Posts Tagged ‘Bill Richardson’

Is the Obama Administration Blowing Its Opportunities?

March 3rd, 2009 Comments off

I want to give the administration a chance but they sure have botched several opportunities and given their opponents room for criticism.  No one and no group is going to do anything perfectly but here is a short list of the things I think they should have handled more professionally:

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
    Letting Nancy Pelosi’s House craft its own version of the bill without oversight from Larry Summers and/or Tim Geithner was a mistake.  The President had to catch some egg on his face when the inflammatory version came out and then he had to manage the uproar by making Pelosi drop some of the more egregious items in the bill.

Did the Obama Administration Vet Bill Richardson?

January 5th, 2009 Comments off

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (Dem) announced today that he is declining President-elect Barack Obama’s nomination for Secretary of Commerce.1, 2 

Richardson would have been the ranking Latino in the Obama administration so his loss is a blow to the administration’s ethnic diversity but more importantly the issue that spurred the Obama camp to urge Richardson to refuse calls into question the thorough, professional manner of Obama’s current camp.  The Obama administration released a seven page, 63-question form for people to fill out if they wanted to be part of the administration. 3, 4