We need Obama Sworn in NOW!

I know I am not alone in wishing that the Bush – Cheney administration would just end already and the Obama – Biden administration can begin.  That is why we are enthralled with the weekly president-elect’s radio addresses released on YouTube.

This past weekend the New York Times published multiple columns in the opinion section that pretty much said the same thing.

Bush needs to go – We need Obama to begin NOW!

Thomas Friedman and Gail Collins each penned op-eds that hit the nail on the head.

First, Friedman wrote ‘We Found the W.M.D.’

So, I have a confession and a suggestion. The confession: I go into restaurants these days, look around at the tables often still crowded with young people, and I have this urge to go from table to table and say: “You don’t know me, but I have to tell you that you shouldn’t be here. You should be saving your money. You should be home eating tuna fish. This financial crisis is so far from over. We are just at the end of the beginning. Please, wrap up that steak in a doggy bag and go home.”

Now you know why I don’t get invited out for dinner much these days. If I had my druthers right now we would convene a special session of Congress, amend the Constitution and move up the inauguration from Jan. 20 to Thanksgiving Day. Forget the inaugural balls; we can’t afford them. Forget the grandstands; we don’t need them. Just get me a Supreme Court justice and a Bible, and let’s swear in Barack Obama right now — by choice — with the same haste we did — by necessity — with L.B.J. in the back of Air Force One.

Unfortunately, it would take too long for a majority of states to ratify such an amendment. What we can do now, though, said the Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein, co-author of “The Broken Branch,” is ask President Bush to appoint Tim Geithner, Barack Obama’s proposed Treasury secretary, immediately.” Make him a Bush appointment and let him take over next week. This is not a knock on Hank Paulson. It’s simply that we can’t afford two months of transition where the markets don’t know who is in charge or where we’re going. At the same time, Congress should remain in permanent session to pass any needed legislation.

I really want to see Obama sitting in the Oval office today. Seeing the person mostly responsible for our predicament still in office – especially when he just doesn’t care – is infuriating. As long as Bush resides in the White House, our economic situation has no chance of recovering. Worse – it most likely will continue this negative trend.

I agree wholeheartedly that Geither should be appointed by Bush – TODAY!

While touching up this post before publishing it, I received another comment stating that Bush needs to leave office and Obama must take over.

To that end, Collins wrote an op-ed entitled ‘Time for Him to Go’ where she stresses the same need.


Thanksgiving is next week, and President Bush could make it a really special holiday by resigning.

Seriously. We have an economy that’s crashing and a vacuum at the top. Bush — who is currently on a trip to Peru to meet with Asian leaders who no longer care what he thinks — hasn’t got the clout, or possibly even the energy, to do anything useful. His most recent contribution to resolving the fiscal crisis was lecturing representatives of the world’s most important economies on the glories of free-market capitalism.

Putting Barack Obama in charge immediately isn’t impossible. Dick Cheney, obviously, would have to quit as well as Bush. In fact, just to be on the safe side, the vice president ought to turn in his resignation first. (We’re desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become president until Jan. 20. Obviously, she’d defer to her party’s incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.

Collins makes a great point. Internationally, no one even listens to Bush any longer. I’m sure everyone saw the video of the world leaders snubbing Bush by not shaking his hand. [Sensico has the video here]

Her plan would actually make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the 44th President of the United States and the first woman to hold that office. Hillary Clinton and (dare I say) Sarah Palin would both still be in the running for first woman ELECTED to the White House.

The problem with this – my civics class for an example here – is that Pelosi would have to resign her House seat. And I’m not quite certain what the rules are off-hand as to filling her seat. Could they leave it empty and let her take it back on January 20th at 12:01 pm? If the power rests with the Republican Governator then this would actually cause more problems for the Democrats – losing a house seat and the Speaker. [Then why wouldn’t the Republicans do this?]

There is a way to accomplish this quickly and easily. Since I am living in Bizarro America – Dick Cheney resigns – since he is feeling guilty about screwing Americans for so long. Bush appoints Obama as vice president. The Senate quickly approves him followed quickly by a Bush resignation. The whole thing could be done in 2 days.

And if Traitor Joe Lieberman votes against the approval of Obama, you take away his gavel once and for all.

Collins is absolutely correct with the next statement:

A great many Americans have been counting the days all year on their 2008 George W. Bush Out of Office Countdown calendars

Friedman closes with:

Conventional wisdom says it’s good for a new president to start at the bottom. The only way to go is up. That’s true – unless that bottom falls out before he starts.

Anyway you look at it; we need to start fixing the problems right now but we still have 8 weeks before Obama is sworn in. So much can happen between now and then. Can it please be January 20th already?

“Can I see a show of hands? How many people want George W. out and Barack in?” – Collins





14 responses to “We need Obama Sworn in NOW!

  1. He might as well be sworn in now, its not like our current president is doing anything but pardoning food stamp felons.

  2. He’s opening our parks to ‘Drill, baby, drill’, putting unqualified cronies into permanent government jobs, easing environmental standards, etc. We can’t wait any longer.

    Just wait until we see his pardon list.

  3. could’ve impeached Bush!!!
    now maybe we will impeach Obama.
    Meanwhile those two bucks you are holding will be worth less and less.

  4. They could have but didn’t. I’m sure the Republicans are already working on a way to impeach Obama. They’ve already blamed the financial crisis on him. (Obama-recession). They spent 8 years going after Clinton.

