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Houdini Appointed to Transition Team

Now you see it. Now you don't.

Poof! Agenda disappears from Obama's Web site.

Over the weekend President-elect Barack Obama scrubbed Change.gov, his transition Web site, deleting most of what had been a massive agenda copied directly from his campaign Web site.

Gone are the promises on how an Obama administration would handle 25 different agenda items - everything from Iraq and immigration to taxes and urban policy - all items laid out on his campaign Web site, www.BarackObama.com.

Instead, the official agenda on Change.gov has been boiled down to one vague paragraph proclaiming a plan "to revive the economy, to fix our health care, education, and social security systems, to define a clear path to energy independence, to end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan, and to work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, among many other domestic and foreign policy objectives."

Perhaps change few really believed in? Dunno, but there's nothing more frustrating than to be held to one's promises.

Personally, I interpret this as a good sign that perhaps President-elect Obama acknowledges that he cannot possibly govern as far left as he campaigned. Unfortunately for him, scrubbing his own site is far different from expunging the global electronic network of archives and record.


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Comments (19)

I hope someone has saved th... (Below threshold)
jim2:

I hope someone has saved the list just as it had been on the Obama site. Remember the Contract with America? Republicans judged themselves and were judged by others on how many of the items got done and when.

All need to be able to refer back to the list frequently for those purposes.

Surely, the President-Elect deserves the same opportunity and exposure.

perhaps President-... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
perhaps President-elect Obama acknowledges that he cannot possibly govern as far left as he campaigned.

Obama lied to the public. All that nonsense was just to get him elected. McCain was at a tremendous disadvantage with his straight talk shtick.

Who cares about this, reall... (Below threshold)
Dee:

Who cares about this, really?

Dee -Did you mean,... (Below threshold)
jim2:

Dee -

Did you mean, "Move along, move along, nothing to see here ...."?

Personally, I inte... (Below threshold)
Jay:
Personally, I interpret this as a good sign that perhaps President-elect Obama acknowledges that he cannot possibly govern as far left as he campaigned.

Jay: by "cannot possibly," I hope you mean, politically and logistically impossible to do so, because I really, really think that if he can get away with implementing the agenda that he campaigned on, he would.

Eh - no surprise here.... (Below threshold)
apb:

Eh - no surprise here.

Face it - the ones that could pinpoint Obomber as a charlatan, fraud, and tool of the Chicago/IL Dhim party will continue to trace his devolution.

The mouth-breathin' 'tards that elected him will continue to believe in him through the MSM that will never investigate ANYTHING that could detract from the One.

Nothing to see here, indeed.

Clearly The One will have t... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Clearly The One will have to outlaw the Internet Archive...for the good of the nation.

Technically.... if you chan... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Technically.... if you change change it's still change even if you change it back to what it was before you changed the change. (/politican_speak)

Amazing, idn't it? However,... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Amazing, idn't it? However, the same people who re-elected Pelosi in spite of her physics-defying absence of change will re-elect our shining new president. Witness the final stages of the dumbing down of America. Sad, but we only have ourselves to blame. Who here has truly challenged the government run education system and demanded the accurate representation of this country's founding to our nation's youth? I thought as much. I'm also guilty as charged. My main focus was my own children, but I did nothing outside of my family. Meanwhile the vital remnants of our Republic are fading from view. Consider Cicero's quote concerning the Roman republic:

"Long before our time, the customs of our ancestors
molded admirable men, and in turn those eminent men
upheld the ways and institutions of their forebears. Our
age, however, inherited the Republic as if it were some
beautiful painting of bygone ages, its colors already fad­
ing through great antiquity; and not only has our time
neglected to freshen the colors of the picture, but we
have failed to preserve its form and outlines."

-- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Bummer that we can't make O... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Bummer that we can't make Obama go "poof!"

You mean not everyone saw "... (Below threshold)
Roy:

You mean not everyone saw "As-Is" listed in the fine print on the window sticker last Tuesday? Well, life is full of lessons.

Why hide it now? We can't ... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Why hide it now? We can't unelect TheOne.

Please note the site IS tak... (Below threshold)
epador:

Please note the site IS taking job applications AND also has the paragraph or two on how we ALL will be asked to serve...

There are many promises to ... (Below threshold)
Captain America:

There are many promises to interest groups that Obama will likely regret. Some of these probably conflict with one another; most conflict with reality.

In an election victory lies the seeds of future defeat.

It must be nice to be on th... (Below threshold)

It must be nice to be on the left and not be encumbered by things like integrity, morals, keeping your word.

The motto of the left is "the ends justify the means." Whatever it takes to get them to the place where they can save the world from the dummy's (re: Pelosi's comments about Prop 8) is worth it... even if it's lies.

You're partly right, Clay... the dumbing down is well in progress, but I don't think it's beyond hope yet. We've got to re-win the war of ideas and values. That's hard work, but we've got the capital to do it. It just takes us doing it.

I guess that means Presiden... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

I guess that means President Barack Hussein Obama's (I use that middle name as a badge of honor, not a slur) minions will scrub the thousands of hours and thousands of column inches of media and newspapers where he and Vice President Biden discuss their policy agendas in great detail. I mean, if it's not on their official website, it doesn't exist, right?

Barry Big Ears learned some... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Barry Big Ears learned something in his confidential briefing that shut down all his plans. That is what happened. ww

A few days ago I noticed an... (Below threshold)

A few days ago I noticed an Iraq statement at change.gov that was rather detailed, reiterating Mr. O's plan to immediately start removing troops. That page at change.gov has now been removed. Change meets reality!

See:
http://deaddrifts.blogspot.com/2008/11/some-restraint-please-we-recognize-that.html

Hey, wouldn't you know it, ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Hey, wouldn't you know it, they redid the page, as they said they were doing, and now it's all back up!

Odds of Steve acknowledging such? Slim to none.




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