Late Night: Jon Bon Jovi Scores Key Presidential Post

Wow, at last the citizens of America can breathe a collective sigh of relief: A post on the new, much-needed White House Council for Community Solutions has been filled by scholar, author, statesman and noted world traveler Jon Bon Jovi.

The 25-member panel–established in 2009 by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to provide advice on the

best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs

includes eBay CEO John Donahoe, Starbucks Vice President Paula Boggs and Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin.

Ideally, unemployment figures will drop soon, as there are one-in-five posts still unfilled in the Obama Administration, reports AOLNews, which also quoted a HuffPo report, noting that only

39.8 percent of Obama’s judges have been confirmed, compared to 76 percent for George W. Bush and 89 percent for Bill Clinton at the same juncture in their presidencies.

AOLNews continues with:

The problem also has been aggravated by a proliferation of presidential appointees requiring Senate confirmation. When Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, he filled 295 core policy jobs in Cabinet departments and executive agencies. Obama had 422 such positions and a total of 1,177 full-time appointments that required Senate confirmation.

I wonder if any of those gigs are telecommuter positions?

75 Responses to "Late Night: Jon Bon Jovi Scores Key Presidential Post"
Suzanne | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:01 pm 1

lisa!


DrDick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:03 pm 2

Lisa!

Let me know when Springsteen gets a gig.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:05 pm 3

Alas, Bon Jovi did not make it into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, yet again.


DrDick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:12 pm 4
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 3

I am sort of surprised that Obama did not appoint Ted Nugent. It would have been the bipartisan thing to do and in keeping with his economic and foreign policy teams.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:15 pm 5
In response to DrDick @ 4

Ted Nugent is getting a post on the Wildlife Conservancy board.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:16 pm 6

Not a legal scholar but do we want Obama’s judges confirmed?


DrDick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:17 pm 7
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 5

I heard it was a joint appointment with the Arms Control Commission.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:17 pm 8
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 5

Maybe he can teach kids how to avoid the draft?


DrDick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:20 pm 9
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 8

I thought that was Dick Cheney’s job. He is the leading expert on the subject.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:20 pm 10

3. Mr. Nugent has had a very colorful personal life. He lacks a college education, so he, Todd Palin, Glen Beck, and Rush Limbaugh have a common bond. By his own account Nugent has urinated on a nun. He stopped all forms of personal hygiene for a month and showed up for his draft board physical in pants caked with his own urine and feces. In 1978, when Ted was 30, he was involved romantically with a 17 year old girl.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/malia-litman/the-common-bond-between-d_b_564288.html

Sarah should be a bit more careful of her friends and watch her daughters.


TarheelDem | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:20 pm 11

I guess that Toby Keith or George Hamilton IV weren’t available.


DrDick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:21 pm 12
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 10

What makes you think Sarah cares about her daughters?


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:21 pm 13

4. Famous quotes by Mr. Nugent include:

On Apartheid:
Apartheid isn’t that cut and dry. All men are not created equal. The
preponderance of South Africa is a different breed of man. I mean that with
no disrespect. I say that with great respect. I love them because I’m one of
them. They are still people of the earth, but they are different. They still
put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their
butts with their hands. — Detroit Free Press Magazine

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/malia-litman/the-common-bond-between-d_b_564288.html

If we can get pictures of Sarah and Ted together:)


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:24 pm 14
In response to DrDick @ 12

Urine and feces Draft Dodger boy holding hands with Bristol I doubt even the Tea Baggers could stomach that Sarah cares that her daughters look good to the press to help her image.
Its all about Sarah.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:26 pm 15

Can Obama do recess appointments I know he wants to respect the Senate but if he keeps this up nothing will ever get done with the GOP taking charge soon.


Margaret | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:28 pm 16

I’m surprised Ben Stein isn’t taking over for Larry Summers.


Margaret | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:29 pm 17
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 15

Can Obama do recess appointments I know he wants to respect the Senate but if he keeps this up nothing will ever get done with the GOP taking charge soon.

You’re assuming he cares.


DrDick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:29 pm 18
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 15

The appointments only have to go through the Senate, which nominally remains in Democratic control. The House, which the Republicans will control has no say in confirmations. The problem is Reid and the arcane and profoundly anti-democratic rules of the Senate.


DrDick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:30 pm 19
In response to Margaret @ 17

Yeah, that is also a problem.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:30 pm 20

best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs

Non Profits like some charter schools? Like Bill Frists Charity where his political advisers all had cushy jobs?
The Red States give more to charity than us but their religious schools tend not to produce great students.
Look at life span, infant mortality rates, crime, poverty in the Red States vs us.
We tax more trust the government more and get better results. There is a reason why people leave the farm and go to cities and the burbs its called better jobs, better access to healthcare etc.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:31 pm 21
In response to Margaret @ 17

What kind of a Man likes being made a Punk? Ok simple answers to simple questions:)


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:33 pm 22
In response to DrDick @ 18

Harry can’t get a simple majority maybe he could have said until the judges are all confirmed no vote on war spending? Or whether tanning is covered by the House healthcare plan?


