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Obama Speaks to Our Children! This Can’t Be Good.

Today was the day of the indoctrination.  President Obama spoke to our most precious resources – our children.

How dare the president speak to our children without our permission.  How dare he do what Presidents Reagan and Bush (41) did before him.

How could our liberal educational institutions permit a liberal, socialist, fascist, communist dictator speak to our children?  We don’t want an uppity celebrity opening our children’s minds to those New York, Hollywood and San Francisco values.

Let’s see just how offensive his speech is.  After reading the full text of the speech, I have to say that I have some regrets letting my high school senior attend today’s indoctrination.

He didn’t even wait before jumping into his Indonesian background and being home-schooled by his mother because she was too poor to send him to the school the American children attended.  How elitist.

President Obama was upset at waking for his studies with his mother at 4:30 am.

Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”

‘One of those looks?’  What’s that supposed to mean.

“So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.”

And there it is, ladies and gentlemen.  He is letting us know what’s expected of our children.

I find this elitism to be incredibly offensive.  He’s telling our children that they must work hard.

“And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.”

Listen to this hippie community organizer garbage:

“You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.”

More fair and more free?  We’re the fairest and freest nation in the history of our planet.  We’re freer than the cavemen hunting for their daily meal competing with the dinosaurs six thousand years ago.

“I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work — that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things.”

How dare President Obama spoil my child’s dream of being a rapper, basketball player or a reality TV star.  This is right after he said “Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.”

What if they were committed to making it on Survivor?  What if my son wanted to gain 300 pounds and then appear on the Biggest Loser?

This next quote got me.  Got me right in the old ticker.

“And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.”

No offense, Mr. President, but didn’t I first hear that on the Brady Bunch in the 1970’s?

Seriously, though.

When I was a student, maybe I listen to President Obama and work harder at school rather than just kind of coast until my junior year of college.  Maybe I become something greater.   Maybe not.

Most students will probably shrug at what President Obama says and think he’s just another adult who doesn’t really understand.

But what if 1 student per school takes what the president says to heart?  Just one per school?  That’s thousands of children who may see the president as a young black boy growing up without money or a father.  But he worked hard and is now President of the United States.

They may look at that inspiration and decide that the effort is worth it and maybe they can strive to achieve what they want.

Just one per school.  That’s all it would take to start a chain reaction.

And how dare the parents and the GOP bash this speech even before he gave it.  What did they really think President Obama would say to our children?

That Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, GOP and the right wing noise machine really hate this country and they are consumed with greed and corruption and that their vile vitriol has somehow stripped our Republican parents of their logic and common sense.

That Stalin, Hitler and MSNBC were right in their assessments of the world and their opinions must be followed if you – our children – truly love our country?

This faux anger just because our President is a Democrat is extremely offensive.

Maybe President Obama should have said that the GOP really stands for Grand Obstructionist Party as they have worked to resist every stance the Democrats have taken.

Anyway, back to our children.

This speech from the President was very well written and the message was strong.  I think it would be terrific if every president spoke to our children.

Maybe the President should give a message at the beginning of every school year.  That would be an American thing to do.

* * Additional thought * *

Before Obama’s speech, all we heard was ‘indoctrination’ and outrage at the gall of Obama to speak to our kids.  Afterward, the message seems to be – ‘be careful what you put on Facebook’.  Really?  That was the main message.

That and what seemed to infuriate Rush the most – telling the kids to wash their hands.

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President Obama’s Inaugural Address – Video and Text

President Barack Obama spoke eloquently and brilliantly to America and the world.  The Obama – Biden era has begun. 

 

Full text of the Inaugural Address of President Barack Obama

 

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it).”

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden – Oath of Office Videos

Joe Biden takes the Oath of Office.

 

 

Congratulations Vice President Biden

 

Barack Obama takes the Oath of Office

 

 

Congratulations President Obama

The New Senate – Fill the Seats and Fix the Mess

In November, the Democratic Party’s goal was a so-called filibuster-proof majority of 60 Senators. Of course, that number included Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders who caucuses with the Democrats and Connecticut Republican Independent Joe Lieberman who caucuses with the Democrats on certain issues and times of the month and with the Republicans the rest of the time.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s replacement hasn’t been selected yet nor has Biden officially resigned. We’re eager to find out if Caroline Kennedy will be Hillary Clinton’s replacement after she vacates her seat for the Secretary of State post. And in Colorado, Ken Salazar’s replacement has been selected. Michael Bennet has been chosen to replace Salazar who will depart the Senate for the Secretary of Interior post under President-elect Barack Obama.

Two other Senate seats are still up in the air.

In Minnesota, Comedian Al Franken has been certified as the winner by the Minnesota State Canvassing Board though Norm Coleman refuses to accept the decision. In fact, Coleman, who has lost numerous court rulings now is looking at moving this case to the Federal courts. In the meantime, Senate Republicans will make sure that Minnesota is only represented by 1 Senator.

