Saturday, November 15, 2008

What Am I Missing About Hillary and the Cabinet?

The report that Hillary is under consideration to be appointed Secretary of State has me perplexed. Isn't she predestined to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services? Isn't this her hour to lead the move to national health care that she herself did so much to launch in the early 90's?

Why Secretary of State? Is she really qualified for that post? I mean, on the merits of her education, experience, character and intellect? I wonder. And what about Bill? The one cabinet position most vulnerable to damage from his erratic and occasionally reckless behavior is precisely Secretary of State.

It is a fine idea to put her in the cabinet. The Department of Health and Human Services would make far more sense.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Der Spiegel says Guten Tag to President Obama

The World President

This week's cover on Germany's leading news magazine speaks loudly for the stunning impact Barack Obama's election has had around the world. It exceeds all past experience and all recent expectations. An American living long term in Germany must appreciate the irony of Der Spiegel trying to get on board with our new U.S. president.