What He Said:
“I’m looking forward to co-operating with the President-elect in building a new global society in which the advancement of people - their homes, jobs, savings and pensions - is always put first.”
Gordon Brown, November 9th 2008.
What He Means:
We have two sources of information: actions and rhetoric — more accurately, “soaring rhetoric,” to borrow the standard phrase. The most important actions are selection of staff. The first selection was for vice-President: Joe Biden, the strongest supporter of the Iraq invasion among Senate Democrats, putting aside his record as Senator for Delaware, a favored corporate headquarters. The second was the crucial position of chief of staff: Rahm Emanuel, the strongest supporter of the Iraq invasion among House Democrats, at the right-wing of the party on most other issues. Both are long-term Washington insiders. The transition team is headed by John Podesta, Clinton’s chief of staff. Leading figures in the economic team are Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers, who had a substantial role in creating the current financial crisis. The rhetoric is “change” and “hope.”