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CNN correspondent Sanjay Gupta has withdrawn his name from consideration as the nation’s next surgeon general, opting to continue to devote time to his reporting and his medical career.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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RATS FLEEING A SINKING SHIP – O ship man that is not 4 ME

izoneguy on March 5, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Worst administration ever. Bar none.

carbon_footprint on March 5, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Odd how W’s picks were obstructed, but ‘O’s picks are self destructive.
Does this speak to the experience quotient, or the arrogance quotient?

TinMan13 on March 5, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Maybe if BHO could find nominees written on a teleprompter for him.

jgapinoy on March 5, 2009 at 9:19 PM

If Sanjay Gupta doesn’t want the job there’s always Doogie Howser.

Mark1971 on March 5, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Probably decided that they need to work more years in the private sector to make up for the losses in their portfolios.

spudmom on March 5, 2009 at 9:20 PM

A fitting metaphor for the Obama cultists jumping into the 0 Hole.

carbon_footprint on March 5, 2009 at 9:20 PM

Gupta probably got a look inside the black box and decided there are easier ways to make a living than trying to be the point man on this slow motion car crash.

moxie_neanderthal on March 5, 2009 at 9:20 PM

Ed, it’s 3. CNBC reported about an hour ago that:

“Caroline Atkinson (Treasury Undersecretary of Int’l Affairs) also just pulled out.”

aquaviva on March 5, 2009 at 9:21 PM

how about opah…she’d be good

winston on March 5, 2009 at 9:21 PM

99 nominees on the wall, 99 nominees
You take one down, pass it around,
98 nominees on the wall….

BobMbx on March 5, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Can you believe HuffPo has pics of Obama meeting with BRAD PITT today as the US economy plunges further into the crapper? Brad Pitt.

Marcus on March 5, 2009 at 9:22 PM

The new nominee

moxie_neanderthal on March 5, 2009 at 9:22 PM

“Caroline Atkinson (Treasury Undersecretary of Int’l Affairs) also just pulled out.”

Too bad Obama’s daddy, Frank Davis, did not pull out.

carbon_footprint on March 5, 2009 at 9:22 PM

The choice of Gupta raised eyebrows from the beginning.

Actually, the reason this is so amusing (and satisfying) is that his selection was roundly applauded, including on most of the conservative blogs that I read. Everyone thought it was a cool choice, ignoring the fact that the guy has no administrative experience, no formal training in public health issues, and no professional experience in areas like bioterrorism or food safety.

And, some of the lady bloggers were touting how “hawt” he (supposedly) is.

Worst. Transition. Evah.

Y-not on March 5, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Perhaps Dr Mengele is available?

artist on March 5, 2009 at 9:22 PM

If Sanjay Gupta doesn’t want the job there’s always Doogie Howser.

Mark1971 on March 5, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Dr. Phil? With Oprah as Ambassador to the UN. What could go wrong?

BobMbx on March 5, 2009 at 9:23 PM

Can you believe HuffPo has pics of Obama meeting with BRAD PITT today as the US economy plunges further into the crapper? Brad Pitt.

Marcus on March 5, 2009 at 9:22 PM

No doubt Lightworker is meeting with him to try to avert the actors’ strike that SAG is threatening.

HE’S TRYING TO SAVE JOBS!!! Please leave him alone and let him eat his waffle!!!

Y-not on March 5, 2009 at 9:24 PM

The MSM is not interested in ‘the truth’ when it comes to Obama.

GarandFan on March 5, 2009 at 9:24 PM

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.

Did any of their hosannas resemble truth? The truth is trickling out, rather rapidly, perhaps why he’s so hurried to destroy so much.

Entelechy on March 5, 2009 at 9:25 PM

RATS FLEEING A SINKING SHIP – O ship man that is not 4 ME

izoneguy on March 5, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Probably decided that they need to work more years in the private sector to make up for the losses in their portfolios.

spudmom on March 5, 2009 at 9:20 PM

99 nominees on the wall, 99 nominees
You take one down, pass it around,
98 nominees on the wall….

BobMbx on March 5, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Love ‘em all!

Mr_Magoo on March 5, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Maybe it has something to do with cutting off part of one of your fingers, taking an oath over an open flame, giving up your first born, and bending over and taking it in the shorts by Mr. Teleprompter himself…………..

