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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.

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By Paul Volpe  |  December 15, 2008; 8:12 AM ET
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Just compare what the liberals / WaPo screamed when Bush waited to release documents like that ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 15, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news from Chicago.

The Obama team has completed their investigation on the contacts between they and the Blagojevich administration. They will release this information on December 22.

That is a week away, why the wait? What happened to open and transparent?

Posted by: mwhoke | December 15, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

As a decider Barack Obama has a some big shoes to fill!!!

Posted by: rockbandsinc | December 15, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I only hope Obama follows through on his clean energy plans. Oil man Bush is on his way out. McCain would have followed right in his footsteps in energy policy. Obama is the best hope we have in fixing the W mess.
Achmed the shoe thrower deserves a medal.
He acted out what tens of millions of Americans have wanted to do for a long time. Bush brought no dignity to the presidency with his war lies and constitutional attacks on personal freedoms.
As for keeping Americans safe, who was president on Sept. 11, 2001? It wasn't Clinton.
Here's to Achmed who gave a fitting farewell to the worst president in eighty years.

Posted by: seemstome | December 15, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Another fine job by our weak willed Congress who will, no doubt, soon express their grave concerns about the expansion of presidential powers. They have continued to shirk their true duties while focusing their attention on retaining their office.

Posted by: Brand_X | December 15, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"im sorry did u say transistion. that implies a change. what we have is four more years. william goerge obama. this was the biggest fraud ever perpetrated with john mcain in the fix. what a stinking joke. run this country into the ground i cant bare the wretched stench of treacherous ivy leaguers.

Posted by: william106"

Were you referring to Clinton(s), Bush(s) or to Obama(s). In checking I noted that all these Presidents and most of the wives went to Harvard or Yale. Which one is it or is it just the fact of a so called Ivy League school????

Posted by: Thatsnuts | December 15, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

it is now no wonder where the powers that be could find a minion to facilitate there destruction of america. Thank you Blago for your transparency.they have stole my money and my vote.

Posted by: william106 | December 15, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Not only is the Auto Industry and the country waiting for Decision from White House, so is nuttsy Fagen, GWB. waiting since he doesn't know, and has not himself got the brains to make a decision.

GWB needs his think tank to tellhim what to do and what to say and it is pretty evident he does not know why he is saying what is written for him.

The photo of his ducking the shoe is the best photo we have had the opportunity to see of GWB in eight years. BRAVO FOR THE THROWER!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | December 15, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

im sorry did u say transistion. that implies a change. what we have is four more years. william goerge obama. this was the biggest fraud ever perpetrated with john mcain in the fix. what a stinking joke. run this country into the ground i cant bare the wretched stench of treacherous ivy leaguers.

Posted by: william106 | December 15, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

To be blunt, if there's nothing good to say, then you shut up and say nothing. Or at least that's what my parents taught me. Apparently, Obama's parents did the same.

Wrt to the Iraqi journalist, I say bully for him. It's about time the Iraqis spoke up.

Posted by: dboyes99 | December 15, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

mchoke, thanks for the weather report in Chicago. About the only relevant thing you posted. God, it must be hard being such a loser that you have to make up sh*t to feel better. Happy Holidays!!

Posted by: LABC | December 15, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

don't worry mhoke, the columnist will move this post straight down,,, as it does not praise Barack

(note it doesn't mention baracks ongoing silence about the governor, if it was Palin, the silence would ahve been mentioned a dozen times.

Posted by: newagent99 | December 15, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

It is 7:53 on a cold Chicago morning.

We are still awaiting the "open and transparent" Obama team to inform us what transpired between Rahm Emmanuel and the Blago group.

Maybe it will be a cold day in Hell before we are informed!

Posted by: mwhoke | December 15, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

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