Where Are Obama's Failed Nominees Now?

A quick trip around Hannity's America...

Happy Trails to You

Remember all those Obama nominees who withdrew from consideration amidst various scandals? Now, we bring you an update on what exactly they're doing after their unpleasant experiences in the limelight.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was the first casualty. He lasted 33 days before withdrawing his nomination as commerce secretary because he was the subject of a federal grand jury investigation. The Washington Post reports that Governor Richardson isn't faring so well, saying, "Long a popular figure in New Mexico... Richardson now is a lame duck whose approval rating is below 50 percent for the first time."

Then there was good old Tom Daschle, who like most other Obama nominees, turned out to be a tax cheat. Senator Daschle has bounced back quite nicely since withdrawing as HHS secretary. He went back to work at his old D.C. law firm where he's doing what he does best: lobbying.

And after becoming the president's second nominee for commerce secretary, Senator Judd Gregg found out the hard way that team Obama wasn't eager to hear his Republican point of view. He continues to serve the people of New Hampshire and he's been expressing himself more freely:


SEN. JUDD GREG, R-N.H.: It's a budget which has a philosophy behind it, which is that you can move the government radically to the left, dramatically to the left, and not have to pay for that in any way other than pass those bills on to our children in the way of higher debt.


And those are just some of the casualties of the president's first 100 days. Congratulations, Mr. President, you're off to a great start!

Welcome Committee

President Obama began his 100th day in office by welcoming the latest member of the Democratic Party into the fold. He was, well, let’s say a little over the top:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I know that the decision Senator Arlen Specter made yesterday wasn't easy.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Although I hear it's easier switching parties the second time around.

OBAMA: It required long and careful consideration, and it required courage.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: It took at least a minute after he talked to his pollster.

OBAMA: I don't expect Arlen to be a rubber stamp. I don't expect any member of Congress to be a rubber stamp.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: Personally, I prefer a yes man. Right, Joe?

OBAMA: In fact, I'd like to think that Arlen's decision reflects a recognition that this administration is open to many different ideas and many different points of view, that we seek cooperation and common ground, and that in these 100 days, we've begun to move this nation in the right direction.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION: In conclusion, it all comes down to my own greatness. Thank you very much!


I think I get it, Mr. President. Every event somehow demonstrates the greatness of your leadership. Thanks for clearing that up.

Biden at His Best

With all of the focus on President Obama, it's easy to overlook all the wonderful material that his second-in-command has given us. Let's recap Vice President Biden's first 100 days:



OBAMA: For the senior staff.

BIDEN: For the senior staff? Oh, right.

OBAMA: A number of Cabinet members have already...

BIDEN: My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts.


BIDEN: Mr. President, it's a slight diversion, but I think we got to be nice to him. The Chairman of the Finance Committee Max Baucus is here. So we got to make sure — Max, just remember, when we call, when I call, just say, "yes, Joe," OK?

One overwhelming reason why I never ran for mayor, Richie. It's too hard.


MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ, CBS' "EARLY SHOW": By the way, do you know the Web site?

BIDEN: No. I'm embarrassed. Do you know the Web site number? You know, I should have in front of me, and I don't.

RODRIGUEZ: All right.

BIDEN: I'm actually embarrassed.

President Obama says nobody messes with Joe.

My passion to make sure this is done right, it may exceed my abilities.

And I want to blunt with you off script here.

An hour late. Give me a (EXPLETIVE DELETED) break.


I think from now on I would try to stick to the script. Maybe the boss can loan you one of his teleprompters?

Try Photoshop

The Obama administration's decision to fly Air Force One over the New York City skyline this week was not only insensitive, but as we are now finding out, it was an incredible waste of the taxpayers' money.

The Air Force says the flight cost well over $300,000, and as the New York Daily News pointed out Wednesday, all of this could have been done by simply purchasing Photoshop, a program that runs about 900 bucks. So in order to avoid such mistakes the next time around, we thought we'd offer some suggestions for future Air Force One photo ops.

Maybe a trip to the great pyramids in Egypt would work? Or back stateside, the Kentucky Derby is one of the great American sporting traditions. How about Stonehenge? Or the happiest place on Earth Disney World?

But I guess the Obama administration has never been known to pass up a chance to waste your money.

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