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It takes Obama six months to round out his second-term Cabinet picks?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:18 pm - May 2, 2013.
Filed under: Obama Incompetence

Just caught the emphasized* bit in Brian Hughes’s piece this morning on the president’s two most recent appointments:

President Obama on Thursday nominated Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker to be his next commerce secretary and close ally Michael Froman for United States trade representative, rounding out his second-term Cabinet picks.

Six months after his election to a second term and he is only now rounding out his Cabinet picks?

Wonder why it took so long.  Seemed his much-maligned predecessor took less time to accomplish that task.


*Emphasized by yours truly.



  1. Seemed his much-maligned predecessor took less time to accomplish that task.

    And then some, Dan. Let’s face it – Dubya on his worst day was better than SnObama on his best when it came to being “in charge.”

    If we had an honest media and no Hollyweird celebs putting their worthless $0.02 in, SnObama would have lower polling numbers than Jimmy Carter ever did.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — May 2, 2013 @ 2:12 pm - May 2, 2013

  2. I’m not sure if federal departments accomplish more mischief with or without leadership. The last thing we need is a bunch of appointed bureaucrats intent on making (leaving) their marks on our political system, in fits of legacy-building, resume-padding, and empire-building. In this sense, I’m tempted to ask “What’s the rush?”

    Comment by Ignatius — May 2, 2013 @ 2:26 pm - May 2, 2013

  3. With so many cronies to choose from, who to give favors to was a hard choice for a community organizer.

    Comment by V the K — May 2, 2013 @ 3:13 pm - May 2, 2013

  4. Does anybody have a good list of cabinet offices they would like to see terminated? We have far too many.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — May 2, 2013 @ 3:28 pm - May 2, 2013

  5. Does anybody have a good list of cabinet offices they would like to see terminated? We have far too many.

    IMO, eliminating these cabinet posts and the agencies that their respective ‘Secretaries’ ‘head up’ would be a fine start:

    -Health and Human Services
    -Homeland Security
    -Housing and Urban Development
    -Veterans Affairs

    As for ‘Cabinet-level’ positions:

    -Administrator of the Small Business Administration
    -Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
    -Chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisers
    -Director of the Office of Management and Budget
    -Trade Representative

    It’s all right here: Cabinet of the United States

    Comment by Jman1961 — May 2, 2013 @ 3:43 pm - May 2, 2013

  6. To quote the legendary socialist Bertrand Russell: “Governments should be small and funny.”

    I agree with Jman’s assessment, and volunteer my own: get rid of that candy-butt name “Defense Department” and return it to its proper title: “Department of War!”

    That way, our enemies will know that we mean business. But let’s face it – we haven’t had a president with cojones since Reagan.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — May 2, 2013 @ 4:06 pm - May 2, 2013

  7. What Peter H. said.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — May 2, 2013 @ 4:12 pm - May 2, 2013

  8. Hmmmm…wonder how many he had to ask before somebody said yes?

    Comment by Mary — May 2, 2013 @ 4:29 pm - May 2, 2013

  9. I wonder how many candidates he had to pass over before he found the “useful” person with the ethics level of Geithner and Holder. Why isn’t Jon Corzine up for some plumb job with the FED ?

    Comment by heliotrope — May 2, 2013 @ 7:03 pm - May 2, 2013

  10. Well, six months is fairly quick, considering the number of favors he owes to all his Chicago bundlers…

    Comment by nate — May 2, 2013 @ 7:25 pm - May 2, 2013

  11. We really have to cut Comrade Obama some slack. It is a difficult job being President. My goodness, he has his White House parties with famous Hollywood people and his rounds of golf. There isn’t time to find capable people in his cabinet.

    Comment by davinci — May 2, 2013 @ 10:22 pm - May 2, 2013

  12. Hmmm, maybe he truly is having trouble finding folks willing to work on a sinking ship?

    No one will question President Obama’s “wisdom” when he becomes former President Obama (as America’s first black president he is untouchable in that regard); But, I do wonder if folks will question the wisdom of those who worked for him; especially in his second term. Perhaps, such experience is something career politicians with a real eye towards their own future might not wish to have. Maybe that’s why it has taken so long.

    Comment by Charles — May 3, 2013 @ 8:00 am - May 3, 2013

  13. Well, part of the reason SnObama gets cut so much slack is because of the “soft bigotry of low expectations” – practiced by white libtards:

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — May 3, 2013 @ 9:50 am - May 3, 2013

  14. The official seal for official orders and documents of the US Dept. of the Army still is inscribed “War Office, United States of America” to this day.

    We should have a War Department. (ex-Defense Dept.) and a “Be Glad We’re Still Just Talking to You” Department. (ex-State Dept.) I suspect the Chinese have some flowery-and-elegantly elliptical naming equivalent.

    While we’re at it…can we re-name the horribly-named Homeland Security Dept? “Homeland”…it’s so 1930’s Mittel-Europa.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — May 3, 2013 @ 12:23 pm - May 3, 2013

  15. Given Obama’s desire to avoid scandal, the picks for positions (including executive level picks) have to go through a very thorough vetting process. Consequently, it takes a lot of time–and one can argue that a little scandal might be worth a quicker process… Are you arguing that Dan? Because, it looks pretty obvious that the Republican House will go after the whiff of a scandal in a heartbeat.What incentive does Obama have–oh, right, executing the will of the people! Part of Obama’s cautiousness, I think. Part of a toxic Washington environment…

    Comment by Passing By — May 6, 2013 @ 2:55 pm - May 6, 2013

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