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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sunday Morning "Talking Heads" 11-30-2008

George Wenschhof

Hard to believe this Sunday will mark 26 days since Barack Obama won a 2-1 electoral victory to become President-elect. Although he will not be President until January 20 when he is sworn in, he and his transition team has hit the ground running.

Today, expect more discussion on Obama's selection for White House staff and his Cabinet. Since he began unveiling his economic team the Dow Jones has continued to exhibit a gain every day. There is a little gossip being spread around on Lawrence Summers who was picked to head the National Economic Council - seems he has been a consultant with a major Hedge Fund Firm, D.E. Shaw & Co. for the last two years and has announced he will resign. But on the whole, the economic team has been well received by both the voters and the financial community.

More talk will most likely be focused on the national security and foreign policy team that will be announced next week with Hillary Clinton leading the way as Secretary of State. President Medvedev of Russia has continued to express his displeasure over the planned "missile shield" to be deployed in Poland and other European countries. Al Qaeda 2nd in command. Atman al-Zawahri also appeared in the news via a tape recording saying the U.S. led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are responsible for the current economic crisis.

The recent tragic terrorist activities in Mumbai, India will receive a lot of attention as no one wants anything to provoke a war between India and Pakistan, two nuclear armed nations. Also, additional deployment of U.S. troops to Afghanistan and hopefully a economic development plan to aid the country will be discussed. In addition, the US.-Iraq Security Agreement was ratified by the Iraqi Parliament. Expect discussion on what this means to the incoming Obama administration.

Here is the morning lineup - check local listings for the time in your area.

NBC "Meet The Press" - Tom Brokaw will interview first Lady Laura Bush, Billionaire Ted Turner and Afghanistan Ambassador to the U.S. Said Jawad.

ABC "This Week" - Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Richard Lugar (R-IN). The roundtable discussion will include George Will, Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, and Torie Clarke.

CBS "Face The Nation" - Bob Schieffer will interview Bob Woodward, Fareed Zakaria (he has his own foreign policy interview show on CNN which I have watched a handful of times and he is very good), Michael Eric Dyson and Jane Mayer.

Fox News Sunday - Chris Wallace will interview Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo), and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) who is facing a runoff election with Democratic challenger Jim Martin on December 2.

CNN "Late Edition" - Wolf Blitzer will interview Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) who will be replacing Senator Schumer (D-NY) who stepped down as chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Also appearing will be Senator Arlan Specter (R-PA) and UAW President Ron Gettelfinger.


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