    I used to have a site called My 2 Cents. Since the dollar is in such bad shape, maybe I’ll have to switch to Euros.

  5. the euro isn’t any better even if it is higher against the dollar, it is still a fiat currency.

    how are the republicans blaming this mess on obama?
    the problem that obama faces has to do with the threat of making the situation worse.

    besides, if they spent 8 years going after clinton it shouldn’t be so hard this time since so many in obama admin are from past bush and clinton years anyway.

  6. Jesse,

    The euro thing was clearly a joke – or maybe not.

    Rush has been calling this the ‘Obama-recession’.

    For 8 years we have had an administration that did things their way – refusing other perspectives. Obama has been meeting with liberal and conservative economists to work out a recovery path. We have many on the right making the assumption that he will make the situation worse.

    If I was going to work on a resolution, the first thing I would do is bring in experts from all perspectives to get their insight. Try to take the politics out of this and determine the best course of action.

    If Obama had been selecting people that we never heard of for his administration, the right would be saying that he is bringing in people with no experience. If he brings in someone from Carter’s administration, we’d hear that he’s bringing in someone who led us through a horrible financial period. Sounds like he’s in a bit of a no-win situation with this one.

    I did very well financially during the Clinton administration. I’m fine with him bringing in the best from that administration.

    I am also happy that Obama is researching how FDR helped pull us out of the Great Depression. We need that insight too.

  7. Whether or not you or I or anyone else hates Bush, you posted this on the 25th, quoting as ‘proof’ that world leaders snub him, a video over at sensico’s site. Here’s the thing. That video was corrected by CNN on the 20th of November, with another video showing the handshakes and explaining how nonsensical the video everyone is quoting as this ‘proof’ is. Quite honestly, it’s crap… edited with the intent to make a whole lot of people think something because of what wasn’t said or explained. All it took was 3 minutes or less, for me to find the real explanation… and so I have to wonder why you would post it five days later, as proof of something, when it’s nothing but a farce? It just goes to show how eager everyone is to not think for themselves and to believe whatever it is that their heart wants them to believe whether it’s true or not.


    I think Bush has enough things people can legitimately call him on, that it’s not necessary for people to make stuff up or edit things ‘creatively’. To perpetuate those pieces of nonsense as truths just makes a person look bad. You should stick to what you’ve researched and know to be true when you write… or use such pieces as what they are… jokes.

  8. bush should be in jail at the very least.

    FDR didn’t pull us out of the depression. the Federal Reserve caused the crisis. remember the booming 20’s? that happened because of the massive leveraging that occurred because of the central bank. bad government policy made the depression worse.

    even economists who favor the central bank know this. please revise your take on the part in history.

    just because government is taking action doesn’t mean they will make it worse. the reason this situation is so dangerous is because the governments actions can make this situation a lot worse than it is.

  9. i meant to say “doesn’t mean they can make it better”

  10. Fracas,
    Clearly, you missed the point of my post. But that is fine.
    Did you contact Gail Collins to slam her on her quote? “Bush — who is currently on a trip to Peru to meet with Asian leaders who no longer care what he thinks — hasn’t got the clout, or possibly even the energy, to do anything useful.”

    Couldn’t the White House’s response to the hand-shake video and covered by CNN’s Moos been spin? Then again, the WH is not known for their spin. 🙂
    If you’ve ever been in a setting like that, where everyone around you is shaking hands – even if you’ve already greeted them, the entire situation is different than the ‘crap’ clip. You either shake someone’s hand for the umpteenth time, smile and nod or pat a shoulder or a back. In other words, some kind of acknowledgement is usually occurring.
    I’m not disagreeing with you, just putting the thought out there.

  11. Jesse,

    A huge burden of responsibility must go to the actions of our government. This has been years in the making.

    Government’s reaction (in this case) could make things worse or it could allow for it to improve. I just don’t like the assumption of many that Obama WILL make things worse. We still have 8 more weeks before the inauguration. A lot can happen between now and then.

  12. but the fact of the matter is that we already have a good idea of what obama will do based on his picks of individuals in the admin and what he has proclaimed he will do. not to mention his past positions based on his idea of what must be done in the name of social justice.

    so we can speculate with decent accuracy what to expect from an obama admin. what we can’t know is the future. all the various things that will happen. even though we can predict how obama will likely react.

  13. Please swear Obama in now before Bush can do any more harm! Those oil leases have to stop!

  14. And my point was that I do get your point… but think it’s so not necessary for everyone to use ‘created’ scandal to bash Bush… there’s enough nonsense to choose from without it, so using what’s already been shown to be nonsense and putting it out there as real does more harm than good to your own credibility.

    As for how I got to be here and not aseeking out Gail Collins? I followed your trackback from sensico’s blog. The difference between your use of the video and her comment? You used the video many days after a clarification/correction including clips showing Bush interacting with the other leaders opposite what the first video attempts to suggest is the relationship between he and others was released and available. Hers is a comment that clearly is her own opinion. She hasn’t provided some creatively edited video of Asian leaders (a la SNL or Jon Stewart) to try legitimize her comment. You did. I didn’t criticize any of your personal opinions… I just questioned your use of that video when the newer video is more truthful…. unless you think those are actors playing the part of other leaders being friendly with Bush… lol.