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Who Should Be Angry With Obama?

December 23, 2008

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).

Defense Secretary Robert Gates holds a press briefing at the ...
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.

In this Sept. 21,2004 file photo, John Brennan gestures during ... 
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.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden will chair a new task force aimed at helping working families.

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.

By John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Realted:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/22/
women.cabinet/index.html

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/19
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Obama Retains Top Tier of Pentagon Political Appointees
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec
/22/obama-wants-bush-war-team-stay/

Rick Warren is an Insulting Choice
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-
pollitt22-2008dec22,0,4243781.story

Biden Promises to be a Different Vice President
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/
22/biden.lkl/index.html

Gay Congressman Says Obama Made A Mistake on Pastor
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Biden: “Working Families Czar”
http://atimetochoose.wordpress.com/2008/12/21/bide
n-working-families-czar-how-appropriate/

 Obama: “Arbiter in Chief”

Obama’s New Vision for Vice President Joe Biden
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Bloggers Rule! Obama CIA Pick Torpedoed
(The story of John Brennan)
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Biden:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/1
2/22/biden.economy/index.html

Obama’s New Vision for Vice President Joe Biden

December 21, 2008

Vice President Joe Biden will be the new “White House Task Force on Working Families.”

Bravo to President-elect Barack Obama.

History tells us that the Vice President of the United States is not always as important as he seems to think….

Remember Dan Quayle?

Dan Quayle

President-elect Barack Obama will have to define the role of his Number Two.  He and Vice President-elect Joe Biden seem already to agree on one thing for sure: the Vice President in the Obama Administration will have a smaller role than Dick Cheney.

Cheney responded:  “President-elect Obama will decide what he wants in a vice president and apparently, from the way they’re talking about it, he does not expect him to have as consequential a role as I have had during my time.”

Vice President-elect Joe Biden listens as President-elect Barack ... 
Vice President-elect Joe Biden, in focus but in the shadow, listens as President-elect Barack Obama makes remarks.(AP Photo)

Biden says the move is toward a more historical and constitutional role for the vice president.

Biden cited Article I of the constitution as the source of the Vice President’s power and role.

But it is Article II deals with the Executive Branch of government.

Article I deals with the legislative branch.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden “teaches constitutional law” back in Delaware “but can’t keep the articles of the constitution straight,” said Vice President Dick Cheney on Fox News Sunday.

With two wars boiling, the economy is its worst shape since the Great Depression and the former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his side one might think Obama would put Biden to the plow.

And Obama ha done just that.  Joe Biden will chair The White House Task Force on Working Families.

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Joe Biden – AP

But it is certain, Obama aides say: Biden will be smaller in stature than Cheney.

Auto Bailout

In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox this past Sunday, Cheney also said that Congress had a chance to act on the bailout of the auto industry “and failed.” 

“They had ample opportunity to deal with this issue and failed,” Cheney said in an exclusive interview with FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace. “The President had no choice but to step in.”

Democrats in Congress disagreed.

But Sen. George Voinovich, R-OH, who represents a large auto industry constituency in his home state, was first out of the gate with an e-mailed statement, saying he was “grateful” for the president’s action “to help thwart a disaster that would have sent our state over the cliff.”

Asked about Biden’s role as Vice President, Cheney said that he had heard that Biden was seeking a smaller role as Vice President but that “it will be President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to diminish the office of the Vice President”….

Sure.  Joe Biden will be busy with the White House Task Force on Working Families.

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.”

Maybe we are returing to the era of Vice President John Nance Garner who was quoted as saying his job was “not worth a bucket of warm spit.”

Garner once described a writer who quoted it this way as a “pantywaist.”

Garner apparetly used a word that began with a “p” and ended in “ss.”

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By John E. Carey

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Biden to oversee efforts aimed at middle class

Vice President Dick Cheney attends the unveiling of President George W. Bush's
AP – Vice President Dick Cheney

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From Politico
Outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney poked at Vice President-elect Joe Biden for muffing his constitutional facts on the campaign trail during a wide-ranging interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Biden, who criticized Cheney for being the “most dangerous vice president” in American history, also has taken issue with Cheney’s expansion of the powers of the vice presidency.

The vice president-elect hasn’t, Cheney said, asked him for any advice.

Asked about Biden’s criticism, Cheney pointed out that Biden also said the powers and responsibilities of the executive branch are in Article One of the Constitution – and as a longtime chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and professor of constitutional law, should know that Article One applies to the legislative branch.

“I’d write that off as campaign rhetoric,” Cheney said.

He added: “If he wants to diminish the office of the vice president, that’s obviously his call. I think that President-elect Obama will decide what he wants in a vice president. And apparently from the way they’re talking about it, he does not expect him to have as consequential a role has I’ve had during my time.”

Host Chris Wallace also asked Cheney if he was bothered by his outgoing approval ratings – a dismal 29 percent.

“We didn’t set out to achieve the highest level of polls that we could during this administration,” Cheney said. “Eventually you wear out your welcome in this business.”

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Dialing back his predecessor’s expansive view of the office, Vice President-elect Joe Biden plans on “restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role” as adviser to the president and tie-breaker in the Senate, an aide to Biden said…..

See Politico:
http://www.politico.com/news/s
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Biden has called Cheney “the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history.” Biden also has said he couldn’t name a single good thing that Cheney had done.

Cheney says he strongly disagrees with the idea that he dangerously expanded the powers of the executive branch. Cheney also says he doesn’t think Barack Obama will give Biden as consequential a role as Cheney has had under President George W. Bush.

See:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081221
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Vice President Dick Cheney says it ultimately will be up to the new Obama administration to resolve the crisis in the U.S. auto industry.

Cheney says it’s a difficult problem and that President George W. Bush has done his best to manage it. It was just on Friday when Bush ordered an emergency bailout of the industry by offering $17.4 billion in loans. The aid comes with tough concessions from the carmakers and their workers.

Cheney notes that the Bush administration has less than a month left in power. He says the bailout is only a short-term plan and only goes so far. The vice president says it will be a problem that Barack Obama will have to deal with after he takes over on Jan. 20.

Cheney made the comments on “Fox News Sunday.”

–Associated Press

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Vice President Dick Cheney accused Congress of failing to help a dying U.S. auto industry, leaving President Bush no choice but to step in with billions of dollars in loans, he told FOX News on Friday. 

The vice president spoke with FOX News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, shortly after Bush announced that the federal government would offer $17.4 billion in rescue loans to automakers. 

Wallace said Cheney also took a newsworthy shot at his successor, Vice President-elect Joe Biden. The comments will air on FOX News Sunday. 

See:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/12/19/ch
eney-white-house-offered-auto-loans-congress-failed-act/