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After all of the buzz over this possable nominee, and that one, I have some things I want to remind folks.

First: I think NO ONE would argue that betting on this horse race is not even more furious than the election itself. With that said, there have been precious few leaks, and even the rumors that have come out are few and based on the absolute thinnest speculations.  This transition committee is virtually leak proof, even with virtually every man woman and child in the country trying to get a peek inside.

That alone says the most amazing thing about our new president.  There is no sign that the Obama team is trying to hide anything, just an amazing amount of discipline and respect for the most important decisions they will ever make.

The cabinet positions, and his advisers 100% will determine how he governs, as these are THE members of his team.

Second: No matter what your opinion of this person or that person that has been speculated on, I have heard ABSOLUTELY no one suggested that is not universally respected as qualified and the proper temperament to take the position.

The fear expressed has only extended to does your view of what needs to be done match the person rumored to be considered. People think Hillery is too Pro-Israel, Treasury people are questioned if they are willing to talk to financial industry people, Not because they are insiders.

No one pick potential appointee has been accused of being either incompetent, or in the pocket of those they would regulate.

Third: Obama won! despite some of the worst attacks ever, AND as a black man, AND running against the Clinton machine. HE picked his team. He built what is unquestionably the absolute most successful campaign team ever. He got the Democrats working together in a common purpose in a way NEVER MATCHED or even attempted in HISTORY. HE did all of this. HE did it by picking people well, and expecting them to preform.

Why does any one fear that any one he picks will not be the most qualified and DEDICATED people to fill that office in decades.

The ONLY person that he supports that I have to remind myself that he knows what he is doing is Lieberman. And you know what? I don't understand supporting Lieberman, but I STILL have faith that our President truly knows what he is doing. HE's got this covered!

I HAVE NO WORRIES, and honestly, while sharing our opinions, none of us should worry.  

Finally: A lot of the reason he was so successful is we KNOW he listened to the grass roots. We know specifically, he has listened and responded here on KOS, and there is massive evidence that he is responsive to the entire progressive community, and we know he hears and carefully considers virtually every voice in the entire nation.


Originally posted to Mr Tek on Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 01:40 PM PST.

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  •  Spot on! (2+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho, venezia

    And thanks for saying it.

    I think some people just have a deep need to fuss.

  •  I think he's right about LIE-berman (2+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho, tbirchard

    as well.  My guess is Joementum will owe Obama his career (at least for the next four years).  And my guess is that Joe has once chance and he'd better not blow it.

    Impeachment! Indictment! Incarceration!

    by followyourbliss on Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 01:49:56 PM PST

  •  I have confidence in Obama, but not blind faith (3+ / 0-)
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    Mr Tek, DocGonzo, docb

    As he's pointed out, while paraphrasing Frederick Douglass, power concedes nothing without a struggle. So we have to stay vigilant and keep the pressure on Obama to bring about the progressive change this country needs. We can't fall into another Great Depression. I think Obama will do what's best in his cabinet picks and his policies, but I'm not taking any chances. We let Bill Clinton get away with too many betrayals, just because we were so relieved to get a Democrat after 12 years of Reagan and Bush plundering the country. Let's not make the same mistake with Obama.

    •  I agree to the (0+ / 0-)

      history and premise but but this whole pressure cooker of the clinonites is a worry.

      He knows that there is no point in giving them purchase but it does not relieve the onslaught of gooblygook coming from the Old Guard..

      will continue to pray for him! But will not quit emailing him about the clintonites!

    •  My point is (2+ / 0-)
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      Shirl In Idaho, cynndara

      It is not blind faith, but to date it seems he has been right with his picks every time, even when they looked iffy.

      My faith is also reinforced because he LISTENS. as long as he pays attention to people that disagree, he will always have the best information, and the more information you have, the better your choices tend to be.

      He will make mistakes, but I suspect that he will be well suited to recognizing them and changing course when he needs to, before too much damage can be done.

      And yes, I HOPE, and IO PRAY that my faith is justified. After 30 years of this bull shit, I might have faith in a homeless man, just because I need to believe we can fix this. But our new President has a track record, and it is a record through some pretty rough battles, so I believe we have the right man for the job!

      Obama, the RIGHT man, at the RIGHT time!

      by Mr Tek on Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 03:05:04 PM PST

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  •  I agree with the post above (2+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho, tbirchard

    Full confidence in Obama and his choices but that does not mean we c an't hold his feet to the fire and keep him on top of his game. He wouldn't want us to be blind about it as well, "team of rivals" is really a damn good book.

  •  Obama Biden Press Announcement (1+ / 0-)
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    Julia C

    President-Elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden Announce Key White House Staff

    WASHINGTON – President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden today announced the following key White House staff, Valerie Jarrett, Phil Schiliro and Ron Klain. Valerie Jarrett will serve as Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison, Phil Schiliro as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs and Ron Klain to be the Chief of Staff to the Vice President.

    "These individuals will be essential members of our team as we work to bring Republicans and Democrats together to strengthen our struggling economy and make Washington work for all Americans. I have the utmost confidence that their broad and diverse experience will serve my administration and the American people well in the challenging months," said President-elect Barack Obama.