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:35 pm 23

best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs

Right business friendly Right to Work States are so attractive to workers/s


spanishinquisition | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:35 pm 24
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 15

When did the GOP stop being in charge?…Carter era?


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:36 pm 25
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 10

Like me, Rush attended college, just didnt graduate


DrDick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:36 pm 26
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 22

Harry has a number of tools at his disposal to move the appointments through that he will not use. The holds are good example and a major reason many appointees have not been confirmed. Reid does not have to honor the holds, though they generally are. I doubt that the Republicans would do so if it were a Republican president.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:37 pm 27

Bon Jovi is a face maybe Obama wants him to be the Dem Arnold. Reagan put steroid boy on the physical fitness thing to be a Role Model.
Bon Jovi at least can inspire people to play guitar and have the courage to make questionable fashion choices.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:40 pm 28
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 23

So this new 25 person board, like all the other boards, needs to have people appointed by the President?


ratfood | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:41 pm 29

“The concept of the rock-guitar solo in the eightees has pretty much been reduced to: Weedly-weedly-wee, make a face, hold your guitar like it’s your weenie, point it heavenward, and look like you’re really doing something. Then, you get a big ovation while the the smoke bombs go off and the motorized lights in your truss twirl around…”
-Frank Zappa


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:41 pm 30
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 27

ROFL!


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:42 pm 31
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 25

No Lisa you obviously learned something Rush however found he can’t just make stuff up and expect to pass. I don’t care for fancy degrees just facts.
If you lie about facts like Bush does then I assume he didn’t earn his degree which makes him worse than Rush in my book.
But as far as damage done a lie is a lie who ever says it.


DrDick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:46 pm 32

Think I will cal it an early night. Grading papers is wearing me down to a nubbin, but the end is in sight. Hopefully I will be free by Friday afternoon. Take care all.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:47 pm 33
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 28

I think Presidential Commissions that make reports that are ignored and never heard from don’t need Senate Confirmation.
Think of them as lame Status Symbols that get you into cocktail weenie parties with a bunch of old white guys trying to be hip and pick up chicks.


Suzanne | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:47 pm 34

g’nite dr dick


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:48 pm 35

Nite Dr Dick its always a good talk. I wonder what your classes are like:)


Adam503 | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:49 pm 36

I told y’all Bon Joni was political up-and-comer. He did a awful lot of political fund-raisers and campaign appearances for Dems the last two Pres. cycles for both Kerry and Obama

I don’t know if he’s interested in running for anything. Probably not. He does care about issues, though.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:49 pm 37

Night Dr D


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:50 pm 38

Maybe the Dem master plan the 13 dimensional Chess move is to have the GOP deny Bon Jovi a seat and thus loose the youth vote the 40 and over vote.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:51 pm 39
In response to Adam503 @ 36

I’ll give him that, definitely.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 08:51 pm 40
In response to Adam503 @ 36

What issues I am willing to discuss his stands on the issues what ever they are if he has good ideas cool. I doubt though that Presidential Commissions do anything though.


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:00 pm 41

Bon Jovi? Cool! Hey, I’m a Jersey guy. You know, you can take the guy out of Jersey but you can’t take…. you know. And NJ needs someone with the prseident’s ample ear. NJ hasn’t had somebody with so much influence since Christy Whitman was Bush’s EPA director.


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:02 pm 42
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 41

NJ hasn’t had somebody with so much influence since Christy Whitman was Bush’s EPA director

Understated Snark of the day award!


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:05 pm 43
In response to DrDick @ 32

night dr. dick


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:07 pm 44

Ok just how is this commission suppose to work Jane twigged the Catfood Commission’s purpose early on do we have any intel on what they are suppose to do or is this another joke of a commission.
Like having Bill Bennett a 10 year 8 million dollar gambling addict being Bush’s drug czar to wait for it…stop drug addiction.


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:13 pm 45

not to go all OT or anything. But it’s gonna be 25 here tonight!!!!


ThingsComeUndone | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:18 pm 46
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 45

What state are you in is there windchill 25 is bad for Florida and means orange juice prices go up 25 in Wisconsin means I don’t wear a hat on a Late Nite smoke break. Speaking of which:)


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:20 pm 47
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 45

Off topic is a Late Night staple!


Suzanne | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:22 pm 48

that’s cold, especially for florida bfl… brrrr


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:30 pm 49
In response to DrDick @ 32

Cheers DrDick! Take heart!


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:32 pm 50

Hey Lisa,
Off topic, it is 19 degrees here in Cleveland!


