Thursday, November 06, 2008

Cheif of Staff - Please Help Me Understand

I do not understand Obama's choice for chief of staff. Rep. Rahm Emanuel certainly seems like a competent person, yet, from the standpoint of partisa ship, or rather the ideal of bipartisanship, it seems sort of like McCain choosing Dick Cheney or Karl Rove. It doesn't seem to fit the ideal of bringing change to the way Washington works. I am open to persuasion.


Ged said...

Maybe this statement released today from Rep SC Senator Lindsey Graham will help explain the choice:

Lindsey Graham Praises Emanuel Selection

jeffreysykes said...

Joel: I think the choice is a wise one (not that I agree with their agenda) in that Emmanuel knows the Capital inside and out whereas Obama has little time spent there.

A pitfall of Carter and Clinton was the came in thinking they could dictate to congress and they cannot.

Washington is bigger than any one politician and Obama seems to know this.

On a positive note, I believe I heard that Emmanuel was big on welfare reform when he was with Clinton in the early 1990s so there is a hope that he understands how to cut waste and abuse and balance the budget.

Or at least talk about it.

Talk of "changing Washington" is always pandering because these politicians, especially one as smart as BO, know that it is not gonna happen.

But it sure sounds nice. Bush said the same thing in 2000.

triadwatch said...

can't wait to see the rest of the positions, does anyone think Colin Powell will serve under Pres. Obama?

triadwatch said...

Let's see if this will be reported from mainstream media, from below

Now that he's President-elect Barack Obama's new chief of staff, according to various Nov. 6 media reports, will Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., face the same scrutiny Karl Rove did when he was named Bush's deputy chief of staff? More importantly, will the media take note the tie Emanuel had to the now taxpayer-owned, failed government-sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac?

Emanuel, who was a senior adviser for former President Bill Clinton throughout the 1990s, was appointed to the board of Freddie Mac upon his departure from the Clinton administration.

"Clinton's going-away gift to Emanuel was a seat on the quasi-governmental Freddie Mac board, which paid him $231,655 in director's fees in 2001 and $31,060 in 2000," Lynn Sweet wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 3, 2002.