Yes, Obama should have fought for Susan Rice. That was a State Department fiasco that was more of a consequence of Hillary being sick and not preparing the staff properly for the hand off. Burned Rice was the outcome.
Insiders and Obama backers are complaining about the President’s staffing. Me too. My beef is that the staff should have been in place and ready to go three months prior to his winning reelection. Candidates should have their staff buttoned up well in advance. It is astonishing that he put that off and continues to demonstrate his lack of CEO experience. By the time that he is ready to leave, he might have sufficient experience. We the People had better factor that the next time.
One question may be, “Let me see your binder. Is it filled?”
“You mean to tell me there’s not one woman who [was] qualified enough to be secretary of State, secretary of Defense or even White House chief of staff?” the official added.
In a New York Times column on Sunday titled “Democrats Behaving Badly,” writer Frank Bruni wrote that Obama and Democrats should be playing “error-free ball” since they have the upper hand going into the second term and because Republicans need a “pretty thorough image overhaul.”
Read more: thehill.com/homenews/administration/277409-president-runs-afoul-of-dem-base#ixzz2I8qNXJsI
I am totally against the notion of staffing based on minority demographics.That is ridiculous. The focus should be on identifying the best qualified people based on resumes and experience. Minority status may be considered in the end if and only if all other considerations are equal.
Obama’s selection of Kerry and Hagel is fortuitous in that this is the peace-oriented, rightsizing foreign policy bent that the nation needs.
When it comes to staffing, Obama has a weakness that almost seems lazy. It isn't, he and his staff are distracted.