Few Successes in Obama's Ambitious Agenda

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During last year's campaign, candidate Obama laid out an ambitious agenda, a lot of which remains undone as President Obama ponders whether to send more troops to Afghanistan and struggles to get health care reform through Congress - even though he has a majority on Congress.

"I'm confident we are going to get health care reform passed this year," Mr. Obama has said.

In a Rose Garden address Monday, the president made his 35th direct push for health care reform, the most visible issue on a long, unfinished agenda, reports CBS News White House Correspondent Bill Plante.

It made him the target this weekend on "Saturday Night Live."

"It's clear what I've done so far and that is - nothing, nada," actor Fred Armisen said while impersonating Mr. Obama during the opening sketch of last weekend's show. (See full sketch below.)

Congress passed the president's $787 billion stimulus package, but unemployment continues to rise, currently at 9.8 percent.

Financial reforms is incomplete.

Climate control legislation is incomplete.

Mr. Obama promised to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay by Jan. 20, 2010, - that's unlikely

Afghanistan policy is incomplete.

"CBS Evening News" Special Report: Afghanistan - The Road Ahead

And get the 2016 Summer Olympics for Chicago - failed.

Political analyst John Dickerson, host of CBSNews.com's "Washington Unplugged", says all this is too much to hope for in less than a year.

"The earliest people will be able to say the president hasn't delivered on his promises will be if he can't pass universal health care," Dickerson said.

Maybe so, but political oddsmakers are already predicting a loss for Democrats of 15 to 40 seats in Congress. The view from the White House, so far, is rosier. One senior official put it this way, he said, "It's like you might as well consult the Farmer's Almanac."

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