Thursday, July 24, 2008

In the beginning

What to make of the story that the Obama transition team is already gearing up?

Well, some think it smacks of arrogance. Or reeks of presumptuousness. Or if you are team McCain, it is flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct or something.

Well, we think it is certainly premature.

But not because he hasn’t won the election yet.

Because it simply wouldn’t take so long that it would require starting now.

It would only take, at most, like seven days.


The Book of Presidential Genesis

Chapter 1
1 In the beginning Obama created his transition team.

2 Now the team was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the group, and the Spirit of Obama was hovering over the waters.

3 And Obama said, "Let there be staff," and there was staff. 4 Obama saw that the staff was good, and He separated the transition team staff from the campaign staff. 5 Obama called the campaign staff "hope," and the transition staff he called "change." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

6 And Obama said, "Let there be an expanse between the goals to separate strategy from tactics." 7 So Obama made the expanse and separated the headquarters staff from the field staff. And it was so. 8 Obama called the expanse "organization." And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

9 And Obama said, "Let the staff be gathered to one place, and let a leader be named." And it was so. 10 Obama called the leader "organizer," and the gathered staff he called a "community." And Obama saw that it was good.

11 Then Obama said, "Let the staff produce memos: documents that bear my presidential seal, according to their various tasks." And it was so. 12 The staff produced powerpoints and spreadsheets and directives and newsletters bearing the presidential seal in them according to their kinds. And Obama saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

14 And Obama said, "Let there be a project plan to separate the tasks into discreet steps, and let them serve as signs to mark progress, 15 and let it be updated continuously to give direction to the staff." And it was so. 16 Obama made two great plans—the greater plan to govern inaugural festivities and the lesser plan to govern his cabinet selection. He also made decorating plans. 17 Obama posted the plans on the transition team’s intranet website to grant access to the entire staff, 18 to govern the activities, and to separate individual action plans. And Obama saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

20 And Obama said, "Let the inaugural committee teem with party ideas." 21 So Obama created the order for great parties and dinners to celebrate his inauguration, inviting every great and powerful person from D.C to Chicago to Hollywood. And Obama saw that it was good. 22 Obama blessed them and said, "Be here in number and fill the parties, and let the merriment increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

24 And Obama said, "Let the nominating subcommittee produce a list of persons who according to their kinds may serve me: sycophants and radicals, each according to his kind." And it was so. 25 And Obama saw that it was good.

26 Then Obama said, "Let us find a vice president in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over things not fit for one such as I."

27 So Obama selected a vice president in his own image,
in the image of Obama he selected him;
in hope and change he selected him.

28 Obama blessed him and said to him, "Be fruitful and increase our consolidation of power; fill the campaign coffers and subdue Republicans. Rule over the voters and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

29 Then Obama said to the decorating subcommittee, "I give you every color and fabric swatch on the face of the whole earth, everything that has Michelle’s approval. 30 And to all the staff on this committee and all the peole necessary to pull this off—everyone who has decorating taste—I want every ‘green’ idea to be used." And it was so.

31 Obama saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Chapter 2
1 Thus the transition team’s mission was completed in all its vast array.

2 By the seventh day Obama had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And Obama blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.



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