Deja Vu All Over Again

From a primary campaign in which Barack Obama explicitly attacked President Clinton’s tenure as a time of partisan strife and missed opportunities, there seems to be quite a shift.

Transition chief *John Podesta and Rep. Rahm Emanuel

Thirty-one of the 47 people so far named to transition or staff posts have ties to the Clinton administration, including all but one of the members of his 12-person Transition Advisory Board and both of his White House staff choices.

Most of those appointees weren’t West Wing heavy-hitters, but lower profile policy hands such as:
Former Deputy Secretary of Defense *John White
Former State Department official *Wendy Sherman.
Former Deputy to National Security Adviser *Sandy Berger
Former Treasury Secretary *Robert Rubin,
Former Defense Secretary *William Perry,
Former Secretary of State *Madeleine Albright,
and some currently work at consultancies run by those Clinton administration principals.

Others are old Obama allies who also have Clinton ties, like
*Michael Froman, a transition adviser who was Obama’s
classmate at Harvard Law School and served as Robert Rubin’s
chief of staff at the Clinton Treasury Department, and
*Christopher Edley, who taught Obama at Harvard
* Tim Geithner, Secretary if the Treasury
*Bill Richardson, Secretary of Commerce
*Hillary Clinton Secretary of State (said to be announced
after Thanksgiving)

“It’s heartening to see that that was just primary rhetoric,” said a
former Clinton aide of Obama’s criticism of Clinton’s administration.

Names with * are members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)


3 Responses to “Deja Vu All Over Again”

  1. yogi berra Says:

    Hey stop stealing my lines! Next you’ll be telling people that cash is as good as money!!

  2. armageddonoutahere Says:

    yogi berra, if you see a fork in the road…. take it
    I know a great place, everyone goes there. I don’t go there anymore….
    It’s too crowded :o)

  3. wander-rant Says:

    It seems like Yogi may be heading up the Obama transition teams’ Cabinet decisions.

    Kind of makes you wonder what deals were struck with the Clintons during the Obama campaign? We ALL know that there was an October Surprise (irregardless of accuracy) that probably could have derailed Obama’s election.

    A conspiracy theorist could have a field day…

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