Dexter Rogers

Dexter Rogers

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Obama: Selecting Clinton as Secretary of State was a mistake


On Monday Barack Obama made the speculation official by naming Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State. Despite their bitter primary battle Obama believes Clinton will be a good fit for what he’s trying to accomplish with respect to getting the country back on track.

To me Obama is throwing his rock but hiding his hand. He’s merely assembled a cabinet filled with allies who served under Bill Clinton and his wife. It appears he’s acquiescing to his foes rather than administering to the voters who got him in the White House.

Is selecting Bill Clinton’s guys and his wife as Secretary of State the change Obama professed during his campaign?

Obama will be sworn in come Jan. 20 in Washington D.C. but based on Obama’s cabinet selections it has remnants of a third Bill Clinton term. To some this comes off as a surprise but not to me. Remember a few days before Clinton was to concede the primary race to Obama the two met secretly at undisclosed location?

Remember?

During that meeting I think a deal was struck between the two candidates. Since Clinton couldn’t win the nomination she negotiated a way for her and her hubby have access to the White House.

No, I wasn’t at the meeting but viewing how things have transpired I think the following occurred. Clinton would begrudgingly agree to step aside so long as Obama would take care of her when the time came. Obama agreed to select some of Bill’s old guard and give her a job. She’d then campaign for Obama, make sure Bill kept his mouth shut, and endorse him with a smile.

In exchange Obama would get access to the information and connections the Clinton’s amassed during their White House years and beyond.

I think Obama’s and Clinton’s most recent meeting in Chicago was merely to finalize details of what they already discussed.

What do you think?

After Colin Powell endorsed Obama I thought he’d at least extend a roster slot to him. Instead of opting for the seasoned veteran like Powell Obama went for unproven rookie Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State. Let’s examine the facts.

Powell is a military man through and through. From 1989 to 1993 he was the youngest (age 52) and first African American to serve as Joints Chief of Staff. It’s the highest military position in the Department of Defense. Powell was the first African American to serve as Secretary of State from 2001-2005. Seems like to me he’d be capable of doing a job he’s already done.

When Hillary Clinton was in the White House she was a first lady who became Senator Clinton of New York. I don’t think she has the experience to be Secretary of State. But then again, it’s not about experience. It’s about who you know and what they can do for you.

When I think of Hillary Clinton I think of the bold-face lie she told about avoiding sniper fire on a trip to Bosnia in 1996. During her campaign she stated, "I remember landing under sniper fire," she recounted in a speech. "There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

After a video surfaced confirming Clinton lied she stated she “misspoke” about her travels to Bosnia.

It’s no secret Hillary and Bill fought dirty in trying to wrestle the Democratic nomination away from Obama. Bill attempted to diminish his accomplishments and sway voters by stating Obama was living a “fairytale.” Hillary invoked the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in 1968 that ignited a universal discussion about the possibility of Obama being bumped off.

Just like in sports you are only as good as the weakest link. You need a team built with people you can trust. Can the Clinton’s be trusted?

Why would Obama want to associate with people who did so much to try and thwart his journey?

Though Obama is on the front-line to me it’s looking like another Clinton Administration starring Obama as the poster-boy. Its’ looks like a re-run of what it once was with strings attached. This puts Obama is in a no win situation. If he does well it’s because of Clinton’s people but if his term goes south then it will fall on Obama’s shoulders.

I think Obama should have gotten all of his own people rather than regurgitating the past. Again, is this the type of change Obama professed during his campaign?

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