To: President-Elect Barack Obama
From: Lewis Shepherd
RE: My Imminent Selection as Chief Technology Officer for the United States
Mr. President-Elect, I am hereby reluctantly but insistently withdrawing my name from consideration as your appointment to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer for our nation.
No, no, please don’t try to persuade me otherwise. My decision is final.
Analysis: My earlier post about John Brennan being President-elect Obama’s “imminent” selection as CIA director is now a curio, given Brennan’s decision yesterday to withdraw from consideration.
Like any good intelligence analyst writing a balanced assessment, I had included the caveat that the only thing standing between Brennan and the appointment was the likelihood of a last-minute political squabble or contretemps.
This being Washington we’re talking about, that is precisely what happened.
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