Should Barack Obama Go Big or Go Cautious?

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Barack Obama has said the economic crisis means that a range of campaign promises will have to be delayed. But he's also said there are "certain investments we cannot delay, precisely because the economy is in turmoil." Was the election a mandate for big change or cautious pragmatism? We hear different opinions. Also, Treasury Secretary Paulson shifts the focus of his bailout plan, and UN peace-keepers are on the ground in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but a humanitarian disaster is happening anyway.  We'll get the background.

Banner image: President-elect Barack Obama at his first post-election press conference last Friday, flanked by his vice president-elect Joe Biden (L), his new chief of staff Rahm Emanuel (R), and members of his Transition Economic Advisory Board. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images



Warren Olney