I have been repeatedly emailed and asked my thoughts on Trump’s picks so far for his cabinet, and I have not commented on it to date for one very simple reason. I think we need to give the guy some time. Nobody went after Bobo Obama this early, criticizing all of his picks. They fawned over each like they were God-inspired. I say give Trump time. But the requests continued, so I’ll meet you half way and talk about one of them…probably the most unlikely candidate for the cabinet, Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.
For the last ten years I’ve known of Rex Tillerson because he was the head of ExxonMobil, and I’ve had stock in that company for an awfully long time. He’s done a great job with one of the world’s largest companies. I have nothing bad to say about the guy regarding his corporate America stint. He’s been president of the Boy Scouts of America, and he’s served on numerous boards and committees in his industry and in business in general. Overall, Rex Tillerson is a stand-up guy (unless you’re some liberal wacko who doesn’t believe oil company CEO’s should be allowed to breathe oxygen).
How will Rex Tillerson do as Secretary of State? That’s a question I cannot answer. Does he have ties to certain countries? Yup. He’s drilled in over 100 of them. Let’s face it…the guy ran a company larger than a lot of countries, and did so successfully for 10 years. You have to give him credit for that. He knows world leaders, and that can’t be all bad.
People like Nancy “Let’s pass the bill so we can see what’s in the bill” Pelosi say he shouldn’t be confirmed as Secretary of State because…and I want to make sure I get this left-field wacky quote of hers right here…”the position of Secretary of State is a ‘revered’ position”. Really? Revered Nancy? I really don’t think so. Look at the last two people to fill that slot. One was a bumbling idiot who only cared about traveling to the tonier places in Europe where he could bike some steeper hills between meetings, and his predecessor was too busy worrying about which countries were giving money for pay-to-play to be worried about solving any of the world’s problems. Compared to those two, Tillerson is going to be amazing.
Will he be the best Secretary of State we’ve known in history? Probably not. But he won’t be the embarrassment that we’ve seen in the past eight years. He will most likely run Foggy Bottom like he ran ExxonMobil, professionally, carefully, and judiciously. Democrats of course, don’t like that because he’s going to show the world what crap we’ve had in that position with John “I served in Vietnam” Kerry, and Hillary “How much can I get for this?” Clinton. And besides, they’re going to have to choose very carefully who they DON’T want on Trump’s cabinet. The Senate has to confirm, and usually only gets one of the cabinet nominees to shoot down. If they go after Tillerson, they’re going to have to give up on Scott Pruitt, who’s been tabbed to run the EPA (even though he’s currently suing the agency as the Oklahoma Attorney General). So, choose wisely, Dems. And be careful…you may just find that Rex Tillerson is better at this position than anybody you could foist upon the American public!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!