Preparing for the presidency

Preparing for the presidency

Obama gets ready for his new job, and the country gets ready for a new president. play videoVideo

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Score one for ObamaVideo

Obama gets his first legislative victory, before he's even sworn in.

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TransitionsVideo

As the U.S. presidency goes through a transition, so does "The Campaign Trail."

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Getting down to businessVideo

Barack Obama is in town, Congress is in session, and there's big money on the table.

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The stimulus sales pitchVideo

Obama wants an economic stimulus bill ready by Inauguration Day - but Congress isn't so sure.

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Pimp my rideVideo

An ordinary limo won't do, when you're commander-in-chief.

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On the roadVideo

Obama heads to Washington, leaving sun and surf and a scandal behind.

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Protesting the president-electVideo

Obama hasn't even taken office yet - and already, a sticky foreign policy situation is prompting protests.

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Duffer-in-chiefVideo

Never mind his policies, how's Obama's golf game?

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Senate seat for sale?Video

Is the drama surrounding President-elect Obama's old job overshadowing his new one?

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Intrigue in IllinoisVideo

President-elect Obama reveals what he knows about the Gov. Blagojevich scandal.

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Score one for ObamaVideo

Obama gets his first legislative victory, before he's even sworn in.

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TransitionsVideo

As the U.S. presidency goes through a transition, so does "The Campaign Trail."

image

Getting down to businessVideo

Barack Obama is in town, Congress is in session, and there's big money on the table.

image

The stimulus sales pitchVideo

Obama wants an economic stimulus bill ready by Inauguration Day - but Congress isn't so sure.

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Pimp my rideVideo

An ordinary limo won't do, when you're commander-in-chief.

image

On the roadVideo

Obama heads to Washington, leaving sun and surf and a scandal behind.

image

Protesting the president-electVideo

Obama hasn't even taken office yet - and already, a sticky foreign policy situation is prompting protests.

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Duffer-in-chiefVideo

Never mind his policies, how's Obama's golf game?

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Senate seat for sale?Video

Is the drama surrounding President-elect Obama's old job overshadowing his new one?

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Intrigue in IllinoisVideo

President-elect Obama reveals what he knows about the Gov. Blagojevich scandal.

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Gift-giving made easyVideo

There are Obama souvenirs for every Democrat on your shopping list.

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Completing the CabinetVideo

The Obama administration is looking more complete, and a little curious.

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Hawk or dove?Video

Will Obama's Cabinet picks please Iraq war critics?

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They've got gameVideo

Obama has a Cabinet, and maybe a basketball team too.

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Friends and foesVideo

Barack Obama keeps his friends close and his enemies closer.

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Bye-Bye BlackberryVideo

The tech savvy President-elect may have to say farewell to a digital companion.

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Personal lifeVideo

Obama reveal his thoughts about having his mother-in-law move in to the White House.

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No Bias: Is Bill in the way?Video

Campbell Brown asks if former President Bill Clinton will end up hurting Sen. Hillary Clinton's chances for secretary of state.

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Stopping by, and dropping outVideo

Obama stops by the White House, then drops out of sight.

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Watching and waitingVideo

Obama promises to proceed with "deliberate haste".

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Inside the White HouseVideo

What the Obamas will find, when they move into their new home.

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A longshot-turned-landslideVideo

The campaign ends, and history happens.

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Past, president and futureVideo

Why Obama's election would have been unimaginable, not very long ago.

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Playing politicsVideo

The campaign may be over, but there's always politics!

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The endless campaign, endsVideo

The last big push, on the path to the presidency.

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Looking ahead, and looking backVideo

What you need to know about the election, and what none of us will forget.

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Up the trail...Video

The campaign ends, but the Campaign Trail rolls on.

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Confidence and combativenessVideo

One candidate senses victory, the other strategizes a comeback.

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The big battlegroundsVideo

McCain has little margin for error, in his plan to win several key states.

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Flip-flopping fan?Video

Is Obama batting from both sides of the plate?

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The polls, the plans and the plumberVideo

The candidates unveil their economic plans, while watching the polls and a now-famous plumber.

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Is it over yet?Video

The polls tell a story, but the candidates urge caution.

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Just a regular JoeVideo

Winning votes is all about appealing to the average Joe - but which Joe?

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The mean seasonVideo

The tone gets tougher, as Obama and McCain intensify their attacks.

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Don't get mad, get mellowVideo

The angrier John McCain gets, the mellower Barack Obama seems.

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Supportive spammersVideo

Why billions of Obama e-mails may start showing up in your inbox.

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Rescue plan and running matesVideo

The presidential candidates spar over the economy, while the running mates butt heads in their debate.

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Policy and personalityVideo

Biden's facts and Palin's folksiness - who came out ahead in the VP debate?

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Mixing up the matchups?Video

Biden vs. McCain? Palin vs. Obama? Which debate would you really like to see?

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Bailout, backout and back-inVideo

The debate over a financial bailout plan, nearly derails the first presidential debate.

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Campaign, crash and the cashVideo

John McCain becomes the man in the middle of the bailout dispute.

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Puzzle parity?Video

No debate here: Obama is the clear favorite in crossword puzzles.

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Mainstreet USA: Cambridge OHVideo

The Election Express stops in the town of Cambridge, Ohio to find out how people in this small town are dealing with the Wall Street meltdown.

