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How is President-Elect Obama doing so far? 21 November, 2008

Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.

Why is there no Secretary of Treasury? President-elect Obama came out of the blocks announcing that he would focus on the economy, but he seems to appointing everything but an economic team or a national defense team. Let’s look at what he has done so far.

Clinton um-Obama White House staff picks are competent and smart people. They are experienced hands. They are a little partisan, but the tone will be set by the guy in charge. Grade B+

Department of Health and Human Services–Tom Daschle, former Senate Majority Leader: He has legislative experience like no DHHS head that I have ever seen. He will be able to help get health care reform. He certainly will be better than Clinton’s pick. He has little administrative experience except as State Treasurer decades ago. DHHS is an administration larger than most governments of the world. It will depend on his undersecretaries how effective he is. Grade B

Department of Homeland Security– Janet Napolitano, Gov. of Arizona: She is a great pick. She is a border state governor and a former U. S. attorney. DHS is an unwieldy department and needs a great administrator and a terrific policy mind. Grade A

Department of Treasury–Bailout bill made it financial Czar. (Cricket singing) It is better to make a good choice than rush to make a bad choice. The markets are begging for insight so hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. Grade Inc.

Department of Justice–Eric Holder former Dep. AG for President Clinton: Here is a man who pushed the pardon of terrorists –Weather Underground and even FLN terrorists who never applied for a pardon. He has advocated for the D. C. gun ban. It seems like an odd pick in a post 9/11 world. Will we go from terrorist fighting Ashcroft to terrorist pardoning Holder? Grade F

Department of State– Hillary Clinton? Hopefully she won’t come under fire next time she lands somewhere. Besides having an active imagination, she knows the world and has a realistic view of it. Grade A.

Overall I give him a 2.9 GPA so far. Grade B-



1. thatguy - 16 February, 2009

first google search and no comments? Odd.

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