Seven Percent Solution on March 5, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Kinda narrows the field when you have to be a tax cheat to get on the short list.

jukin on March 5, 2009 at 9:26 PM

THREE nominees bailout in one day?

Historical.

hahahahahahahahaha!

TN Mom on March 5, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Maybe, just maybe this nominees get cold feet once they get acclimated to just how clueless this administration is. No one seems to want to be a part of it.

carbon_footprint on March 5, 2009 at 9:28 PM

Regarding Treasury:

They need someone who is:

1. Willing to sign on to Obamanomics
2. Financially savvy
3. Able to pass the post Geitner vetting.

It’s an impossible combination.

aquaviva on March 5, 2009 at 9:29 PM

Is Joycelyn Elders still available?

moxie_neanderthal on March 5, 2009 at 9:29 PM

I fully expect Geithner to have a nervous breakdown on national TV within the next six months.

Mark1971 on March 5, 2009 at 9:30 PM

(1) Rats exiting ship.
(2) Worried about tax problems.

Gotta be one of those.

LastRick on March 5, 2009 at 9:30 PM

I’m embarrassed for the entire country. Epic fail. Epic joke.

hawkdriver on March 5, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Can you believe HuffPo has pics of Obama meeting with BRAD PITT today as the US economy plunges further into the crapper? Brad Pitt.
Marcus on March 5, 2009 at 9:22 PM
+++++++++++++++++++++++
Come now, “let them eat cake…”

fabrexe on March 5, 2009 at 9:32 PM

I thought obama was going to create or save jobs? What are the implications of losing 3 nominees in a single day? Pretty soon, he will have to bring in the gardner to help Geithner.

Seriously though, I am freaking out. Really.

TN Mom on March 5, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Too many 7-11′s to run for Sanjay! Didn’t have time for the job!

/Biden

SouthernGent on March 5, 2009 at 9:35 PM

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.

Yah. Maybe Pajama Media.

burt on March 5, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Just don’t hire Geithner’s CPA! We’re in enough trouble.

PattyJ on March 5, 2009 at 9:35 PM

I’m just waiting for the first someone – anyone – in the administration, who has been confirmed/approved/whatever and taken their position, to pull out.

You know it’s coming.

Betting pool! I’ll take Obama before July 4th…

Timothy S. Carlson on March 5, 2009 at 9:36 PM

I fully expect Geithner to have a nervous breakdown on national TV within the next six months.

Mark1971 on March 5, 2009 at 9:30 PM

He’s already had a mental breakdown. He just has such a zombie personality you haven’t seen the effects yet.

genso on March 5, 2009 at 9:36 PM

This is all too delicious!

katy on March 5, 2009 at 9:36 PM

Yo,Obama,Iceberg dead ahead,what,keep the exact course,
and what,force-feed the engines with the ‘Stimulus cash’!

Thats nuts,and no I’m not waiting till you get your
stikin teleprompter set-up for your reply,

thats it,Gupta,secure the life-boats,Tim Geithner prepare
to cast off,

this administration is,

CLUELESS,

and,

RUDDERLESS,

kinda like the Bismark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(sarc!)

canopfor on March 5, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Democratic Liberal HuffPo spin: Greedy TV doctor Gupta didn’t want a pay cut, don’tchaknow. Yesterday’s dreamy Surgeon General pic is tonight’s Worst Person in the Woooooorld.

Marcus on March 5, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Gupta read the fine print on his contract and noticed that the pay consisted of DVD’s instead of money.

Bishop on March 5, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Slow down Ed and Allah, too much news regarding the genius of the Obama administration in one day. The poor Obama Apologist Trolls are spinning there wheels trying to keep up with all these threads. Maybe you should give them a hand an open registration for a few hours.

neuquenguy on March 5, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Pretty soon, he will have to bring in the gardner to help Geithner. TN Mom on March 5, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Yea, Chauncey Gardner.

aquaviva on March 5, 2009 at 9:38 PM

There’s always Dr. Ruth.

29Victor on March 5, 2009 at 9:39 PM

I wish Hacks were here to set everything straight with a 4,000 word screed.

Bishop on March 5, 2009 at 9:39 PM

11 of the 16 Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board members donated or raised money for Democrats in the last election

Conservative_SAHM on March 5, 2009 at 9:38 PM

And 23 out of 16 of them don’t understand a thing about business or math.

29Victor on March 5, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Democratic Liberal HuffPo spin: Greedy TV doctor Gupta didn’t want a pay cut, don’tchaknow. Yesterday’s dreamy Surgeon General pic is tonight’s Worst Person in the Woooooorld.

