Ronald Wilson Obama? The president-elect is surprising observers by hinting at a conservative path for Social Security and Medicare, perhaps as part of a grand bargain that would allow greater spending in other areas. "What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further," Obama said at a meeting with The Washington Post's editorial board. "We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else's." Obama did not get into specifics as to what he planned to do to rein in spending or raise more revenue for the two government programs, but warned of "very difficult choices and issues of sacrifice and responsibility and duty."