Rich Galen

1. I don't think the rest of the world will think having the CIA and DoD joined at the hip like this is such a good idea. It signals a CIA taking on more and more of a military role (which is not new to Obama) while it smacks of the USSR during the heyday of the GRU and the KGB.

2. Second, Obama had about 310 million Americans to choose from. I am more than a little concerned that Obama's circle of trust is so constricted that he has to keep reassigning the same people to new jobs in his Administration.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to State. Hillary Clinton to VP. Biden to … the Amtrak station in Wilmington as Secretary of Transportation.

Something else to give President Obama pause might be the first quarter Gross Domestic Product numbers. According to the Commerce Department, the GDP grew at an anemic 1.8 percent in the first three months of 2011 after having grown by 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010.

At the same time, Bloomberg.com had the story of the Department of Labor reporting that "New applications for jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week to the highest level in three months. Unemployment insurance claims jumped by 25,000 to 429,000."

Sputtering economic growth. Higher unemployment.

A thousand birth certificates won't fix those problems.

Obama might get a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network come January 2013.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.