Monday, November 10, 2008


Nov. 10 2008. This a.m. they wanted to know about the visit of President-elect Obama to the White House and his next appointments after surprise Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff (opposites must attract). The topic with President George Bush would be "the economy, the economy, the economy and the war". No curtains would be measured but the civil and legal transfer of office would be commenced. Some concerns that Obama might be making the same mistakes that Bush made by appointing Clinton appointees just as Bush appointed his father's appointees. "Change" was promised. The cast of characters reads like the current House, Senate and Clinton cabinet. The most important (after Chief of Staff) is Treasury Secretary with Robert Rubin 70, Larry Summer 52, Timothy Geithner 47, Paul Volker 81 and Laura Tyson. (most, except Volker, with Clinton credentials). It is clearly a global post with global credentials demanded. Both business and political/policy experience may be demanded due to the financial crises. Each nominee should be vetted for their reputation since their credibility will be part of their proclamations. Connections to the current Wall Street debacle need to be examined since any distraction will harm the nation and White House. While "deliberate haste" is crucial; business leaders and political/policy leaders must stand for high values. As I have noted, business leaders might as well consider themselves political candidates for public office.
Will Obama make the appointment before Thanksgiving (the earliest ever) or just before the end of the year?

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