Obama: Dark Days Ahead, but Cultural Focus Will Re-Emerge

Condi makes rounds; UAW pleads for bailout
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2008 11:07 AM CST
UAW President Ron Gettelfinger testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the auto industry bailout.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama stressed that the economy will see darker times before things turn around, but promised in a Meet the Press interview that his White House will bring back a focus on culture and science. The president-elect also vowed to kick his smoking habit for good. Elsewhere on the talk circuit, Detroit jostled with Condoleezza Rice for the spotlight:

  • UAW president Ron Gettelfinger, on This Week, stressed that automakers are in dire need of congressional intervention, while Rice praised her presumed succesor, Hillary Clinton.
  • Rice expressed regrets on Fox News Sunday over faulty intelligence on Iraq.
  • On Face the Nation, Sen. Chris Dodd called for GM CEO Rick Wagoner to resign.