President-Elect Barack Obama

From Ben Smith at Politico: The Daily Telegraph has a list of “50 facts you might not know” about Barack Obama that could be interpreted as a Christmas wish list for the president-elect. Some examples: He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics. His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. […]

From Ben Smith at Politico: Jeremiah Wright spoke to a black student group at Northwestern last night, and Bill Ayers showed up. This past Spring, Northwestern rescinded its offer of an honorary degree to Wright.

President-elect Obama’s advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to make good on a promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.

The rise of our President-elect was not fueled by just ebullient star power trumping arcane theory. In 2001, through Clinton era reluctance, and a Bush administration with suspect ties to Saudi oil magnates, our nation experienced its painful adolescence in the form of a hideous terrorist attack. The foreign policy blunders of the New World […]

According to, when Buck Burnette, a back-up center for the University of Texas football team, realized that Barack Obama would win the 2008 election, he posted this update on his Facebook page: “All the hunters gather up, we have a N$%&er in the White House.”

Unpacking the immediate results of Barack Obama’s landslide victory is complicated work. A wave of jubilation has swept much of the nation; for the first time in my life, Americans spontaneously took to the streets to celebrate something other than a sports championship.

There will no doubt be a few common threads of analysis that will emerge in the aftermath Senator Barack Obama’s defeat of John McCain in the 2008 Presidential contest. Many will debate the merits of the dominance of the Democrats in the Executive and Legislative wings of government. Others will remark on the near flawless […]

From FP Passport: Today, former Clinton advisor and Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel accepted Barack Obama’s offer to be chief of staff for the incoming president. The pick of Emanuel is our first glimpse into the future Obama White House, and it has already thrown apprehensive Democrats and jaded Republicans alike into a tizzy. Perhaps for […]

From Foreign Policy Passport: He’s the biggest celebrity in the world. And today, after meeting with his economic advisors, he’ll be giving his first press conference as president-elect of the most powerful country on Earth. So, what should the media ask Barack Obama? I imagine most questions will be related to the transition and cabinet […]

President-elect Obama is seeking some economic advice from leaders of business, government and academia, making the struggling economy — the nation’s No. 1 concern — his first order of public business. Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden were to meet Friday with 17 members of their transition economic advisory board. Members include former presidential Cabinet […]

Whether whites supported Barack Obama or not, they don’t seem to have lied to pollsters about it.

President-elect Obama accepted congratulations from nine presidents and prime ministers Thursday, returning calls from world leaders who reached out after his presidential victory.