Obama’s Team of Rivals

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on November 30, 2008

It looks like President Elect Barack Obama will name presidential rival and Senate colleague Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State tomorrow in Chicago. 

If that is true and Obama names New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to Commerce the President Elect could well be on his way to creating his own team of rivals.  It is well known that Obama is taken by President Abraham Lincoln and smitten by Doris Kearns Goodwin’s take on Lincoln in her recent tome named “Team of Rivals.”

Kearns Goodwin lays out in that work how Lincoln cobbled together a cabinet of his former presidential rivals who didn’t particularly care for him or for each other but the first President from Illinois pulled together his former opponents and the made the cabinet work in arguably the most difficult time in American history. 

This may not be the most difficult time in American history but it is hard nonetheless and the second President from Illinois seems to be gathering opponents and advisers to opponents to create an interesting White House staff and cabinet and a modern day team of rivals.  

The Lincolnesque path says more about Obama and the next presidency then it does about Vice President Elect Joe Biden, Richardson, Clinton or Clintonites.  If Obama can put what Clinton and her and the former President’s minions said and did behind him to name the best and brightest to his effort to turn America around maybe he should have been the candidate who ran with the motto “country first.”


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