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What will President-elect Barack Obama do once in office? What can he realistically do?

From the nation's economic crisis and its bloated budget deficit to the crises in health care and foreign policy, four Cornell professors agreed that Obama's reform agenda faces daunting challenges. The problems also include working with wounded Republicans, frustrations from the inherent complexities of the nation's woes and the glacial pace of Congress.

Taking part in the post-election panel discussion Nov. 5 in Goldwin Smith Hall, were:

  • Richard Booth, professor of city and regional planning
  • Ted Lowi, the John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions
  • M. Elizabeth Sanders, professor of government
  • Joel Silbey, the President White Professor of History Emeritus

The event was presented by Cornell in Washington.

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