Obama’s Two Christmas “Re-Gifts”


Come on, be honest, have you ever received or given a “re-gift?”  Maybe a tie, a pair of socks, or a fruit cake?  How about a combination pop-corn butter melter and sprayer – a what?  Well, many years ago, I found what I thought was the perfect Christmas gift for my brother-in-law.  For an avid pop-corn lover, before the age of microwave pop-corn, what could be better than a hand held combination butter melter and sprayer.  I actually found one.  You just popped a whole stick of butter into a little tray, plugged it in, and when the butter melted you could spray the hot liquid by pumping a pressure trigger just like a water sprayer for house plants.  I thought it was great.  Evidently, my brother-in-law was not as enthralled with this contraption as I was.  The following Christmas when I opened his gift to me there it was again, shiny as new, the combination pop-corn butter melter and sprayer.  More amused than offended this sparked a re-gifting war.  For the next three or four years we would take turns wrapping that thing in creative packages of different shapes and sizes.  No matter how differently it was boxed and wrapped from year to year, once it was opened it was still the same old thing.


Well, this year pres-elect Obama has surprised us all with not just one, but with two Christmas “re-gifts.”  The first is his economic team.  Don’t be fooled by the nifty gift wrapping, we’ve seen them all before.  You can check out all their bios. on-line, but allow me to highlight just a few.  Timothy Geitner, Treasury Secretary: Geitner first joined the Treasury Department in 1988 during the Reagan administration.  From 2001 – 2003 he served under the Bush administration in the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.), and from 2003 – 2008 he was President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York also under Bush.  Peter Orszag, Office of Management and Budget Director: He served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy from 1997 – 1998 in the Clinton administration.  Then, of course, the most familiar face of them all, Paul Volcker, Economic Recovery Advisory Board Chairman:  Volcker first joined the Federal Reserve Bank in 1952, yes, ’52, the year Dwight D. Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson to start his second term as President… who can forget the cliff-hanger that one was!  Volcker was appointed Chair of the Federal Reserve in 1979 under President Jimmy Carter and re-appointed in 1983 under President Ronald Reagan.


The second re-gift is even more of a pleasant surprise, Obama’s national defense team.  Obama will re-nominate Robert Gates to remain as his administration’s Secretary of Defense.  Gates has a long and distinguished career serving as Director of the C.I.A. under President George H. W. Bush being appointed in 1991.  He was then tapped by George W. Bush to succeed Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense in 2006.  Another critically important member of the national defense team will be National Security Advisor, Gen. James Jones.  Jones has an interesting history in both the military and corporate sectors.  In 2007 Gen. Jones was elected to the Board of Directors of Boeing, he was later elected to the Board of Directors of the Chevron Corporation on May 28th of this year.  He served with distinction under President George W. Bush and on January 17, 2003 was named Supreme Allied Commander Europe.


During the political campaign of ’08 Obama stated that he “doesn’t look like the other presidents on our dollar bills.”  True enough.  He doesn’t look like Santa Clause either, but he’s already doled out two great Christmas re-gifts.  So far the only thing really hopeful about this administration of “Hope and Change” is that it does not look like there will be a whole lot of change.


4 Responses to “Obama’s Two Christmas “Re-Gifts””

  1. on the pike Says:

    The re-gifting angle is not only seasonally-appropriate, but happily very apt in the case of President-Elect Obama. Just as I had hoped, once he was declared the winner, Obama is moving cautiously and listening to all sides, red and blue. His nominations are clear indications that he is aware that the “change” he has been promoting is not the most prudent course of action. Although I have been incredibly concerned by the vast number of Clintonistas who have been given visibility in an Obama Administration, I also believe that in due course, after Obama has clocked some miles in the Oval Office, the partisan ones will be gradually replaced by more centrist and even more conservative thinkers.

    So far, Obama has made a real effort to suppress the donkey tendencies of his political persuasion. In urging Harry Reid to avoid taking punitive action toward Joe Lieberman, Obama has shown me that he’s capable of leading. Let’s just hope he’s equally capable of governing.

  2. Roger Schreiner Says:

    I must admit I was much more impressed with the Popper (story) than with Obama’s staff.


  3. Wake Up America Says:

    America and the world for that matter is run by bank owners and investors. Ofcourse Obama kept the same staff for finance and defense among others. His opinion is just that and nothing more. How old are you people ? do you really still believe that your vote counts?! Denial is a strong state of mentality.Can you now not believe that you have been fed lies for the sake of profit? Or do you deny it out of fear of what is to become of the American dream. If you see this reality that stares back at you and deny it you also throw into the fire all the lives lost defending the dream, for they were lied to as well.

  4. Dave Says:

    First time I have read your work. Outstanding! I’ll be back

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