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Lew to be Unveiled Today at 1:30 PM ET

by Keith Koffler on January 10, 2013, 9:34 am

President Obama will officially announce his appointment of White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be Treasury Secretary at 1:30 pm ET. I will live stream the event for your personal enjoyment.

BTW, the Wall Street Journal has a great piece today about why Lew is a political appointment who will be programmed to advance Obama’s agenda. Like, as opposed to someone whose first priority is the economy and the health of the financial markets.


Car in January 10, 2013 at 9:46 am

We’re fracked.

I’m so depressed.

Someone link some good news for me.

RickW January 10, 2013 at 10:00 am
Star January 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I started a new site on creativity–is that good?

cincycinco January 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

We’re not “fracked” – but only because its not WATER we’re being injected with…

Dandaboina January 21, 2013 at 7:45 am

Sorry, while I understand your point, I can’t agree. There is a slmiper explanation for the creation of mandatory licensing: protection of consumers. In my case, I am certified as a Forensic Examiner of computers. Currently, SC is (like many states) trying to require me to obtain a Private Investigator’s license before I can perform investigations for anyone other than my boss. Sounds like a scam at first glance by the PI industry. If you talk to the gentleman pushing this legislation (and I have), his concern is that of hack jobs performing bad forensic investigations. Apparently there are two problems plaguing the courts. Investigators outside of SC’s jurisdiction so they cannot be forced into court to answer for how the investigation was performed (Not sure I understand how that works legally). Second, there is a problem with people botching the investigation and ruining the evidence.Consequently, there is a request to have everyone performing investigations licensed with the state. Personally, I understand the need and probably can agree to it. I just disagree with the requisite licensing being a PI license. Needs to be a GCFA or something at that level.

Langley Spook January 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Damn Cylons…

Scottso January 10, 2013 at 10:05 am

Who said this just 2 years ago?
“Our budget will get us, over the next several years, to the point where we can look the American people in the eye and say we’re not adding to the debt anymore; we’re spending money that we have each year, and then we can work on bringing down our national debt.”

Hey, Lew…don’t look us in the eye.

TimW January 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Lew is a nasty lying partisan jerk just like his boss. Must be why Obama likes him so much.

I remember vividly when he said this and I thought this guy must of had some sort of mental breakdown. It turns out he was just a lying dick who would say anything to a gullible uninformed public. Its utterly amazing what brazen liars the democrats are. I have nothing but contempt for such people.

Girly1 January 10, 2013 at 10:13 am

Thanks for the WSJ link, Keith. Looks like Obama is constructing an alligator-filled moat around his castle — Lew, Hagel, Kerry. His first term was just a warm-up for his ‘fundamental transformation of the United States of America’. We all knew what would happen in his second term but so far it’s turning out to be a real shocker. “Advise and Consent’ is flying out the window – he’s looking for compliance. Hope Boehner is ready for the fight – my gut tells me it will be a TKO in the first round. Obama is already talking about bypassing Congress on gun control.

Xanex, anyone?

Sadie January 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

Xanex with a Fukitol chaser. ; )

Girly1 January 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

Fukitol? Had to look that one up, Sadie – you got me! LOL!

Julie Brueckheimer January 10, 2013 at 11:10 am

You’re like me: I had to think twice about who Patrick ‘Thunder Thighs’ Ewing was.

Sadie January 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

More like an **”unveiling” for the economy and financial markets. The appointment makes it official. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the IRS.

**Unveiling: In Judaism, the unveiling is a ceremony that dedicates a grave monument erected for someone who passed away twelves months earlier.
The service is called “unveiling” because in America the tombstone is covered with a cloth which is removed by the family during the ceremony. In addition to dedicating the grave monument, the unveiling gives those in mourning an opportunity to commemorate the deceased.

Girly1 January 10, 2013 at 10:17 am
Langley Spook January 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Like a “Senator” will do anything to stop any of Dear Leader Obama’s appointments…

Quintus Arrius January 10, 2013 at 10:31 am

I suspect Lew got his job because he is an okay golfer.

cincycinco January 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

“I suspect Lew got his job because he is an okay golfer.” – Quintus Arrius

But not better than the Boss. You always have to add a few strokes to your scorecard, or the Big Guy’s grandiosity complex will make him cut you because you don’t fit the fantasy. It’s like how he imagines he is actually, physically able to compete with pro basketball players…

Yeah, shrimpy, skinny, 49 (at the time) year old Hopey is going to be able to keep up with LeBron James. Do you think that maybe, just MAYBE, they may have played “down”, juuuust a little, in that closed-to-the-media session? Any NORMAL person would know they – literally – weren’t in the same league,

That’s what Lew would have to do as well to impress The Angry Caliph on the golf course. Not be a “good” golfer, but be good at “accidentally” hitting into a bad lie so His Specialness can emerge victorious, or perhaps nudging the Presidential balls out of the rough (not that this Prezzy doesn’t prefer a different kind of “putting in the rough”, but that’s an OT subject) and surprisingly close to the cup!

