From today's NY Times --
At a two-hour meeting at the White House last Saturday, Thomas E. Donilon, the national security adviser; William M. Daley, the White House chief of staff, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta; and other officials coalesced around a strategy to start trying to ease Mr. Mubarak out, an official said.
So the greatest power in the world, faced with a crisis the outcome of which will likely determine the future of the Middle East for decades to come, brought together:
Thomas E. Donilon -- before becoming National Security Adviser, a registered lobbyist for Fannie Mae (which is a privately owned bank), and a corporate attorney
William M. Daley -- before becoming White House Chief of Staff, a businessman and brother of the boss of the Daley machine which runs Chicago
Hillary Rodham Clinton -- before becoming Secretary of State, wife of a President who seldom slept with her and a US Senator who specialized in women's and children's issues. Also the Secretary of State who lost us the crucial air force base in Uzbekistan from which sorties into Afghanistan were flown.
Leon Panetta -- before becoming Director of CIA, a congressman from San Jose and general political hack responsible for imposing political agendas on government agencies
Barack Hussein Obama -- before becoming President, a Daley machine stooge who was elected because he is a fine speaker and black.
Not one of them can find Egypt on a map. Isn't it wonderful that the affairs of the Republic are in such good hands?