WASHINGTON - A message of hope.
That's what we heard from President Obama in his acceptance speech here today.
And messages of hope both from our guests on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com as well as the bulk of the callers.
Obama has an impressive agenda before him. Expectations are high. The question is, will he meet those expectations?
The mood here in Washington is jubilant. The feeling, optimistic among the millions here for the inauguration. Not so on Wall Street where the market is down.
Josh Silver, the executive director of Free Press,net a national, nonpartisan organization that he co-founded with Robert McChesney and John Nichols in 2002 to engage citizens in media policy debates and create a more democratic and diverse media system, was a guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com during our expanded inaguration coverage. Silver is concerned about the decrease in journalistic resources in Washington. He believes journalists using the Internet will eventually fill the void and hopes that they will set the reporting agenda by critically reporting on the new adminsitration and by following the money trail when investigating stories.
Stewart Acuff who was named director of organizing for the AFL-CIO in October, 2002 by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, is hopeful the Obama administration will help working class Americans find jobs that provide incomes that give them dignity. A guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com during our expanded inauguration coverage, Acuff hopes that universal health care will be part of the Obama agenda.
Robert Borosage, president of the Institute for America's Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America's Future was a guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com during our expanded inaugural coverage. Borosage is dismissive of those who believe that Obama is abandoning the progressive principles he espoused even before becoming a candidate for president. Principles that prompted both organizations to support him in his bid for the U.S. senate and then, subsequently, when Obama declared for the presidency.
Pat O'Hara is a founder of the Black Irish Urban Coalition and was active in the Irish Americans for Obama organization. O'Hara, a guest during News Talk Online on Paltalk.com's expanded inaugural coverage was an early and enthusastic supporter of the president and says he is hopeful that he can reach many of the goals he has set for himself, in spite of the many obvious hurdles Obama faces.
Robert Weiner, a spokesman in the Clinton administration as well as for several former congressman believes in transparency in government. Weiner, a guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com's inaugural coverage believes that Obama will provide as much information to the public as he possibly can, embracing new technologies, most notably the Internet, to help get his message out to a greater constituency during his presidency.