Mark Halperin’s Three Things

Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Wednesday, January 21.

  1. Watch President Barack Obama’s first full day in office. Though he and the first lady were celebrating at inaugural balls well into the early morning, the new president has a busy Wednesday ahead of him. He’s holding meetings with his economic team and his military leaders, as well as attending a prayer service at the National Cathedral. Watch the substantive decisions as well as the stylistic choices he makes today. Together, they will begin to set the tone for his presidency.
  2. Watch the confirmation processes for Obama nominees. The full Senate confirmed cabinet secretaries and the director of the Office of Management and Budget Tuesday afternoon, but two key figures – Hillary Clinton and Timothy Geithner – were among those not voted on. The Senate plans to vote on Clinton’s nomination Wednesday morning, despite objections from Sen. Cornyn over possible conflicts of interest with the secretary of state nominee’s work and her husband’s foundation. Geithner’s hearing for Treasury secretary begins today at 10 am ET before the Finance Committee and will likely include questions about his tax mistakes. Watch to see how smoothly – or not – those two confirmations go.
  3. Watch the Republicans. Inauguration Day was a day of good cheer in Washington, but there are still a lot of questions about whether Republicans in the House and the Senate will cooperate with Obama. It’s unclear what kind of tone and substance they will have in dealing with the Obama administration, so watch for the first clues today.
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