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Obama Making Plans to Use Executive Power
Mr. Obama has not given up hope of progress on Capitol Hill, aides said, and has scheduled a session with Republican leaders on health care later this month. But in the aftermath of a special election in Massachusetts that cost Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the White House is getting ready to act on its own in the face of partisan gridlock heading into the midterm campaign.
“We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.
for full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/13/us/politics/13obama.html
Former Democratic Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder says if Barack Obama is to fulfill his promise of positive change in America, the president must “make some hard changes of his own” by replacing inexperienced members of his team with “others more capable of helping him govern.”
In an editorial for Politico Tuesday, Wilder writes Obama’s White House staff is made up of too many people left over from the campaign or from his time in Chicago. “Getting elected and getting things done for the people are two different jobs,” Wilder writes, suggesting the president and his people haven’t fully made the transition from campaign mode to governing.
Wilder, who endorsed Obama in 2008, goes on:
One problem is that they do not have sufficient experience at governing at the executive branch level. The deeper problem is that they are not listening to the people.
Hearing is one thing; listening is another.
Some are even questioning whether Obama has forgotten how he got elected and the promises he made to the people who elected him.
Don’t take my word for any of this. Look at the clear message the American people have been sending at the polls these past few months.For Gov. Wilder’s full OpEd: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/02/09/former-virginia-governor-doug-wilder-calls-for-white-house-staff/
Once again, Robert Gibbs shows his ignorance and his arrogance!
In the letter, he chastises the president and first lady Michelle Obama.
“I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you,” Estes wrote. “Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.” Read Estes’ letter.
“I don’t think his word is good enough for him to fly around the world apologizing for the United States,” Estes told KITV.
Full article @ http://www.kitv.com/politics/22338101/detail.html
In this day and age of instant sound bites, The POTUS must be ever-fearful of “going off-message”. To make sure that doesn’t happen, TOTUS is Obama’s constant companion. But to a group of sixth graders in Falls Church, VA………………… he must be really insecure these days!