Obama set a record as the earliest date to resign from Senate (in the past such resignations occurred in December and mostly January). Now, he and Jr seem of a like mind of avoiding being bothered with the economic crisis

Analysts: Bush, Obama not taking lead in righting economy

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Obama has avoided entering the congressional tussle over whether to bail out the Big Three automakers

And it’s all out of courtesy

“I think that President-elect Obama is being very careful to remind people that we still have a president who still makes the final decision about things being signed into law,” said Durbin, one of Obama’s closest Senate confidantes.

How nice! And how false.

Here’s a better explanation

There’s a lot of risk involved in Obama pushing his economic agenda before he takes office, and it would be unwise to publicly state what the Bush administration should do, said Stephen Hayes, a conservative columnist and CNN contributor.

“Politically, he wants to stay as far away from this as he can,” Hayes said. “I think it’s smart of him to say, ‘We have one president at a time; I have got my four years.’

Another thing Jr and jr.Jr have in common: no matter what they do or fail to do – from My pet Goat to starting wars, there’ll be someone to declare

“it’s smart of him”

Update Nov 22

Here’s how Rahm Emmanuel sees the smarts

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.

Which is correctly interpreted as

Based upon what Emanuel is saying, the conclusion one might draw is that the Obama team wants the uncertainty this foments to fester and grow, thereby increasing the gravity of the crisis upon which the Administration then intends to capitalize.