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Vilsack and Salazar Nominations Expected Weds.

Updated 6:17 p.m.
By Philip Rucker and Al Kamen
President-elect Barack Obama has tapped former Iowa governor Thomas J. Vilsack to be his secretary of agriculture and will introduce Vilsack tomorrow at a news conference in Chicago, where he will also name Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) as his secretary of interior, a senior Democratic official said.

Vilsack, 58, who dropped out of the presidential race in 2007 after a short-lived bid, was an early backer of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, but campaigned hard for Obama during the general election. Vilsack is well-liked by both environmentalists and food industry leaders and has written opinion articles in recent months about agriculture policy, linking farming to energy independence and national security.

Reached at his Iowa law office this afternoon, Vilsack declined to confirm that he had been selected for the job. But a Democratic official said he has been picked to lead the sprawling Department of Agriculture, which develops and executes the nation's policies on farming and food safety.

Salazar, whose selection by Obama was confirmed by Democratic officials on Monday, will become a key player in setting the new administration's environmental, energy and land-use policies. The Interior Department is tasked with conserving most federally-owned land and managing programs related to Native American populations and territories.

Salazar, 53, follows New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) as the second Latino tapped for Obama's Cabinet. A fifth-generation Coloradan, Salazar's family settled in the American West, and Salazar and his seven siblings all became first-generation college graduates. Salazar practiced water and environmental law in the private sector for 11 years before serving as Colorado's attorney general. He was elected to the Senate in 2004, joining Obama as the only freshmen Democrats elected that year.

Salazar's departure from the Senate sets off a political scramble in the swing state of Colorado. Gov. Bill Ritter (D) would have to appoint a replacement to complete Salazar's term through 2010. Among the contenders is Salazar's brother, John, who serves in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Comments

cymric:

I'm retired with plenty of time to waste here. The only stupid question is the one not asked.

Posted by: JakeD | December 17, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

hey....i am having log in problems for the
article
Obama Person of the Year....

can't post....
might have to do with Flashplayer.
Anyone know how I can disable Flashplayer.....hate the thing and all the problems it causes.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 17, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Somehow JakeD you just don't come across as a Constitutional scholar, therefore any questions you may have regarding President Obama's citizenship are null and void. You really need to get a job; I understand that Bush is looking for folks to help him move back to Texas.

Posted by: cymric | December 17, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

i am glad the washington post let's us.....
maybe a little....
get in another topic on these articles.

yesterday, no one was commenting all day on this article. Then our friend Jake did ---at the end of the business day.

So we got off topic on Ken Salazar.....
we can go back to it ((big smiles )))

I just like gettin' Jake's "goat" 'cause then I can SURF the USCODE.....

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 17, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

So much for change in Farm Bill policy. Ron Kind D-WI would have brought reform to Farm Policy and the knowledge of Congress to implement it. Instead we'll get more corporate welfare plus windmills.

Posted by: caribis | December 17, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

RealityChick:

Then I wouldn't be Constitutionally Eligible to be President of the United States. See how easy it is to answer a hypothetical?

Posted by: JakeD | December 17, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

JakeD:

Let's say, hypothetically, you were born on Mars...

Posted by: RealityChick | December 17, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

mullett,

Amen Brother.

I don't mean to pick on anybody - but cotton is the most subsidized crop in history. Can you tell me what sense it makes for the cotton states to keep yelling about government handouts to labor and the poor when they get more in price supports than anybody in business anywhere?

We've got to quit dividing ourselves between the rural and the urban.

Urban environmentalists love nature. Farming people love the land they work.
There has got to be a crossroads there somewhere.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | December 17, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

My only hope for Salazar's appointment would be to turn the tide of Corporate farming that is taking over the Ag of this country day by day.Mega Dairies, Mega Cattle, Mega Swine Farms all designed to pack as much as possible into as large an area as needed to produce the most profit, the same ideology that has brought our financial, and Auto industries to their begging knees.
Whats even worse than the grossly oversized farms is the amount of money the government subsidizes the entire agriculture industry with.I guess if i were a corporation looking for a line into the endless federal handouts, agriculture makes the most sense.Lowest wages in the entire country, least regulation of all federal subsidies, and a constant demand that rarely ever goes down.And a Pay-even-if-not needed insurance from the government makes it the most grossly over protected buisness in America.
sure, Mom and Pop farms of old might not be able to keep up with swelling demand for exports and huge Corporations soaking up the subsidies,but at least we had some pride in knowing where our food came from, who produced it, and that the over inflated pricing would at least be going to a local farm.

