Thursday, December 11, 2008

Same As The Old Boss?

President Bush's Energy Secretary—Spencer Abraham:
As a Republican senator from Michigan, Abraham once called for dismantling the Energy Department.


President Obama's Energy Secretary—Steven Chu:
Chu is director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics. He was an early advocate for scientific solutions to climate change.

Can people stop complaining about Obama's appointments already? Bush didn't merely appoint foxes to henhouses, he appointed the Big Bad Wolf to Construction Foreman—think Abraham, John Bolton—these guys didn't just want to line their pockets, their missions in life were to destroy the agencies they were appointed to.

Obama is tapping cutting-edge experts and progressives where he can, and powerful, effective people who can advance his agenda where he has to.

Don't make me break out the picture again.

[h/t Cesca]

7 comments:

Jennifer said...

I wonder what makes people have so much faith in Obama. People are so very ready to believe that he will change the world.

Not that I had faith in Bush, or even in McCain for that matter. But I just wonder WHAT about Obama deserves such utter faith.

Smitty said...

Mr. F:

I am sick to death of the left-o-sphere hand-wringing over the lack of out-of-the-boxness of Obama's picks. Let's all remember (as I know you do, hence your point here) that towards the end of the campaign, Obama cast himself as the safe pick and McCain as the risky pick. And thus, Obama's picks are all brilliant, students of their professions, and S-A-F-E. And did I mention smart?

Jennifer:

It's not about faith. It's about delivering something different than what we just had for 8 years. The energy sec'y he is proposing? He can help shape our future in a vastly different way than the Bush appointees who actively tried to bring the house down around them.

Not faith. Different, in a good way.

Jennifer said...

I so hope that change can happen .. as long as it is good change. Just because there is change, doesn't always equate to "good".

I am so very leary of all the government bull shit that I am having a hard time believing in anything. Especially in a young, president elect with very little experience.

AND I am not shy in admitting that I am deathly afraid of what is going to happen when he pulls the military out of Iraq. I would feel much safer with someone who believed a little bit in the military. That being said .. I guess my fear stems from the Clinton admin. who yes strengthened the economy, but killed our military and left us with half the support we need.

Oy. Too early in the morning for this ... lol

steves said...

Not faith. Different, in a good way.

I am cautiously optimistic. He may suck big time, but I am willing to give him some time to see what he can accomplish and try not to be overly critical...for a while, at least.

With the exception of Hillary (sorry, I was never a fan of the Clintons), I have been impressed with his picks. Very solid, so far.

Bob said...

"I am sick to death of the left-o-sphere hand-wringing over the lack of out-of-the-boxness of Obama's picks."

No shit. The way I remember it, Obama campaigned on bi-partisanship, and appointing the best and the brightest. So now that he is actually doing what he said he would do, his core supporters are pissed?

Clearly these people only heard what they wanted to hear.

"I would feel much safer with someone who believed a little bit in the military."

That's is such a right-wing cop out. Everyone has faith in the military. The military didn't fuck up the war in Iraq, Bush did. The military can win just about any war we send them on, but it's the President's job to secure the peace.

Jennifer said...

I'm not really sure what a "right-wing cop out" is ... I think maybe you are calling me a republican ... hmmmmmm ....

"The military can win just about any war we send them on, but it's the President's job to secure the peace"

EXACTLY. However, war sometimes is the only way to secure the peace .. if said president is more focused on the ecomomy ..ala Clinton style... then that makes me afraid. It should make you afraid too. I'm not for lets make the rest of the world a parking lot, but I'm not for lets focus on us and turn a blind on the rest of the world and wait for them to attack us either. Which is the vibe I get from Obama.

BTW .. I'm not either party. I am for whoever will do the job the best in my opinion. There are areas that Obama fits that bill and there are areas that McCain would have fit that bill.

Jennifer said...

oh, and.. I think you misunderstood a little ..

I don't mean faith in OUR military .. I mean faith in USING the military to get the job done.

Big difference.