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Obama's Transition Defying Expectations

By Ben Pershing
When Barack Obama's transition began two short weeks ago, we thought we knew two things with a fair degree of certainty: The incoming president would likely try to fill the "Big 3" Cabinet posts -- state, defense, Treasury -- before turning to lesser offices, and he would strive to emphasize "change" with whatever choices he made.

Neither of those things has quite turned out to be true. As of this morning, we have a reported Cabinet lineup that includes Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Daschle and Attorney General Eric Holder. And we have a nearly complete sense of who will populate Obama's senior White House staff, though it was always expected that the president-elect would fill those posts before most Cabinet jobs.

But we don't have picks yet for state, defense, or Treasury, though each job seems to have been narrowed to three or fewer finalists. We may have had a secretary of state pick sooner were Obama not apparently inclined to choose Hillary Clinton, who brings along so much baggage that cash-strapped airlines probably delight each time she arrives at the ticket counter (thank you, I'll be here all week). Defense appears to have been narrowed largely to Richard Danzig, perhaps after Bob Gates stays on a bit longer, while Treasury speculation remains centered on Tim Geithner or Larry Summers.

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The change is from incompetence to competence. And in most cases competence is enhanced by experience. The judgment also needs to be there, and so far his picks look good. Obama's voters praised his judgment, and now I am becoming increasingly convinced.

Posted by: dmoran1 | November 21, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

President-elect Barack Obama should really move on a pick for Treasury that is reassuring to investors given the current economic conditions. He needs to show investors and business that he is not as bad for business as he has been portrayed.

This could be done by, in addition to moving on a treasury selection, by vowing not to raise taxes other than the automatic tax increases that occur when the Bush tax cuts expire in 2010.

He could also vow to suspend his plans to raise the capital gains tax until the economy is better. Hints that he will not push labor reforms such as "card check" would help as well.

It would not hurt if he recognized that he has to scale back on some of the spending that he promised. Even the most fervent Obama supporters probably realize that the spending he promised during the campaign is not feasible.

Obama is not president yet so there is a limit to what he can do. Markets fear the unknown and Obama is not doing anything to make his policies known or to enhance his image with investors and business. If he were sending out more business friendly signals to stabilize the markets it would make his job easier when he finally does take office.

Posted by: danielhancock | November 21, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

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Obama must not make himself guilty of appointing cronies helpers as a reward.

This Napolitano lady is paranoid about any kind of secuity, let alone homeland security, and is sure to make things worse, should Obama proceed with her.

Obama must not confuse Presidential political security with Homeland Security.

Let's hope Obama really looks for the good of the nation, not for the good of his politics.

Else, Jeremiah Wright would be proven right.
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Posted by: ElMugroso | November 20, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: scrivener50 | November 20, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Pershing, let me be satirical-You, need to get Professional!

You mention that Obasama needs to get after the Treasury Pick expediently, mention the two Unfortunate Choices, and fail to mention their Culpability in the current Melt-Down!

"Now back, for a moment, to the opening at Treasury: Obama might want to move that one up the priority list, as the Dow dropped below 8,000 yesterday for the first time in five years and no one seems quite sure what to do about the flailing auto industry"]

Actually, you could have stopped, at "What to DO!"

Paulson, is slowly developing a clue-Too SLOWLY!

RE-Regulate, and Reverse the Disasters Summers, and Geithner-along with Slick, pulled in 1998 - 1999!

WHY? WHY has it not ALREADY been DONE! And WHY, do you Journalists REFUSE to call for it?!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 20, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama is assembling a powerful "toolbox" of cabinet secretaries and staff to execute the four-point agenda he stated during the campaign and has restated since. The conventional wisdom apparently is that "no, he can't." That may be true, but at this point, I wouldn't bet against him.

Posted by: thewolf1 | November 20, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama is assembling a powerful "toolbox" of cabinet secretaries and staff to execute the four-point agenda he stated during the campaign and has restated since. The conventional wisdom apparently is that "no, he can't." That may be true, but at this point, I wouldn't bet against him.

Posted by: thewolf1 | November 20, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Ben, I come here for some semblance of journalism, not opinion. If I wanted to read stupid opinions I would fry my brains reading your OpEd page or watching TV. By the way the only baggage the Clintons carry is the traditional media's perverse obsession. Maybe we can throw all of you off a plane at 30,000 feet.

(Hillary Clinton, who brings along so much baggage that cash-strapped airlines probably delight each time she arrives at the ticket counter (thank you, I'll be here all week))

Posted by: LeRiverend | November 20, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama was picked by the democratic leadership. He's their tool, and he's appointing their picks.

he's as much about "change" as bush is about "success".

Posted by: newagent99 | November 20, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

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