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Former 'First Grannies' (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post | Willow Lindley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

As people wonder whether 'First Granny' Marian Robinson will join her family in the White House this January, we had to wonder about the other first g...

The Obama Honeymoon

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Barack Obama has the chance to create an impressive and paradigm-shifting package of legislation and new public programs. People voted for change. Now let's do it.

Obama's White House Hires Show Respect For Congress

Congressional Quarterly | Jonathan Allen, CQ Staff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Among the small number of White House staff announcements made so far by President-elect Barack Obama , most of the top spots have gone to recent Capi...

Obama's Herculean Challenge

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Obama will fail if he tries anything "inside the box." The only way he's going to pull us out of this multifaceted manure pile is by being open to big bold ideas and then taking Herculean steps.

Obama Names Valerie Jarrett Senior White House Advisor

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama has formally named his friend Valerie Jarrett to be a senior adviser in the White House. Her official title will be "se...

Obama Faces Test: Will He Close White House Political Office?

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was a standard applause line on the campaign trail: Barack Obama condemned the "perpetual campaign" that has consumed Washington, contending that t...

Obama and Pelosi's First Conversation

Stephen H. Baum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen H. Baum

"I [Barack Obama] am President of all the people. I will do everything within my power to make heroes of those who work for the common good. I don't need the credit."

In Defense of the 2009 (and Beyond) Dream

Jane Devin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Devin

If we can dream it, it is possible. A battle to revitalize the human spirit requires no enemies, and a revolution of peace requires no violence.

An Obama Victory Garden

Isabel Cowles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Isabel Cowles

After he saves the economy, begins timely withdrawals from Iraq and negotiates with unruly world leaders, Mr. Obama ought to get his hands dirty by planting a White House vegetable garden.

Yes It Was... A Mandate for "Progressive Patriotism"

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

As president, Obama is historically situated to reframe the American conversation around democracy, diplomacy, opportunity and a greener world. What's more patriotic than the story of progress?

Progressive Patriotism: How the 44th President Can Change Washington and America

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

It was a "change" election all right, but will it actually change Washington and America? November 2008 wasn't so much a culmination as it was the beginning of a new chapter in our national story.

Avoiding Turkey-Time Misery

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

If you know you are anticipating a meal laced with digs and putdowns, subtle and overt, either political, personal, or a combo practice changing the subject.

Desmond Tutu Compares Obama to Nelson Mandela; Calls Him "Post-Racial" President

Sean Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Jacobs

Tutu counsels that Obama "could squander the goodwill that his election has generated if he does not move quickly and decisively on the international front."

Barack Obama's White House Chef

Josh Brusin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Josh Brusin

Could you imagine asking Charlie Trotter to make you a grilled cheese sandwich and potato chips? Or Rick Bayless to just make you a bowl of oatmeal?

Looking Back with Pride, Looking Forward with Hope

Madeleine Albright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine Albright

There is a promise in Obama's election that goes beyond any explicit pledge made during the campaign. That potential may be found in the reaffirmation of America's identity as a true land of opportunity.

Wash Post: Obama Agenda Likely To Be One Of The Smallest Since 1960s

Washington Post | Paul C. Light | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama is currently mulling one of the largest legislative agendas in modern history. He promised it, and the public expects it....

Sarah Palin Will Never Be President -- Trust Me

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The Republican Party is only a step away from becoming the fringe of the fringe -- and I speak as a former lifelong Republican who, up through the 2000 primary campaign supported McCain.

The President-Elect

Bob Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edwards

I grew up in segregationist Louisville, Kentucky. Jim Crow is not a page in a history book to me -- I was there and I lived it.

Not Everyone in Europe Happy America Has Black President

Sean Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Jacobs

Though Europeans generally rejoiced in Barack Obama's election as 44th President of the US, a number of leading European lawmakers and journalists have made "foot-in-mouth comments."

Media 'In the Tank' for Obama? Studies Don't Prove It (So Far) -- And Here's Why

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Can the media be faulted if one candidate is committing the major share of gaffes or making the most inaccurate statements in speeches and in ads? Is it "bias" to recognize that?

Not Black President Obama, Just President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The ritual preface of the word "black" in front of any and every achievement or breakthrough that an African-American makes is insulting, condescending and minimizes their achievement.

Dont You Get It? We Need a President of All the People!

Stephen H. Baum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen H. Baum

The pressure on Obama from self-centered, single-Issue constituencies has started. Don't you get it? We have an opportunity unlike any other for dec...

After the (Grand Old) Party: Don't Go Home Just Yet

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

If the crowds celebrating Obama's victory go home in 2009, his Administration will achieve disappointing results. The President-Elect will confront a variety of national and global crises.

Lucky Diamond's Take on the Lucky Obama Dog!

Wendy Diamond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wendy Diamond

Just like an ideal candidate must fit the nations needs, the ideal White House dog must fit the Obama family's needs.

Is Obama Screwing His Base with Rahm Emanuel Selection?

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

It is unclear how serious of a blow Obama's selection of Rahm Emanuel as Chief-of-Staff is to those who hoped that Obama might actually steer the country in a more progressive direction.