It’s Official; Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, has No Clue Whatsoever. This guy is clueless about how things work in Washington, and frankly could care less. And if he doesn’t understand something, he just kicks it to the curb, no matter how important that thing might be.
Case In point Number 1: The Appointment of Leon Panetta to the CIA.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s chilly response Tuesday to outreach from President-elect Barack Obama – after stomping on his choice of fellow Californian Leon Panetta as head of the CIA – dealt the incoming administration what is being described as the first “brush-back pitch” from powerful Democrats in Washington.
Feinstein – the new chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who will oversee Panetta’s confirmation hearings – raised eyebrows when she expressed surprisingly sharp disapproval of Panetta as nominee for CIA chief on Monday. She said that “the agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge.” Panetta has no intelligence agency experience.
Vice President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday it was a mistake not to give Feinstein a courtesy heads-up about the coming nominations of Panetta and retired Adm. Dennis Blair as national intelligence director. But even after Biden and Obama contacted her personally Tuesday, the California senator didn’t soften her opposition to Panetta, saying only that now she is “looking forward” to talking to the former Clinton White House chief of staff “about the critical issues facing the intelligence community.”
Yeah, I’ll just BET she is. I might even brave C-SPAN to watch those confirmation hearings. Fresh Meat!
Better yet, that Joe Biden just can’t shut his yap, can he? He may end up being the comic relief of the Obama Administration.
And then this floored me too: I guess we’re luck Dr. McDreamy isn’t the nominee:
President-elect Barack Obama has offered the job of surgeon general to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the neurosurgeon and correspondent for CNN and CBS, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
When reached for comment today, Gupta did not deny the account but declined to comment.
The offer followed a two-hour Chicago meeting in November with Obama, who said that Gupta could be the highest-profile surgeon general in history and would have an expanded role in providing health policy advice, the sources said.
The Michigan-born son of parents who were born in India, Gupta has always been drawn to health policy. He was a White House fellow in the late 1990s, writing speeches and crafting policy for Hillary Clinton. His appointment would give the administration a prominent official of South Asian descent and a skilled television spokesman.
His role as journalist and physician have sometimes overlapped. During the 2003 Iraq invasion, Gupta was embedded with a Navy unit called Devil Docs and, while covering its mission, performed brain surgery five times, the first of which was on a 2-year-old Iraqi boy.
Well, at least he’s a real doctor. Unfortunately, he’s a politically active doctor, and an old Clinton associate. Lovely. Does he KNOW any doctors other than the ones he sees on TV?
I’m worried for the future of our country. Could this guy react appropriately to a 9-11 style crisis? Or would he turn on CNN and call the Clintons?