The decision on this race could take months.

Meanwhile, corrupt Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (I can now spell and pronounce his name without hesitation) defiantly selected Roland Burris as Obama’s replacement. Though on the surface, his record appears clean enough (there are some questions but I suspect every politician has questions about their record) the fact that Burris was chosen by Blago against everyone’s wishes puts the Senate Democrats ill at ease.

Harry Reid will not seat Burris and according to reports he had been turned away at the door.

If everyone were to be seated, Democrats (with Lieberman and Sanders) would control 59 Senate seats. Remove Burris / Obama, Biden, Clinton and Franken, that brings the number to 55.

No offense guys, but we have soldiers in harms way in Afghanistan and Iraq. There are problems mounting in Pakistan, Russia / Georgia and Israel. Not to mention problems in Africa and other areas in the world. We have a global financial meltdown occurring with a recession teetering dangerously close to depression here at home. Companies are filing bankruptcy at an alarming rate with many others laying off employees at a record clip. Let’s not forget the banking bailout, the Big 3 auto companies, newspapers and so many other industries.

Job loss will result in more foreclosures and more homeless. Then we can count on more depression, drug and alcohol use and crime. Healthcare costs are out of this world and the job loss will increase those without insurance. Watch our health insurance companies as job loss and business closings reduce their membership count – thus they’ll need to reduce staff in order to stay afloat.

Of course, if the health insurance carriers were to go under, the federal government would be forced to implement universal healthcare.

And as foreclosures rise, taxes received by towns, cities, counties and states will reduce. Let’s see how many declare bankruptcy.

But let’s worry about Burris and the perception that there are questionable ties to Blago and the corruption of Chicago politics.

And let the courts drag out the Franken – Coleman election for months on end.

We have much work to do and the problems that exist within our country and the world far exceed these petty problems of Burris and Coleman.

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

 

 

 

Who is Robert Gibbs?

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Robert Gibbs as his press secretary.  He has been Obama’s communications director since 2004 and was the press secretary on John Kerry’s  2004 presidential campaign. 

Here is a video that proves that Gibbs is up to the task of handling the White House press corps.  You may have seen where he smacks down Sean Hannity playing Hannity’s game against him but it is a safe bet that you didn’t realize who he was.  Watching Hannity on the defensive was a beautiful thing to see.

Replacing Congress – The Obama Administration

We seem to be unable to get enough of the election of Barack Obama. The media has been analyzing the type of presidency he will have, will he act Lincolnian and reach across the aisle to fill cabinet positions and will he be able to restore the country after 8 disastrous years.

Analysis is on-going over the Democratic swing in Congress (including the 3 Senatorial races yet to be decided in Alaska, Georgia and Minnesota).

What has not been talked about as much is who will step into the Congressional seats for the new administration. Illinois will be losing one Congressional seat as Rahm Emanuel becomes Obama’s Chief of Staff. This is in addition to the seat vacated by Senator Obama over the weekend (full text of Obama’s letter to the people of Illinois to follow).

Add to that the Delaware Senate seat soon to be vacated by Vice President-elect Joe Biden (still love saying this) and any elected officials selected by Obama for his cabinet. We know that New York Senator Hillary Clinton is among the names being considered for Secretary of State.

Tammy Duckworth

Tammy Duckworth

So who would replace Obama and Emanuel in Illinois? State law says that the governor will appoint a replacement to the Senate seat that is up for election in 2010. Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich has set up a panel that will vet the candidates.

The list includes – Representatives Jesse Jackson Jr., son of Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jan Schakowsky. If selected, this would vacate another Illinois congressional seat and the process would begin again. Also on the list are Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes, retiring state Senate President Emil Jones, state Senator Kwame Raoul, and Dan Seals, a marketing consultant.

My personal favorite is Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth who is a wounded Iraq War veteran. Duckworth is a decorated officer who lost both of her legs in Iraq. She would bring leadership and a passion for our troops to the Senate. She would be a spectacular choice to replace President-elect Obama.

On November 4th, Joe Biden was re-elected to a 7th term in the U.S. Senate. When Biden resigns his seat, it will be filled either by out-going two-term Governor Ruth Ann Minner or the in-coming Governor-elect Jack A. Markell. Both governors are Democrats and will be able appoint someone to fill the vacancy until a Special Election in 2010.

Beau Biden

Beau Biden

The name that is floating around and my personal choice is Joe Biden’s son, Beau.

Beau Biden (Joe Biden III) is the Attorney General of Delaware and is currently a captain in the Delaware Army National Guard serving in Iraq. The latter role is one of the obstacles in the process. According to military law, someone may not serve in elected office while serving in the military. Beau Biden has also indicated that he would prefer to win elected office rather than be appointed to it. He declined an appointment to Attorney General opting instead to run for the post.

