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The Obama Administration: December 17-31, 2009

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This article is the twenty-third in a continuing series chronicling the unfolding history of the Obama Administration. The writer's opinions are not offered, leaving the readers to arrive at their own conclusions.

"Had this critical information been shared it could have been compiled with other intelligence and a fuller, clearer picture of the suspect would have emerged. The warning signs would have triggered red flags and the suspect would have never been allowed to board that plane for America." __Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, December 29, 2009

Day328/Dec17th/Thursday: On orders from the President, the United States military launched cruise missiles against two suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yemen. Source

The President sent these nominations to the United States Senate:

Gary Blumenthal, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the National Council on Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2010

Gwendolyn E. Boyd, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation for a term expiring August 11, 2014

Chester Alonzo Finn, of New York, to be a Member of the National Council on Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2012

Sara A. Gelser, of Oregon, to be a Member of the National Council on Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2011

Peggy Goldwater-Clay, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation for a term expiring June 5, 2012. (Reappointment)

Marie Collins Johns, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration

David T. Matsuda, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration

Ari Ne'eman, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Council on Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2012

Dongwoo Joseph Pak, of California, to be a Member of the National Council on Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2012

Carol Jean Reynolds, of Colorado, to be a Member of the National Council on Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2010

Fernando Torres-Gill, of California, to be a Member of the National Council on Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2011

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.

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