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One thing is sure: whoever is pulling Obama’s strings is not his VP. Politico invented a word for this: “Bidentity crisis”
More than three weeks into the transition, and Vice-President elect Joe Biden generates less buzz than the non-existent first puppy.
I remember some of us were saying from the VP seeking days, Obama needs a self-effacing VP, someone who wouldn’t in any way steal his limelight. Whomever holds the leash, they would have to be deep behind the curtains as Obama’s ego is bigger, more fragile than W.
There is good news in this as well:
The vice presidential office’s role, which expanded tremendously during the Bush administration. Dick Cheney is viewed by many as the most powerful vice president in American history and as a chief architect of the war in Iraq.
The office’s role will likely shrink back to something closer to its usual size after Obama takes office.
Now, if I only would get a whiff about the POTUS office also going bask to the pre-”unitary executive ” role, I might see some change here.
So far, I only see that Jr.jr has an even bigger ego than Jr.
Of course, there’s another possibility: Joe Mark-my-words Biden could be already in his…undisclosed location
New article on it stressing checks and balances
The paper says that when Reid was asked whether Biden will be allowed to attend Senate Democratic caucus meetings, Reid said: “Absolutely not.”
Good. Now about those POTUS eavesdropping powers and signing statements…
With 26% approval, W is giving interviews to his sister. His sense of proportion doesn’t seem to have been diminished by months of being ignored
“I came to Washington with a set of values, and I’m leaving with the same set of values. And I darn sure wasn’t going to sacrifice those values.”
“I’d like to be a president (known) as somebody who liberated 50 million people and helped achieve peace; that focused on individuals rather than process; that rallied people to serve their neighbor,”
Considering what those values are, the fact that he is still giving interviews, even to his sister, is proof of what is wrong with this country. One of the photos accompanying the article is this
And if any of the hopey changey people would have the attention of a fly, they’d ask for it. But I am afraid that the bright shiny object waved in their face made them forget all about it.
Because, for all his ineptitude, W did one thing better than Clinton: he picked and installed his successor. Even if no one knows it yet.
This bit of history from the suddenly reluctant-to-be-churlish Bill Kristol
Amid the cold gusts of winter, Republicans will soon be ushered out of power after controlling Congress, the White House, or both for 14 years. Here’s a further chilling thought: Since 1896, with only one exception, when a party has taken over the White House, it has held it for at least eight years. The exception is the Jimmy Carter Democrats, retired after a single term in 1981. And it would be churlish to hope that Barack Obama will recapitulate the ineptitude and foolishness of the Nobel laureate from Plains.
Has anyone noticed how flawless the kabuki dance of the so call transfer of power between 2 parties is going?
Michelleloves Laura, W admires B0…No AF1 gate, office supply gate – or even responsibility for torture and war crimes? Nobody, not even the former “Impeach Bush”crowd is calling for accountability of Bushco anymore.
They are all busy with the perpetual enemy: the Clintons.
Sometimes in 2001 Bill Clinton was asked: “why do they hate you so much”?
“Because I won” he replied. “They thought themselves entitled to power and I took it away from them”
At the time I thought that ‘they” were the Republicans. Now that I see Cheney’s cousin feted by the same press that savaged Clinton, Gore and Kerry I realized that it’s not a matter of parties but one of class.
We have a ruling class that’s not necessarily confined to parties
Barack Hussein Obama, who many believe will become the 44th president, is kin to President George W. Bush, Senator Robert Byrd, Harry Truman and Dick Cheney. SOURCE
The Clintons were interlopers in this closed circle – and so was Palin. It’s why both were attacked by both parties and pundits – they were threatening the order of succession.
Anyone looking in the media of internet discourse thee ways will identify the same target of anymosity we’ve been used t for 16 years: the Clintons.
Bush started 2 unnecessary wars, tortured and flaunted laws? Who cares? It’s Vince Foster time yet again!
The veterans are at it again: Hitchens, Huffington, Tweety, Sullivan and their reinforcements from the left that Obama’s campaign created are back in action.
W managed to shift responsibility to Clinton for every thing he botched for years. Hos recession was even moved from March 2001 to March 2000 by the media and 9.11 was also Clinton’s responsibility. The unrest in the ME was Clinton’s fault – he raised expectations by trying to bring peace.
And I expect Hillary will get a lot of heat for everything going wrong in the world.
During his “bitter” remarks Obama identified W and Clinton as equal causes of the unhappiness of the people in PA.
But throughout the campaign, W’s name came out surprisingly little.
“Hillary is the anti-bush, Obama is the a-Bush”
said Bill Schneider giving the GOP the secret signal of how to inervene in the primaries at the time.
Hardly anyone is anti-Bush these days. I bought a large collection of anti-Bush buttons at a garage sale recently – “it was time to clear the deck”.
So, W gets off scotch free. And B0bots return to what they do best, joining the other side:
BLAME THE CLINTONS
This reminds me of the incident on 9.11 with W in NYC: a little girl shows him the photograph of her father. They were about to post it on the missing person board as W was visiting. In a sudden act of “ME” inspiration, W takes the photo, scrawls his signature on it telling the girl that when they find her father she can tell him she met W. (They loved this so much they included in the W – hero of 9.11 movie)
So, now we have Jr. Jr in his Baba Wawa massage interview going through a similar moment
BARBARA WALTERS: You know, I don’t have to stress the fact that this is such a hard time for this country. Do you have a Thanksgiving message that you would like to give to the people?
“The people”? Wouldn’t “Americans” or perhaps “your fellow Americans” be customary? And “give,” instead of “send” or “share”? Maybe I’m being picky here, but have a look and tell me if it doesn’t almost come across as Walters inviting a monarch to bestow something on his huddled peons.
BARACK OBAMA: I want to remind people that, as tough as times are right now, and they’re a lot tougher for millions of people around the country than they are for Michelle and I that, we have been through tough times before, and the extraordinary blessings of being an American, of having a nation that has a tradition of communities pulling together. A country where somebody like myself, or somebody like Michelle, has a shot, no matter what the circumstances.
He is now free to indulge in the “I am the symbol” speech which he unveiled too early
“This is the moment . . . that the world is waiting for. I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.”
I feel as if he is reading the stage directions from his character script, handed to him by the manufacturers. Like Poppy famously was doing in “message – I care”