Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Blame Game: Obama's Problem is His Staff?

When the weight of evidence becomes unbearable, the apologists must admit, "It's not my fault." This is the response Camille Paglia, writing for Salon.com, gives for the president's recent blunders.

So who is to blame? Why Obama's staff, of course.
President Obama -- in whom I still have great hope and confidence -- has been ill-served by his advisors and staff. Yes, they have all been blindsided and overwhelmed by the crushing demands of the presidency.

The staff is ill-prepared to take on the challenges of the presidency? You could say he and they both lack executive experience, right?

Let's hope they figure it out soon because it has been two months of the Obama Presidency. It was only 8 months into Bush's administration when he and his staff faced one of the greatest challenges of any president in recent memory with the September 11th attacks.

But in the wake of yet another appointment resigning before he is even hired and a string of tax-cheats and lobbyists, the problem does not seem to rest so much on the shoulders of the Obama staff as much as is it does on the person who picked them.

Obama may be a great speaker (as long as one of those staff members writes something good for him to read), but he has proven time and again that he is a woefully inept judge of character.

I'm looking at you, Timothy Geithner, Tom Daschel, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers.

Fortunately, America's rose-colored scales indicate they may fall from her collective eyes in the near future.


From Real Clear Politics

A recent poll by MSNBC.com tells a slightly different story.


So go over there and vote!

Don't worry, America, the Republican party will quietly mutter a "We told you so," and you will have the opportunity to allow the grown-ups to lead in the congress come 2010 and in the White House come 2012.


Update: Britain's cabinet chief wasn't impressed with the Obama staff. The Independent reports "[British staff found] it 'unbelievably difficult' to plan for next month's G20 summit in London because of problems tracking down senior figures in the US administration. 'There is nobody there. You cannot believe how difficult it is.' ... 'You get to a certain point, and you can't go any further," [British cabinet chief] Sir Gus [O'Donnell] said. "A whole new bunch of people come in who probably haven't been in government before.'" I am truly sorry, Britain, but Obama's just not that into you.

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