Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Obama's Withdrawal Problems

President Obama (brief operational pause to add "Obama" to the customized Firefox dictionary) has a slight problem in his budding presidency...I don't know how else to describe it, except to say he's going through withdrawal.

Annette Nazareth, Treasury Department Deputy, withdrawn.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Surgeon General, withdrawn.

Tom Daschle, Health & Human Services secretary, withdrawn.

Gov. Bill Richardson, Commerce Secretary, withdrawn.

Sen. Judd Gregg, Commerce Secretary, withdrawn.

Nancy Killefer, Chief Performance Officer, withdrawn.

Charles Freeman, National Intelligence Council chair, withdrawn.

Jon Cannon, Deputy Administrator for the EPA, withdrawn.

This list doesn't include the should-have-withdrawns, including Hilda Solis (current Secretary of Labor) and Tim Geithner (Secretary of the Treasury), both of whom had issues with paying taxes.

The power of appointments is one of the President's most important powers. These are the leaders who will shape public policy, and many of whom will have the President's ear for the next four years. Why then is there so much trouble finding clean candidates for these key posts, and why does the common theme of being accurate and timely with taxes run so clearly? Can you imagine the uproar if Bush had nominated so many would-be crooks?

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