    "Ron Klain has been a trusted advisor of mine for over 20 years. He brings extraordinary judgment, a deep understanding of the important policy issues facing our nation, a wide range of experience in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, as well as a unique understanding of how the Vice President's office works. He will be an important addition in helping the Obama-Biden Administration bring the change we need to America," said Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

    Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison

    Valerie B. Jarrett became the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company on January 31, 2007. From November 1995 through January 31, 2007, she was the Executive Vice President of The Habitat Company. The Habitat Company is one of the nation’s premier developers and managers of residential apartments and condominiums. Habitat has developed more than 17,000 housing units and currently manages more than 20,000 units. Before joining The Habitat Company in 1995, Ms. Jarrett served for eight years in the City of Chicago government; first as Deputy Corporation Counsel for Finance and Development, then as Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley and finally, as Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development. Prior to her City government service, Ms. Jarrett practiced law with two private law firms.

    Ms. Jarrett currently serves as a co-chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and as a Director of USG Corporation, Inc., Navigant Consulting, Inc. and RREEF America II. She is Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees. She is also Vice Chairman of The University of Chicago Board of Trustees, the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee, and Metropolis 2020. She is a Director of the Local Initiative Support Corporation, The Joyce Foundation, The Metropolitan Planning Council and the Central Area Committee. She is a Trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry.

    From 1995-2003, Ms. Jarrett also served as Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board. Ms. Jarrett served as Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc, from April 2004 through April 2007, and Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange Holdings, Inc., from February 2005 through April 2007. She also served as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago from January 2006 through April 2007. Ms. Jarrett served as Finance Chair for the 2004 U.S. Senatorial Campaign for Barack Obama, the first Treasurer of the Senator’s PAC, the Hopefund, and served as a Senior Advisor to the Obama for America Presidential Campaign. Ms. Jarrett received a J.D. degree from The University of Michigan Law School in 1981 and an A.B. degree from Stanford University in 1978.

    Phil Schiliro, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs

    Philip M. Schiliro is currently the Director of Congressional Relations for the transition team of President-Elect Barack Obama. Schiliro was a senior advisor to Senator Obama's presidential campaign. He has worked in the United States Congress for more than 25 years. Schiliro served as the Chief of Staff to Representative Henry Waxman and the House Oversight Committee in the House, and the Policy Director for Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and Staff Director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committees in the Senate.

    Ron Klain, Chief of Staff to the Vice President

    Ronald A. Klain has served in all three branches of the federal government. Mr. Klain previously worked for Senator Biden as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; during his tenure, the Committe acted on significant anti-crime legislation and two Supreme Court nominations. Mr. Klain later served as Staff Director for the Senate Democratic Leadership Committees under Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). In the executive branch, Mr. Klain served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore for four years; he also served as Chief of Staff to Attorney General Janet Reno, and Associate Counsel to President Clinton in charge of judicial selection. Mr. Klain began his legal career as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Byron White, after graduating from the Harvard Law School magna cum laude.

    Ron Klain has played a role on the debate preparation teams of every Democratic Presidential nominee since Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign. In 2008, he took an unpaid leave of absence from his post as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Revolution LLC, to serve on the debate preparation teams for both Senators Obama and Biden.

    Mr. Klain is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He now lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife Monica Medina, Senior Environmental Counsel at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and their three children, Hannah, Michael and Daniel.

  •  Obama has earned my trust. (1+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho

    People around here seem to enjoy freaking out sometimes.

    And a lot of people in these parts keep insisting that he is a "centrist", which is really not the case. He just tends to refuse labels, which makes him pretty successful at selling progressive policy to people who would otherwise resist it. You just won't hear a lot of red-meat language from him that some on our side of the aisle want to hear. Which is good, as it makes it easier to bring people over to our side.

    At any rate, I am confident that his Transition Team is doing its job with competence and deliberation.

  •  great diary (1+ / 0-)
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    Mr Tek

    Obama and the Racists "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." - Mark Twain

    by THE BIG FUNNY on Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 02:25:56 PM PST

  •  The fussing over Larry Summers is a little (2+ / 0-)
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    Mr Tek, pinkbunny

    worrisome.  If you had a life threatening condition and needed a world class surgeon would you spurn him/her because you didn't like his/her opinion on a topic completely unrelated to your medical condition and the skills necessary to save your life?  The world economy is in dire straits.  If PE Obama decides that Summers is the guy he thinks can deal with it best, suck it up and accept his judgment.  He's been doing OK so far.  

    Ask yourself what the difference is between judging someone for a job based on their opinion of Roe v. Wade and judging them based on their devotion to feminism and political correctness.  The Bush administration turned your country into a basket case and one reason was its enthusiasm for ideological litmus tests over competence.  No mas!  

  •  Obama Worship (1+ / 0-)
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    Therefore, we should never question a single decision BushObama makes.

    Congratulations, you're a Republican!

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 03:42:27 PM PST

  •  I save faith (0+ / 0-)

    for the Gods.  Nevertheless, I am confident that:

    1. anyone picked by The Man will be a capable professional qualified for the job.  This is a "competence" administration run by a Harvard professor.
    1. everyone on the team will take orders FROM The Man rather than give orders TO The Man.  I don't know how I got that belief, but I do believe it.  I think it's a subconscious analysis of his record over the last year.  Nonetheless, I stand by it.  I think this Man gives his orders politely, courteously, in soft and well-spoken phrases.  Nevertheless, he is the One In Charge.  
    1. The Man has a Brain.  More than that ... The Man is RULED by his Brain.  Not his butt, not his ahem, and not even his heart.  His Brain.  I may not agree with whatever he does, but I do have confidence that whatever he does, will be well-thought out by a first-class intellect.  If I can't have King Arthur, it'll do.

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