Let’s hope Obama makes a new “team of rivals”


Just how will President-elect Obama pick his administration? I, for one, hope he has read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, “Team of Rivals” which is about Lincoln’s choices for his cabinet. He chose those running against him and other rivals to partner with him through a most difficult period of our history.

I would hope Obama would do likewise. You want to reach across aisles and unite? Do it in your cabinet. And if he asks, Republicans ought to accept and put the country ahead of their personal agendas.

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2 responses to “Let’s hope Obama makes a new “team of rivals”

  1. Pam Elmore

    Nicely said.

  2. Jess

    He’s apparently read it and takes it to heart.

    This from: http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20081114/pl_politico/15625

    “One explanation for Obama’s willingness to consider Clinton for chief diplomat can be found in a January interview he gave to Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the ‘CBS Evening News.’ As part of her ‘Primary Questions’ series, Couric asked him what books besides the Bible he would consider essential if he were elected president.

    ‘Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals,”‘ Obama replied. “It was a biography of Lincoln. And she talks about Lincoln’s capacity to bring opponents of his and people who have run against him in his cabinet. And he was confident enough to be willing to have these dissenting voices and confident enough to listen to the American people and push them outside of their comfort zone. And I think that part of what I want to do as president is push Americans a little bit outside of their comfort zone. It’s a remarkable study in leadership.’ “

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