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Nancy Killefer and Tom Daschle Withdraw...

By Ed O'Keefe

... follow The Post's coverage of the unexpected withdrawals of President Obama's pick to serve as the nation's first chief performance officer and the secretary of health and human services here.

Also read Killefer's letter of resignation to President Obama.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 3, 2009; 10:05 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Losing Nancy would be a major setback because she can’t be “replaced!!” She is scary BRILLIENT and has unparalleled insight and experience in organizing for effectiveness. With her as the CPO, we would have had our best opportunity in my lifetime to squeeze the inefficiencies out of government and to optimize the performance of government services. If all this is over HER $900 tax lien, the Obama folks need to have their heads examined because she is singularly more valuable that Daschle and Gertner combined!

Posted by: ep_Patriot_Vet | February 3, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Howard Dean is the best and most competant choice for HHS. Daschle was too much of a wheeler-dealer. Dean is a manager and a liberal and a grassroots organizer. This is who HHS needs.

Posted by: Alfy2009 | February 3, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

To the Honorable President Barack Obama
Of the Untied States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

February 3, 2009

Mr. President,

The urge for me to write has been provoked by GOD and has been overwhelming and this is just a preview of the larger text that is being mailed tomorrow. Hope you get it soon.

My take on where the American People are focused today ------ is simple. The Enforcement of the Rules of Law in our Constitution is of paramount importance and they like me are looking unto to you being the Hands on Five Star General in getting that done.

There is no greater matter or thing you could do at this time than to Restore the Enforcement of our Rules of LAW and that would settle the much anger and dust of confusion that is out there in our American Culture. Small talk must go! Promises to have more oversight and writing more laws are just futile when dealing with those criminally minded folks. We are a nation that has gone the way of opulent and open lawlessness and much of our nation has been robbed.

Therefore, increase the staff in the Justice Department by FIVE FOLD. Set up platoons [50 people] of them and assign each a task. Keep the ones focused on investigating similar crimes to keep the best-suited moving things along very fast. Set up target dates and mandates to begin indicting many in less than sixty days. Hire some of the retired Majors and Generals to help with the military affairs.

Remember this: There is a neo-con tyrannical counter culture out and about in Washington DC and they are out to make sure you fall then fail. And they control more than you at this time. My take is that there are over 5,000 of them in covert activities against you at this time in the DC political and military arenas. You have only two you can trust. First is GOD and second is your wife. Make sure you say no many more times than yes. And simply don’t believe any thing you hear and only half of what you see to be the truth certified by many facts.

There is a rumble in a loud buzz on the Internet from many moronic dope-smoking dissents that are from ages of fifteen to twenty three or more and they are mad as hell and they are crying out for anarchy. They are the ones who had eight years of the BUSH BUNCH and they have no respect at this time for you or me or anyone else that wants to change what we have in America. Yes that is right ------- they are crying out for a revolution. But with the enforcement of the Rule of Law lay out by you as your mandate then they will begin to think again about lawlessness and acts of words and deeds of aggression that could lead to treason and land them in prison.

Best Regards

Dwight Baker
Co-founder Bondservants of Christ Jesus Ministries
PO BOX 7065 Eagle Pass, TX 78853
Tel/fax 1-830-773-1077

Posted by: dbaker00711281944 | February 4, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't think God, Nancy, or screaming Howard is the answer. Anyone who lets a tax bill get to the lien stage or doesn't know that cars, drivers, and other perks are taxable shouldn't have a major role in running our country. These folks make enough money to hire good tax advisers. We working folks are expected to follow the rules, so why shouldn't we have leaders that meet these same expectations? Any administration claiming to understand middle class America should know that most of us can't stomach this hypocrisy. And there are lots of people out there who can replace Nancy--you just need to look in the right places.

Posted by: bigtom6156 | February 4, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone ever stopped to think that it's the nominees who aren't being entirely truthful with President Obama? It would seem that Obama, in a conversation with his pick, would ask "... can you think of anything that would prevent you from being confirmed?" I'm not saying Obama should ask any probing questions -- just one question to ensure his time, the Senate's time and the nominee's time won't be wasted. If someone has a tax lien, owes several thousand, or tens of thousands in taxes, etc., she/he must be sure that will be a point of concern during the confirmation process. Don't blame Obama, blame the nominees for not being forthright, and in Daschle's case, blame the IRS for not pursuing collection efforts for more than $100K in unpaid taxes.

Posted by: DeborahKempSPHR | February 4, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Deb, read the article again. Even Obama admitted he screwed up, and his people were aware of the problem but didn't think it would cause this big a controversy. It's clear that Obama is not as in touch with middle class America as he thought he was, and that he has been using a very "flexible" standard for his nominees. You and I would probably be in court or jail now if we did what some of these nominees did.

Posted by: bigtom6156 | February 4, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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