Posted by: mullett | December 17, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

L8PM

I'm concerned too. The whole, "Get big or get out" philosophy of the Nixon/Earl Butts era is a major reason we have an unsustainable agricultural sector today.

The Average age of the North American Farmer is 57. We're importing huge amounts of food from countries that do not have environmental or health standards compatible with ours AND conventional agriculture represents a huge percentage of our fossil consumption. Not to mention that if we can't feed ourselves we have a national security issue.

Obama has shown vision with his picks for energy and his focus on transportation to drive the energy sector into renewables.

But he needs to see that a larger amount of fossil fuel is used to generate chemical fertilizer, pump water, run farm equipment and deliver goods to market in elaborate plastic packages than any single point in the transportation sector.

We're going to be upside down on domestic food production within 10 years.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | December 17, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Humor me, hypothetically, if he wasn't?

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

Obama WAS born in Hawaii--whether you choose to believe it or not, it's a fact--end of story.

Posted by: RealityChick | December 16, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

RealityChick:

If he was not born in Hawaii, then what?

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

We oppose the nomination of Kenneth Salazar, and urge rejection. Mr. Salazar has a bad track record, and lacks the necessary contacts within the prospective spheres of responsibility. Kenneth Salazar is known for a legalistic and bombastic approach to problem-solving, at the expense of the fair interests of the stakeholders. This nomination smacks of a political gratuity to reward Salazar for campaign work, and that is not right. The nomination of Kenneth Salazar should be rejected by Congress, as there are many better candidates based on merit.

Matt Lechner - CFP, CRPS, CIMA, FRM
Chairman - WSSIG, the Wall Street Special Interest Group

Posted by: snorfy | December 16, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: Barack Obama is, in fact, a natural-born citizen of the United States, for the simple reason that he was born on American soil (in Hawaii, two years after it acquired statehood). The age and citizenship status of Obama's parents at the time have no bearing on Obama's own citizenship.

Any confusion on this point is the result of misunderstanding the legal concepts of jus sanguinis (right of blood) and jus soli (right of birthplace). Here's how the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service explains the difference:

The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizenship at birth to almost all individuals born in the United States or in U.S. jurisdictions, according to the principle of jus soli. Certain individuals born in the United States, such as children of foreign heads of state or children of foreign diplomats, do not obtain U.S. citizenship under jus soli.

Certain individuals born outside of the United States are born citizens because of their parents, according to the principle of jus sanguinis (which holds that the country of citizenship of a child is the same as that of his / her parents).

It is a fact that under the provisions of Article Two of the U.S. Constitution naturalized citizens are ineligible to hold the office of president, but this disqualification does not apply to Barack Obama, who has been a citizen since birth.

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/barackobama/a/obama_citizen.htm

Posted by: RealityChick | December 16, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I have as much right to refuse to acknowledge pResident Obama as your side did with Bush in 2000. It's no more irrational than "hit[ting] a critical desalinization point" with global warming.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

You disappeared again?!

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

lartfromabove:

There is also conflicting evidence he was born in a different Hawaiian hospital -- I admit the picture is not clear -- but no time travel is necessary to simply cover up the fact his mother was abroad when she gave birth. If (I guess that is a "magic" word now) he was, then he is not legally qualified to become President and any "nominations" (the thread topic) are null and void.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Ol' Barack knows how to walk the line, that's for certain.
Typical day. One bad pick (Salazar) and one good pick (Vilsack).

Still waiting on Ethan Nadelmann for Drug Czar. C'mon, Barack. Yes you can.

Posted by: captainkona | December 16, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

The conspiracy to claim Obama wasn't born in Hawaii dates back to his birth! Obviously the conspirators have access to time travel, as a birth announcement was printed in the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper on August 13, 1961.

Anyone interested in more details (and I can't imagine who would care) can check the facts at http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html

Posted by: lartfromabove | December 16, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I agree...most of the comments here are crap. I wish the Post would follow the New York Times lead and have someone approve comments that are on topic. Makes for much better reading and discourse.

Posted by: vancouver1999 | December 16, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Someone tell me please, what, pray tell, do these comments have to do with the selection of Sen Salazar and Gov Vilsack to serve in the Obama administration?

John Lukacs wrote a marvelous work, "Democracy and Populism (Fear and Hatred)." In it, he discusses a fundamental problem of political theory in our so-called modern age: where is the line between political ideology and insanity? I submit the aforementioned irrational ramblings as Exhibit 1 that we have lost our ability as a nation to rationally discuss even the most simple issue, and secondly, we have lost the capacity for rational thought altogether.

