since the Federal Reserve System is basically the main problem causing our economic woes, and since Tim Geitner is extremely well-informed about the Federal Reserve Banking system, please use his expertise to eliminate the Federal Reserve banking system in order to be consistent with our constitutional mandate that congress shall coin money and regulate the value thereof.

Dominic,Toledo Oh   January 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I am looking forward to the changes the new President will bring to the country. I just hope the people of this country are willing to accept the changes the President puts fourth.

gemma   January 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

The President first priority should be to get a hold on the economy, so that we don't fall into a deep depression.
Second should be to restore our interlational relations, and bring dignity back into our government.
Third. The environment. We are in a environmental crisis. Let's start our journey towards clean technology. xoxo

Rose   January 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I think the President should open up all the miltary bases they closed down a long time ago and ofer our young men and woman a chance to work and train in the miltary, With good pay and a bonus'es and medical, I think this would get a lot of good kids off of the streets and drugs along with giving them a chance to make something out of themselfs with special training. I feel we don't have the miltary we need in these times.

Rod Legg   January 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

America we need to now stop focusing on the presidents race and realize that this man is beyond race as he should be judged for his knowledge, ability and examples from this day on.
I celebrate this President for his accomplishments and his ability to unite this world, to correct our past wrong doings and to push this country and other countries towards the path of peace and prosperity.

Yana   January 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I wish our new President would make it so that all of our WWII Vets that are left would get 100% Service Connected. My Dad's monthly check at age 90 is a piss pore excuse for what these men gace to their country and the time they have left on this planet.

Dissolve the IRS or Lower Taxes and raise minimum wage accordingly to todays market.

Healthcare for all Americans and better care for elderly and Disabled persons.

I also think Obama being Prsident is a good thing. It shows American has grown uop enough to put aside prejudices. About time!

We are one and when we all return to the source there will be no color or seperation by religious affiliation.

william Kash   January 21st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

He has his to do list. He has put togather what he feels is a dream team politics. He started by addressing Foreign policy because it might be a few before he get to fully address it. Don't be scared
Checks and Balance's
for the next four years

JP, Montauk, NY   January 21st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Put March 13th on your calendar and come play basketball with our 8th grade against the faculty for our annual fundraiser at the Montauk School. Don't tell anyone, though, we like to keep our "ringers" a surprise! PS: Good Luck for a successful 8 years!

mgana   January 21st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

1. Deal with the economy
a. Save the auto industry
b. Drive accountability
c. Promote green
2. Address the middle east
3. Buy a dog as he promised – buy a miniature schnauzer (the only dog that does not shed and is hyper allergenic, portable, cute and loyal)

Joe   January 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

1. The economy.

2. Withdrawl our troops out of both Iraq and Afganistan.

3. Lay a harsh hand on illeglal immingrants. What would our economy and the unemployment rate reflect if all of the jobs they are working would instead be performed by Americans?

Susan from St. Augustine   January 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET


ME   January 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET


You look hot in your sexy jeans!!!!! : )

Judy Stell   January 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

encourage congress to stop giving themselves pay raises if they are serious about cutting spending and helping the deficet

Jan   January 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

President Obama's "To-Do" list:
1. Fix the economy, it's really quite American only, from your vehicles to your children's toys.
2. Help the uninsured...I know people who have been told by their bosses, that if the boss has to take out insurance on the employees, they will cut the employee's hours to part-time. Put a clause in the insurance if an employee was full-time before a certain date, then they are to remain full-time.

Mary Ellen Reese   January 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

President Obama should ask Congress for the line item veto. He should ask for it on TV and ask all of us to help him get it. We should all contact our elected officials to demand their support. The line item veto will help the pork problem immensely, which is why President Obamam will need our help.

flora hines   January 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I think the first thing the president should do is to repell nafta, that would stimulate our economy overnight.

Becky   January 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

pardon the border guards, please undo the wrong that has been done to these men....bush commuted...but they need a pardon.....

adriana   January 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

legalize "illegal" immigrants....

s.chatterton   January 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Stop forced vaccinations, stop big pharma, fdc, and cdc from taking laws into their own hands. stop genetic modifications of our foods. include naturopathic health into insurance policies. stop taking the rights of the citizens away.

M. Moore   January 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

1st – do what should have been done on Sept. 12, 2001 – LOCK DOWN OUR BORDERS!!! NO BODY gets in that SHOULD NOT be here!!! That's step one of "Homeland Security". Why is the "National Guard" fighting overseas when they should be here doing what their name implies – GUARDING THE NATION!!!
2nd – move swiftly to create jobs. More jobs means more people who can afford their mortgages. The more people who can afford their mortgages, the fewer foreclosures we'll have. The fewer foreclosures we'll have... you get the picture, end result – no more reccession!
3rd – if Congress is going to move forward with any sort of investigation against former President Bush and former VP Chenney for "Crimes against the United States Constitution", please see that it gets done in a timely manner; so that it does not turn into another Washington debacle that serves to further erode the public's faith in their Government.
Thank you, good luck sir and God Bless you and the United States of America!!!

Aveen   January 21st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

1- Work on the economy crises
2- Try to help Iraq in a better way than Bush's
3- A law that prevent people from using a ny tipe of gun without a licence
4- Less paper work in America.. please!

Sue in NY   January 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Pres Obama's To Do List:
While fixing the economy , which will take time, perhaps he can correct all the harm Bush's pro life stance did to a woman's right to choose. Then he can also overturn Bush's policy on stem cell research so science can effectively serve the greater good. Perhaps he can also extend benefits for the unemployed and have it encompass those who work part time. It is also about time a law was passed to demand work places pay women equal to a male counterpart, and make that pay retroactive (one can dream). Thats enough for his first week, don't you think??

Gman   January 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

1. Get America working again
2. send stimulus to the working class
3. Get out of Iraq

Keith, Springfield MO   January 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Read the Tenth Amendment, and apply it to the federal government.

Bobelsen   January 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Accountability, Accountability. We need to know where our money has gone. There ( and continues to be) too much greed on the part of the banks. Multimillion salaries for the CEO's is crap while the real work is being further down the food chain. Quit rewarding non performance by CEO's/

Please give us a flat tax, so that everyone and corporations pay the same amount. Large corporations have gotten too many tax breaks. Everyone (and corporations) must pay their fair and even share.

Do not forget about our Military. They are the greatest.

Get us out of Iraq. Tell the Iranians that we will not tolerate their interference in the affairs of Iraq.

Greg   January 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

1 – Legalize it
2 – Regulate it
3 – Tax it

B.W.   January 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

From Canada

The right man at the right time, going to do the right thing for the U.S. and the world. Thank you Lord for bringing us Obama

Cody Hanna   January 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

1. Fix the Economy
2. End the war in Iraq responsibly, supply more troops to afganistan
3. Fix our Health Care System
4 Repair our relations with the World

Max   January 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

The Commander-In-Chief should make history again by having a baby in the White House, give Americans a baby boy to cap it all

Tracee   January 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

In effort to change many of the world views, make a way for young Americans to work in other countries who are NOT students. We want to help you bring a change to not only our country, but the view of our country. I loved working abroad as a culture exchange diplomat.

I would love to travel the globe, able to work 6 months+ on a working exchange visa, bringing the voice of America to countries that only see us as loud, brash, outspoken & a bit rough around the edges.

So, to sum up a one line todo:
Implement culture exchange programs for working class individuals, not just students.

Oscar Merida   January 21st, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Hello Mr. King, First i would like to take a quick moment to salute you and that i admire you as a great journalist of this era.

TOP list for Obama are:


I have a masters degree but i cannot fulfil my dream, i was brought by my parents when i was 2 years old, i grew up to be a professinal. Unfortunaly many citizens think that everyone who is here illegaly has the same views towards America, thats not the case. I feel more American than Mexican. We have top priorities on Obamas desk but i hope he helps us come out of the shadows. We love America. The passage of Dream Act. will help undocumented students fulfil their dream and help America back on its feet.

I have a Masters Degree in Journalism from a Top University in Texas.

Blondy Peter   January 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

The first thing you should work on Mr. President is immigration reform, it's time for Exchange Students here in the US to stop paying outrageous tuition, four times higher than a regular student.
No one ever mention anything about this issues. Is it because they think we don't know that much english to protest about or do they think we are dumb?
Please Mr. President you should do something abou that.

Debra M.   January 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Please restore our constitutional rights by abolishing the "Patriot Act".

Diane Fudge   January 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

The economy via stimulus package that address the housing industry, bank assets, and lending/credit issues.

theressa   January 21st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Congrats Obama family and best wishes! What I would like to see from President Obama is.
1.For him to make the record straight he is NOT black he is Bi-racial and as a Bi-racial women I would never dishonor my mother by only recognizing one half that really never played a part in my life! If someone ask me if I am black I say no I am Bi-racial and proud of it!

2.Get our troops out of Iraq.

3. Please help fix our economy.American people need the help!

Dan Pohlman   January 21st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I would put retired federal employees in a room with an actuary to come up with solutions for each federal agency. These are the people who have inside knowledge of what works and what does not work. What is fair and what is not lfair.
Example–SOCIAL SECURITY leave the politicians out of the original proposed changes.
Need to tie the full retirement age to the live expectancy tables.
Need to do away with early retirement
Need to do away with the small Lump Sum Death benefits that costs more to administrate than the benefit itself.
Need to expedite payments of the LONG Term disability payments.
No filing for the first 6 months, than after filing if a decision has not
been made–payments would start until a decision is made.
Need to make SS benefits universal
Need to make Medicare effective with the month of first entitlement for Disableed people.
Making Government Work is Very Important in Gaining the Trust of People of ALL Ages.

judy   January 21st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Save the "arts" in public schools from breathing it's last breath in Miami.
Beyond thanks!