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:33 pm 51
In response to Suzanne @ 48

yeah. wind chill will reach high teens in some places. arguing with my sister. it’s colder in PA but I say it’s “really” colder for me because I have to go out in the morning – before the sun – and wait on the highway for a fucking bus. she sits in front of a toasty fire. so there I’ll be tomorrow. like today. polo shirt + sweater + flannel baseball jersey + sportcoat + scarf + overcoat. it’ll be 50 by lunch so I’ll have to peel some of that away when i go out. don’t worry about the oranges. i always get Cali oranges. don’t like FL oranges. few years ago we had The Great Citrus Canker.


ratfood | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:35 pm 52
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 45

It’s 8 here right now, s’posed to reach 6. That’s 3 degrees warmer than last night, without the high winds so projected windchill tonight merely in the single negative digits. Have only had to run the snowblower twice since my foot surgery. Evidently my prayers for a mild winter have been answered…


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:35 pm 53

oh shit! it’s late! where did the time go? gotta turn in. good night, pups. will be talkin’ to you. or you all as they say in The City Beautiful. Bumpkins.


tammanytiger | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:36 pm 54

It could be worse. President McCain would have appointed Poison to head the FDA (he has no idea it’s more than one person).


Petrocelli | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:37 pm 55
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 50

Lisa !

Toronto was -13F yesterday and most of today. It’s a balmy 10F now … time to get out the BBQ …


Suzanne | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:38 pm 56

g’nite bfl


lsls | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:38 pm 57

It’s 73 here in Central Texas…oh yeah, in the house…too cold to go outside to check what it is out there. Heh.


beowulf | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:39 pm 58

In Article II, the Appointments Power clause ends with:
the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

Once the President has his 20 or so cabinet officers appointed and confirmed by the Senate (which is usually completed soon after Inauguration), there’s really no reason that any “inferior officers” (in this context, sub-cabinet officials) should ever require Senate confirmation. Congress could pass a law that cabinet officers can directly appoint all officials in their departments. While they’re at it, Congress could place independent councils or boards under one Department or another, one of the tests of an “inferior officer” is that there’s a senior officer over them. Naturally, in most cases, the President would instruct the cabinet officer who to appoint.

Since all but a few of a handful of the 1600 political appointees are inferior officers anyway, once they clear their FBI background check (which takes a month or so), there’s no practical reason they can’t start working right away. Instead, current law requires that they must often wait months for the Senate to hold hearings, clear the anonymous holds and then maybe someday voting on confirmation. Its absurd that two years into the Administration, 20% of the President’s appointments are still unfilled.


Petrocelli | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:40 pm 59
In response to lsls @ 57

{{{ LS }}}


lsls | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:41 pm 60
In response to Petrocelli @ 59

(((((Petro)))))


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:42 pm 61
In response to Petrocelli @ 55

Oh my stars! We have snow everywhere including all the windows and doors. Welcome winter for six months.


Petrocelli | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:42 pm 62
In response to lsls @ 60

Gakstrong grip ya got there*g*


lsls | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:43 pm 63
In response to Petrocelli @ 62

LOL


Petrocelli | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:44 pm 64
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 61

Christine !

Not much snow here, yet. We got lucky with +temps, so it fell as rain.

But I’d like some of the white stuff for Christmas …


Adam503 | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:45 pm 65
In response to Petrocelli @ 55

Toronto: You probably got your coat and have a big grin on your face because of it, too.

Go curl something.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:52 pm 66
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 51

I am chilly here at 47!


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:52 pm 67
In response to Petrocelli @ 64

We will be three here for Christmas, and then the mister and I will fly to Phila. to see parents and sibs, but most importantly, the engagement party for my lovely son and his fiancee. The wedding in 2011 will be in Delaware at the same museum where MrCE and I were married in 1975.


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:53 pm 68

Heh, I wore a face/head cover this morning1


ratfood | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:56 pm 69
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 68

Lucky you’re not in France. :)


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 14, 2010 09:58 pm 70
In response to ratfood @ 69

Hey you, that’s funny! OMG it is fucking freezing here. I’m cleaning and cooking only to keep warm.


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday December 14, 2010 10:00 pm 71
In response to ratfood @ 69

Still, you know that I always wish I was in France. Sigh.


ratfood | Tuesday December 14, 2010 10:02 pm 72
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 70

I am so thankful to be able to heat and eat. I worry about those who are not so fortunate. Seems like it wasn’t until the last few years that I have realized just how dangerous winter can be.

Time to mosey, splendid evening to all.


ratfood | Tuesday December 14, 2010 10:04 pm 73
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 71

You’d always be okay in France, they have the finest vintages of antifreeze.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 14, 2010 10:08 pm 74

Night all and please remember those less fortunate not only during the holidays. But since it’s so damn cold during the holidays, it makes sense to do now the action you’ve remembered all year!


medicinecat | Wednesday December 15, 2010 11:24 am 75

Appoint Pete Seeger! He played at Obama’s inauguration.

Knowing Pete’s politics, he deeply, angrily regrets it.


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