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When was the last time we had a president stand up to Wall Street? It wasn't Bill Clinton, with Bob Rubin by his side. You have to go back a long way -- to Jimmy Carter, 30 years ago.
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Paul Krugman is outraged. But it was predictable.
It had to be this way, of course.There was no way the GOP was going to back a huge big government stimulus bill for both ideological and political reasons. So, Obama's first economic bill -- like Bill Clinton's in 1993 -- will be labeled a "Democratic bill" and the chips will fall where they may.
This isn't to say that Obama can't continue to be more open in his approach to the other side as he has been.
The world sports year is only a month old and already it’s been a season of surprises. (The Cardinals?) While 2009 is unlikely to provide all the thrills of 2008 – an all-star year with Euro 2008, the rugby World Cup, the Beijing Games, and perhaps the greatest men’s final at Wimbledon ever – it still promises to provide more than its share of excitement on the world scene.
Revenge of the nerds
For the first time since JFK, 'the best and the brightest' are back in the White House. Will Ivy-League intellect be enough to set the country straight?
Was she pushed? Did she voluntarily withdraw? Did she have a "nanny-taxes" problem? Who knows? What we do know is that Gov. Patterson has utterly humiliated a national icon, for no good reason, and seems set after two long months to appoint a senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, who is sure to face a primary challenge from downstate liberals in 2010.
We wrote earlier today, based on earlier press reports, that the
reason Caroline Kennedy had withdrawn her name from consideration to
succeed Hillary Clinton was believed to be the state of Ted Kennedy's
health. We wrote that this didn't make sense and speculated on what the real
reason might be.
Now, it's being reported that she had another
"personal reason" for withdrawing which had nothing to do with Teddy.
Caroline Kennedy has asked to be no longer considered for appointment to Hillary Clinton's vacant NY Senate seat. But why? The reason she offers -- personal reasons that seem to center on her Uncle Teddy's illness -- doesn't make sense, since nothing new has emerged about the seriousness of his illness since she announced her interest in the seat two months ago.
There are those who have criticized President Obama's choice of Eric Holder -- the first African-American to become AG -- as too political -- principally because of Holder's role in the Marc Rich pardon in the closing days of the Clinton Administration. Nonsense: A political AG is what you want. You don't want an AG who will investigate you which is why Jimmy Carter appointed close Georgia confidante Griffin Bell to the post and Ronald Reagan installed William French Smith and later Ed Meese.
The scene was stunning and the moment moving as Barack Obama became president before a crowd of millions. The speech was perfect in tone -- uplifting yet tough, optimistic yet realistic. It was the most memorable such speech in a generation.
Still, in historical terms, it wasn't quite as good as the greatest addresses in history -- FDR's first inaugural, Lincoln's second, or JFK's.
And so the great adventure begins.
On the inauguration: This week's column -- Why Inaugural Addresses are Anachronisms.
With the Obama administration taking office tomorrow, the Tote Board blog now returns, with the promise to post at least several times a week, as news warrants. It's great to be back!