Obama Returns to DC, Packing Epic To-Do List

Terrorism trumped health care over vacation, and there's more
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2010 2:23 PM CST
The Obamas return to the White House today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama is back at the White House after an 11-day vacation in Hawaii, and he has his work cut out for him. USA Today runs down the most pressing issues awaiting the president in 2010.

  • Terrorism: The attempted bombing of Flight 253 returned security to the top of the list. Some heads may roll after the near-catastrophe.

  • Health care: The biggest issue before the holiday break is also likely to be the defining one of Obama's domestic legacy, and a bill could cross his desk this month.
  • Afghanistan: The president's international legacy may well depend on his record here, starting with the troop surge that's already under way.
  • Global warming: Copenhagen was a bit of a wash, and cap-and-trade probably won't get out of Congress alive, but the president has made clean energy and green jobs a big part of his plan.
To check out the whole list, click here.

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