Kay King   January 21st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Have to support our President Obama; although I did not vote for him. I hope the best for him and he has a lot on his shoulders right now and I do not envy him. As far as his first agenda, it should be economics and cease the war.

And, please do not keep slamming President Bush. He was a most wonderful President and made our Country safe. He had a mess to clean up from the Clinton administration and he did the best he could do. As far as a criminal invistigation; oh, please, get real. There is nothing u can dig up on him, just like Billy Graham.

I hope President Bush and Laura will have a precious life together for many years and normalcy in their life now. They got my vote!

larry rowland   January 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

i think it would be a sin& a shame if obama doesn't investigate & prosicute george w. bush & his administration,for his many crimes, he can do this without delaying his programs to create new jobs ,fix the economy, &end the wars,

Marietta   January 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Clean up some of the TV shows and the commericals. There's too much sex & violence shown even on the Disney Channe! It's getting harder to shield my 8-year old son from some of those unexpected commercials.

Take time to slow down long enough for you and Michelle to have a son; you have to carry on your name and good genes otherwise consider being cloned!!!

llinda seaton   January 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Mr. Prez is already doing a steller job. Now I pray that he will asign me to a task team to investigate the prescription drug industry and its malis toward 'health', as I (and most Americans) know it. This greedy industry must be put in its place and out of our constant viewing via television, magazine and other forms of commercial media. It serves us poorly. Health and wealth are drug free. We should learn this. I would like to head this campaign. The barrage of brainwashing must end if we are to reduce spending and increase true health in America.

Councilwoman Elsa Figueroa App   January 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I would make The Montessori Method part of th educational programs in our public schools.
Not all children learn the same way. Especially the little ones. Our children (especially STILL, MINORITIES) are not excelling as they should be.

Maybe some of the bail out money can be used to start training teachers and new teachers in the Montessori method??

Major Herbert Metoyer, retired   January 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

1. Regulate credit card companies. Outlaw excessive interest rates and eliminate contract traps.

2. just in case the Mayan's are right and as a precaution, prepare country for a December 21, 2012 disaster.

3. Do not overwork yourself and stay true to your calling.

Adu Ayensu   January 21st, 2009 10:03 pm ET

1, Take control of the economy

2, End the war and strengthen foreign relations

3, Implement your healthcare plan

4, Improve Education

Florida Resident   January 21st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

1. Immigration (Close the borders NOW)
2. Affordable Healthcare for all
3. Heavily TAX imports

jami   January 21st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Correct police burtality and racial profiling.
Change the legislation for non violent past offenders who discharge parole and dont reoffend within two years by allowing records to be sealed allowing them to more easily gain employement.

Linda Romero   January 21st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I'm so glad you are finally our President. These are my top four:
1. Remove the penalty and reduce the tax percentage when withdrawing funds from 401K's and IRA's. With so many of us out of work and needing money to pay our bills and especially our mortgages, this would be a more viable option.
2. Listen to Nancy Pelosi and increase taxes to those who make $250,000 or more. Even with increased taxes, I'm sure they will still be able to afford to send their children to college.
3. Provide affordable education to everyone. Most of us don't have daddies (e.g. GW Bush) to buy our acceptance into college and pay our tuition.
4. PLEASE remove the need to pay taxes on unemployment insurance benefits.

gisela french   January 21st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

my wish for President Obama's to-do list:
1) Economy...remind the American people to show pride in their country and products: Buy American!
2) start to disburse the Stimulus Package with a look at our schools: spend money on new schools and to maintain old schools; hire enough teachers-not only for math and science, but also for music, arts and sports(other than football)- provide affordable latch-key programs before and after school for every student, so parents can be working if they need to.
3) take better care of our troops; especially those returning with injuries and problems from the war zones and are often discharged with little consideration for their future.

Dr. Robert Mc Neil   January 21st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I think the president is doing what is right as far as putting the spot light on the subject matter of "money" who has been making the most, and how they were making it, and restricting them from continuing to do so in this manner. Calling them out in the public eye is key also, so many of us had no idea of what was going on.
I think he will make a profound difference in the Middle East, and the rest of this World. I would suggest that we discuss. We need to withdraw our troops from Iraq, Afganistan and have the protect our boarder from the mexican and canadian boarder. Our military should protect us more than the other nations.

Rose   January 21st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Put Americans back to work with American made products and ban or highly tax any company bringing other goods into our country. Our small towns do not have any jobs for our young people.

Rick Compton   January 21st, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Expose GW Bush's secret project, "The North American Union", the merger of Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. The borders will go away and our sovereignty will demised, The merger will be complete as of 01/01/2010. Stop it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judith Fletcher   January 21st, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Dear Mr. President,
Please eliminate the current tax code and replace it with a flat 15-18% flat tax which everyone could easily understand,calculate and more willingly pay, while havIng a better sense of being in control of our financial affairs rather than confused victims of the Code.

J. Martin   January 21st, 2009 10:08 pm ET

1. Universal, free health care. It's possible and it works. Health is not a business to be left to the greed of private companies. 47 million uninsured people is a third world figure and it's shameful. Even if you have good insurance, you better pray you don't get seriously ill, as you'll most likely go bankrupt.
2. Get off oil, develop all-electric cars and clean sources of energy. Force the astonishingly incompetent US car-makers to act now.
3. Get out of Iraq. Close Guantanamo. Restore legal and personal rights. Stop invading other people's countries.
4. Reduce the military budget, increase the education budget. US students scores fall far below those of many other countries. An amazing number of young teens can barely speak or write coherently.
5. Make global warming a priority.

cheryl edwards   January 21st, 2009 10:11 pm ET

This is to the gentlemen who on the Larry King blog titled “what would you tell President Obama”, said “resign”.. thank you for showing how ignorant some people are..We have endured a president who with the aid of a map could not find his way out of a paper bag. Yet you sir and the intelligent people like you who supported Bush for 8 years. I’m sure all those who lost jobs and homes thank you too. To the lady that when asked the same question said: I think he should let his hair grow so his ears will not appear to be as large. Thank you for showing that there is still stupidity running rampant through this country. With all the SERIOUS and URGENT problems that face this nation you’re worried about his ears? Tell that to the family that has lost sons, daughters, fathers and mothers in this sensless war and see if there more worried about their loved ones or President Obama’s ears. To the President: Thank you sir, because : Yes we can, Yes we did, Yes we are and Yes we will. REMEMBER:

Rosa sat so Martin could walk,
Martin walked so Obama could run,
Obama ran so our children can fly!!!!

Susan   January 21st, 2009 10:11 pm ET

For President Obama to ask the Senate to investigate/indite former President Bush and Vice-President Cheney for their misuse of Power:
1) torture issues and Guantanamo Bay
2) Iraq: using their positions of power for personal gain; getting wealthier and going into Iraq for personal gain financially as oil men using Blackwater mercenaries to protect their personal oil investments with Halliburton in Iraq;
3) for listening to our conversations and profiling Arab-Americans

They should begin impeach investigations for both men as soon as possible for the many unnecessary deaths they caused over and above that of their evil leader Saddam Hussein. Why did they make up the need to enter that country...was it really for personal interests and financial gains. The Senate should look at how wealthier their oil portfolios are as a result of their political positions.

Why did they stop going after Osama bin Laden? Was it because of the Bushes personal connections with the King Saud Family for again oil interests? After Bush captured S. Hussein he had a perfect reason to get out of Iraq and bring our troops home...that reason was Hurricane Katrina and if he had done that and assigned them to rebuild New Orleans then that region would have been restored.

lynne   January 21st, 2009 10:12 pm ET

I just wanted to say that I'm a bookkeeper for many years and I feel that the gentleman that they are trying to appoint to the treasury department should not be selected for the following reason.
That man knew exactly what he was doing when he choose not to pay
his taxes. He knew he didn't pay the taxes that were due to the goverment. By federal law his accountant had to tell him exactly what
he owes and he chose not to pay the taxes. It was not an overlook on
his part and if he wasn't up for the position that he is going for now those taxes would have never been paid. Because of the time lapse on the goverment catching up with him. He's a lier and he should bow out peacefuly. If us small town people that live on income under 100 thousand a year can pay taxes due so can he this is just another double standard on part of our new president.. I hope that the senate pass on his approval. I'm sure that there is another person that paid there taxes in full that is capable of doing the job right.

Betty   January 21st, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Why should it take until mid-2010 for a cap to be put on interest rates. I, as a taxpayer for the past 30 years have loaned money via taxes to large corporate groups and banks and they are able to borrow beyond that at 0.5% interest. However, none have lowered their rates...they are using my money and monies they've borrowed at an unbelievably low rate and charging me 21.9% on MY MONEY!
If we can bail out these companies in a matter of days, why can't the middle class...those paying for the entire bailout...receive relieft in a few days? Let's get real Congress...either return our money or stop the madness and greed of the banks and creditors before the entire economy collapses.

brenda   January 21st, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Put a federal cap on fees imposed on the consumer by the finance and banking instutaions. it s about time the goverment set a cap on these fees. they are stealing and enslaving the american people, buy charging outragous fees on Credit cards, overdraft charges, late fees, ect...This would help american familes at the moment. I do understand the reason for these fees and belive they are necessary.
however to give these companies the right to steal us blind is outragous! Once you are under their thumb there is now way out, espically when you live pay check to pay check. as a lot of americans do. And they want a bail out!! Where is the justice??

Judy Gold   January 21st, 2009 10:14 pm ET

My husband and I are thrilled that we have a new president. We watched all day everything not getting away from the TV. I cried all day with happy tears for President Obama and Michele and their two girls. I hope in the coming years President Obama will restore this country back to prosperity and make us a super power that we once were. Peace be with you and your family President Obama.