Marcus on March 5, 2009 at 9:37 PM

You mean he is not as altruistic as obama who, as the MSM tells us, “stepped down into the presidency” from his role as the “visionary leader of a massive movement”?

neuquenguy on March 5, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Yea, Chauncey Gardner.

aquaviva on March 5, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Beat me to it. Chauncey would actually be a very good choice at this point. Couldn’t hurt

mdenis39 on March 5, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Market tanks and he loses 2 Treasury noms.. Rolls out obamacare and he loses Surgeon Gen. nom..Heh

thomasaur on March 5, 2009 at 9:41 PM

I’m just waiting for the first someone – anyone – in the administration, who has been confirmed/approved/whatever and taken their position, to pull out.

You know it’s coming.

Betting pool! I’ll take Obama before July 4th…

Timothy S. Carlson on March 5, 2009 at 9:36 PM

I thought that’s what Mark1971 was hinting at — which actual chair/secretary/advisor of the Obama administration will be first to bail (forget all these nominees). I had always thought the smart money was on Gibbs. So here’s a pool for you, Vegas, show us some odds.

LastRick on March 5, 2009 at 9:41 PM

11 of the 16 Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board members donated or raised money for Democrats in the last election

Conservative_SAHM on March 5, 2009 at 9:38 PM

And 23 out of 16 of them don’t understand a thing about business or math.

29Victor on March 5, 2009 at 9:40 PM

What’s the term I’m looking for ….???? … Oh, “pay to play”.

Conservative_SAHM on March 5, 2009 at 9:42 PM

All this Treasury drama is not going to play well with the Markets tomorrow. With bad employment numbers more than likely heading our way, all the world markets currently losing anywhere from 1 to 6 percent, and still no plan for substantively dealing with the banks, the last thing investors need is further indication of discord and confusion from the department that is supposed to have a steady hand at the wheel. This is just plain sad and completely unnecessary.

Weight of Glory on March 5, 2009 at 9:44 PM

See America, you must always elect a man to become POTUS.

carbon_footprint on March 5, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Best link evah!

lol

hawkdriver on March 5, 2009 at 9:45 PM

From HuffPo:

According to Farrell, Gupta had misgivings about both the pay cut he would have to take…

That’s okay. He can go back to the private sector. Obama’s tax plans will effectively give him a pay cut there as well.

LastRick on March 5, 2009 at 9:45 PM

There’s always Dr. Ruth.

Dr. Dolittle would also be an excellent choice.

rplat on March 5, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Best link evah!

lol

hawkdriver on March 5, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Thanks go to http://www.sondrak.com
Knowledge is Power and SondraK is hot!

carbon_footprint on March 5, 2009 at 9:47 PM

You know, during the election I felt that there were so many alarming things surfacing about Obama that, to his advantage, it had the effect of not letting voters see the forest for the trees. I am starting to get the same feeling again. There is so much of it that just starts looking like background noise.

neuquenguy on March 5, 2009 at 9:47 PM

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.

I’m not holding my breath on that one.

My opinion, the only people taking and keeping these appointments are so totally corrupt they fit right in and don’t have a care what laws they’ve broken. Why else would they not withdraw when their tax cheating or conflict of interest came to light? The ones who drop out or decline may be somewhat corrupt, but not willing to sell their soul.

4shoes on March 5, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Maybe he’ll appoint an Aspirin Czar.

fogw on March 5, 2009 at 9:50 PM

Marcus on March 5, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Not surprised at the HuffPo cultists turning on Dr. Gupta.

Liberals eat their wounded.

cryptojunkie on March 5, 2009 at 9:52 PM

Obama has done nothing but dwell in trivia since his election. He is obsessed with his dumb-ass spending spree when he should be working to settle the stock market and get this economy back on track. Every word he has spoken and every action he has taken has caused the market to tank and the economy to crumble. The real fault lies with the freaking idiots that elected this loser.

rplat on March 5, 2009 at 9:54 PM

In any previous Administration, this all might seem strange.

