Obama At Large: What he is doing now.

My friend asked me the other day what Obama is going to do from now until Jan. 20 when he is inaugurated. Honestly, I didn’t know. That’s why I started this web site, one of the many reasons. I started it because, in part at least, I wanted to know more about how politics works, and what a President-Elect does. So far, he has done radio and TV address, he has “Met the Press” and he is busy choosing the next administration. To tell ya the truth, he has done a fine job when it comes to picking his Chief-of-staff (link to story). This guy Rahm Emanuel is a strong fellow, a person who will work hard to ensure what Obama wants happens. Basically, he will be the glue of the White House. We need a strong glue, wouldn’t you say so? If you were using glue and nails and screws to hold a table together, would you use Elmers glue or wood glue? Thats a dumb question, because any carpenter would tell ya wood glue. It’s a strong hold that will help keep the wood in place, of course you need your screws and nails, but the glue is important. Just like that example, so is the White House Chief-of-Staff, because this person will keep everyone focused.

So what is Obama doing now? According to his transition team, he is busy going through our government and seeing what needs to be trashed, what needs to be improved, and what needs to stay. He’ll have to make judgement calls on some of these things, but as a TIME Mag. Online interview stated, Obama just has to trust his gut sometimes.

So he is doing that, but Podesta also has this to say: “I think one of the most critical things … that we focused on was it was important to name a White House chief of staff early and build a White House staff right from the beginning to go along with the Cabinet’s [selection] process,” he said. Apparently, Obama is also picking his staff and Cabinet, which really is obvious you would think — but the last Democrat in the White House took his time with picking his Cabinet (Bill Clinton) and from what we can tell, Obama wants to be careful about his picks, but speedy.
Two teams that the Obama transition team are trying to pull together are an economic and national security teams. Obviously, the economic team to him is the most important; but as someone emailed Fox News, without national security, having a good economy is kind of mute. So both teams are important.

Names that experts are pulling together are as follows: Sen. John Kerry, former Presidential Candidate, for secretary of state. Then there is the New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel. Both of these men would make fine candidates for an Obama White House.

And the most important position Obama can fill, treasury secretary, there are a few names going back and forth. I have heard from two web sites (Foxnews.com and WebProNews.com) that Google CEO Eric Schmidt might be considered for the job, and on CNN.com I heard that Lawrence Summers and Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

But the most important thing is, I do believe Obama has done his homework, that he isn’t going to do whats good for the party, or for him, but what is good for the country? (like he did when the Financial Meltdown happened…full story here at Foxnews.com) So in many ways, Obama so far is shaping up to be the guy we need in the White House, right when we need him. Not to say he isn’t going to screw up, because every modern President we have had screwed up somewhere to ruin his name — even if History wont admit it. We can only hope and pray Obama wont, but the chances are against him. Only time will tell.

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