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The man who ran for other jobs all his life is now in a position of just doing one – and he’s not so much into it.

A few examples of it

After 51 days in office, Barack Obama has appointed only 73 people to 1,200 jobs that require Senate confirmation.

If they require Senate approval, they are important jobs.

But Obama is too busy to properly vet the people and appoint them to fill the jobs to get the work done.

More specifically, in the Treasury Department

“Fifty days after President Obama was sworn in, every senior post in the US Treasury Department remains vacant, with the exception of Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary, who should have 17 deputies. The vacuum has prompted complaints that it is struggling to deal with the most severe downturn since the 1930s.”

And then there’s that pesky OK that thinks they’re so special

The London Independent reported: “Last week, it was all smiles and handshakes as Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama put on a show of unity in Washington.

“But yesterday, Sir Gus O’Donnell, Britain’s most senior civil servant, exposed transatlantic tension when he protested that Downing Street was finding it ‘unbelievably difficult’ to plan for next month’s G20 summit in London because of problems tracking down senior figures in the US administration. ‘There is nobody there. You cannot believe how difficult it is,’ the Cabinet Secretary told a civil service conference in Gateshead.”

And of course, we know that even that “show of unity” was rushed and somewhat embarrassing

The article mentions the parties and weekends at Camp David.

And a B0bot declaring

“President Obama has accomplished more in 30 days than any president in modern history.”

Which will be amplified in the echo chamber

Or merely directed at the bad staff

Yes, free the president from his flacks, fixers and goons — his posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes,

Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama’s first seven weeks in office

Or use the “first mistake” pattern

Me, I am old enough to remember “Not ready on Day one” and how that was called racist.

Not Your Sweetie

March 2009