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Obama fires the head of the Minerals Management Service

When I wrote my last post on what Obama has to do at today's press conference, my Twitter follower @GStuedler wrote, "@CapehartJ... I think you hit the nail squarely on the head with that column, let's hope Obama 'listens'."

Well, an MSNBC alert on my phone an hour or so ago signaled that he has. S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, the invisible head of the hapless and somnambulant Minerals Management Service, has been fired. Good! A head needed to roll. Now, I'm looking forward to what other pieces of my advice the president will follow. Telling the military service chiefs to stand down and demanding that Congress go forward with its planned vote to repeal "don't ask don't tell" would be perfect.

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 27, 2010; 11:52 AM ET
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I can't tell if you're being serious or not, but it seems unlikely that the POTUS actually "followed" your advice. Firing the head of MMS has made sense for quite some time now.

Posted by: Interceptor402 | May 27, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

The President, as Commander-in-Chief, can issue a policy change to DADT if he had the nerve but he is chosing to let it become a political issue in hopes the Republicans take issue and delay Congress. You see he doesn't really care about the people, he is in it for himself. He wants the history books to say that he took action and solved all the perceived social issues without really doing anything just in case they flounder and fail. Firing the head of the "barn" after the horse has escaped is all eyewash...let's see what incompetent he hires to replace the past boss.

Posted by: staterighter | May 27, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Didn't President Obama just say it was news to him that Elizabeth Birnbaum quit her job as head of the MMS? Could be one of those "is there no one who will rid me of this meddlesome bureaucrat?" things, but he doesn't seem to be admitting to firing her himself.

Posted by: Iconodule | May 27, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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