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Is Obama Clinton in Disguise or Just a Mindless Copycat?

Posted by Brutus | Posted in Obama | Posted on 14-11-2008


It has been said that Bill Clinton was America’s first black president. Now we have another first black president, the slightly darker, Barack Hussein Obama. But is Barack Obama a person different from President Clinton or is he the same man with a different name and  a tan?

Mr. Obama campaigned on change. He has a website dedicated to it. But how much change does he have in store for us?

Mr. Obama chose John Podesta as his “transition chief.” For those too young to remember or care, John Podesta was the Chief of Staff for Bill Clinton from 1998 until George Bush’s inauguration, but he held other positions within the Clinton Administration prior to that. As the Center for American Progress, of which Podesta is CEO, put it, “Podesta is known for his straight talk, acerbic wit, and fierce defense of the Clinton Administration.” In straight talk terms, “fierce defense” means “partisanship.”

Helping Podesta, is Mark Green. As the radical leftwing blog Huffington Post states it:

John Podesta, who heads Obama’s transition effort, and Mark Green, a long-time New York Democrat who advised the Clinton transition in 1992, have completed a 300,000-word project titled, “Change For America: A Progressive Blueprint For the 44th President,” that charts out a governing path for the next Democratic president.

Then we have former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as Obama’s emissary  to the international economic summit. Ms. Albright was the SoS under Bill Clinton. In 1998, she said, “Iraq is a long way from the U.S., but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”

For his Chief of Staff, Obama has chosen Rahm Emanuel, who was also a part of the Clinton Administration. From 1993-1998 Emanuel was a senior advisor to Bill Clinton. Rolling Stone did a piece on Emanuel in 2005. Her is what they had to say about him:

Friends and enemies agree that the key to Emanuel’s success is his legendary intensity. There’s the story about the time he sent a rotting fish to a pollster who had angered him. . . . And there’s the story of how, the night after Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting “Dead! . . . Dead! . . . Dead!” and plunging the knife into the table after every name. “When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape,” one campaign veteran recalls. “It was like something out of The Godfather. But that’s Rahm for you.”

And who has Vice-president-elect Joe Biden chosen for his staff? Ronald Klain. Many people may be unfamiliar with the name. Klain worked on Clinton’s 1992 campaign strategy and served as the Chief of Staff for Al Gore when he was vice-president under Bill Clinton.

At this stage in the process, it appears Obama has abandoned his promises for bipartisanship and change. Unless we want to count a third Clinton term as the change he intended. If that’s the case, I welcome that change, because it will assure a conservative victory in 2012.

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