O.K. it is still early in the Obama Administration — in fact we haven’t yet seen a swearing in. Yet there have been plenty of appointments and pronouncements.
So who should be angry with Barack Obama thus far?
Feminists, gays, liberals, opponents of the war, and Joe Biden, to name a few, should be fuming at the President-elect.
Some women say Obama has passed up a golden opportunity to place more seasoned and highly qualified women in his administration.
“When you are looking at a Cabinet and you have such a small number of women in the room when the big decisions are being made, there need to be a lot more women’s voices in this administration,” said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women.
Bill Clinton and President Bush each had a comparable number of women in their first Cabinets, but women’s groups say they hoped for and expected more from President-elect Barack Obama.
Some gays are unhappy too: the naming of Rick Warren to give the opening prayer at the Obama inauguration is seen as a slap in the face.
“Warren doesn’t just oppose gay marriage, he’s compared it to incest and pedophilia. He doesn’t just want to ban abortion, he’s compared women who terminate pregnancies to Nazis and the pro-choice position to Holocaust denial,” wrote Katha Pollitt in the Los Angeles Times.
On the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama has not yet gained the confidence of many who wanted America out of war right away.
In fact, Obama has retained the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a host of Pentagon political appointees (see today’s Washington Times).
Staying at the Pentagon: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and many others.
(AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
Obama seems no closer to a military withdrawal in Iraq than George Bush and he has already launched plans for 30,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Liberals say Obama is missing the message of the election by keeping the Pentagon team in place and “floating” the name of John Brennan as a possible nominee to head the CIA.
Liberals believe the likes of Brennan are partly to blame for the world-wide loss of respect for America due to torture and other sins.
John Brennan. AP Photo Lawrence Jackson
Finally, Joe Biden has reason to be angry at Barack Obama. Joe Biden is the former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. And yet, President-elect Obama named him head of the White House Jobs Program this last weekend (“White House Task Force on Working Families”).
And there has been a lot of talk about a “lesser” role for the vice president.
Above: Former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, will chair a new task force aimed at helping working families. He’ll have a “lesser role” than Dick Cheney, Obama spokesmen say.
A spokeswoman for the Vice President-elect said “Biden had no intention of continuing the practice started by Vice President Cheney of regularly attending internal legislative branch meetings — he firmly believes in restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role.”
Let’s be honest, children. The traditional role of the Vice President of the Uited Sates is to stand in the corner, go to funerals the president doesn’t want to attend and await the death of his boss.
John Nance Garner said while he was vice president that the job “wasn’t worth a bucket of warm piss.”
That’s the traditional “lesser” role of the vice president.
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