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Old 11-05-2008, 01:29 PM   #1  
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Obama Barometer

OK folks, I'm going to need some help here. I want this thread to measure obamas performance. There is no way I can keep up with all that's going on, so I'll need your inputs.

I don't want only the things that he misses on, but also the things he comes through with. Please, no discussion here, we'll do that on another thread.

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Old 11-05-2008, 02:51 PM   #2  
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Good idea crobtex! Let's see how this thread will go. I can put a "Sticky" on it if you want.

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Old 11-05-2008, 03:20 PM   #3  
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O.K. crobtex, here is a start for your idea on this thread. Here is an article on who Obama wants for his Chief of Staff:

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OBAMA WANTS EMANUEL FOR HIS CHIEF OF STAFF
By MIKE ALLEN & JIM VANDEHEI | 11/5/08 9:20 AM EST

Obama respects Emanuel’s knowledge of Washington, including the legislative process, and his reputation for getting things done.
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In his first major move as President-elect, Barack Obama has asked Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), a tough-minded tactician with West Wing experience, to serve as his White House chief of staff, Democratic sources tell Politico.

Emanuel has said to friends that he wants and will take the job, but it was not a done deal as of early this morning. Obama plans to move swiftly with his transition announcement and could name Emanuel this week, the sources said. He then plans rapid-fire announcements on his economic and national security teams.

If Emanuel — a member of the House Democratic leadership with ambitions to one day to be House speaker — were to turn it down, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) would likely get the nod, the sources said.

Some Democrats have warned that Emanuel’s take-no-prisoners style could hurt Obama. But the president-elect wants to move fast to push his legislative agenda through the Democratic-controlled Congress — and Emanuel knows the Hill and power politics as well as anyone in town.

“Obama wants a bad cop, so he can be good cop 90 percent of the time,” an adviser said.

Emanuel, who at 49 is two years older than Obama, is the Democratic Caucus chairman, the fourth-highest-ranking member of the House Democratic leadership.

Emanuel was known for his hard-nosed tactics as a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton. After leaving the White House, he returned to Chicago as an investment bank managing director.

Friends of both men say that Obama likes Emanuel, and that Emanuel would be totally loyal. And Obama respects Emanuel’s knowledge of Washington, including the legislative process, and his reputation for getting things done.

Emanuel's first big assignment in Clinton's White House was helping pass the North American Free Trade Agreement, which riled many Democrats. He was a consistent voice for anti-crime measures, welfare reform and other initiatives that pushed against liberal orthodoxy.

In his personal views, he's a centrist, and despite a combative political style, he has good relations with many congressional Republicans, such as Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.).

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Old 11-05-2008, 03:43 PM   #4  
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Good idea crobtex! Let's see how this thread will go. I can put a "Sticky" on it if you want.

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Old 11-05-2008, 03:44 PM   #5  
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Here is another starter for Obama's Administration.

The Associated Press is reporting that Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) is actively asking to be considered for Secretary of State in Obama's Cabinet!

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Old 11-05-2008, 04:12 PM   #6  
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I just got the "Sticky" done for you Sir!

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Old 11-05-2008, 11:25 PM   #7  
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Do all the news stories of how he already, just 1 day after winning the election, is trying to LOWER the expectations of his sheeples count?? The fact that they must've listened to all his promises and now he's backing off and backing things up to getting things turned around by his SECOND term?? Or his election victory speech where he declares that government can't fix all their problems?? I'll see if I can find some links to how he is trying to lower everyones expectations so they don't blame him for the mess that we're gonna be in after his first 4 years.
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Old 11-06-2008, 05:56 AM   #8  
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Thanks, GMScott.

There probably will not be a lot of posts here until he actually takes office. Articles on his "plans to back-track" would be interesting.
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:30 AM   #9  
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Here is some more info on the Cabinet considerations:

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE:

Colin Powell or Robert Gates

AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N.

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Old 11-06-2008, 01:13 PM   #10  
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Well IT'S OFFICIAL,......Rahm Emanuel has accepted the position of Chief of Staff in Obamas new Administration:

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EXCLUSIVE: EMANUEL ACCEPTS WHITE HOUSE JOB
By PATRICK O'CONNOR & MIKE ALLEN | 11/6/08 1:46 PM EST Updated: 11/6/08 1:46 PM EST


Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), a wily, aggressive West Wing strategist under President Bill Clinton, has accepted the post of White House chief of staff for President-elect Barack Obama, Democratic officials tell Politico.

The selection is the first major public decision by Obama since he was elected in a landslide on Tuesday.

Emanuel's deputies will include Pete Rouse, currently Obama's Senate chief of staff. Rouse is known among Democrats as "the keeper of the list" — key jobs and who might get them.

After meeting with his economic advisers on Friday in Chicago, Obama will hold his first news conference as president-elect.

Aides say Obama and his family will relax at home for the weekend, then come to Washington to visit their new home, the White House, on Monday at the invitation of President Bush and first lady Laura Bush. In a statement, Obama thanked the president for "reaching out in the spirit of bipartisanship."

The choice of Emanuel sends a signal that Obama is eager to work with Congress and plans a swift launch of an aggressive agenda that will focus on the economy, taxes, energy, education and health care.

Republicans attacked the selection, however. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement: “This is an ironic choice for a president-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil and govern from the center.”

Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant issued a statement calling Emanuel "a partisan insider" and referring to him by his nickname of "Rahmbo": "Barack Obama's first decision as president-elect undermines his promise to 'heal the divides." The RNC started a new series called "Obama's Broken Promise," starting with the naming of "Hyperpartisan" Emanuel.

Obama plans to move briskly with his transition announcements and has also decided on longtime aide Robert Gibbs as his White House press secretary. Democratic sources say he also could make quick decisions on his economic and national security teams.

"The chief" is sometimes known as the second most powerful person in Washington. The job has vast authority, as the boss of the hundreds of aides who work directly for the president, a public face of the administration on television, and a negotiator and salesman on Capitol Hill.

The appointment was the first Obama offered after his election, and Emanuel pondered the opportunity for about 24 hours. Friends said Emanuel accepted the job because he thought it was important.
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More News On the Obama Administration:

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ROBERT GIBBS NAMED AS OBAMA'S PRESS SECRETARY


Robert Gibbs, a top aide to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on his campaign and in his Senate office, will be named the White House press secretary, a top Democratic official said.

Gibbs was usually the senior official on Air Obama, the campaign plane. As communications director of Obama's Senate office, Gibbs was a key strategist in Obama's rapid move to the national stage.

Transition planning is still at an early stage and the job has not been formally offered or accepted, officials said.

The announcement is likely to be viewed favorably by reporters because Gibbs has unquestioned authority, access and institutional memory.

Gibbs — a 37-year-old native of Auburn, Ala. — became familiar to viewers during the campaign for his sunny steeliness during frequent appearances on morning shows and A-list cable news programs.

From his July promotion announcement: “Robert Gibbs, one of Senator Obama’s longest-serving and closest aides, has been elevated to Senior Strategist for Communications and Message, taking on a broader strategic portfolio for the Fall campaign while continuing to serve as senior communications aide travelling with Senator Obama.”

The "podium job" makes the White House press secretary instantly famous around the world as the face and voice of Washington.

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ROBERT GIBBS NAMED AS OBAMA'S PRESS SECRETARY
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I kind of thought Michael Moore might get the job.
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he will be another Jimmy Carter
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I'd like to see Obama offer Secretary of Defense to McCain.
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I kind of thought Michael Moore might get the job.
Good one!

BTW, haven't seen that fat butt in the news lately....

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