Do you think he campains and governs that way as well? Just think about how he deals with any ACTUAL competition, and everything he’s done to make sure there ARE no genuine competitors, and you can answer that question for yourself.

TimW January 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

“Any NORMAL person would know they – literally – weren’t in the same league,”

Obama is not a normal person and is quite likely seriously mentally ill. I find myself daily wondering “what the hell is wrong with this guy and why is he such a dick”

Get ready for major financial turmoil next month as Obama and Lew implement their “I win, you (and America) lose” negotiating style.

Otis Driftwood January 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

now now.. we would not want Lew to be over worked and handle priorities first. Mr. O needs to keep him fresh and relaxed for golfing. I figure he will work the same schedule as his boss.

I saw his signature on another site, all it reminds me of is the icing loops on the top of a Hostess Cupcake.

Dang, no WH briefing from Blarney today??? Oh what shall I do??

Sadie January 10, 2013 at 11:07 am

The seven “O’s” are the number of letters in his name – more like icing on the cake of debt is the way I saw it. Add another zero for the one in the WH and another for just the interest on the daily debt of $1.2 billion and that signature is a description of the economy.

Julie Brueckheimer January 10, 2013 at 11:13 am

Ooops, sorry. Didn’t mean to plagiarize.

Sadie January 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

Can’t plagiarize the truth. ; )

regina January 10, 2013 at 11:05 am

He can’t even sign his name

Julie Brueckheimer January 10, 2013 at 11:12 am

Wasn’t that supposed to be the icing on a defunct Hostess cupcake?

Julie Brueckheimer January 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

Obama is trying to set the Republicans up as obstructionists on everything. Meanwhile, everyone forgets about the economy.

Susan January 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm

It will give Dingy Harry perfect cover for getting rid of the filibuster so the Senate can be dictated by mob rule.

cincycinco January 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

“It will give Dingy Harry perfect cover for getting rid of the filibuster so the Senate can be dictated by mob rule.” – Susan

Yes, but that’s only as a prelude to its irrelevance and eventual dismissal as The Angry Caliph conolidates power to himself.

See if this sounds familiar;

“First of all, understand Hitler was a brilliant, charismatic speaker who said things in style, lied through his teeth and manipulated whatever he had to, to get a vote and power. His big dagger in the heart of the German people and constitution was to somehow get the vote by Parliament to pass his Enabling Act, which, due to contrived crises and manipulated need would give him total power, full power without the need of any more votes or Parliament. ”

And it kinda went downhill from there…

AZ Granny January 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Cincy, thanks for this link. In the Morning News thread I posted a comment about Hitler, without knowing you had posted this. The article brings to mind so many things our old German neighbor told us about Hitler and what would happen eventually in our country. Our neighbor was a Nazi pilot in WWII and his stories always made me bristle, but he definitely foresaw our country’s future. Now after watching the news some nights, my husband and I look at each other and say “Joe was right”.

srdem65 January 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

If we liken the operation of the federal government to a large corporation, then all of the cabinet heads would be department heads, charged with seeing to the prosperity and smooth continuence of the company’s business.
But, we have a President (CEO) who is appointing heads of departments who wish to see the dismantling of many important functions of the country(company), restrict the manufactoring department and put the whole country (company) into a massive, unsustainable debt position.

It’s as if a competitor were charged with infiltrating and destroying an enemy.

Anne Lieberman January 10, 2013 at 11:21 am
Star January 10, 2013 at 11:58 am

The WashPost had some story about this guy’s handwriting–I didn’t click, so don’t know if he writes like a schoolmarm or a doctor. But I think they are out of ideas. Another timeserver.

Star January 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Why wouldn’t he advance the agenda–isn’t that his job? Am I confused here?

Langley Spook January 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Lew’s signature looks like the white swirls on the top of (the belated)Hostess chocolate cupcakes