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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sunday Morning "Talking Heads" Guests for 1-18-2009

George Wenschhof Bio

This will be the last Sunday morning political pundits will be addressing Barack Obama as President-elect. The Whistle Stop Inauguration Tour has stops in Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore on Saturday prior to arriving in Washington D.C. On Tuesday, January 20 history will be made as the first African-American is sworn in as the 44th President.

Do not expect much to be said about the farewell 15 minute speech given by President George W. Bush Thursday night. Not much was said and how could it be as he leaves office with a 29.8% approval rating. Conversely, the incoming President-elect, Barack Obama approval rating is 73.2%. The approval ratings are from

Expect discussion Sunday morning to be focused on all of the Inaugural activities, including all of the state Inaugural Balls scheduled for this weekend. President-elect Obama also received his first legislative victory as he persuaded enough senators to provide him with a 52-42 voice vote in favor of releasing the remaining 350 Billion from the bailout bill. This action along with the 825 Billion Stimulus Bill presented by the House this week and endorsed by Obama will surely receive analysis today.

Confirmation Hearings of many nominees for Cabinet positions took place this week so this will be reviewed today. Timothy Geithner with his unpaid taxes and Maid issues, Eric Holder with his pardon of Marc Rich and Hillary Clinton with questions pertaining to donations to the Bill Clinton foundation will all likely be mentioned. However, all are expected to receive confirmation.

The ongoing saga surrounding the appointment of Roland Burris by Illinois Rod Blagojevich, who is facing impeachment, may finally be off the front burner as Burris was sworn in as senator on Thursday.

Let's also not forget we still have a conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip that has been ongoing for weeks now in spite of the UN unanimous resolution calling for a cease-fire. This in addition to the ongoing U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

So grab your coffee or tea and enjoy the Sunday morning "Talking Heads". The following is a list of the scheduled guests on the shows. As always, check your local listings for time and channel.

NBC "Meet The Press" - David Gregory will interview incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. The roundtable discussion will include Tom Brokaw, David Brooks, Doris Goodwin, Travis Smiley, and Chuck Todd.

ABC "This Week" - George Stephanopoulos has David Axelrod who will be a Senior White House Adviser to Obama. The roundtable will include George Will, Donna Brazile, Gwen Ifill, EJ Dionne, and Matthew Dodd.

CBS "Face The Nation" - Bob Schieffer will have Larry Summers who will be Obama's White House Economic Adviser.

Fox News Sunday - Chris Wallace will interview House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) and incoming White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

CNN "State of The Union" - John King is the host of this new show which replaces "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer. He interview Barack Obama in Ohio on Friday and will show clips from that interview. Also appearing are David Axelrod, Dana Perino and Ed Gillespie.


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