Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bay Area Lawmakers Among Obama's Worst Frenemies

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 8:20 AM

click to enlarge us_senator_dianne_AFP_thumb_299x336.jpg

Bay Area residents rejoicing over the historic inauguration of Barack Obama might want to take heed of an assessment of their elected representatives featured yesterday on Politico, the political news Web site.

Writer Glenn Thrush posted a top-ten list of Democrats who pose a threat to Obama's agenda. As it turns out, this elite group is stacked with legislators from the Golden State. Three Californians are on Obama's potential "White House Frenemies List," including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (No. 2), Rep. Henry A. Waxman (No. 4) of Los Angeles, and the East Bay's Rep. Barbara Lee (No. 8). (Pictured are Feinstein, right, and Lee.) No other state offered more than one.

click to enlarge barbaralee_thumb_200x246.jpg

Whatever you make of Politico's assessment, there's no denying that California pols have been quite visible in the first days of the Obama presidency. One of the principal dramas of the transition period was Feinstein's tantrum over Obama's selection of former Monterey Congressman Leon Panetta as CIA director.

On Tuesday, more West Coast pageantry was offered up on the national stage: Among the prominent attendees at the inauguration in Washington, D.C., were state Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Needless to say, Bill O'Reilly was thrilled.   

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , ,

About The Author

Peter Jamison


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • Phish at the Bill Graham Auditorium
    Phish is in the midst of a block of sold out shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (October 27-29). The Monday night concert featured a rare first set opener of “Walfredo” with the band members switching instruments for the song. The evening’s highlights included John Fishman and his iconic vacuum cleaner solo and favorites such as Chalk Dust Torture, Slave to the Traffic Light, Axilla, Rift, 2001 Space Odyssey, and Maze. The show also featured Phish’s debut of a, seemingly impromptu, version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to with roaring approval of the, singing along, crowd. With Game 6 being tonight, partying Phish fans will join Giants fans in Civic Center Plaza where there will be a World Series viewing party on a large screen set up by the City. Photography by Jamie Soja.
  • The 4th Annual Masquerotica 2014 - NSFW
    The theme this year was Carnaval Mystique for the 4th Annual Masquerotica at The Factory. Attendees were entertained by strip dance, trapeze, and live music. Photographs by Calibree Photography.