Friday, December 12, 2008

Secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee, General Eric Shinseki

President-elect Obama is mostly nominating people who were RIGHT. And competent.

Exhibit A: Eric Shinseki.

Not saying everyone is going to be this perfect.

Although I sure do love the leak for Secretary of Energy -- Nobel laureate Steven Chu. Dr. Chu received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. Currently he is Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biology of University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is directing research in alternative energy sources and ways to reduce greenhouse emissions. He's a senior scientist with enormous administrative experience at the national level, and (if the leak is correct) is going to be nominated to be Secretary of the Department of Energy.

Wow... what a concept. Let's call this Exhibit B.

Again, the President-elect is nominating people who were RIGHT. And COMPETENT.

A few other things I'll point out, in case you missed them.

The Transition Team is operating with a huge commitment to transparency.

1. They're asking for feedback, having people vote on the feedback so the good stuff filters to the top, and then having senior people answer it, including nominees.

Take a look at Join the Discussion where Healthcare was recently on the table.

2. Open for Questions is a pilot project to see what questions matter to us.

Imagine what will happen when OUR questions filter up to White House press conferences. That is where this is likely heading. For reals. With follow-up asked by White House reporters based on how the press secretary, cabinet officers, or the president answers the question.

3. Our Seat at the Table. We have access to all meetings, documents, schedules, everything the team does publicly. Here's the direct link.

We'll keep monitoring the Transition site for you.

But if you believe government can and should work, the Obama team's performance so far is pretty damn cool.