I should think the postings on such a clear and concise subject as Cabinet appointments by an incoming and popular President elect would prompt rational discussion vis a vis the selectees and their relative merits. In my view, Sen Salazar is a great pick for Interior. On Vilsack, I am neutral. Anyone care to make a rational, pertinent comment? Tin Foil hat wearers please take a seat and let right thinking people have the floor for just one moment. If not, I will write our society off as insane. Semper Fidelis

Posted by: nrringlee | December 16, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition as Richardson is pulled into the vortex. Soon trillions of federal dollars will be splooged into the nimble old hands of these appointed kleptocrats.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 16, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

" if the majority of electors had voted for Arnold Schwarzenegger (sp?) instead, that wouldn't mean he was legally qualified to become President."
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"If" is a magic word and the reason they did not vote for Arnold is because he did not run because there is proof that he is not a natural born citizen.

I can see it now, the economy completely tanks, our national security becomes vulnerable and all of us are living on the streets dying of cholera and JakeD turns to one of his buddies and says: "But Obama's paternal grandmother said she witnessed his birth in what is now Kenya...."

Do you have any idea Jake just what kind of trouble this country is in?, don't you think we should spend our time working towards fixing it instead of chasing these paranoid schemes? jeez you are unbelievable.

Frankly, I am done with this topic, its for idiots.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 16, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

carlaclaws:

The head of Health and Vital Statistics has confirmed its authenticity, but not verified that he was born in Hawaii. Big difference. I am aware of the challenge to the translation. One brick at a time, though. I am not arguing Obama's American citizenship; the issue is whether he is a "natural born" citizen. I certainly agree with you that IF Obama was (born in Hawaii to even one American parent, then he meets the definition of "natural born."

JRM2 and htruman:

I don't deny that Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Jr. is the President Elect -- if the majority of electors had voted for Arnold Schwarzenegger (sp?) instead, that wouldn't mean he was legally qualified to become President. The only case to reach the Supreme Court lacked standing (procedural grounds) not merit (substantive grounds). I'm happy to wait until the Keyes lawsuit (he DOES have legal standing) reaches the Supreme Court.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

JakeD FACT: The Supreme Court refused to review the case because it lacked merit. FACT: The Supreme Court is the final say in our land of laws, FACT: You don't know more than the Supreme Court even though you think you do, FACT: Obama is the President Elect with over 10 million more votes and an electoral landslide.

But don't let the facts get in your way.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 16, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse
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Uh, JRM2, wwooowww……….. duuuudddddeee! Hold it man. That's JakeD you're talking to bro! Don't you know that facts were invented by the liberal elite? JakeD's above the fray homes. He like operates from the gut and stuff. For real :-p!

Posted by: htruman | December 16, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

FACT: Obama was not born in Hawaii, or alternatively, he otherwise lost his "natural born" status. FACT: his paternal grandmother stated he was born in what is now known as Kenya. FACT: the U.S. Constitution requires the President to be a "natural born" citizen. FACT: Obama's "birth certificate" from Hawaii, at the time, was allowed to be for a foreign-born American, registered back in Hawaii. FACT: no governmental agency has verified that Obama was actually born in Hawaii. FACT: federal law, in effect at the time of his birth, did not permit children born of one U.S. citizen parent, who was underage -- or dual citizenship children -- from being considered "natural born" citizens. FACT: Obama has not released his LONG FORM vault certificate.
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Fact: The only birth certificate anyone has EVER seen for Barack Obama is from Hawaii. The head of the agency has confirmed its authenticity. Fact: Several knowledgeable people have challenged this translation of the interview with his grandmother. The conversation took place over a bad connection that was dropped three times. Fact: If the form is used for both Hawaiian- and foreign-born people, it proves nothing. It does, however give Honolulu, HI as the place of birth. Fact: Hawaii has confirmed that they do not routinely provide a "long form" birth certificate and that the short form is acceptable to prove citizenship. Fact: If Obama was (as verified) born in Hawaii to even one American parent, he meets the definition of "natural born." Even if his mother had renounced her American citizenship (and no one has produced proof that she had), Obama was still an American citizenship unless he renounced it after he came of age.

