Decision Time for Bush and Obama, As Congress Calls It Quits
By Ben Pershing
"The Decider" gets to decide the fate of the U.S. auto industry this week, as Congress has gone home for the holidays and left it to President Bush to determine whether to tap money from the Treasury's pot of bailout gold to aid car companies. Not surprisingly, to students of 43, Bush said reaching a decision on the question "won't be a long process."
Perhaps supporters of the bailout should throw their shoes at Bush during his next press conference. If you haven't seen it, an Iraqi journalist exploited both his country's and Afghanistan's newfound freedom of the press by hurling footwear at a surprised Bush yesterday. "It was amusing," the president said later. Surely the Secret Service, which already has its hands full enough figuring out how to protect Barack Obama, was similarly entertained by the stunt.
Bush isn't the only executive facing a big decision. Obama has to make some final picks for his Cabinet, and Rod Blagojevich has to weigh whether he can stay in office long enough to use the governorship as a bargaining chip with prosecutors before he is potentially forced to step down by the state attorney general or the Legislature. Again, maybe a well-aimed shoe could help speed his decision along.
As for Obama, his previously disclosed energy and environment team is scheduled to be rolled out today at an afternoon press conference in Chicago. How many questions will actually be about energy and the environment rather than Blagojevich? Next up, reportedly, could be the naming of Ken Salazar to be interior secretary.
Posted at 8:12 AM ET on Dec 15, 2008
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