BAY   January 21st, 2009 10:15 pm ET

i would like to see the president put a cap on housing, housing cost too much money and people don't have money for high rent and morgages, we are under paid and over charged for everything, how can we live like that. tax on this ,tax on that it is driving people crazy. but the big shots are getting they need and don't need.. it is sad, the more we work the less we have.

DEB COWard   January 21st, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Please try and find some one else to do the job for the Treasury
the man you have chosen is either a thief or an idiot or both
This is not a good start.

Vince   January 21st, 2009 10:23 pm ET

1. To help stimulate the economy, bring back all of the out sourced jobs
2. SBA needs more money to fund small businesses.

REESE CARTER   January 21st, 2009 10:25 pm ET

LARRY,...... I'm tired of all of the criticizim of the new president. We elected him so we need to be patient.....and even though we have alot of faith in Obama he is still human so we need to pray for our president, our country, and do our part as citizens as well.

Sheila from Baton Rouge La.   January 21st, 2009 10:26 pm ET

I have an issue that may seem smail to some but it is an issue for me. There are people that have a problem with the fact that our President is of African American decent, and would rather have had anybody else in office but like it or not he is our President. I said that to say this, when speaking of him I would like to hear the respect of his position being honored. He is "President Barack Obama" not just Barack Obama as if he is just another kid on the block. I heard a statement made before which says, "give honor where honor is due." Trust me by no means am i saying that it's just the media, I hear it in interviews with celebrities, commentators, journalist, etc. I think we should show our children how to respect leadership. Individuals that holds these positions such as: Senators, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Speaker of the House etc, are being address according to their positions, still people are addressing former President George Bush as President Bush. Some may say this is petty but it can't be any more than having a problem with the President not wearing a suit coat in the oval office. I just want us as Americans to really show respect and honor to our President.

Wilma Sirles   January 21st, 2009 10:26 pm ET

HELP SMALL BUSINESS! So many of them are either going under or on the verge of going under. My son and daughter-in-law, who have what has been a small and very successful insurance business, have had to cash in life insurance and 401K, but they're still not making it. They're customers, who are also small businesses, can't pay their bills and many are going out of business. This means that their employees are loosing their jobs, also. My son and daughter-in-law have had to lay off their employees. They are also struggling to hold on to their mortgaged home and office condominium. I am planning to go their from my home in CT to help them in their office. I am 68 years old and have been retired for 5 years. However, they can't afford to pay hired help. Where do they, and others like them, turn for help?

Yvonne Jones   January 21st, 2009 10:27 pm ET

I would like to see President Obama help restore New Orleans back to the city it once was if not better. To rebuild the homes that were lost to all those families that lived there and getting them out of those government issued FEMA trailers. To bring back all of those individuals that would like to return to New Orleans that had to leave because of the Katrina disaster. To help out with a financial assistance program to those businesses that were lost and would like to rebuild them.

Councilwoman Elsa Figueroa App   January 21st, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Come to the City of Newburgh, to all the small cites that are suffering with poverty, crime, educational failure, homelessness, aids, alcoholism, drug abuse, prostitution and political corruption.

Give us hand up (not a hand out) by providing new industry, new educational programs, more cops on foot on the beat, getting to intimately know their neighborhoods (like the good old days when cops knew kids by their names and kids knew their friendly neighborhood cop).

Newburgh is caught in The Twilight Zone of a city lost in all of the above. Who will come and rescure them? I tried as best I could. Now I am leaving for Florida. Sick of the corruption and the selfishness of those who coyly throw the rock and hide the hand.

I feel so bad for those I am leaving behind. Please help them. Thank you.
PS I was asked to run for County Legislator but just thinking of all the negative campaigning and dirty hijinks makes me ill...I just dont have the stomach for it...This is too bad because I was one of the few honest and caring politicians.

Dianne   January 21st, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Economic Reform–stop the bailouts that aren't being returned to the people.

Affordable Health care for all.

Affordable education and another way of paying student loans back such as community service.

End the war in Iraq.

Eric Harding   January 21st, 2009 10:46 pm ET

I put 5 things on his to do list.

1st I'd use my executive power to temporarily amend the constitution in order to allow patent infringement specifically for the exploration of alternative propulsion systems such as but not exclusive to the advanced battery technologies the oil companies currently posses. the rights too. I’d argue that not only is America in a state of crisis but so is the world and that no individual American or American corporate entity outweighs this urgency.

2nd I’d Invest heavily into the technology used for the Magnetic hybrid motorbike unveiled in Japan (see youtube for an example) & would push to ensure that we see not only motor bikes but cars hitting our roads by 2010.

3rd I would pass a 0 emissions Mandate for all 2010 non commercial vehicles & urge the auto makers to build replacement motors for existing vehicles based on magnetic /electric technology so that all Americans can afford to get off dyno juice. If they say they can’t make it pleas give me a call. Even I without an engineering degree have already blueprinted such an engine and am certain I can build one. Just finance me with a small staff of engineers, some cutting tools, materials & whatever battery’s I need and ill build you all the most perfect magnetic/electric replacement engine you could ever Imagine for practically for free.

5th I’d pass into law in 2012 a mandate that all private owners of registered combustion powered passenger cars either convert to 0 emissions motors or face a $30 a day fine for operating such vehicles.

“There” that should do it. You’re all on an express path to green power, creating jobs, putting America at the top of the food chain for desirable goods & saving the planet. You guys figure out the rest.

Patricia   January 21st, 2009 10:47 pm ET

Two areas for the new administration to look at: credit card companies being allowed to raise interest rates and cut credit limits when most American's can least afford it, and the decline of the financial stability of the middle class.

Restoring the spending power of the middle class is essential to "fixing" the economy. The pundits and politicians keep repeating that the mortgage crisis caused the current slump in the economy but they're missing another layer of the problem. Stop accepting that that's the root of the problem and examine OTHER factors!

They need to look at the effect of the lost buying power of the majority of Americans. If we don't have it, we don't spend it. If we don't spend it, businesses can't thrive and jobs are lost. The result is more lost buying power. If we don't have the financial confidence to take out a mortgage,it doesn't matter how low interest rates are and how many bargain houses are on the market.

Jim   January 21st, 2009 10:49 pm ET

1) Institute a pay freeze for all federal Employees making over
$100K a year (Including all General and Flag Officers in the military) and members of Congress

2) Work together with private sector (banks and mortgage companies) to create a donor superfund to stabilize the housing market and buy bad mortgages

3) Eliminate the Federal gas tax during peak travel times to encourage travel and spending

Assiat Boke   January 21st, 2009 10:56 pm ET

I am originally from Russia, I voted for You Obama because I was able to see your potential to make the change in the worlds political situation. Potential means ability to achieve. So, my advise to you to have in your TO DO LIST are those:

1.HEALTHY BODY=HEALTHY MIND--STOP smoking ( I didn't say Quit, that is not the right command)

2.Learn to Meditate ( it is diffrent than praying)

3. Restore Palestine -Restore the History

Cindy K   January 21st, 2009 11:04 pm ET

President Obama's To Do List

1. Pray every day for God's guidance and help.
2. Fix the Economy
3. Bring our troops home as soon as possible
4. Always be honest with the American people

We will be praying for you!

Angela   January 21st, 2009 11:07 pm ET

There is a lot of I can't believe that the USA has a black president . Well they don't yet. Let's not forget that his mother is white. That said I do like Obama and I have a good feeling that he is going to be a great president. Congratulations! and God bless him and his family and keep them safe and healthy.

Joanne D'ArcdKookies   January 21st, 2009 11:08 pm ET

Congratulations to ALL of US as a Nation ! WE WANT CHANGE!
We asked for it, we voted for it, it is ours to claim!

I understand that EX-Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, was taking up residence at Blair House, where the Obama's were to have temporarily lived, pre-Presidency. The Obama's ended up in a hotel. Very Strange!!! Let me explain.

In what American's would consider a 'socialistic government,' Australia and New Zealand live a more democratic life than us Americans. They get socialized medicine, but...they also, get to VOTE and rule out any politician or plans they do not like, by holding elections, when needed, within 3 days notice, and all citizens come out in full power to vote for change. And, guess what?! Aussies and Kiwi's go Vote for new changes, within days of given notice. Also, it is the law to vote in these countries; you must vote. As American's, we are apathetic and 'wait' for terms to end, under their terms. It's crazy.

Years ago, New Zealand, people disagreed with nuclear power. Within days, the country voted to keep nuclear power out of New Zealand and her ocean waters. New Zealand is respected for her decision many years later. A very proud country!

In Australia, citizens disagreed with John Howard about the war, and his connection to Geo. Bush. Within days, the entire country voted him out of office (equal to the US Presidency.) Most politians voted out of their position, will still retain a seat in Parliment. In John Howard's case, he was totally tossed out of any political position in Australia. Doesn't Washington D.C. have a hostel/backpackers for travellers? How'd he get a room in the Inn? What on earth is Bush and Howard up to? What is their buddy connection, and how does this affect Australians? Did the American citizens pay for John Howard's stay?

If he was promoting Australian tourism...Bindi Sue Irwin would of been a better choice, as she would of happily traded for the treehouse outback! ... and made friends with Obama's kids.

Deborah Florio   January 21st, 2009 11:11 pm ET

I would ask the president to help put God back into everything and everywhere, He was taken out of. Put prayers back into the schools. Those who don't believe don't have to participate. Our fathers who founded this country was God based. I am not a religious person but of spiritual nature. Maybe we would not be in the turmoil we are in today, maybe our kids wouldn't be on gun runs in the schools or on the streets. God has been edged out as if we don't need Him. I think He's just waiting for us to bring Him back to make things better. Its time for a change. We are the only ones who can bring this back.

