Obama could construct a Clintonian cabinet

Felicia Serrano

While our commander in chief adjusts to life in the White House, it has come to my attention that President Barack Obama seems to be resurrecting some of the last democratic administration’s most notable men and women.’ ‘

Since the announcement of Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, who held the same position during the Clinton administration, people have speculated whether there will be another Clinton in the Oval Office.

Ladies and gentlemen the speculation is correct.

Thirty-one of the 47 staff members Obama has appointed into his camp have had ties to the Clinton administration.

A few of these individuals include Eric Holder as attorney general and Hilary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

But who could blame him? If Obama wants to get advice from former Democrats with White House experience then what better example than former members of the Clinton era.

There’s no law stating a president can’t appoint another president’s former aides. Besides, Clinton isn’t the only person Obama has been selecting from.

I recall during the election, Obama made the phrase ‘Yes We Can’ synonymous with his campaign. I believe it was Cesar Chavez who coined that phrase translated in Spanish as ‘Si Se Puede.’

Then there was the time Obama used the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.

More recently he quoted part of a poem from the notable civil rights poet Langston Hughes, ‘…More families will lose their savings. More dreams will be deferred.’
We’re starting to see a pattern here.

Don’t get me wrong. Obama has delivered several notable speeches at which time I might add oozed plenty of originality.

This may come as a shock to some who witnessed during the campaign Obama’s inner circle was made up of people who had never joined the Clinton club.

If you look back at the members of Obama’s team during the campaign, you will find David Plouffe, as his campaign manager who worked for the Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives during the Clinton administration. Also, David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, a veteran of Chicago politics, worked for a succession of Chicago mayors in the 1990s.

Obama’s campaign team and Clinton’s cabinet were complete opposites’mdash;until Obama got into office.

Some media outlets have reported he doesn’t know what he’s doing and that’s why he has gravitated towards one of the last Democratic administrations.

Although, Clinton was in office for two terms, he lacked the resources Obama has, and some have speculated that’s why Clinton’s administration had its missteps.

I believe Obama has made some smart choices overall. He has ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp within a year. He ordered a freeze on salary increases for about 100 White House staffers, and limited lobbying efforts regarding staffers and lobbyists.

Recently, he committed to his goal of ordering reviews that could lead to stricter auto emission standards in states and high pressure on automakers to produce more fuel-efficient cars.

With each passing day it seems Obama has been making progress.’ Despite the resemblance between his choices for aides to the Clinton administration, the American people have surely embraced him as their new president.