Obama loses two more nominees

posted at 9:15 pm on March 5, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

And this one’s just strange.  Without much explanation, CNN announced that their very own Obama administration nominee, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, would decline his appointment as Surgeon General.  That makes … how many appointments to fail in the Greatest Transition Evah?  And the countin’s not done yet:

CNN correspondent Sanjay Gupta has withdrawn his name from consideration as the nation’s next surgeon general, opting to continue to devote time to his reporting and his medical career.

The choice of Gupta raised eyebrows from the beginning.  People wondered why Obama would have selected a media doctor rather than someone with more real experience in managing health systems or research.  However, since the role of Surgeon General more or less parallels that of CNN Health Correspondent — look good on camera and deliver scripted lines — the criticism was mild.  Most assumed that Obama wanted a little star power on his team.

Also, Obama lost Tim Geithner’s choice for Deputy Secretary of the Treasury tonight:

The person Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wanted as his chief deputy withdrew from consideration Thursday, dealing a setback to the agency as it struggles to address the worst financial crisis in decades.

Annette Nazareth, a former senior staffer and commissioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission, made “a personal decision” to withdraw from the process, according to a person familiar with her decision.

As Jazz Shaw noted, John Tyler held the record for Cabinet flops in a transition with four.  Obama has three, but Gupta and Nazareth don’t quite qualify as Cabinet appointments, so Jazz’s count for Obama remains at three.  With Nancy Killefer before and perhaps Chas Freeman on the way out now, this is looking more like the rule than the exception.

Still, maybe at some point, we’ll get the media to recognize that their obsequious hosannas to the Obama transition had no relation to the truth.


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8.1% unemployment.
This bush depression sux.

And the greatest Irony is that this total went up AFTER Obama took charge and started messing with the economy.

How long must Obama be in charge before we lay the blame at his feet in the same way we laid the blame at Bush’s feet?

Lawrence on March 6, 2009 at 1:47 PM

The 30% LOSS in the stock market since OBAMA’S FABULOUS ELECTION is a F.A.C.T.

CHANGE.

This is BARRY’S bag of flaming poo now. And one he SO RICHLY deserves.

seejanemom on March 6, 2009 at 1:58 PM

The 30% LOSS in the stock market since OBAMA’S FABULOUS

ELECTION is a F.A.C.T.

CHANGE.

This is BARRY’S bag of flaming poo now. And one he SO RICHLY deserves.

seejanemom on March 6, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Yeah but when does a “Bush” Economy become An “O” Economy? I
made this point with a friend of mine who is a staunch Obamaphite and he responded with denial “Oh don’t give me that, the economy was already going down….”

CynicalOptimist on March 6, 2009 at 3:45 PM

“Yeah but when does a “Bush” Economy become An “O” Economy? I made this point with a friend of mine who is a staunch Obamaphite and he responded with denial “Oh don’t give me that, the economy was already going down….””

This is all Obama now. You could point out to your Obot friend that if the economy was already going down before the inauguration, Obama must have seen that and should have prepared.

The honeymoon is over. This disaster is entirely of his making. I think he is doing it on purpose.

poplicola on March 6, 2009 at 4:41 PM

The economy started tanking at the burst of the housing bubble 18 months ago, but that was just first gear. Second gear was when Obama was elected, third gear when he took the oath, and fourth gear once the market truly realized how clueless he and his administration is/are. I really wish we were driving a 4-speed, but methinks Obama is driving a mult-geared bus and we are just at the beginning of this financial iceberg.

Dear Liberals: Eff you!

cannonball on March 6, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Really…

EFF YOU!

cannonball on March 6, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Would you beleive that I taught Annette Nazareth. She was in my Study Skills and Research Techniques class in high school. Small world, huh! She was a smart cookie then and still is. She would see the trap laid out for her in a role as Geithners possible fall guy.

jeanie on March 6, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Dear Leader laments that Che Guevara is no longer around to appoint as Surgeon General.

:-(

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2009 at 6:47 PM

The One took charge of office the night he was declared the next Prez. Bush had already stopped being a prez by then.

My take – this is already an Obama economy for 3 plus months now.

OneConservative on March 6, 2009 at 6:47 PM

And, I suspect that they both make more money and have more say in their present worlds than they would ever have as Rahm’s puppets.

jeanie on March 6, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Speaking of Rahm’s puppets, has anyone besides me noticed the fear in Gibb’s eyes when he is asked a question that he has not been coached to answer? If not, watch his eyes and body language next time it happens–eyes and head move from right to left and back and his shoulders tense as he searches for something safe to say. The level of fear in that administration is greater than anything Rush or anybody else could possibly create. People who refuse to join it are very wise and fully understand the laws of self preservation.

jeanie on March 6, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Speaking of Rahm’s puppets, has anyone besides me noticed the fear in Gibb’s eyes when he is asked a question that he has not been coached to answer?
jeanie on March 6, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Perhaps the Administration should consider buying their teleprompters in bulk in the interest of fiscal responsibility and all that.

Y-not on March 6, 2009 at 7:16 PM

I am sorry, but on January 21, 2009 the Bush era ended. Anything that has occurred since then is attributable to President Obama.

How much longer before those that have been duped by President Obama (O’Bummer)?

MSGTAS on March 7, 2009 at 8:47 AM

I think Geithner will be the fall guy for Obama, so why join the team?

AnninCA on March 7, 2009 at 9:06 AM

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