Times are tough. Some are of our own making and some are courtesy of the misdeeds of others. President Obama is going to have to work in a bipartisan manner, not entirely to appease the opposition groups, but rather to save the nation economically, militarily, and ethically. Every step he takes will be scrutinized by the nation, the world, and history. Surely every American is aware that both major parties have people who fall into categories of poor, adequate, above average, and superior. During these tumultuous times isn't it showing wisdom to pick from the "cream of the crop"? We need some continuity starting off in this new administration. It instills confidence in the anxious world. Let his choices falter, in any way, and then we (myself included) can cast aspersions. I'm not crazy about all of President-elect Obama's choices thus far...but with most of them I can understand his reasoning. Some say he is already "testing the loyalty of his base". To this I can only say...Stop acting like "only children". When he became President-elect he broadened his base to include all Americans. It is my understanding that the current United States Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, will be asked to stay on for at least another year. It is a prudent step on the part of President-elect Obama. The world is too volatile to allow "on-the-job" training. There have been others who have caused concerns among liberals, as well. True, the clock is ticking and his time is coming. But let's not give him a "time-out" before he has had "time-in".
Note: There is a problem with judging if the criteria is always changing.
May God bless America...and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 11-29-08