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Getting ready to rumbleVideo

Four weeks, three presidential debates, two candidates - and only one can win.

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The 'other' debateVideo

The running mates get to debate, too - and theirs could be the most interesting of all.

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Bring on the fighting wordsVideo

From international imitators to talking snowmen - the influence and impact of the presidential debates.

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Big money and a big messVideo

A campaign blame game, from Wall Street to Washington.

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Market 'fundamentals'Video

What, "fundamentally", was McCain trying to say about the economy?

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One market that hasn't crashedVideo

There's a brisk business, for one candidate's campaign clothing.

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Palin's powerVideo

The republican vice president candidate becomes a campaign powerhouse, a magazine cover girl and a plastic superhero.

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Agents of changeVideo

The democrats and now the republicans claim they are the true agents of change.

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Top gaffesVideo

The candidates often say things they wish the media could just forget.

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A headliner, a historic moment and a hurricaneVideo

The Republican party holds their convention, while the democrats go on the offense.

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Battleground statesVideo

A look at how the candidates are doing in a new poll for key battleground states.

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Candidate nicknamesVideo

How did "Barracuda", "McNasty", "O'Bomber", and "The Dash" get their names?

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McCain, Obama talk economyVideo

U.S. presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama offer different economic plans. CNN's Isha Sesay takes a look.

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Democrats make history, McCain makes his choiceVideo

Hillary and Obama unite the party and McCain chooses his running mate.

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The DNC without a press passVideo

CNN ireporters make contributions from Denver's Democratic National Convention.

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Colorado, condoms and crazy hatsVideo

The truth about condoms and McCain and the democrats styling and profiling in Denver.

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The parties party!Video

Two weeks, two candidates, two conventions - what's it all about, anyway?

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The stagecraftVideo

The conventions do serve a purpose, but they're also just a big show.

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Protests and political karaokeVideo

Even if you're not invited to the conventions, there are still ways to be a part of it all.

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Running mates, rebuttals, and convention rehearsalsVideo

Barack Obama picks a running mate, John McCain picks a fight.

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Wild, wild westVideo

A look at the western battle ground states.

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Going back in timeVideo

A 100 year old mystery linked to the 1908 Denver Democratic National Convention.

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The pause that refreshesVideo

Even presidential candidates need a break once in a while.

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McCain's moment?Video

With Obama away, and a foreign policy issue at center stage, could this be McCain's moment?

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If you can't beat them, join themVideo

Which candidate would you like to vacation with?

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Going full throttleVideo

What biker rallies and underinflated tires have to do with the candidates' energy plans.

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Energized over energyVideo

Some strange takes on a serious subject.

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The Truth-O-Meter flips outVideo

Another gadget is added to the Truth-O-Meter's arsenal.

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The tone gets tougherVideo

The candidates squabble over celebrity and "the race card."

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VP possibilitiesVideo

Speculation steps up, about who the running mates will be.

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Campaign fashion platesVideo

Never mind the polls, what about the clothes?

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Frequent-flyer foreign policyVideo

Barack Obama goes abroad and the news stars of all three major U.S. broadcast networks go with him.

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Campaigning at homeVideo

John McCain stays in the U.S. and tries to grab some of the spotlight at home.

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Food for thoughtVideo

The saying goes: "You are what you eat"-so we'll analyze the candidates' favorite restaurants in their home states.

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The conflicts and the candidatesVideo

Two candidates, two wars and two different strategies.

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Muslim mythsVideo

A controversial cartoon fuels a rumor that refuses to die.

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If it's Tuesday, it must be CzechoslovakiaVideo

Why a defunct country is the talk of the campaign.

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The issues, and the sideshowsVideo

The candidates get serious, but summer turns into the silly season.

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Red states, blue statesVideo

Examining Obama's "50-state" strategy.

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Cows, calves and kitty catsVideo

Even animals can't escape news about the campaign.

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Bankruptcy law changes neededVideo

Sen. Barack Obama explains his plan for bankurptcy law changes that would help people in financial distress.

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Flip flops and shakeupsVideo

The candidates change positions, and one changes leadership.

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Travels and tribulationsVideo

Why are the candidates going places where there aren't any votes?

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Dissing the fist bump?Video

The greeting grabs headlines, again.

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Unity, finallyVideo

Two former competitors join forces on the trail.

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What next, Hillary?Video

What role will Clinton play now?

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Presidential video gamesVideo

Modern campaigns go old school, arcade-style.

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Big oil, and big bucksVideo

The candidates spar over energy prices - and the cost of the campaign.

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Opting outVideo

What Obama's decision to skip public financing, will mean.

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Presidential petsVideo

What critters would you rather see in the White House?

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The economy and accusationsVideo

Two candidates remain, and the economy is still issue number one.

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McCain's new strategyVideo

John McCain lays out his plans for the battle with Barack Obama.

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Standing with George W. BushVideo

How many times did McCain and Obama vote with Bush?

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History, and HillaryVideo

Obama finally gets there, but Clinton finds it hard to give up.

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What went right, and wrongVideo

How did Obama win, and how did Clinton lose?

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Hillary's greatest hitsVideo

What we'll all miss about Hillary Clinton.

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