Obama flubs again on his cabinet picks

Reply Thu 12 Feb, 2009 07:59 pm
Looks like Gregg is out as commerce secretary....couldn't stomach the stimulus...or maybe the census takeover bid....

WASHINGTON - Saying, "I made a mistake," Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew as commerce secretary nominee on Thursday and drew a testy reaction from the White House, suddenly coping with the third Cabinet withdrawal of Barack Obama's young presidency.

Gregg cited "irresolvable conflicts" with Obama's handling of the economic stimulus and 2010 census in a statement released without warning by his Senate office.

Later, at a news conference in the Capitol, he sounded more contrite.

"The president asked me to do it," he said of the job offer. "I said, 'Yes.' That was my mistake."

Obama offered a somewhat different account from Gregg. "It comes as something of a surprise, because the truth, you know, Mr. Gregg approached us with interest and seemed enthusiastic," Obama said in an interview with the Springfield (Ill.) Journal-Register. "But ultimately, I think, we're going to just keep on making efforts to build the kind of bipartisan consensus around important issues that I think the American people are looking for."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said once it became clear Gregg was not going to support some of Obama's top economic priorities, it became necessary for Gregg and the administration "to part ways," Gibbs said. "We regret that he has had a change of heart."

Gregg said he'd always been a strong fiscal conservative. "It really wasn't a good pick." When the Senate voted on the president's massive stimulus plan earlier this week, Gregg did not vote. The bill passed with all Democratic votes and just three Republican votes.


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Reply Thu 12 Feb, 2009 08:28 pm
I'm glad he bowed out. I think it was a a ploy to somehow angle for control of the Senate. We will need every man we can find to oppose the strongarm tactics of the Democrats on many fronts. The stimulus plan contains may trojan horses, one to expand toward nationalization of health care. Takeover of the Census, another biggee. Now we hear more rumblings about the fairness doctrine, it won't be long before they attempt to shut up their opposition, they do not like freedom of speech. This is going to be a very troublesome 4 years, just to try to keep these people from outright confiscation of alot of our rights.
Reply Thu 12 Feb, 2009 09:06 pm
Agree. If you can't win control of the Senate, buy it!
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Reply Thu 12 Feb, 2009 09:21 pm
I certainly hope,Okie, that they have better people working on the enormously complex financial bailout than they had vetting te cabinet picks.
Reply Fri 13 Feb, 2009 09:31 am
Sorry genoves...same folks.
Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 12:55 am
You aer correct, BigTexN- It is the same folks but imagine the relative ease with which a political apparatus with enormous resources can vet people for cabinet positions as compared with the almost impossible job of getting the stimulus package to work.

The Wall Street Journal published an article today. I don't know if I would make you laugh or cry. I will give you just one part of that article and you can reference it for yourself, if you wish. From the Wall Street Journal-Feb. 13, 2009--article head--Next challenge on stimulus: Spending all that money>

quote from that article.
Other agencies face steep challenges, too. An obscure Commerce Department office with a $19 million budget and fewer than 20 grant officers could end up in charge of $7 billion in grants to expand Internet access in rural areas. A Congressional Budget Office report said it could take eight years for those grants to be issued because the amount of money would "far exceed" the agency's traditional budget and require the deployment of technology that is "not widely available today."
end of quote.


Obama will be in his rocking chair before that Internet Access Job is done!!!
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