When Barack Obama picked Rahm Emanuel to be his White House Chief of Staff, we were promised better, smoother relations with the Congress.
Today, the President-elect and Vice President-elect both had to phone a Senator who was miffed at a soon-to-be Executive Branch announcement, or as it a leak?
“I have been contacted by both President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, and they have explained to me the reasons why they believe Leon Panetta is the best candidate for CIA Director,” Feinstein said.
No matter. Those phone calls were unnecessary and could have been avoided with one phone call from Emanuel to Senator Dianne Feinstein to avoid hurt feelings — yesterday.
Also at the Senate today, Democrat Harry Reid barred admittance to Democratically appointed Mr. Roland Burris in a scene called a “circus” by CNN. Never mind that Emanuel, Obama, Burris and the Governor who made the appointment, Rob Blagoyevich, are all Democrats from Illinois.
You’d think the 24-hour news cycle could have done without news that Dianne Feinstein was not totally thrilled at the Leon Panetta nomination and that Roland Burris had to cool his heels outside the United States Senate.
Banana Republics act this way. We have come to expect more from Team Obama. But today was either just an ugly day for Team Obama and especially Leon Panetta or a sign that the honeymoon can’t last.
Let’s hope Rahm Emanuael wakes up before the mistakes really count….
In this Nov. 18, 2008 file photo, Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff for President-elect Barack Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)