KEVIN DAVIS   January 21st, 2009 11:16 pm ET



David Brathwaite   January 21st, 2009 11:24 pm ET

First and foremost, Congratulations President, Barak Hussein Obama. Congrat ulations Vice President, Joe Biden. May Your minds be clear and your goals true. The planet needs a Hero and you guys are up to bat.

1. Create jobs and preserve those that are still solid.
2. Structure education so that kids, who want to, can learn, safely
3. Stabilize our infrastucture and lessen our energy dependence
4. Promote a sense of duty to our homeland.
5. Build America back up as a respectable and honorable country

Linda McArdle, You were disturbed to findout that there was a Black National Anthem? Where have you been all of these years? It is sung on MLK day and during many services held in Black history month. Do you not take the time to listen in? What did you think that the disenfranchised Blacks did all those years? Did you expect them to sit around and watch " My three sons?" My people had top be creative to survive. Both anthems speak to the love for this country. This is a testament to how much love our ancestors had for thei country even as second class citizens. To be upset over something you never heard of and do not understand is silly. Do some research first, then form an opinion.

Steve Ozenbach   January 21st, 2009 11:30 pm ET

I wanna see our new President immediatlety discontinue and suspend the H1B visa program completely. Why are we allowing companies to import professionals ? There is no shortage here ...they just don't have jobs because staffing companies are providing these same skills at a fraction of the cost imported from the 3rd world. If companies want to outsource, great but the H1B visa program is an insult to Americans.


patti from Puducherry, India   January 21st, 2009 11:50 pm ET

Dear President Obama, please
1. Stop smoking yourself.
2. Ban smoking in America and encourage other countries to follow.
3. Open a Clean the World Department of the U.S. Government to educate and enforce the clean-up of pollution, trash and corruption.
Advertise it well on all media outlets so everybody knows about it and ask for cooperation from every citizen worldwide. For Truth to manifest, cleanliness is the first indispensable step. Thank you. .

Annr Blair   January 22nd, 2009 12:00 am ET

Recently, (I believe on CNN) a scientist announced in just as few as four years our world will face unimaginable consequensces, unlike any in all previously recorded world history, if global warming continues on the back burner.

All other economic, global, and national concerns will be of no avail if this singular issue fails to make our President's top priorities list! Every moment we lose acting upon this urgent endeavor is a moment closer to reaching the point of no return to alter this speedily approaching, unprecedented world disaster.

I believe President Obama has the personal power to mobilize all Americans and millions of world citizens to fast action. As America's 44th President has risen to the status of a global celebrity transcending national barriers in a singularly unique manner, President Obama has become "the world's President." Our Planet needs and deserves his highest attention.

theressa   January 22nd, 2009 12:07 am ET

As a wife of a U.S. Marine I would love to see more opportunity for spouses! There should be a law passed that assures spouses of employment no matter where we are stationed. In Japan they where giving to the locals on OUR bases. There are plenty of spouses that could and would work if they hired us. . Our military does not make allot of money to support a family and spouses should be able to help financially. There also should be some kind of college fund for spouses. We are the back bone of the family and WE serve along side of our husbands and wives. Why should we be left at home taking care of everything and then when they leave the military we are left with nothing to show.
I would also like to see health care reform. No one in the free land should be left with out health care!
I want to see big companies and banks that stole our hard earned money be brought to justice, and Stop the hand outs to them! Americans needed that money more then them!!!!!
I would like to see the wars ended once and for all. Israel should be questioned for their occupation in Gaze and the West bank. They need to stop developing in the west bank and then maybe there will be Peace there! They should also be investigated on attacks in Gaze!
Last but not least us Americans need to make a too do list. We need to stop and think what have we done wrong and how we can fix it!

vivian Middleton   January 22nd, 2009 12:14 am ET

I know that The President has much more pressing issues than mine, however at some point in time I wish that The Grandparents rights would be revisited and that we be given a few more rights..We watch our Grandchildren being torn apart by domestic violence and drug related problems in their homes , yet as grandparents we have NO SAY.. We need to be allowed to advocate for our grandchildren...There are alot of Grandparents raising their grandchildren, yet we have NO written rights.

Debra Wharton   January 22nd, 2009 12:14 am ET

1. Provide immediate bailout to all Americans who are in danger of losing their homes – I propose government guaranteed low interest fixed rate loans to refinance mortgages in trouble. If Americans were paying less for their mortgages they would have more to spend. The economy, construction industry and home values would then be revitalized.
2. Get directly involved in the Gaza Strip problem restraining both Israel and Arab leaders. Gaza should have only UN forces controlling it's borders and maintaining the peace there.
3. Undo all the legislation that Bush and republicans did that undermined our national parks, clean air and other environmental controls, and enact new legislation to prevent further global warming.
4. Get our armed forces out of Iraq, but try to help rebuild that country's infrastructure that we destroyed, including help for all the orphans, widows, homeless and jobless that are now in those categories due to our "intervention" in their country.
5. Restore fundamental liberties that are now threatened by the Patriot Act. At the very least, a modification of this act is necessary.
6. Take care of your own children and family while you are trying to save the country for the rest of us.

edith   January 22nd, 2009 12:21 am ET

reply to diane, obama is not a muslim; he is christian so why would he use the koran to be sworn in for the second time? like the first time, he used a bible.

Christian   January 22nd, 2009 12:43 am ET

1. Be a better president than Bush.

Oh, wait, you already are.

Kathy   January 22nd, 2009 12:44 am ET

1. return our country to the rule of law
2. repeal the tax cuts for the rich
3. start CC camp type -green- programs

Kyle V from Fredonia NY   January 22nd, 2009 12:44 am ET

I would take a look at tuition prices, and student loans for college students and stop charging us more and more, its hard enough to get through school without increasing prices, as well as it being harder for us to get loans.

Rev. Gene Vavrick   January 22nd, 2009 12:45 am ET

I hope President Obama will get serious about health care for ALL Americans, especially the members of the "greatest generation" who are coming into their 80's.

Bilal S.   January 22nd, 2009 12:45 am ET

Get Microsoft to release Gears of war on PS3

Whitney P. From NYC   January 22nd, 2009 12:45 am ET

Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits!

Tanika Foye   January 22nd, 2009 12:46 am ET

1)End the war in Iraq 🙂

ed ,vancouver canada   January 22nd, 2009 12:46 am ET

Get the troops home,they can all gaurd your president.

Make minimum wage 20 dollars an hour.Even thoughit looks like it will create 50%unemployment. It won't as alot of workers get that already.
Eliminate corporate tax,because it is spent on wages.
50% of the population is off 6 months a the off time the company pays them 1200 a month net. Considering half of the u.s makes 2000 a month or less before tax,,this is a good deal as everyone takes home at least 26000 a year.and only works 6 months.
This eliminates 50% of disability and all unemployment benefits payments,savings are in the billions.

People will make more money than they do right now,the government gets more tax.The price of goods will go up,but everyone can afford them.
The best news is traffic and emissions will be cut in half,and with 6 months off a year,health costs will plummet.Oil consumption will go down as half of the population will not be driving.
The companies already paying 20 dollars per hour,get money back from the government as a subsidy.

The plan works,because alot of people make 20 dollars an hour already.I have gone with the scenario that everyone would be making minimum wage.That would make unemployment 50%,but in reality it will not be that high.Everyone would have to work except disabled.Eliminate welfare.What this does is make sure everyone can afford to live properly.this is the only way that cars home and everything else can be afforded by anyone that works.If foreign companies do not like it,leave.There is someone in line to open up a business.End slave labor as it is no good for taxes or the economy.
Giving millions to business ends up in swiss banks.

peter whatley   January 22nd, 2009 12:47 am ET

legalise the 12 million here illegal,at least then they can buy houses/cars and pay taxes.that in itself will help the economy,if thats too much then people with american citizen family members here should be given some form of path to legalization

John   January 22nd, 2009 12:48 am ET

I feel that at this stressful economic time, he should keep unemployment insurance benefits tax free. After all, we worked and payed taxes for our benefits so, why pay taxes on them again??

Bronx, NY

Maura Rae   January 22nd, 2009 12:48 am ET

Obama to do list:

Repeal, amend or fund No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

Melaney   January 22nd, 2009 12:49 am ET

Get RID of Hillary. If we'd wanted her in the news every day we'd have elected her! We don't – we didn't. Tell us the deal you were forced to make to keep her around....BIG disappointment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AJ   January 22nd, 2009 12:49 am ET

Get your daughters to come to my club in Chevy Chase for tennis lessons then get the tennis court at the White House resurfaced and I can teach the entire family there...

Gary   January 22nd, 2009 12:50 am ET

I hope that President Obama is able to move his initiatives in the midst of a very strong and postive tail wind. I hope that the American people give him time, after all we must not forget that Bush created this predicament and it didn't happen overnight.

adam   January 22nd, 2009 12:50 am ET

Leave the second amendment alone.

jose   January 22nd, 2009 12:51 am ET

do we really have to interupt Larrys' show for stupid bog comments from an uninformed public?

Carl   January 22nd, 2009 12:52 am ET

I think President Obama needs to abolish don't ask don't tell in the military, Any man/woman serving in the military should be allowed to be openly gay. These are the same individuals that have been fighting along side heterosexuals for many many years keeping their sexual ipreference a secret.
Someone who is openly gay doesn't make that individual any less of a Brave American Soldier.

