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30 November 2008 @ 09:07 pm
Amused by trivia  
An aside at fivethirtyeight.com:

"Technically, Obama will be sworn in January 20, 2009, but nobody disputes that an impotent George Bush has essentially curled into a fetal ball in the face of the massive economic crisis and that Obama is acting as de facto President."

Charlotte (CLB)'s LJberkeleyfarm on December 1st, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Or, why I keep reading 538 ;).
flarenutflarenut on December 1st, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
If only. Obama has all the responsibility of a president (look at all the talking heads blaming him for the stock market) with only advisory power. I loved the notion that Cheney and Bush should resign after appointing him Secretary of State so that he could take office for real.
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flarenutflarenut on December 2nd, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
The column I saw assumed that Pelosi (and whoever else, president pro tempore of the senate i think) would waive their succession rights, which they could probably do by taking office and immediately resigning...

SoS is the first executive-branch position after potus and veep (sounds like a 70s road movie) in the line of succession, hence the relevant one to be reached by appointment rather than election.