Obama watch!

Why the hell haven’t all presidents done this since TV became widespread?

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Obama possibly picking Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State seems more than odd. One of the big areas that Obama and Clinton clashed during the primaries was diplomacy with nations like Iran. Obama was for it, and Clinton seemed to be against it. I get that she has working relationships with a lot of foreign leaders, but will she adhere to Obama’s diplomatic philosophy?

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Memo the NY Times, I don’t care about Barack Obama’s intimate relationship with his cellphone. Did RIM pay you guys to write that story or what?

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If Hillary Clinton is a questionable pick, then this John Brennan guy is definitely in the bad column. John Brennan is currently Obama’s transition chief for intelligence policy. He’s been a supporter of rendition, the gutting of the FISA laws and some forms of “enhanced interrogation” (torture). That’s not change we can believe in.

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Congressman Rahm Emanuel is going to be Obama’s White House Chief of Staff. Emanuel is too conservative and too hawkish for my tastes, but he’s supposed to be an effective dealmaker, so if he’s willing to follow Obama’s philosophy, he should be fine. But the Chief of Staff is also traditionally a filter of information for the president, so that could signal trouble.

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Glenn Greenwald lays out the case for why Congress should ignore Obama when it comes to the issue of what to do with turncoat Joe Lieberman. FDL, meanwhile, lays out the case for why Lieberman needs to be kicked out of the Democratic party. Hard to argue with either article.

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There is considerable handwringing over Obama’s rumored and official staff choices. Part of me says not to worry about them yet. Obama should be given a chance to actually be in office and make a few decisions before we roast him for his mistakes. But another part of me says that we need to scrutinize Obama every step of the way. If he thinks we’ll all blindly support every one of his decisions, then he’ll ignore the constituencies that elected him. So I say we should let him know that we’re watching.

One Comment

  1. Ian

    I have no qualms with his choice of Clinton as Sec. of State, if that is indeed how he goes. She would have to do his bidding, and I honestly like the idea of him having people on his cabinet who would disagree with him. Its better to not have a bunch of yes men who won’t give him different perspectives to consider. I more wonder if it would be a good decision on her part. She is influential in the Senate and will only become more so as time goes on. She probably would be done with politics after his term ended if she took the position, unless she wanted to try again for president. Either position would allow her that.

    So much for Obama not reaching across the aisle eh?? I hear he even intends to meet with Palin.

    Bonus side note: Obama is flagged by Firefox spellchecker. Wonder how long that will take to change.