Chris   January 22nd, 2009 12:52 am ET

Re: Bob Woodward’s statement that taxes are so complicated that you “could not name one person that understands their taxes and hasn’t made a mistake”…Warren Buffet is currently the wealthiest person in the U.S. and his taxes are almost certainly more complicated than anyone could imagine. To this day he still does his own tax return and to my knowledge he has never made a major mistake. I don’t think the American people are being unreasonable to ask that the person that is in charge of the IRS is able to grasp a simple concept that millions of self employed individuals are comfortable dealing with…..Geithner just isn’t the right guy for the job.

bernard keiser   January 22nd, 2009 12:52 am ET

Walk across the Potomac
Heal the sick
bring peace and love to the world

Athian Early   January 22nd, 2009 12:53 am ET

-Give each working person some of the bailout cash (min. $5000 each working person)

– I live in Florida, bailout the school system and pay all teachers a real professionals salary comparable to doctors and lawyers.

– Create a universal and sound healthcare system

Jim and Marilyn Marlow   January 22nd, 2009 12:53 am ET

1. Reduce our national debt and deficit spending
2. Encourage citizens to live within our means and not overspend

Mz. Maillard   January 22nd, 2009 12:53 am ET

With great respect and admiration: congratulations and blessings to you and your family.

Things to get us moving
1. Work on Universal Healthcare for all Americans
2. Create the post -Secretary for Culture and the Arts. We are such a multicultural nation as is now obvious to everyone and bringing the arts and culture to the forefront, which would benefit everyone.
3. End the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and move forward in enlivening diplomatic relationships with countries that we have alienated. Work on deeper understanding of other cultures and political systems in order to build and not tear down.
4. Have Sweet Honey In The Rock function in a cultural/official capacity.
5. Make a Barack Give Back to your community Day an official part of American culture!!!!! Yes we will, yes we are, yes we Can!

Anna   January 22nd, 2009 12:54 am ET

Congratulations USA on your new President. I am from Canada and I would say this to the new President, Obama: why not look closer to your home , particularly to your neighbour, Canada for some inspiration to bring change to America ? We are a fantastic nation of so many cultures, people are not discriminated regardless of where they came from, we are respected in the world , we are peaceful and our crime is virtually non existent. And our economy is not so bad either. Good luck America, I watch CNN always with great interest.

Susan from Los Angeles   January 22nd, 2009 12:55 am ET

What would I ask President Obama to do first?
I would ask him to honor the Americans that have put their lives on the line for ourcountry and show the soldiers coming home. Alive, wounded or dead they deserve our respect and acknowlegement as they return to American soil.

Dottie   January 22nd, 2009 12:55 am ET

I would like to see help for all homeowers not just those that going to be in forclosure. those of us that are managing to still keep our homes, should be given a principal reduction especially if they are in those area hardest hit by foreclosures that are bringing our property value down.

Require that all banks give an account and dont give them another penny until they do so.

Please take care of the medical needs of our Military personnel and any other needs they or their family may need.

Mark Cross   January 22nd, 2009 12:55 am ET

To Do List
#1 Respond To mail sent to White House, instead of getting a form letter
#2 Hope he does more with thelping all get back into college, since it is ver hard to get money for it.
#3 Stop using the terms like African American, he is a man and human and just like any other man. , not some sort of a catagory. Today, it is so emphasized , so segregated. The language used needs to be thought out more on a positive note. There is no need for words like that any longer, The country has spoken, and has elected a man that is to me honest , a loving father, and a loving husband and most of all by this historic event will end the labeling of a human being. Whatever our differences may be.

David Ferrel   January 22nd, 2009 12:55 am ET

healthcare i'm 46 and have several medical problems.2All of the Americans who still think this is the 60's put them in guan bay America wanted change from broken system to a new man with fresh idea's he is the 21century Abe Lincoln

Elias Nicolias   January 22nd, 2009 12:55 am ET

1. Finish off the week.
2. Take a two week vacation!

margaret   January 22nd, 2009 12:55 am ET

Begin at home by taking back neighborhoods so 2 and 4 year old children are not gunned down while playing outside their house

Patricia   January 22nd, 2009 12:56 am ET

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To do list for the Obama!!!


Patrice   January 22nd, 2009 12:56 am ET

During this administration I would like to see the passing of H.R. 4036.

Rod Dampier   January 22nd, 2009 12:57 am ET

Top Three Things for President Obama to Do

1) Change Income Tax to flat Tax for all indivduals and business

2) Create a mandatory public service corp for young adults leaing high school or college

3) Provide help to those qualified for college but unable to afford it

THOMAS HOWARD   January 22nd, 2009 12:57 am ET

Why didn't you people who are expecting President Obama to do all things request these same things from the previous administration, he did NOT create the problems we are in. Despite all you critics, this President will prevail.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 22nd, 2009 12:58 am ET

This taxpayer loan term has to stop.
It sounds like the people that work for all the companies and corporations and banks that are getting government money have never paid taxes.
The high income earners pay lots of tax.
Someone that has a minimum wage job and does not pay any taxes has no say as their contributions do not cover the healthcare they use
or anything else the middle class pay for.
The taxes are there for a reason,so that the government can benefit
Finally there might be a government to actually do that.

Mz. Maillard   January 22nd, 2009 12:58 am ET

Oh Yes
two more things!
1. Reform our educational system in the public schools to bring American children the highest and most innovative education they can have.
2. Empoly the wisdom and support of our elder leaders in bringing the conflict between Israel and Palestine to some blessed relief. Everyone deserves a place to live and be safe, everyone.

Keith Chamblin   January 22nd, 2009 1:00 am ET

1. The bank bail out i would help the People that are have trouble making the home payments, not give it to the banks give it to the home owners.
2.Freeze the Gas Prices , High Gas Prices i would say has at least 90% of the USA Economic Down Fall.The buck is past Business owners ect,etc.etc. Let Us use are own Oil. Build oil refiners in the USA
3. Stop The War bring our boys home. Let other Country's fright there own War. Is less other Country's are thwarting the USA
4. Stop Sending USA Money over seas to rebuild there Country. No other Country Sends money over here to The USA to Help our own homeless People

Iam Very Glad to see you there Mr.PRESIDENT Your The man

ed ,vancouver canada   January 22nd, 2009 1:01 am ET

my 3 suggestions from last night disappeared.
1 federal law 20 dollars minimum wage.

2 credit cards at 5% interest

3 a beacon score of 500 and 20% down gets a mortgage

Samantha Yost   January 22nd, 2009 1:06 am ET

It boils my blood that the new guy in the white houns is going to close
Guantanamo prison . I was in the Army and was retired medically because of PTSD, foot problems, and allergies and asthama. the biggest was the PTSD. And now that I see the the President of the United States cant or wont stand behind his arm forces turns my tummy. My biggest thing I cant learn to trust anyone. I left my three kids for this counrty and many men and women have died for what they believed in as well. But what President Barack Obama is showing his armed forces that takes an othe for him is ther lives dont really mean nothing. And all those kids that lost their parent dont mean nothing.

Marcus   January 22nd, 2009 1:06 am ET

Since bailing-out seems to be the mode we're in, I would like to see our new President introduce a plan to bailout all of the struggling small businesses. That's where the majority of the jobs are.

Patricia- Florida   January 22nd, 2009 1:07 am ET




Mike B   January 22nd, 2009 1:09 am ET

Mr. President,

First off Congratulations are certainly in order, it's been a long road, and I have supported you from the beginning.

1.) Continue moving forward with your touchstone of "transparency", it is something we have needed in Washington for quite some time and I am happy to see it taking off.

2.) Believe wholeheartedly in the message the Bush twins left your daughters (both of whom have been just a delight to watch) regarding "remember who your dad really is." Just remember who you are and that you have a lot of supporters. Don't let doubters and disbelievers persuade you to do something that in your heart you don't believe as being good for the nation.

3.) Re-work social security into something that will benefit this generation, my generation, your daughters generations and those that follow.

4.) You have assured us of your efforts towards bipartisanship and I think you are heading in the right direction. Accountability and ownership for actions needs to be a priority that you enact for Washington.

5.) Remember to take some "me-time" and "family-time" for yourself everyday no matter what is waiting on your desk.

Just continue to do what you do, and what you preach. You have a lot of followers and supporters who will stand by you. But we must remember that change and re-working will not happen overnight, we need to allow it time and not lose sight due to impatience and restlessness.

Lead on Mr. President, show us the way, and when you get tired and weary simply turn around and we will all be there offering support and anything else you need.

sam   January 22nd, 2009 1:36 am ET

I think the president should take what is left of the bailout money and devide it among te american taxpayers. That way we the people could take care of our country

louis   January 22nd, 2009 2:35 am ET

1. Form a Department of Peace

2. Investigate Israels illegal use of White Phosphorous and depleted Uranium on civilian populations as well as the targeting of innocent children and civilians in the UN schools and Hospitals. Many reliable witnesses have reported all the above

3. CHANGE the US Policy on Israel and cut funds sent. There needs to be fairness in our policy towards Israel. We've let Israel get away with too much and our double standard makes the USA look very bad in the Worlds eyes.

Robert RedHawk   January 22nd, 2009 3:47 am ET

Decriminalize Marijuana , and grant a blanket pardon to all persons currently imprisoned for solely marijuana related offenses .

Full and complete decriminalization and repeal of all existing Federal marijuana laws . Remove the Class A detrimental drug status immediately .

Dave O - Sherman Oaks   January 22nd, 2009 3:47 am ET

Adjust the federal tax bracket so the wealthy instead of 'capping', donate money towards a specific cause which makes a difference for humanity and our country.

Dave O - Sherman Oaks   January 22nd, 2009 3:51 am ET

Adjust the federal tax bracket so the wealthy instead of 'capping', are required to then donate money (a certain % of income) twards a specific cause which makes a difference for humanity and our country.

