President-Elect Barack Obama (Photo: BarackObama.com)
Though we're still 71 days away from his inauguration, President-Elect Barack Obama is attending his first-ever meeting in the Oval Office today to discuss with President Bush the enormous challenges he faces after he is sworn in.
Today’s meeting at the White House shows how President-Elect Obama is intensively preparing to lead the nation. In fact, shortly after wining this historic election, his transition team launched a new website to seek feedback from the American people on their visions for his presidency.
We had a similar idea with our priorities poll, but focused through the lens of preservation. The good news? People are noticing.
Just this weekend, the Boston Globe published a front-page article examining how a campaign run on the premise of change has inspired groups across the country to reach out to the new administration and let the President-Elect know about their priorities. The National Trust for Historic Preservation was featured in the story's lead paragraph.
Labor unions want President-elect Barack Obama to move quickly on universal healthcare and to make it easier for workers to organize. Latino advocacy groups want immigration reform. Even the National Trust for Historic Preservation is urging Obama to seek full federal funding 'to protect our heritage.'
As we prepare our official public policy agenda for Congress and the Obama Administration, we want to ensure that the voices of preservationists in the trenches around the country remain a part of the ongoing conversation about this important transition.
If you haven't already, please take our poll of preservation priorities for President-Elect Barack Obama and consider joining the PreservationNation readers who have left comments about important role that stewardship and heritage plays in their communities.
And remember, sharing your perspective with us is just as important for our work on Capitol Hill, too. On November 17th, Congress will reconvene for a brief "lame duck" session to focus on stimulating the economy. Keep checking in with us, as we plan to post our analysis of the post-election Congressional landscape as it relates to historic preservation. There are a lot of developments you need to know about that will affect our agenda and our grassroots message to lawmakers on Lobby Day in March.
Stay tuned, because "change" is huge.
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Jason Lloyd Clement is the director of community outreach at the National Trust, which is really just a fancy way of saying he’s a professional place lover. For him, any day that involves a bike, a camera, and a gritty historic neighborhood is basically the best day ever.