Ah huh, Obama might be throwing Panetta under the busSubmitted by northstar on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 00:15
Sounds like he's trying to blame someone else for the pick. Exceprts from article:
Obama backs away from Panetta
President-elect Obama, stung by criticism from California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein and West Virginia Democrat Senator John Rockefeller backed away from the reported appointment of Leon Panetta to head the CIA:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who this week begins her tenure as the first female head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she was not consulted on the choice and indicated she might oppose it.
"I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA director," Feinstein said. "My position has consistently been that I believe the agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time."
Panetta is a former California congressman and chief of staff to President Clinton.
The nomination was not officially announced to the news media, but rather leaked by anonymous sources.
Today, at a "media availability," Obama started to throw Panetta under the bus:
Question: Some are - some are questioning Leon Panetta's lack of intelligence - lack of experience on intelligence matters. Sorry about that. I know this is tricky for you since you haven't announced it yet, but what does he bring to the table for you?
Obama: Well, as you noted, I haven't made - haven't made a formal announcement about my intelligence team.
(cell phone rings)
Obama: That may be him calling now... finding out where it's at.
Obama: I have the utmost respect for Leon Panetta. I think that he is one of the finest public servants that we have. He brings extraordinary management skills, great political savvy, an impeccable record of integrity. .....