DIANE PARKER   January 22nd, 2009 3:56 am ET


Allen Waddell   January 22nd, 2009 3:58 am ET

. Put us on an international gold standard, 2. do away with lobbyest, derivatives and hedge funds 3. ask everyone to exercise one hour every day and eat organic food 4. Bring all of our troops home 5. work for 100% employment 6. only build houses and cars under contract, make everything we use here. 7. a one year plan for energy independence. 8. a 15% savings rate. good luck. Allen

myrna Callioux/Edmonton,Alberta,Canada   January 22nd, 2009 4:09 am ET

President Obama should request immediately to the iragians, iranians, Pakistanians and other war torn countries to get to work on repairing and rememdies to hault the war. Practice the words of there religion and repair there country to prosper

Doug   January 22nd, 2009 5:45 am ET

No way!! Barack's ears are totally cool and so is his haircut. He doesn't need to let his hair grow out.

Rodrigo Junqueira Perticarari   January 22nd, 2009 5:48 am ET

Obama should buy his daughters a dog, otherwise they're going to nag at him and bother him so much he is going to go crazy and mess with the world.

Solve Horrigmoe   January 22nd, 2009 5:49 am ET

Confirm or deny that the letter in his desk, left to him from President Bush was written with crayons.

A. Lewis   January 22nd, 2009 6:00 am ET

He needs to do exactly as he is doing his job with the country and his family, Also to review the immigration/deportation laws on first time offenders that have been in the country from since they were little. It's really double jeapordy

M L Beckham   January 22nd, 2009 6:09 am ET

1. Economy
2. Peace
3. Healthcare Reform

Pearl Bryant   January 22nd, 2009 6:28 am ET

Ask COngress to follow the rest of the country by tightening their belts and NOT GIVING THEMSELVES A RAISE THIS YEAR.

Cease rewarding Israel for being a BIG BULLY. We can no longer afoord or wish to send our depleted funds to such a people. Insist that they seek peaceful means of resolving the Gaza issue.

Denise   January 22nd, 2009 6:36 am ET

Pres. Obama has his work cut out for him and has demonstrated for months that he knows what the priorities are. If you've been listening to him you see that it is obvious.

But I do have a priority list for the Press & Pundits:

1) You need new material & a new focus that demonstrates you understand what is going on in the country as a result a new way under new leadership. The old paradyms don't apply anymore(honeymoon period, 1st 100 days, blah, blah, blah).
2)see #1
3)see # 1

David Gergen and Hillary Rosen were about the only ones that showed they get this during the inaugural coverage. David Gergen even said so and what a relief it was to hear him. Put them on the air more and move those out of the way who want to listen only for soudbites instead of substance and report on trivia, trying to create sensationalism instead of asking thoughtful, relevant questions and present ing even-minded serious coverage.

aussie   January 22nd, 2009 6:46 am ET

1. Ensure better teaching of spelling and grammar for America's education system, if some of these blog posts are anything to go by;

2. Continue US support of Israel in the fight against those who wish for her destruction and who despise the values Israel and the West represent;

3. Continue to be a beacon of hope in these dark times.

Nova   January 22nd, 2009 6:50 am ET

1. Fix the economy
2. Reduce taxes and help the people keep their homes
3. Remember the true owners of the land the American Indians.

(Too much is said about 'black this black that', negroes were not the only ones that were oppressed. Think about it. Nothing has been said about the plight of the American Indians, they were there first for centuries until the white man came and wiped them out. Even in the inaugural parade they were forgotten only a few represented, how sad.)
All peoples addressed?? I dont think so......

Maj   January 22nd, 2009 7:57 am ET

I forgot to add yesterday, that I hope Pres Obama takes action against Robert Mugabe. G W Bush spent his whole 8 years talking about spreading freedom and deomcracy and not once did he ever take any action against Robert Mugabe. Maybe if Zimbabwe was like Nigeria and more Importantly iraq and had oil he may have. I hope Pres Obama does not forget the people of Zimbabwe and the suffering they are going through because of Mugabe.

mmatare   January 22nd, 2009 8:07 am ET


Lastnight I heard something ridicolous from one media person – he was complaining how Obama's administration advocate for transparency and didn't tell reporters about "retaking te oath" or allow media in some of his briefing meetings with his advisors – ARE THESE REPORTERS for REAL?? this was the most ridicoluous thing I have ever heard – WHY Should a President let you on his briefings?? he will let you on when it is necessary – This is how your intelligenece is leaked to the outside world – the minute the President makes any plans the whole world knows – AS Reporters you should know that You DON'T TELL ALL YOUR PLANS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD – as a President – OBAMA has the power and the intelligence to keep somethings to himself and his administration – I think these CNN Reporters who complain are just PLAIN RIDICULOUS!!

E. Charles from Indiana   January 22nd, 2009 8:13 am ET

1]. Single mothers on wefare should be made to further their education after the child is 18 months old.[NO MORE FREE RIDES]

2]. Senior Citizens that are retired, with an annual income of less than 50,000 dollars should be income taxed exempted.

3]. Establish federally funded and governed second chance and credit program for the sole purpose of giving americans who have made mistakes in their past to buy a home for their family.[ Why should you have to have GOOD credit only to buy a decent home environment where moral standards are set].

Gerald Noel   January 22nd, 2009 8:54 am ET

I know this is not the right spot to send that comment, but I always take my chance and most of the times I succeed. Yesterday I was tormented by an idea after I read the relationship of the ex-president Jean Bertrand Aristid with South Africa. I know he might have friends from South Africa that might try to reintroduce him to president Obama in order to bring him back to Haiti. My friend and I and other Haitians did not come to DC for that. And those Haitian who got up and vote did not vote for that. I, personally who gathered people to vote as I am not US citizen due to my own obligation to Haiti will never be did not do it for that. This cold bloody Aristid is no human, he has destroyed Haiti for generation. Think about it, he created civil war, children around ten years old and up possessed guns, guns that I have never seen possessed by official police. I withhold some of my informations. Again, think about numerous Haitian people living in a basement in America without no health insurance, working illegally for an average of $2.5 per hour. Lots of intellectuals killed for trying to establish democracy, some are in exile, some can not realize their dream in their own country, like myself. Only one thing former president Bush forget to do when judging criminals, like Saddam Hussein and others, he forgot to call for Aristid. May be that will my call when I get to bring change. Except my change will not be about revenge but about fair justice, reunite, and rebuilt the Haiti.

Rajinie   January 22nd, 2009 9:26 am ET

Being in India I stayed up all night to watch the best party in USA, I admire the organising skills of your country noone could have done such a Grand show and Aretha was my pre birthday treat (Today I leave 42 and being single Indian women i tell ya ..its something)
my saddness was that people allover the world these days the basic root values have to be reminded over & over again by our leaders to be compassionate, work sincerely and to not be greedy and to be loving........then we are in big trouble or thats why we are in a mess, Gandhi asked once for people to march or fast and we did it unconditionally we need such pure soulminded hearts and minds now coz we take and we give neither is our job , both involves karma and drama and ego so just go your own true way AND HEAL no charity by rich singers actors unless they live at least without mosquito nets and water for one day in a month exactly the way people they help, otherwise its not an selfless act really, please no more importance to people in power positions it distracts us form doing for love and not for the love of camera , to exist do we have to be guilty, just be and live without making such a big deal over nothing nature will take care of you & me thats what the Big Promise PROVES loving has become so complicated and hard in 2009 wow.......

Pat - Toronto   January 22nd, 2009 10:11 am ET

If the President's annaul salary is $400,000 then the goal would be that no American should be paid less than 1% of his salary!

Joe   January 22nd, 2009 11:03 am ET

If I were writing our Presidents to do list. First I would have him fix the economy. Make better disabilty programs. Bring the the troops home from Iraq. Better health care for all. Buid a presidental movie theater in MN. Build a theme park to create new jobs in Minnesota and call it The World Of Animatronics base it on the history and the future of animatronics. Make schools better especially in Minnesota. I would also have him clean up areas like the south side of Chicago. Build a better clean water system. Write a plan to turn closed plants and factory's in to renewable sources of energy plants and factory. Build the Presidential Mall in Minnesota and make it the Worlds Largest Shopping Mall. Open the first Presidental Recording Studio in New Mexico. Build stronger laws against male practice. By 2012 have a rail system in place simular to the one in england across the country. Build the first Presidental Movie Studio in Florida. Build the first Presidental Concert Hall in Minnesota and make it the Worlds Largest Concert Hall. Build the first Presidental Cuppacino Mountian Cafe. Build the Presidental Music School in Minnesota this would allow people of diverse talents and cultures to impploy their talents a university devoted to talent.

Alan Levin   January 22nd, 2009 11:10 am ET

1.Get UNRWA to be transparent about how it spends it's funds or stop using US Tax Payer Dollars to support them.
UNRWA is a major support of HAMAS

Chris B.   January 22nd, 2009 11:21 am ET

I would have Barack turn in his Blackberry and in exchange use this site which there's a Barack Obama page already in Pageberry social network. I figured Blackberry , Pageberry rings a bell and still has tranfer of information and interaction with the people. Very strong website.... Watch out FACEBOOK is all I can say.

James Pennings   January 22nd, 2009 12:07 pm ET

Congratulations President Obama

1. Have all laws reviewed and get rid of many. It would take a long time you might be thinking, this is because we have to many. Along with reviewing and removing put in place new laws that the most unintelligent person would understand. This would help cut back on laws being broken and the differences of "interpretation."

2. Open the curtains. No more keeping the people behind closed curtains. Reveal the true plans that politicians make. Get rid of the dirty politicians and make them payback tenfold what they have stolen from the people of the United States. Make it so everything brought to congress is CASE by CASE. No more putting 3 extreme ideas in a bill with 42 other ideas; how is someone supposed to vote on each idea?

3. Address the fact that you are the first African American President. This might sound silly, however when compared to the new song "My president is black," it's not. To many American's of different ethnicity's pay attention to their ethnic background negatively. By trying to advance it has also brought self segregation, for example at my college there are student associations for Asian Americans, and African Americans. By doing this the people of the organizations are separating themselves from the college community, and even more so because there can be no Caucasian associations. For America to move forward it is essential for President Obama to address this racial plight, so that we may become truly united without differences.

