Archive for the 'Obama Appointments' Category

Judging Sotomayor

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Obama Appointments, Supreme Court

So far, the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court has produced the expected reactions from political commentators. On the right, Sotomayor is being positioned as a liberal activist and an identity-politics hack who indulges leftist policy preferences rather than ruling fairly. On the left, Sotomayor is being praised and her critics positioned as […]

May 26th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Obama Appoints Auto Task Force Instead of Car Czar

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Cars, Economy, Obama Appointments

The Obama Administration has announced the Car Czar is out and an automobile task force is in. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers will oversee a new panel charged with overseeing the government bailout of GM and Chrysler. This move comes a day before the two car companies are scheduled […]

February 16th, 2009 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Does Gregg Withdrawal End Era of Bipartisanship Before it Began?

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Obama Appointments, Stimulus

Senator Judd Gregg’s sudden withdrawal as the Commerce Secretary nominee raises some disturbing questions. If, as reports indicate, he was soured by the stimulus bill, we have to ask whether President Obama has killed his hopes for bipartisanship before his presidency is even a month old. By allowing the Democrats, particularly the House Democrats, to […]

February 12th, 2009 | Permalink| 20 Comments »

Daschle Withdraws

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Obama Appointments

Tom Daschle has asked President Barack Obama to withdraw his name from consideration for Secretary of Health and Human Services. This is the second Obama nominee today to withdraw from consideration. Earlier, Nancy Killefer stepped away from the nomination to be Obama’s chief performance officer. Both nominees had issues with unpaid taxes. Not a good […]

February 3rd, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Hillary Blazes Trails As She Becomes Secretary of State

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Billary, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, Obama Appointments

When the important matters of our day are all but forgotten, I think the Clintons will still be remembered, if not accurately, then at least as meaningful figures of their time. Inside that couple is a Shakespearean play. Too bad all we have so far is Primary Colors. As you all know, today marked Hillary […]

February 2nd, 2009 | Permalink| No Comments »

And Now, Some Skepticism

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Economy, Media, Obama Appointments

O.k., enough with the flowers and rainbows. Let’s look at why there’s reason to be skeptical about Barack Obama and his team. Politico lays out seven worries about Obama’s presidency. I summarize those concerns and comment below: 1. Teams of geniuses don’t always produce genius results. Of course, teams of fools aren’t known for their […]

January 21st, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

CIA Director – Leon Panetta

By Brad Porter | Related entries in Breaking News, Civil Liberties, News, Obama Appointments, Torture

In one of the more, forgive me, torturous staffing processes, it looks like Barack Obama has finally settled on the last major appointment he had left to make, that of CIA director. Given that the Bush administration has done so much long-term, institutional damage to our intelligence superstructure, basic tenets of human rights and the […]

January 5th, 2009 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Obama Selects Rick Warren for Invocation

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Homosexuality, Obama Appointments, Religion

This isn’t going to make gay rights activists happy. Barack Obama has selected evangelical pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration. Once again, Obama seems more interested in reaching out rather than reaching inwards towards his base. While Warren is not of the fire-and-brimstone mold, he did play a prominent role in […]

December 18th, 2008 | Permalink| 10 Comments »

Obama picks Chicago schools chief to head Education Department

By John Burke | Related entries in Education, News, Obama Appointments

Later today, President-elect Obama will announce his nomination of fellow Harvard grad, Hyde Park neighbor, and basketball enthusiast Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education, according to numerous press reports.  Superintendent of Chicago’s public schools for the past seven years, Duncan has been a reformer, supporting merit pay for teachers and charter schools, for example, while also earning respect from teachers’ unions.  […]

December 16th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Obama FINALLY Makes it Official: Clinton to be Sec. of State

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Hillary, Obama Appointments

After all the lead up, Barack Obama has officially announced Hillary Clinton as his choice to be Secretary of State. Said Obama of Clinton: She possesses an extraordinary intelligence and toughness, and a remarkable work ethic. … She is an American of tremendous stature who will have my complete confidence, who knows many of the […]

December 1st, 2008 | Permalink| 3 Comments »