Let's think ahead of the current political game, for at least a bit.
President-elect Barack Obama is to be commended for the expediency he has displayed in naming so many of his most important department heaths for his cabinet. This means he will have a quick start on the many serious problems our nation faces come Jan. 20, 2009,
President Bush has certainly left him a legacy of presidential ineptitude. Appointed by the Supreme Court for his first term and regretfully elected for his second term, the current president leaves the office rather poor in performance and vision, mediocre at best. He can now return to the ranch in Texas and begin raising funds from his wealthy friends for his presidential library.
President-elect Obama's naming of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state is a superb appointment in view of their rivalry in the hotly contested primary races. Personally, I favored Hillary for the Democratic nomination and eventual presidency, but she will fill the second most crucial position in our government with distinction.
Obama's win in the election and his subsequent appointments is surely creating an upheaval in the ranks of the U. S. Senate. First off, Joe Biden leaves his Delaware senate seat to assume the vice-presidency, Hillary leaves her New York senate seat to join the cabinet as will Ken Salazar of Colorado, not to mention the open seat Obama leaves in Illinois.
This latter situation has opened up a can of worms in that state.
All four states have Democratic governors with the power to make the new appointments to the senate, at least temporarily in Illinois. Cabinet appointments have also opened up several seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, to be filled by special elections. This, along with the governors of New Mexico and Arizona moving on to positions in the Obama administration.
It is difficult to understand why so many (usually right-wing Republicans) have distaste for the United Nations which could establish worldwide peace and prosperity, yet they enthusiastically favor NAFTA, NATO and other "partial" (not worldwide) alliances.
President-elect Obama recently announced that he was naming Bill Clinton a special envoy to study diplomatically some peaceful resolution to the latest friction between Pakistan and India. If Bill Clinton could somehow forge a "cease fire" between these two bitter adversities, the rest of the world could have hope that peace could be possible on grander scale
Is worldwide success in the cards for the Obama presidency?
Only time will tell.