UPDATE: Scroll to bottom for more information on adminstration picks.
President-Elect Obama spent alot of time, during his campaign, telling America how he was going to bring unity and change. It was not going to be politics as usual, and there would be a fresh face to Washington. No career politicos for Obama: No, No, No! That’s what President-Elect Obama said.
Here, however, is where reality sets in. You see, he’s no longer stumping for office, but has acheived office…..
Barack Obama has named Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff. Name sound familiar? It should. Emanuel was initially Assistant to the President for Political Affairs and then Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy during the Clinton years. He is coming off his current gig as a Senator in the State of Illinois. This guy eats two Republicans for breakfast every morning. Okay, I made that one up – but he’s not very soft spoken regarding his feelings about Republicans!
Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno (that would be while Slick Willie was in office), has been named as Obama’s AG. Holder was registered as a lobbyist in 2002 – wasn’t that another No, No, No in Obama’s campaign? I seem to remember alot of chatter about McCain’s lobbyist friends and advisors.
Chief Counsel? None other than Greg Craig. He was Bill Clinton’s lead attorney during his impeachment trial. His dossier also includes being a foreign policy advisor for Sen. Ted Kennedy and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. You can read some of his other “accomplishments” here.
There’s John Podesta as Obama’s Transition Team Leader. Psst – in case you didn’t know, he was Clinton’s Chief of Staff.
And Obama’s Economic Team contains “Clintonites” Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff; Fred Hochberg, former acting administrator of the Small Business Administration; Nelson Cunningham, who worked as a White House lawyer and a special adviser for Western Hemisphere affairs; and former Federal Communications Commissioners Mozelle Thompson and Susan Ness.
Also in the current hit parade: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (former Clinton Energy Secretary) as Secretary of Commerce, Timothy Geithner (he served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs during the Clinton administration) as Treasury Secretary, and Lawrence Summers as director of the National Economic Council. Summers was one of the Treasure Secretaries that served under Bill Clinton. These appointments were announced by David Axelrod – Obama’s Senior Advisor to the President. He, surprisingly, has not served in a Clinton adminisration, but has been around politics in Illinois – and around Obama – for quite some time.
Oh, my mind is failing…. who was that other appointment looming on the horizon? Dang – I hate getting old…. Oh! Wait! It’s coming to me… Hillary Clinton is being vetted for Secretary of State. Now, didn’t she have a position in Clinton’s administration too? And political experience in the Sentate?
And the promises just keep on falling! I’m just saying…
Update 11/25/08: President-elect Obama’s selection of Ellen Moran, the executive director of Emily’s List, to become the White House communications director makes it clear what his administration’s abortion policy will be.
Moran hails from Emily’s List, a group whose sole mission is to regularly spend tens of millions of dollars on promoting pro-abortion candidates for office. Read HERE
Update 11/26/08 – ONE MORE YEAR OF BUSH?
President-elect Barack Obama will keep Defense Secretary Robert Gates in that job for at least a year, according to an official familiar the two men’s discussions.
Obama is expected to announce the selection of Gates and other members of a national security brain trust next week. Gates has served as President George W. Bush’s defense chief for two years.
Gates, a moderate with long-standing ties to Republican administrations and the Bush family, would fulfill an Obama pledge to include a Republican in his Cabinet.
Retaining Gates provides stability for a stretched military fighting two wars during the turbulent changeover in administrations. Gates once said it was inconceivable that he would stay on past the close of Bush’s term on Jan. 20.