Kay Blankenship   January 22nd, 2009 12:55 pm ET

One thing I would like to put on President Obama's to do list is to do something about Congress (House and Senate) giving themselves a raise every year. I know the constitution gives congress the purse-strings for the country, but it seems to be an abuse of power. They wait decades to raise the minimum wage, while they vote themselves obscene increases. They should try living in the real world for a while.

Kay Blankenship Beckley, WV

Hameed Rathore   January 22nd, 2009 1:30 pm ET

Mr.Presedent its true that you have God gifted sence of humor you are fully blessed .I beleive that you are walikng on a right path.Its my wish
to help u out to tear off the roots of terrorism / fundamentalism especially in Pakistan n in Afghanistan. please note if you will think
to help these both nations to tear off this roots can breif your honour more in this regard. WE NEED CHANGE..........AMEEN

Cris   January 22nd, 2009 1:36 pm ET

Why is Diane Feinstein always next to President Obama?!

Is she hoping to become President soon?

The Presidency isn't going to rub off onto her. She needs to drop the political ego. Americans elected her. She needs to stop acting so self-important!!!

We hope Feinstein remembers her place and avoids the arrogance of Nancy Pelosi as was exhibited in Pelosi's damaging and egotistical statements last Sunday about repealing Tax Cuts.

M. Moore   January 22nd, 2009 2:15 pm ET

I thought this was supposed to be for serious responses?! Well shoot, if we're allowed to digress, then I'd love to have President Obama imediately ban the BCS system from college football. Furthermore, I'd like him to order an investgation into the corrupt dealings that go on behind the scenes of the BCS that keep bringing mediocre teams from the Big 12 and Sec together for the "National Championship". Finally to all the nay sayers about college football playoffs, I offer you the example of March Madness. Even if the playoffs were limited to the top 8 teams (chosen by the polls not the computers) think about the hype and money that would be generated in those towns where these games would be played! You're looking at ten times the generated income of March Madness!!! "Mr. Obama, tear down the BCS!!!"

Rajinie   January 22nd, 2009 2:29 pm ET

The Presidents time is so so so limited and we all should be very sincere when he demand his attention, so do your research quiet throughly before jumping on the bandwagon of suggestions, demands, ideas ,meeting requests with him for sensationalism, finally he should have peirced lips of pride and not power, im confused if its both then spiritually it will be 8 yrs further damage before the simple people realise to change money is not real people keep talking about economic reforms salries all in money that the Amercian govt doesnt know how much they have printed really, and we are living in very troubled waters made with very bitter people sadly if one day of gaza war and few dead with all our talks worldwide we couldnt stop till date . so i like day one Barak Sir's action re the 4 actions to stop cruelty it should be that simple no one should in todays day and age be allowed to kill at any cost anywhere in the world and we cant with all our lobbyist stop weapons being bought instead of food and sold instead of investing in R & D, comeone lets not get away by saying its complicated plsssssssssssssswe are the complication get I out of the way thanx

Ethel   January 22nd, 2009 4:08 pm ET

Put Joe Biden, in a pink padded room, for quiet time and if necessary duct-tape his mouth.

Katya   January 22nd, 2009 4:16 pm ET

Mr. President–I feel there is no need to comment primarily on Michele's dress and high heels. For goodness sake–the woman has a brain! She went to Princeton and Harvard. I was at Princeton at the same time as Michele and watching our new President comment on how good looking she is I could not help thinking. Lord help me! Is that what we went to Princeton for? To stand behind a man, smile, say nothing, and have him comment on our good looks? I might as well be living in my grandmother's time. In general, I don't get it–why the media is so focused on what Michele wears. Can't the media find anything more interesting to talk about when it comes to a smart educated woman? Watching the way the President and the media talked about Michele, I could not help feeling that despite all the hype, things don't look so great for women these days. Just more of the same... If it is just our looks and high heels that matter, I don't even know why I bothered to go to Princeton. It is 2009, not 1950. Perhaps it is a time for a change. Actually, SURELY THAT TIME HAS COME MR. PRESIDENT. PLEASE MAKE A CHANGE YOURSELF!

Carmine G. Coletti (Toronto)   January 22nd, 2009 5:13 pm ET

COMMITTMENT this is the first thing to do...gauge and secure the committment of this administration, without that 100% the leadership towards a united vision is ineffective overall.

All roads lead to the President.

also to do: Breathing exercises...solves the pauses within speaking.

Linda C. Seaton   January 22nd, 2009 5:16 pm ET







CNN should be on alert to this public plea.

edith   January 22nd, 2009 5:48 pm ET

katya, you are so right.
i really think the media concentration on the clothes michelle wears was very old fashioned and sexist. it is not the fault of obama, it is the fault of the old fashioned media. obama compliments her on her intelligence and i have seen this on more than several occasions. i wish the media would follow suit.

i am a marketing professor, and one of the things i notice is that marketing and advertising is still soooo 1950s. you are right, michelle has a brain and she went to princeton and harvard and she is a lawyer. she is brilliant and i think the media needs to take notice of her brain.

edith   January 22nd, 2009 5:53 pm ET

ehthel, do you mean give him a time-out like they do to bad children in school? LOL. they should have done that to bill clinton a few times during hillary's campaign. LOL

but seriously, i really hope that the vice president has an advisory role and since i believe his wife is a doctor of something (she has a PhD), i hope Obama will give her a role in his cabinet.

E. Charles from Indiana   January 22nd, 2009 6:00 pm ET

I was fired from my job of [5] yrs because a white nurse did not like the fact that I was married to a white man!! She thought of every thing she could think of to write me up after she had seen a family photo of my family. Before she saw my photo she treated me like a person. I was fired without any questions. I was treated like i did not even matter. This happened last yr in 2008. I am still hurting from this. Why people can't be treated EQUALLY???? There has been talk around my town that if Obama's wife would of been white, he would not be president..... WHAT KIND OF CRAP IS THAT?? RACE the color of your skin doesn't make you BETTER my email address is

Fred Porter   January 22nd, 2009 7:05 pm ET

The 15%-20% Solution to our Economic Crisis

Consumer problems
1. Lack of jobs = lack of spending
2. High taxes = lack of spending
3. High prices = lack of spending
• Lack of spending means small and large businesses can’t hire or maintain employees. Large companies can’t sell big ticket items.

Rapid short term solution (for 2 years)
1. Roll back all profits to 15%-20% (which are a fair profit margins)
• This would take care of the mortgage problem (which charge 300+%)
• This would allow small retailers to drastically lower their prices (less rent).. retail charges fall in the range of 60% -150% markup
• All Government taxes limited to 15% max income tax (constitutions says that government is suppose to make their money from excise taxes NOT INCOME TAXES). Feds get flat 10% state and local 5%

1. Consumers would have more money to spend which would lead to business’ being able to make and stock products, and hire more employees
2. The American people would not have to pay $780 billion dollar bailout.
3. Congress won’t have to fight and accomplish nothing.
4. Employers would be able to high workers.

We also need to develop the following new job creation industries:
1. Develop desalinization plants to reduce the water problem
2. Build retirement and group homes for our large aging population
3. Develop power from the wave motion of our oceans
4. Mass produce medical equipment and medicines.
• Use the 15%-20% profit rule

For the Big 3
1. Loan low interest money for creating bridge vehicles using their existing small car bodies. The technology is out there to build cheap cars the run on air (MDI AIR Car $17,000), Electric, etc. If the auto company can’t create their own engines then they should buy them and install them into their cars. Americans will buy fuel efficient cars

Fred Porter   January 22nd, 2009 7:37 pm ET

Dear President,

You should develop ocean technology: Build desalinization plants ( the technology is already developed). Build electrical generating plants using the motion of the ocean (the technology exist).

Medicare and other government sponsered programs should only use companies that operate on a 15%-20% profit margin manufacturing medicines or medical equipment. That would make health care affordable for everyone.

Annette Franklin   January 22nd, 2009 8:43 pm ET

1. Penalize companies that hire foreigners first when their are qualifed USA citizens available.
2. Penalize companies for off-shoring jobs when there a qualified people here in the states.
3. Reduce the number of green cards and work visas that are issued
4. Lean not to your understanding. Trust in God

Mark   January 22nd, 2009 10:18 pm ET

1. Step down from the presidential office because you are not ready to lead this country.

2. Stop giving the hard working Americans' money to people who don't work and abolish the welfare system because people like me want to see our retirement.

3. Expand our military budget and stand firm on what this country was built on in the values and bring back the Jamestown Act to those who don't work.

4. Lower the cost of higher education so more people can have greater equality.

Brenda Campbell   January 22nd, 2009 11:00 pm ET

1. Force the mortgage companies, credit card companies, etc. to lower interest rates for everyone. They received bail out money and it needs to filter to the US Taxpayers.
Doing so would build the economy naturally. I would save $800 per month on my home at the current rates. But, because the house is not worth what is owed on it...I am out of luck. They will not refinance. With $800 or even $300 bucks a month...I would buy a car, go to dinner, buy clothes, and enjoy life. This will build the economy naturally! NO need to "create jobs" will be done on it's own.

2. Concentrate on building the economy from the bottom up..not the top down. Big business bailout is not working, they are greedy and are not passing it along to the citizens.

Lower interest rates all around, let people stay in their homes, the auto industries would flourish as people would have money to buy cars. Business would be hiring as the money will go back where it should..into the economy.

3. No more bailouts for big business!

4. NO requirements for people to reap the benefits of the new lower interest rates, etc. If you have a mortgage with Countrywide...and you want to refinance, enforce it. Make them do it. Those loan sharks are going to get my house back. I've NEVER made a late payment, but...they will not lower the interest. So, they can get stuck with it! Another home added to the foreclosure list which is growing!

