The War Is On; Where's the Army?
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The Obama campaign motivated some 13 million volunteers, but many now feel abandoned by the Obama White House. Has he failed to build a movement to push his agenda or has Washington changed him more than he has changed Washington? Also, the President's Q&A with the GOP, and Tony Blair talks about Saddam Hussein, weapons of mass destruction and the war in Iraq.
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Obama Travels into the Lions' Den ()
In his State of the Union address, the President repeated his willingness to hear ideas from Republicans. Today, he actually did, in a question and answer session with GOP members of Congress at a retreat in Baltimore, a session that was televised from beginning to end. Andy Barr is a reporter for Politico.com.
- Andy Barr: Reporter, Politico.com
Can Obama Woo Back the Grassroots? ()
The big story of the 2008 presidential campaign was the massive, grassroots army of some 13 million volunteers that Barack Obama recruited with the promise of change. The big question of 2009 was how those political soldiers could help accomplish the goals they fought for. Now, more and more of those supporters say they're being left out of the action by a White House that's all too comfortable with Wall Street and Washington's ways. Did Obama raise unrealistic expectations? Has he missed the opportunity to build a movement, or is governing just different from running a campaign? We hear from grassroots supporters, both current and former.
- Micah Sifry: Executive Editor of TechPresident.com
- Mary Jane Stevenson: California State Director, Organizing for America
- Marta Evry: Former Regional Field Organizer, Obama Campaign
- Bim Ayandele: former Associate, White House Office of Public Engagement
- Fred Hiatt: Editorial Page Editor, Washington Post
Tony Blair Testifies about the Iraq War ()
Seven years ago, Prime Minister Tony Blair made Britain America’s most prominent ally in the war in Iraq, ultimately committing 40,000 soldiers. But no weapons of mass destruction were ever found, and Blair’s actions helped lead to his ouster from office. Today, he defended his actions in public, as the star witness before an official inquiry into Britain’s role in the war. Ben Quinn is reporting from London for the Christian Science Monitor.
- Ben Quinn: Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor
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