BEHIND THE NEWS: Symbolism of the meeting

November 10, 2008 2:31:14 PM PST
I suspect it's a show of the stability of the U.S. government -- aimed at other countries, and also at Americans themselves. The picture of the Bush and Obama families, one greeting the other, at the entrance to the White House, symbolizes the orderly transition of power in our democracy.

The symbolism is dramatic, and, now, Barack Obama, or at least some of his people, can finally measure for curtains in the White House - a charge just 10 days ago from John McCain on the campaign trail, but now a reality.

Obama is hitting the ground running - and he's certainly trying to show that he is. Understandable if he's exhausted after a nearly two-year run for the Presidency, but he's not appearing to let up.

And how could he, politically? The economy is in shambles -- witness today's announcements of a revamped AIG bailout, the bankruptcy of Circuit City and the closing of DHL's U.S. operations -- and top of the Obama agenda has to be figuring how hard and how quickly he attacks dealing with the economic crisis.

Tonight at 11, we'll have the latest on Obama's White House visit, and the economy.

And thank you to everyone who emailed me suggestions about how you're coping with the slump and tips on how to save money. We're accumulating your ideas and will put them in this space on Wednesday. If you have some ideas, please click HERE.

We're also closely following a horrible murder in Brooklyn, where a Meals On Wheels deliveryman was shot and killed this morning, as he made a food delivery to an apartment in the Brownsville section. So tragic - and now cops are trying to figure out why this worker was killed, and who did it. Jim Dolan is our reporter on the story tonight.

And Lucy Yang is on Long Island, where authorities and residents are trying to come to grips with a heinous bias crime. An Ecuadorian native was stabbed and killed -- targeted, police say, because he was Hispanic. A 17-year-old is being held without bail - and six other teens are facing assault charges. The U.S. Attorney's office is also looking into the case.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.