BobMbx on March 5, 2009 at 9:55 PM

Yea, Chauncey Gardner.

aquaviva on March 5, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Beat me to it. Chauncey would actually be a very good choice at this point. Couldn’t hurt

mdenis39 on March 5, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Chauncey? He just got elected President. Unavailable.

ddrintn on March 5, 2009 at 9:56 PM

I don’t know if I want the world to watch this severe downfall, since they idolize this guy like The Beatles. Where’s the dog? Where’s the trip to Iraq to meet the troops and check things out? Where’s the meeting with ME leaders, i.e. Afghanistan? Where’s his trip to Alaska to check what Alaska has to offer in regards to endless energy, ANWR, that can cut significantly our imports? Why disclose confidential meetings on “pimpin’ AF1?” When is he gonna look at the darn camera when giving a speech? Afraid of being off-teleprompter? Why not debate a cardboard cut-out life-sized or a “Fathead” of Sarah Palin?

For the sake of his EGO (Edging God Out), why not fly in AF1 to FL, ask the tower where’s Rush jet, have the ramp agents align it next to Rush’s just to prove his point?

Why, overall, destroy this country in a bit more than a month? Close of the DOW, 666????

ProudPalinFan on March 5, 2009 at 9:58 PM

I have a really good friend who is very close via family to one of the new current cabinet members.

I emailed him today and said, “GET HIM OUT NOW. Resign for the good of the country. Mr. Obama’s destruction of the country was not what I signed on for.”

Gawd, I’d love to see it happen. This person is supposed to have the highest integrity…we’ll see.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on March 5, 2009 at 9:58 PM

Its a story,of an administration gone done bad,and horribly
runneth amucketh!

Our story,begins,high up,on the Historical plateu,of Obama’s
‘Hope and Change BarackBendOverBackwards Mountian’where the
peoples hope and change flows down the mountain sides,like
rivers of broken Teleprompter’s floating in a sea of KOOl-
AID!

Its a story,of betrayel,and of lost confidence,in an admin
istration,and by the world,its a surreal roller-coaster of
a ride,you’ll cry,as well as be livid!

But mostly livid!

‘Two thumbs down,and all Ten toes’
-CNN.

A conflicted and emotional trainwreck.

-New York Times.

An Obama Obomination,zero *stars.
-Washington Times.

(Snark).

canopfor on March 5, 2009 at 9:58 PM

The hell with losing nominees, I wish AF1 would lose it’s way back to DC and deposit his azz (along w/his lovely wife and kids) back to Kenya!

GlocknRoll on March 5, 2009 at 9:59 PM

i almost feel bad for geithner

Chiasmos on March 5, 2009 at 10:00 PM

So… What happens if an entire US administration imploded?

Would Gen. Petraeus then take over?

Or would the people take over? If so, I get the Lincoln bedroom and Nancy Pelosi’s office.

katy on March 5, 2009 at 10:00 PM

cryptojunkie on March 5, 2009 at 9:52 PM

Mmmmm, bear in mind that Michael Moore has also dissed Gupta (for not liking his healthcare propaganda film). And that Indians are fair game, not being dependent on liberals’ largesse to get ahead, so it’s OK to be racist towards them.

Fortunata on March 5, 2009 at 10:00 PM

this whole story was weird from the begining

Drunk Report on March 5, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Where’s the trip to Iraq to meet the troops and check things out?

Have you seen this? Says it all about Barry and the troops.

ex-Democrat on March 5, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Probably decided that they need to work more years in the private sector to make up for the losses in their portfolios.

spudmom on March 5, 2009 at 9:20 PM

That’s actually a very good point.

Ampersand on March 5, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Maybe if BHO could find nominees written on a teleprompter for him.

jgapinoy on March 5, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Don’t give Soros any ideas…

thecountofincognito on March 5, 2009 at 10:01 PM

i almost feel bad for geithner

Chiasmos on March 5, 2009 at 10:00 PM

If had just paid his taxes he might not be in the middle of this mess.

neuquenguy on March 5, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Hope and change!

modnar on March 5, 2009 at 10:02 PM

GlocknRoll on March 5, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Don’t worry, we’ll all be living in a place like Kenya soon enough.

boomer on March 5, 2009 at 10:02 PM

Maybe these nominees realized, just in time, that a position in the Obama administration wouldn’t be such a career launcher after all!

DrStock on March 5, 2009 at 10:02 PM

RATS FLEEING A SINKING SHIP – O ship man that is not 4 ME

izoneguy on March 5, 2009 at 9:17 PM

The thermometer is going lower, more than it went higher before.
Time there was warmth and plenty, but that cup soon runneth no more.
Though we could not caution all, we still might warn a few:
Dont lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools.

