On November 26, President-elect Barack Obama named former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker to head what he calls his Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Volcker was appointed to the Federal Reserve in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter and was later reappointed by President Ronald Reagan.
Four months before John McCain surprised the nation with his choice of Sarah Palin for a runningmate, Charles Scaliger wrote glowingly about the Alaska governor in The New American's March 31, 2008 issue. He correctly noted that she is "a typical Alaskan: an avid hunter, fisher, and all-around outdoorswoman," earning about her while taking a trip through the huge state known as "The Last Frontier." She is also, he wrote, "a staunch champion of gun rights, low taxes, and the development of Alaska's immense natural resources." And finally, Scaliger stated, "A fervent opponent of abortion, she is also America's most popular governor, with approval ratings over 80- percent."
"The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials," the Washington Post reported on December 1. "The long-planned shift in the Defense Department's role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said."
The one aspect of the Obama campaign that was arguably laudable and comparatively better than the McCain campaign was Obama's skepticism of the Iraq War and his demands that the United States leave Iraq. However, when Barack Obama announced on December 1 that he would keep Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in place and appoint fellow Iraq hawk Senator Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, Obama ended any rational hope that the United States would pursue a more non-interventionist foreign policy.
As we have reported earlier in our article "Barack Obama and the Citizenship Scandal," it has been alleged that Barack Obama is ineligible to become president for two reasons: evidence has come forward that Obama was born in Kenya, not the United States as required by the Constitution (because only one of Obama's parents is an American); and even if he was born here, his mother relinquished his citizenship by marrying an Indonesian and becoming a naturalized Indonesian citizen.