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Bundled people pack the National Mall for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama in Washington, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP)
People pack the National Mall for the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. (AP)

New president. New policy. New colors. New cool. On Guantanamo and interrogation and ethics and transparency. On Inauguration Day, on the Mall in Washington, on the dance floors, at the balls — new hope.

But there are old problems out there looking bigger and badder by the day, on banks and the economy and more. President Obama gets to keep his Blackberry. He’ll need it. And a whole lot more.

This hour, On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the jammed headlines of the Obama era’s first days.

You can join the conversation. What do you make of Obama’s beginning? Tell us what you think.Guests:

From Washington, we're joined by Ruth Marcus, editorial writer and columnist at The Washington Post.

Also from Washington is Joseph Williams, deputy Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe.  He's covering the new Obama administration.

And from Hanover, N.H., is Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic.

This program aired on January 23, 2009.


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