Climate Czar hittin the road
January 25, 2011 10:38am CST
Energy and Climate Czar Carol browner stepping down. Her term in the Administration had not gone unnoticed, [i]recently Browner's office had come under scrutiny for politicizing the response to the massive Gulf oil spill. The commission set up by Obama to investigate the disaster said Browner misconstrued on national television the findings of a federal scientific report by saying most of the oil was gone. The White House later said she misspoke. Browner's office also has been criticized by the presidential panel for editing an Interior Department document in a manner that implied scientists supported the administration's decision to place a moratorium on deep water drilling. The commission found no evidence that the change made was intentional, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar later apologized for the misunderstanding. [/i] Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/24/obamas-energy-advisor-step/#ixzz1C48vhKqy At the President's term midway point a lot of staff changes are happening. Gibbs and Axelrod and both chiefs of staffs all leaving their positions. This is normal as the President shifts gears. What direction do you see the administration going now?
• United States
26 Jan 11
I totally agree with Rollo (above). I think there's a number of factors involved in "key" people stepping down/leaving. After hearing the President's address, I don't hold out a lot of hope that we'll see "leadership" for our most pressing problems. It was more blah, blah, blah and we'll spend our way to the future. I was more than a little underwhelmed. (I don't know why I keep listening and expecting a different result...stupidity?) Now, I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens...
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Jan 11
I think the staff changes are due to more than one factor. In some cases, the president's shift in position might require a new face in a particular job. In other cases, I think the president has fingered the person currently holding the job as part of the president's image problem. Possibly, there are some staffers who are ideologues who are disappointed with the president's shift on positions. The Climate Czar should be gone, but it won't change anything. I doubt she put out any information that she wasn't told to put out. I read today that Obama has not even spoken to about 50% of his cabinet members in the two years since he took office. I am not sure he would notice if many of them left.