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          Pressures of the President

          January 19, 2009

           

          The slogan “Yes We Can”, and the words hope and change are the foundation and spirit of President-elect Barack Obama’s platform. Excitement swirls as the inauguration approaches, possibly one of the biggest events in American history. Tickets for the inaugural parade were gone in seconds, and the swearing-in of the 44th president is sure to be a star-studded event. But as the optimism and excitement grows, so too grows the hype. The pressures on the soon-to-be commander-in-chief, including reinvigorating the economy and ending the war, are so enormous you may be wondering how even a strong man can withstand it. 

           

          The Millennium Generation

          Dr. Phil correspondent SuChin Pak catches up with The Barack Nation, a group of college students traveling in an RV from Santa Barbara, CA to Washington D.C. for the inauguration. Learn why they’re so determined to watch their new president be sworn in. And, hear from young political activists with differing points of view.

           

          “Obama has made it his job to come to the young people where they are.”

           


           

          Ready for the Job?

          Washington insiders Ari Fleischer and Arianna Huffington discuss the challenges President-elect Obama will face and the qualities he embodies that will help him succeed as the country’s 44th president.

           

          “America voted for a hope, but we all have a lot to learn about how Barack Obama will govern.”

           


           

          Life Under the Microscope

          Carl Anthony, author and historian for the National First Ladies Library, shares some of the pressures that former presidents and their children faced while living at the White House. Find out why Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, might have it even harder.

           

          “This is the last moment of absolute innocence.”

           


           

          Accelerated Aging?

          Dr. Travis Stork, host of the hit show The Doctors, sheds light on the physical toll that stress can take on the president. See how the previous commander-in-chief aged while running the country, and find out what Obama can expect to look and feel like at the end of his term. 

           

          “It can cause premature death.”

           


           

          Top Trends to Come

          The Obama family is already impacting everything from fashion to technology. Trend-spotter Ann Mack shares the top trends the American people can expect to see after inauguration day.

           

          From technology to style, the Obama’s are at the forefront.

           

          Tune in Thursday to watch the post-inauguration follow-up show!

           

           
           

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