Houdini Appointed to Transition Team

Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Poof! Agenda disappears from Obama’s Web site.

Over the weekend President-elect Barack Obama scrubbed Change.gov, his transition Web site, deleting most of what had been a massive agenda copied directly from his campaign Web site.

Gone are the promises on how an Obama administration would handle 25 different agenda items – everything from Iraq and immigration to taxes and urban policy – all items laid out on his campaign Web site, www.BarackObama.com.

Instead, the official agenda on Change.gov has been boiled down to one vague paragraph proclaiming a plan “to revive the economy, to fix our health care, education, and social security systems, to define a clear path to energy independence, to end the war in Iraq responsibly and finish our mission in Afghanistan, and to work with our allies to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, among many other domestic and foreign policy objectives.”

Perhaps change few really believed in? Dunno, but there’s nothing more frustrating than to be held to one’s promises.

Personally, I interpret this as a good sign that perhaps President-elect Obama acknowledges that he cannot possibly govern as far left as he campaigned. Unfortunately for him, scrubbing his own site is far different from expunging the global electronic network of archives and record.

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