I don’t deny that I’m still on a euphoric high from being able to say the words “President-Elect” and “Obama” in the same sentence (at least with that sentence not being “Obama could’ve been the President-Elect”). These are indeed great times to be savored. But while I’m thrilled with the idea of an Obama administration, I also plan to stay committed to objective criticism.
I wasn’t particularly friendly with President Bush, Senators Clinton and McCain, Governor Palin, or the host of Congressional members engaged in questionable activities over the past few years. In fact, I’d go as far as to argue that Obama’s survival through the rigorousness of both the primaries and the general election was just as much of a referendum on the aforementioned characters as it was a measurement of his likability. So I don’t plan to ease up on President-Elect Obama. I feel like I’m the husband on his honeymoon finding all the flaws hidden by the wife’s wedding gown. OK: so that’s a bad analogy. You get the point…
For starters, I feel a little misled about the message of “Change” that was a staple of Obama’s campaign. Is he looking to offer change from the Bush administration or change in general? It’s important to offer clarification. To be frank, selecting Joe Biden as VP and several Clintonians in key cabinent positions (including the most notable choice of Rep. Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff) is a far cry from “change.” To be sure, I’m not at all opposed to a relative newbie relying on the counsel of seasoned politicians. That’s fine. But I would’ve been more at peace if I wasn’t left to speculate whether or not that was his intention from the beginning.
Add to that the most crucial question that can be answered at this time: Why in the HELL did Obama add Jennifer Granholm to his economic advisory committee?!?!?! Gov. Granholm is to the economy what Matt Millen is to the world of sports. You Michiganders should know exactly what I mean. Moving on…
I’m also a hoping that the media’s love affair with Obama won’t carry on all throughout his administration. For now, it’s not too bad. But if the kind of dog the Obamas get will be the type of softball questions the President-Elect can expect for the next few months, we’re all in trouble. I understand the transition period and the first 100 days are expected to be relatively easy on the new comer from the media’s perspective; much like the several months were for President Bush after 9/11. But fawning over a well-liked President can only last for so long before we have to get down to business.
Make no mistake about it: I can’t wait to see what changes await the country over the next few years. But as much as I’m a fan of Obama’s, don’t expect me to go easy just because my guy won. All’s fair in love and politics.