2 Legis. & Pol'y Brief [i] (2009-2010)

handle is hein.journals/legpb2 and id is 1 raw text is: Volume 2, Issue 1 (2010) Fall 2009 -
The First Year of the Obama Presidency
Editor's Welcome - November 30, 2009
Dear Readers,
The last year in American politics has been momentous. In November 2008,
George W. Bush left office and was replaced by Barack Obama, the nation's first
African American President. For all Americans, regardless of political party, it
was a sign that our nation has taken a significant step forward from the era of
Jim Crow and segregation. That President Obama won the southern states of
North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia, the capitol of the old Confederacy, also
spoke to how far our country has come.
But it has not been smooth sailing for President Obama. After a year in office, he
has struggled with various crises, from the economy, to the wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq, to health care. The opposition to many of his policy goals has been
fierce, both from within his own party as well as from Republicans. In this issue
of the Legislation and Policy Brief, we dissect three areas that were crucial to
Barack Obama's presidential campaign: lobbying reform, increasing
transparency, and passing important legislation through Congress. The broad
range of ideas in this issue makes it clear that, although President Obama has put
America on a path toward resolving these crises, these central problems in
government remain unresolved.
In January 2009, the Legislation & Policy Brief will host a Roundtable Live panel
discussing President Obama's first year in office, the topics written about in this
publication, and what is to come in the next year. We invite you to join us in
what we believe will be a lively conversation.
As the third issue, and first of the new academic year, reaches publication, it is
important that I thank the editors and my fellow editorial board members for
their important work during this semester. Their tireless work made this issue
possible, and I am proud to share it with you.

Thank you for your interest in the Legislation and Policy Brief.

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