Obama can and will build the economy...he is great! But, put the people who pay the bills first....the taxpayers!

Another Voice of Truth   January 22nd, 2009 11:56 pm ET

1. Tell the American Public the truth who really owns the Federal Reservel. Our government? Or private individuals from around the world. If it's private individuals, then Obama's plan will drive this country deeper into debt.

2. Tell the American public the truth...about the Federal Income Tax. Is it mandatory? Or voluntary? Everything I find says it's voluntary and DOES NOT apply to most Americans(i.e. people who work for wages.

3. Keep on telling the truth about everything...then and only then will he find true peace within himself. He has a chance to make a difference. No bigger difference maker than the truth....find the truth, and you find true freedom, true peace. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free...

Annr Blair   January 23rd, 2009 12:02 am ET

Thank u 2 Larry King 4 allowing listners this forum.

Thank u for your guest tonight, the former Clinton WH staffer, who stated President Obama is likely the most famous individual in our world today! She summed up what I have believed about this extraordinary man since I first heard him speak at the DNC in 2004.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if all Americans could rise above our personal differences with others just as he has. We need to celebrate our country's marvelous contributions to changing views of global societies about the depth and breadth of meaning encapsulated in the word Freedom! The desire of people for Freedom has stimulated all positive growth among global populations to date and never more so than at this point in time.

On every American's daily to do list should be a short time out to pray for our President to be guided by the wisdom of the ages as he seeks to steer us around the horrific pot holes which have cropped up as our country continues to blaze its journey along "Freedom's Road".

Rajinie   January 23rd, 2009 12:06 am ET

one more thought (this is my ifrst time blogging cannot sleep so excited with ideas)\

if you beleive in any of the following
so strongly Jesus Allah Budha Fire god or non beleiver
coz the principle behind all thisis Im better unless they are converted
so can you truly with this premises really love all like its needed now a days

so i think in swearing in we should get them to swear on thier loved or look into the eyes of few unfortunate poor or invalid folks ( coz if u import cheaper material from anywhere you are ensuring poverty frustrations there and one day tehy will taste and chase gold and you like now will be slaves to countries who will blackmail you for better rice as by then you would have forgotten how to employ your people to make them eg roads steel brooms repair an old radio watch in cities no one does all consume more and waste more hence so poor who got there only due to our greed no karma stories please , not on Quran Bible in my opinion

and wonder if it ever occured to Barack Obama that 1.5 m usd for the ceremony I can use and get quietly started as a President in a room with few required people and save and utilise the two resources thats rare and scarce time and money and this money is not real as we are not making things but trading

dennis james stewart jr   January 23rd, 2009 12:09 am ET

i thank obama need to do something about our economy
and fix it right now because it in a mess
and so that people can start working
he need hurry up and create job like he promise
he need to hurry up bring our troop home
and end the war in iraq

Lee A. Rice II   January 23rd, 2009 1:35 am ET

President Obama,

First and foremost – congratulations sir! May the Good Lord bless and keep you and your family.

Fixing the economy from the "Bottom Up" ; the "Grass roots level";
the " American People Bail Out"; i.e. "We the People."

W M Thomas N   January 23rd, 2009 7:27 am ET

Congratulations Mr President ! The foremost thing to do:
Think about the alternative to improve America's image on our beloved planet by just stop acting as the 'fastest gun in town' or, 'the biggest owner of nuclear warheads' as so blazingly was demonstrated by George Bush, and become just an ordinary nation among all nations !
It is not America's responsibilty to police the world! It is not your right to act like that! This is wat is so disgusting ! No, it is the United Nations who has that authority! The most welcome role you can play, with all your nuclear arsenal, is support, change the United Nations to become the most respected and powerful organisation to bring peace in the world. The American troops can even remain in Irak, Afganistan, and wherever they are now, but, most effectively, with a BLUE helmet ! And all the nations will love America. God bless you ! Thank you.

W M Thomas N   January 23rd, 2009 7:31 am ET

Sorry, forgot to complete my identity. I'm from Jakarta, Indonesia.

quin   January 23rd, 2009 12:18 pm ET

I would put first on the Presidents agenda to stabalize the economy, followed by ending the war in Iraq, along with wooping Rush Limbaughs a** for wishing this President and it's cabinet to fail. I was so set back after hearing these words, but then again I wasn't being that the words were coming from an ignorant, old redneck who obviously doesn't want what most of this country, as well as the world wants and that's unity and peace throughtout the world.

Rush Limbaugh is nothiing but an old confedertate redneck who can't stand seeing an African American President who might, just might be smarter than the retarded one that just left office.

Helene   January 23rd, 2009 12:20 pm ET

I am an Attorney who worked hard to get where I am, especially working in one of the major Law firms in Montreal, Canada.

TO THOSE LADIES WHO WERE OFFENDED bY the comments made by President Obama, upon seeing his wife enter the ball room........

gET A LIFE...I could wring your neck and are you jealous?


valerie   January 23rd, 2009 12:27 pm ET

I know this is a bit off the record, but I would like to see the president appoint a committee to over see all the crap that's sold over the airways in the form of infermercials, such as the Peticure, the green bags, and many more products in which the American citizens are sucked into buyiing and never work. The airways are full of lies when it comes to products being sold that look good only to find out when you buy them they're a bunch of CRAP.

Products should do what they say they're going to do. The tummy tuckers, don't tuck, the peticures don't pluck, and the greem bags just suck.

Adarsh Kumar   January 23rd, 2009 1:14 pm ET

One thing that has not been highlighted in Pres.Obama taking office ,is that although it is the fulfillment of long cherished dream of acivil rights movement, the person who has fulfilled it has done it by going through the due process ( getting proper education, proving himself proffesionaly, getting to senate,getting ticket and eventualy winning an election) and not just by leading a mass movement.

This needs to be a lesson to leaders of movements all over the world that to accomplish your dreams you have to work your way up the system and not try to find shortcuts by opposing it blindly. Blind opposition may prvide them a moment of glory but not give them the opportunity to realy make a differance.

Mamie L. Mercier   January 23rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Just wanted to comment on Dick Cheney’s "wheel chair" episode…
All day on the news I heard how movers were onsite to help move the outgoing family in preparation for the incoming family. In the event I had movers helping me with my move, I certainly would not attempt to lift a box. Learning that Mr. Cheney happen to hurt his back and would arrive at the ceremony in a wheel chair sounded strange and did not really hit me until I listened to Joy this evening. I believe Mr. Cheney refused to acknowledge President Obama as a leader and would not pay him the respect the office of president commands.

Katya   January 23rd, 2009 10:29 pm ET

I saw your comment on food and the health care system. Thank you! I also think that the food industry is one of the biggest reasons there are so many health problems in this country. I am especially concerned with the impact of factory farming on our health and on the environment–and on animals of course (I am vegan). The food industry in this country is making money at the cost of the American people's health and the federal government subsidizes the food industry. Seems like the government is putting money into an industry that creates health problems, and then we all pay. I hope this will change. President Obama, maybe next time you eat one of those steaks, you might think about what that animal endured and how many Americans suffered as a result of the system that produced your steak. Thank you!

Leslie   January 24th, 2009 12:55 pm ET

I am a combat veteran – a year in Baghdad. I've seen what these terrorists are capable of. Since you are intent on closing GTMO, please put those who you don't turn loose, to attack us again, into prisons in the neighborhoods of those who have been clammering for you to close it. That way, if they escape, the supporters can welcome them into their homes for a cup of coffee and a nice chat trying to convince them they should play nice instead of torturing and terrorizing people.

I wish you well in your administration, because if you fail, we all suffer. I'm hoping you really have heard those of us who didn't vote for you and that you WILL become our president too – as you said in your acceptance speech.

Mrs. Obama – I have the audacity to hope you have grown beyond the scope of your Princeton thesis. If you still intend to devote your life to making things better for one race – please make it the human race. I am sorry that you were unable, until lately, to be a proud citizen of the country that has given you such opportunity. All of us in uniform, that you have been so diligently courting as of late, have been proud for a long time, and have written a blank check to this country for an amount up to and including our lives. We do this to protect our way of life in this country. A way of life that includes the freedom to disrespect this country while taking advantage of all it has to offer.

Obama children – enjoy your time in the spotlight as best you can. It's a mixed blessing. Sasha – just watching your innocence gives me hope. I love watching you interact with your dad – it is clear that you two are the fun-lovers in the family.

God speed.

paTRICE CRAMER   January 24th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

i love that mr obama became president, but i am not happy that we had to spend so much money for the inauguration.. what a waiste of money when so many people are struggling to pay their bill.
also why does the president needs that kind of car ,a huge uggly cadillac, using so much gas , and that kind of plane.
isn't it a bad picture to show to the rest of the world and to the citizens of america???? why do we always want BIGGER>?????????
but i love him,,!!!


J. Pagan   January 25th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

If I may also suggest that President Obama put on his list the REPLENISHMENT OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFIT MONIES!!

There is almost 2/3 of a billion people now out of work causing a severe strain on the benefits that we (the unemployed) need at this time. So many of us unfortunately need to SURVIVE on this income to pay our bills, to eat and other necessities that we need to sustain ourselves with.

We all payed taxes into this system as we worked for it all, so now the question is this:


J. Pagan
Bronx, NY

J. Pagan   January 25th, 2009 12:39 pm ET

Let me correct that, 2/3 of a million people out of work.

Peter Tully   July 19th, 2010 11:38 pm ET

Get a healthcare system like Canada's

Punish the banks for the big mess our economy is in, and put those rich dudes in jail for their collusion in bringing our great country to its knees

Prosecute Bush for his war crimes

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