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The day in the life of President Obama

November 7, 2008

Today our new president Obama was involved in getting CIA briefing, building a cabinet, making sure he is a participant in the bailout staff members, creating a new web site that allows us to communicate with our president, dealing with foreign issues, assigning ambassadors, and North Carolina.

What daunting task is in front of him and how he is doing so far:

Building a Cabinet:

Obama selected Congressman Rahm Emanuel  for his Chief Staff:

From President-Elect Obama:

“I am pleased to announce that my good friend, Congressman Rahm Emanuel, has agreed to serve as my White House chief of staff. I announce this appointment first because the Chief of Staff is central to the ability of a President and Administration to accomplish an agenda. And no one I know is better at getting things done than Rahm Emanuel.

He’s tapped David Axelrod as his Senior Adviser:

Former Obama chief strategist David Axelrod has accepted the position of Senior Adviser in the White House, sources tell ABC News.

He’s tapped Robert Gibbs as his White House Press Secretary:

Robert Gibbs, a top aide to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on his campaign and in his Senate office, will be named the White House press secretary, a top Democratic official said.

New Web site for the people:

Obama has launched a new web site that is dedicated to us knowing who his new cabinet members are as well as giving us the opportunity to tell our stories.  Sweet.

You can access the web site here.

Having a hand in picking staff members for the bailout:

There may be just one president at a time, but when it comes to the $700 billion bailout package, Barack Obama’s team is getting a toe in the door.

The Bush Treasury Department says that as it fills senior staff positions in the $700 billion bailout effort on a permanent basis, it will consult with the president-elect’s key economic advisers before he takes office on Jan. 20.

“Treasury recognizes that a smooth transition is in the best interests of the financial markets and is committed to making sure this one is done in a first-rate manner,” said spokeswoman Brookly McLaughlin.

It seems, although normally the president elect Obama would wait until January 20, 2009, President Bush seems anxious for Obama to take over.

Afghanistan’s President Plea:

But the day was not all sunshine for Obama, not that the pressure he is feeling from the above mess could be classified as sunshine, but President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan sent a message to Obama to stop the killing of civilians.  Call me crazy, but it seems that even some of the world leaders feel that they should not have to address President Bush.  It is becoming increasingly clear that Obama will have to also do what other president have had the luxury and time to do and have his team up and running quickly.  There may also be minor participation by Obama in other areas such as foreign and domestic situations that the president elect in the past has never had to participate in.  However, I get a clear indication that Bush wants to just bring his tenure to a close.

“Our demand is that there will be no civilian casualties in Afghanistan. We cannot win the fight against terrorism with airstrikes,” Karzai said. “This is my first demand of the new president of the United States _ to put an end to civilian casualties.”

Placing Ambassadors:

It’s being reported that Obama is going to do what most presidents don’t do.  He plans to hire qualified people take ambassador positions.  Yes shocking.  Normally that’s want is given to big donors.  Not this time.

There is major agita among some key elements of President-elect Barack Obama‘s juggernaut. For example, the big-money types and “bundlers,” the fundraisers who helped put together Obama’s stunning financial advantage, are expecting their reward — say a nice, cushy ambassadorship in Rome or Paris or London. (By tradition, about one-third of the nation’s 190 ambassadors are political appointees. They’re the ones who get the fine European postings.)

But the chatter is that they’d better not count on it. The traditional sale of most ambassadorships, so aptly carried on during the Bush administration, may not continue.

Early speculation is that Obama may be more inclined to follow the Clinton model and select people, often political types, with some foreign policy credentials or knowledge of a country’s language or culture.

North Carolina:

Finally it was reported that North Carolina was placed into Obama’s win column.  Giving Obama a total win of 363 electoral votes to McCain’s 173 electoral votes.  That brings the total to 9 states that Obama flipped that Bush had claimed in 2004.  Giving Obama a 7 pt win with 53% to McCain’s 46%.

Enough Said.

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