list of czars from previously presidents on Wikipedia while researching something completely different and thought it would be interesting.
I had never heard of a czar being used in any presidency since JFK; in fact, the first time I heard the term applied to any U.S. presidential administration was during the current one. So, you can imagine my surprise to find that not only did G.W. Bush use czars, he had the most - 46 - compared to President Obama's 35 while Clinton had 10. FDR used 19 czars while all other presidents between FDR and Clinton used between 0 to 6 czars.
In eight years, the only czar I'd heard of under GWB was his Communications Czar, Dan Bartlett, but I never heard the term "czar" applied to him (either than or I just wasn't pay attention). But of President Obama's czars, I've heard of Van Jones (Green Jobs), Richard Holbrooke (AfPak), Ron Bloom (car/manufacturing), Herbert Allison (bank bailout/TARP), Kenneth Feinberg (pay/compensation) and Paul Volcker (economics), all within the first 10 months of his presidency.
Again, maybe I just wasn't paying close enough attention way back then, but dang!!!! Either I was way out of touch back then or else the Conservatives have been hitting hard at President Obama's aids/advisors.
I'd hardly call the president having 11 fewer czars than his predecessor "unprecedented" especially considering that GWB had the most czars in his administration since FDR.
Last edited by Objective Voice; 10-21-09 at 11:34 AM.
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Do you remember a Bush Czar determining the pay of any American employed in private industry?
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)