Posted by: carlaclaws | December 16, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

There's a scene about JakeD (friend of AspenGirl and Dianne71/72- bigoted hater of Michelle Obama)) in Apocalypse Now:
"Hey, man, you don't talk to the JakeD. You listen to him. The man's enlarged my mind. He's a poet-warrior in the classic sense. I mean sometimes he'll... uh... well, you'll say "hello" to him, right? And he'll just walk right by you. He won't even notice you. And suddenly he'll grab you, and he'll throw you in a corner, and he'll say, "do you know that 'if' is the middle word in life? If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you"... I mean I'm no, I can't... I'm a little man, I'm a little man, he's... he's a great man. "


Don't care column

Posted by: edlharris | December 16, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse
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Couldn't agree with you more edlharris. It's, uh, like JakeD can interpret and spin the Fox News talking points like no one else!!! Which is like hella crazy dude, cause like JakeD swears he doesn't watch Fox! Me thinks he's getting the talking points from above dude. Like a modern day Moses…. you know and that kind of stuff. For real :-P

Posted by: htruman | December 16, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

JakeD FACT: The Supreme Court refused to review the case because it lacked merit. FACT: The Supreme Court is the final say in our land of laws, FACT: You don't know more than the Supreme Court even though you think you do, FACT: Obama is the President Elect with over 10 million more votes and an electoral landslide.

But don't let the facts get in your way.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 16, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

wilder5121:

"Desertion" may well have been an impeachable offense, but I would have to check the statute of limitations for UCMJ -- too bad Pelosi took that off the table -- my issue with Obama's legitimacy relates to Constitutional Qualifications.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey JakeD...you took the words right out of a majority of American's mouths: No one pResident Bush Junior appoints is legitimate until Bush Junior proves that he didn't "COMMIT DESERTION" (a potential capital offense) during Vietnam.

Posted by: wilder5121 | December 16, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

There's a scene about JakeD (friend of AspenGirl and Dianne71/72- bigoted hater of Michelle Obama)) in Apocalypse Now:
"Hey, man, you don't talk to the JakeD. You listen to him. The man's enlarged my mind. He's a poet-warrior in the classic sense. I mean sometimes he'll... uh... well, you'll say "hello" to him, right? And he'll just walk right by you. He won't even notice you. And suddenly he'll grab you, and he'll throw you in a corner, and he'll say, "do you know that 'if' is the middle word in life? If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you"... I mean I'm no, I can't... I'm a little man, I'm a little man, he's... he's a great man. "


Don't care column

Posted by: edlharris | December 16, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

For the record, TheBabeNemo posted at 6:34 PM: "I want to know why and how YOU come to this conclusion".

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

ElrodinTN:

Thanks (I will put you down in the "don't care" category ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

jellybean1:

Well, for starters, I "care". I have to assume that TheBabeNemo "cares" by even asking the question. That's two (2) so far ...

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,
The pharmacy called. Your refill order is ready for pickup.

Posted by: ElrodinTN | December 16, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what you think really Jake"Moron"D

Posted by: jellybean1 | December 16, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

For everyone else besides TheBabeNemo or Attucks:

You can review the full argument from the Keyes' lawsuit here: http://www.soundinvestments.us/files/final_writ_keyes_v_bowen.pdf

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

"Alone"? It's pretty well set forth in the Keyes' lawsuit (but, for some reason, now, after insisting that I give you a link to that lawsuit on an earlier thread, you don't want that anymore -- very interesting). In a nutshell, FACT: Obama was not born in Hawaii, or alternatively, he otherwise lost his "natural born" status. FACT: his paternal grandmother stated he was born in what is now known as Kenya. FACT: the U.S. Constitution requires the President to be a "natural born" citizen. FACT: Obama's "birth certificate" from Hawaii, at the time, was allowed to be for a foreign-born American, registered back in Hawaii. FACT: no governmental agency has verified that Obama was actually born in Hawaii. FACT: federal law, in effect at the time of his birth, did not permit children born of one U.S. citizen parent, who was underage -- or dual citizenship children -- from being considered "natural born" citizens. FACT: Obama has not released his LONG FORM vault certificate.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

VILSACK for Secretary of Agriculture! What a slap in the face! Get ready for big agriculture domination. Hope you like your milk from cloned cows.

Posted by: L8PM | December 16, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Both of these are well qualified and have great life stories and will do excellent jobs in an Obama administration. It also looks like the Senate vacancy assuming a Salazar confirmation will be quickly fileld by the Democratic governor of that State.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | December 16, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

No one pResident Obama appoints is legitimate until Obama proves that he is a "natural born" citizen.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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Look Jake, look! It's the Easter Bunny!

Posted by: Attucks | December 16, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

okay jakey...i'll bite.

give me the facts on why you believe President Elect Obama is not a natural born citizen of the USA.

Don't shove me off to a website to read something either....I want to know why and how YOU come to this conclusion --alone.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 16, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

No one pResident Obama appoints is legitimate until Obama proves that he is a "natural born" citizen.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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