Sister Publications




Home | Contact us | Links | Archives | Search


Issue 355 / 8th November 2008

 

Suicide bombers strike in Somaliland

 

Africa's Best Kept Secret

Our Trip to Somaliland

Front Page
News Headlines
Gitmo Detainee Transferred To Somaliland
UNICEF Deplores Stoning Of Child Rape Victim
Somalia Government Seeks Control Of .So Domain
Ethiopia Issues Terror Warning
Child Of 13 Stoned To Death In Somalia
Somalia : Yes We Can!
A Philanthropic UAE Sheikh Sends Assistance To The Victims Of Hargeysa Bombing
Local and Regional Affairs
Obama Win Brings Hope To Africa , Church Leaders Say
DC Circuit Suspends Status Review For Yemeni Held At Guantanamo
New US President Offers Hope On Global Poverty, Says Progressio
Former Somali Prime Minister To Turn For Puntland President
Somalia 's Sheikh Sharif To Step Down As Islamic Courts Chief
Pentagon Transfers 3 From Guantánamo Prison Camps
North Yorkshire Force Plays Host To Foreign Officers Including Somaliland 's
DR Congo Violence Tops Monthly Report
SOMALIA : UN And Local Elders Slam Aid Worker Kidnap
Editorial
 
Obama's Election
Supporting Somaliland's Democracy Against The Terror Act ?
Somaliland & Unisa's Department of Religious Studies represented at London 's 2008 Think Tank of the
Features & Commentry
Speech Of Kerry McCarthy At The Somali Gang And Knife Conference In Bristol
Africa In An Obama Administration
Horn Of Africa 's Challenges Grow
A Land Of Opportunity
International News
 
Obama Meets With Economic Experts For Advice
Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf Elected To The International Court Of Justice For A Term Of Nine Years
‘Don't Go To Cops Or I Will Kill You'
Obama's Kenyan Grandmother Says Will Attend Inauguration
At First News Conference, Obama Promises Stimulus Push
Obama: Getting A Family Dog Isn't Easy

Opinion

The Presence Of The UN In Somaliland Is For The Benefits Of International Employees
An American Grandma Anxiously Awaiting Elections Results In Cowpens , South Carolina
Hargeysa 29/10 Suicide Bombings: Explanations?
We Stand United - The Diaspora Grieve Over Wednesday's Attacks
Somaliland - Growing Stronger As A State Within A State
Sympathy To The Victims Of The Recent Terrorists' Attacks In Somaliland From South Africa
EXCLUSIVE: Somalia 's Islamists Up Close and Personal

Obama Meets With Economic Experts For Advice

President-elect Obama, center, meets with his economic advisory team in Chicago , Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. Facing camera, from left are, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and Time Warner Chairman Richard Parsons. Back to camera, from left are, White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanual and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President-elect Obama points down the table during a meeting with his economic advisory team in Chicago , Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. From left are, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Obama. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CHICAGO, November 7, 2008 — President-elect Obama met with economic experts Friday to discuss ways to stabilize the teetering U.S. economy that is expected to dominate his transition to power and early days in office.

Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden convened a meeting of the transition economic advisory board, a high-powered collection of business, academic and government leaders. They included Lawrence Summers, who some have mentioned as a candidate for Treasury secretary, a post he held in the Clinton administration; Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, whose state has been hit hard by losses in the auto industry; Google CEO Eric Schmidt; and former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

Rahm Emanuel, who will be Obama's White House chief of staff, also participated in the meeting.

"We're not starting from nowhere," Summers told NBC's "Today" show. "Throughout his campaign the president-elect has been talking about what we need to do. We need to put the middle class at the center of the policy approach in a way that it hasn't been these last years."

Other participants in the meeting included executives from Xerox Corp., Time Warner Inc.; and the Hyatt hotel company. Investor Warren Buffett was calling in by telephone.

Obama also was holding his first news conference as president-elect after the meeting.

It was to be Obama's first public appearance since Tuesday's election, where exit polls showed that the economy was far and away the top issue for voters. More evidence of a recession came Friday when the government reported that the unemployment rate had jumped from 6.1 percent in September to 6.5 percent in October.

Obama has been meeting privately with his transition team, receiving congratulatory phone calls from U.S. allies and intelligence briefings, and making decisions about who will help run his government.

His first choice, for White House chief of staff, was Rahm Emanuel, a fiery partisan unafraid of breaking glass and hurting feelings. The choice of Emanuel is a significant departure from the soft-spoken, low-key aides that "No-Drama Obama" surrounded himself with during the campaign. And transition chief John Podesta, like Emanuel, is a former top aide to President Clinton and a tough partisan infighter, though less bombastic than the new chief of staff.

The selections are telling for Obama, who campaigned as a nontraditional, almost "post-partisan" newcomer. People close to him say the selections show he is aware of his strengths and weaknesses, and knows what he needs to be successful as he shifts from campaigning to governing.

Transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said Obama would not announce any personnel appointments Friday.

One person frequently mentioned for a Cabinet post, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, will not be available until 2011, say officials close to him. Rendell has two years left of his term, and Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, a Democrat, is ailing. Next in line to be governor is the Republican president pro tempore the state Senate.

Rather than take the chance that the GOP would gain control of the governor's office, Rendell has signaled he will stay put for the time being.

On Friday morning, Obama and his wife, Michelle, attended a parent-teacher conference at the University of Chicago Lab School where their daughters, Malia and Sasha, are students. The couple planned to visit the White House on Monday at President Bush's invitation.

Obama planned to stay home through the weekend, with a blackout on news announcements so he and his staff can rest after the grueling campaign and the rush of Tuesday night's victory. He is planning a family getaway to Hawaii in December before they move to the White House, and to honor his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who died Sunday at her home there.

Obama, who bested Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, has made it clear he will rely heavily on veterans of her husband's eight-year administration, the only Democratic presidency in the past 28 years.

Podesta was President Clinton's chief of staff, and several other former Clinton aides are on Obama's short lists for key jobs, Democratic officials say. Some helped write a large briefing book on how to govern, assembled under Podesta's supervision.

Obama also is certain to bring to the White House a cadre of longtime aides like senior adviser David Axelrod and press secretary Robert Gibbs. Both have worked closely with Obama since he ran for the Senate in 2004.

Source: AP

 

 




         

Somaliland Times Newspaper: Publisher Haatuf Media Network, Published in Hargeysa, Somaliland

          

Editor in Chief: Yusuf Abdi Gabobe.

Assist-Editor: Abdifatah M Aideed


Somaliland Times Web Editor, Media and Technology specialist: Abdullah Mohamed Ahmed

Home | Contact us | Links | Archives| Search

Hits since 25/02/2003

Any views or opinions are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Somaliland Times unless specifically stated.