President-elect Obama, in today's presser:
(as reported by TPM)
"I assembled this team because I'm a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions. I think that's how the best decisions are made...
"I'm going to be welcoming a vigorous debate inside the White House. But understand: I will be setting policy as president. I will be responsible for the vision that this team carries out, and I expect them to implement that vision once decisions made. So as Harry Truman said, the buck will stop with me."
Perfect. This is what I figured in my previous commentary on his picks. He has basically now shown and said that he is picking people based on their potential ability to get things done, not based on whether they share his vision a priori.
He has set the tone, explicitly letting all the strong personalities know that, while all opinions are welcome, he expects them to execute according to his directive once he arrives at his decision.
Looks like this country will soon have a leader again.
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