Ship of fools on a cold cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from we.
It was later than we thought, when we first might have believed in you,
Now we cannot share your delusions, ship of fools.

MB4 on March 5, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Maybe he’ll appoint an Aspirin Czar.

fogw on March 5, 2009 at 9:50 PM

God, that’s funny! How many czars are there now, seriously? I’ve lost count. Are there czars and sub-czars or assitant czars or deputy czars?

DrStock on March 5, 2009 at 10:04 PM

A fitting metaphor for the Obama cultists jumping into the 0 Hole

carbon_footprint on March 5, 2009 at 9:20 PM

MB4 on March 5, 2009 at 10:06 PM

MB4 on March 5, 2009 at 10:06 PM

That’s great!

carbon_footprint on March 5, 2009 at 10:08 PM

The more I begin to see and hear of Arianna Huffington the more I think she may be the most evil woman in America in the last 50 years: she wants to destroy all vestiges of religion in America and see the Messiah turn America into a socialist paradise and does her job with a relentless passion of a jilted lover who stores it up due to taking a self-serving vow of celibacy in the name of the ultimate payback.

technopeasant on March 5, 2009 at 10:08 PM

So…what happens if the entire US Administration imploded

Katy on Mar 5,2009 at 10:00PM.

Katy:Utelizing the astronomy phrase,a Liberal Black Hole,

where,even political light cannot escape!!!!!!!haha:)

canopfor on March 5, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Obambi is crazy like a fox. He is intentional in this stuff. It’s about power, kill the economy, who cares about his cabinet, we will be so poor all we will care about is survival. Bet if this war in Mexico spills over to El Paso, he won’t lift a finger.

catlady on March 5, 2009 at 10:12 PM

God, that’s funny! How many czars are there now, seriously? I’ve lost count. Are there czars and sub-czars or assitant czars or deputy czars?

DrStock on March 5, 2009 at 10:04 PM

Great czars have little czars which to serve ‘em,
and little czars have lesser czars, and so ad infinitum.
And the great czars themselves, in turn, have greater czars to serve, while these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.

MB4 on March 5, 2009 at 10:12 PM

The more I begin to see and hear of Arianna Huffington the more I think she may be the most evil woman in America in the last 50 years: she wants to destroy all vestiges of religion in America and see the Messiah turn America into a socialist paradise and does her job with a relentless passion of a jilted lover who stores it up due to taking a self-serving vow of celibacy in the name of the ultimate payback.

technopeasant on March 5, 2009 at 10:08 PM

“Celibacy” and “Arianna Huffington” do not go well together. She’s just a glorified groupie. A star-****er.

ddrintn on March 5, 2009 at 10:12 PM

I’m sure if we dig deep enough we will find a really really intelligent reason for this.

Anyone got a backhoe?

Hog Wild on March 5, 2009 at 10:12 PM

God, that’s funny! How many czars are there now, seriously? I’ve lost count. Are there czars and sub-czars or assitant czars or deputy czars?

DrStock on March 5, 2009 at 10:04 PM

You missed the biggest one: The Czar Czar. One of the front-runners for this position is Louis Binks.

BobMbx on March 5, 2009 at 10:15 PM

Anyone got a backhoe?

FLOTUS Michelle Obama???
Oops, sorry…misread.

carbon_footprint on March 5, 2009 at 10:15 PM

He’s the first black president to lose so many cabinet nominations. The racial barriers are falling, man! He’s also the first black president to preside over an economic collapse. He’s knocking down one racial barrier after another! Maybe he’ll even be the first black president to preside over a civil war! Even Lincoln wasn’t that awesome!

JohnJ on March 5, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Who wants to work for Obama now? Besides the media. Who wants the millstone that is the Obama administration around their neck? The Dow is a no confidence vote towards Obama. The recovery is not going to come. And alot of people know it.

Theworldisnotenough on March 5, 2009 at 10:17 PM

FLOTUS Michelle Obama???
Oops, sorry…misread.

carbon_footprint on March 5, 2009 at 10:15 PM

Very quick, carbon. Very quick.

BobMbx on March 5, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Dr.Dolittle would also be an excellent choice.

rplat on Mar 5,2009 at 9:46PM.

rplat:

Terrific,a push me-pull me,head at each end,

Liberal donkey!!!!!!!!!!!haha:)

canopfor on March 5, 2009 at 10:19 PM

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