Narration: How do we understand this President and his time in office?
Do we look at the day’s headlines? Or do we remember what we, as a country, have been through?
Austan Goolsbee: The President-elect is here in Chicago and he named the members of the economic team. And they all fly in for the first big briefing on the economy.
David Axelrod: What was described in that meeting was an economic crisis beyond anything anybody had imagined.
President Barack Obama: Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions, that time has surely passed.
Narration: His advisers would ask, where to begin? Which urgent need would he put first?
Rahm Emanuel: Which is one? Which is two? Which is three? Which is four? Which is five? Where do you start?
Vice President Joe Biden: If we don’t do this now it’ll be a generation before thirty million people have health insurance.
Elizabeth Warren: If the auto industry goes down what happens to America’s manufacturing base, what happens to jobs in America, what happens to the whole Midwest?
Vice President Joe Biden: Entire national security apparatus was in that room. And now we had to make a decision, go or not go.
As he walked out the room, it start, it dawned on me, he’s all alone.
This is his decision. Nobody is standing there with him.
[The Road We’ve Traveled]
“….the best way to sum up the job the President has done if you need a real shorthand: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.”