President Obama's second-term shift
Nominations signal change in White House policies
- Duration 5:00
- Date Jan 30, 2013
Nominations signal change in White House policies
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-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Who stay in and what does it mean in terms of policy going forward let's talk to former democratic congressman.
And brand new Fox News contributor Dennis Kucinich good morning to you sir.
Good morning Steve good to -- I think it's good have you and for you to be part of the Fox News and we thank you.
So let's take a look at who is out with the president's cabinet Hillary Clinton out.
Plots out Summers out daily is out -- out General Jones -- -- -- out.
Gates is out -- is out.
So -- and I Jackson -- out then let's take a look at who's in Jack Lew Denis McDonough John and -- was confirmed yesterday and Chuck Hagel although that could be quite a fight.
What does that lineup CDU.
About the next four years I continuity with Wall Street.
Perhaps a shift in foreign policy.
It also says that the president is look into people we trust.
That they have about this president that needs to be understood.
Is that he's -- to appoint people who may have opposed him you have to realize he appointed Hillary Clinton he appointed Joseph Biden.
I now he has appointed John Kerry these are all people read against him for president grant -- -- Republican.
So the president will appoint people who disagree with him but at the same time he -- -- board who he believes he can trust.
Look at Dennis McDonough now who's going to be the chief of staff.
You've raised him up by the National Security Council.
Sure what about some critics and there's a picture of mr.
McDonough right there -- -- critics who say you know -- -- he's control freak and he winds up getting rid of people who -- -- he's got a problem with.
Where is the president of the United States he's got yes and make the decisions ultimately.
I I dealt with the president on the health care issue.
And frankly wouldn't -- G had his opinion.
He stayed -- that and ultimately prevailed.
So I think that he has a record ditch that is informed and south that says if I hang in there I can win.
I at the same time you look at Libya if you had Joseph Biden admiral Mullen.
Secretary Gates and some others who said don't go there he went there anyway you know so he's -- -- so you know he's someone who will follow his own life.
And at the same time.
He's still is someone who will listen to people may disagree -- Well he he can have a brand new cabinet but it I read a number of the books about what goes on during this White House and it sounds like.
The first is really calling the shots is Valerie Jarrett -- -- his trusted advisor who.
Does a lot of stuff behind the scenes there in the west wing.
Valerie Jarrett has tremendous influence as well she showed she's very close to the president.
But on the other hand I've seen it again and again this president is calling the shots he's making the decisions even at a cabinet level a cabinet official.
Tend to have a portfolio.
But if he goes against the president's policy.
He or she will be in trouble so I think that you're looking at a presidency.
Where there's going to be consistency.
With respect to Wall Street -- I may object to that.
And the -- And there'll be some slight changes in foreign policy that could be good if it keeps -- out of these wars let me ask you this what about.
In an interview with the new republic the president said.
He essentially blamed DC gridlock on Fox News and Rush Limbaugh he.
You know he wants.
The entire media to all agree with him.
Well the New York Times has pointed out that you have -- 199.
Districts that are solid Republican.
And about a 152.
I think there's a number that solidly Democrat.
Now the American people are making the choice is as far as who's elected district by district.
They also elected Barack Obama president of the United States our constitution provides for representatives.
And they have to represent their district.
So it's about the district -- -- you know -- I don't remember Ronald Reagan or George W.
Bush and you know if only the New York Times would agree with everything I say I could get stuff done.
Well I think that President Obama has -- tapped his transformational leader.
And and energies.
And appeal to people who may disagree with him I mean he has said.
Capability certainly someone who has demonstrated.
An ability to reach out it's not I think and this is one of the reasons by the way out on a much lesser scale.
But this is why I'm -- fox.
I know there's an audience out there that you not agree with me but it's important to communicate with people who don't see if you can get them to change their minds and that's right yet we've we've.
Since the very beginning we've had both sides and that's why we're number one and we're gonna stay number one now that you're part of a team.
Congressman thank you very much for joining us live today.
Thank you very much.