Things Are Different Now

It wasn’t all that long ago that the news media was lecturing President Bush on expecting support for his policies from the various agencies. They were telling him that he should tolerate dissent and not expect everyone to be supportive.

Obama Transition Teams Scrutinizing Federal Agencies

Wearing yellow badges and traveling in groups of 10 or more, agency review teams for President-elect Barack Obama have swarmed into dozens of government offices, from the Pentagon to the National Council on Disability.With pointed questions and clear ground rules, they are dissecting agency initiatives, poring over budgets and unearthing documents that may prove crucial as a new Democratic president assumes control. Their job is to minimize the natural tension between incoming and outgoing administrations, but their work also is creating anxiety among some Bush administration officials as the teams rigorously examine programs and policies

It appears that there is a different standard now.

Everybody is now expected to be supportive of the new President’s policies and dissenters can expect to be shown the door.

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