Another option is Lt. Governor John Carney who lost the Democratic Party nomination for governor this year. He has already indicated an interest in the position as well as a desire to continue in the Senate beyond the 2010 special election.

Illinois Representative Rahm Emanuel would be vacating his leadership in the House of Representatives to serve as Obama’s chief of staff. Blagojevich will have to set a special election to replace Emanuel. Rumors have circulated that Emanuel wants to serve as Obama’s chief of staff for just 2 years and then return to Congress.

It will be interesting to see who throws their hat into ring for this seat. A few names I have heard are former Emanuel aide, John Borovicka, Bill Dailey Jr. and Illinois state representative Sara Feigenholtz.

Finally, if Hillary Clinton is selected as Secretary of State or any other cabinet position, she will vacate her Senate seat. As a result, New York Governor David Paterson will have to select a replacement for Clinton until a Special Election in 2010 that would fill her seat for the final 2 years of her current term.

While I could sit here and wrack my brain over who the candidates are, I can really only come up with 2 suitable names. Actually, it is 2 people with only 1 suitable name: Kennedy. The leading choice is Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F. Kennedy. She is an attorney and an author who had endorsed Obama early in the campaign. Rumors have circulated that she may be selected for a post in Obama’s cabinet.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

The other Kennedy is Robert Jr. Kennedy is an attorney and co-host of the Air America radio program, Ring of Fire. He had endorsed Hillary Clinton during the primaries. The seat Clinton current holds once belonged Kennedy’s father. He has 2 great political passions – the climate / environment and election integrity. Rumors have circulated that he is being looked at for a position on the Obama cabinet as well. Kennedy has said that the only way he would be interested in Clinton’s seat is if she became the president. I do believe that it would be fitting for RFK Jr. to hold the seat once held by his father.

As Obama’s administration takes shape over the coming weeks, it will be interesting to see what seats / positions open up along the way.

Sources:

Illinois Governor Eyes Obama Replacement –  RollCall.com

Sara Feigenholz’s letter of interest in Emanuel’s seat – posted on the Daily Kos

BY PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA

Today, I am ending one journey to begin another. After serving the people of Illinois in the United States Senate — one of the highest honors and privileges of my life — I am stepping down as senator to prepare for the responsibilities I will assume as our nation’s next president. But I will never forget, and will forever be grateful, to the men and women of this great state who made my life in public service possible.

More than two decades ago, I arrived in Illinois as a young man eager to do my part in building a better America. On the South Side of Chicago, I worked with families who had lost jobs and lost hope when the local steel plant closed. It wasn’t easy, but we slowly rebuilt those neighborhoods one block at a time, and in the process I received the best education I ever had. It’s an education that led me to organize a voter registration project in Chicago, stand up for the rights of Illinois families as an attorney and eventually run for the Illinois state Senate.

It was in Springfield, in the heartland of America, where I saw all that is America converge — farmers and teachers, businessmen and laborers, all of them with a story to tell, all of them seeking a seat at the table, all of them clamoring to be heard. It was there that I learned to disagree without being disagreeable; to seek compromise while holding fast to those principles that can never be compromised, and to always assume the best in people instead of the worst. Later, when I made the decision to run for the United States Senate, the core decency and generosity of the American people is exactly what I saw as I traveled across our great state — from Chicago to Cairo; from Decatur to Quincy.

I still remember the young woman in East St. Louis who had the grades, the drive and the will but not the money to go to college. I remember the young men and women I met at VFW halls across the state who serve our nation bravely in Iraq and Afghanistan. And I will never forget the workers in Galesburg who faced the closing of a plant they had given their lives to, who wondered how they would provide health care to their sick children with no job and little savings.

Stories like these are why I came to Illinois all those years ago, and they will stay with me when I go to the White House in January. The challenges we face as a nation are now more numerous and difficult than when I first arrived in Chicago, but I have no doubt that we can meet them. For throughout my years in Illinois, I have heard hope as often as I have heard heartache. Where I have seen struggle, I have seen great strength. And in a state as broad and diverse in background and belief as any in our nation, I have found a spirit of unity and purpose that can steer us through the most troubled waters.

It was long ago that another son of Illinois left for Washington. A greater man who spoke to a nation far more divided, Abraham Lincoln, said of his home, “To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything.” Today, I feel the same, and like Lincoln, I ask for your support, your prayers, and for us to “confidently hope that all will yet be well.”

With your help, along with the service and sacrifice of Americans across the nation who are hungry for change and ready to bring it about, I have faith that all will in fact be well. And it is with that faith, and the high hopes I have for the enduring power of the American idea, that I offer the people of my beloved home a very affectionate thanks.