Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Why I Stopped Blogging

After months of waiting, I can finally announce the reason why I have stopped blogging:

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts: Jeffrey Feltman, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; Charles A. Hurley, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation; Robert O. Work, Under Secretary of the Navy, Department of the Navy, Department of Defense; and Charles A. Blanchard, General Counsel, Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense.

President Obama said, “I am confident that the skill and dedication these individuals bring to their roles will serve the American people well as we work to keep our nation safe at home and abroad. I am grateful that they have chosen to serve and look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals today:

. . .

Charles A. Blanchard, Nominee for General Counsel, Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense

Charles Blanchard is a litigation partner in the Phoenix, AZ office of Perkins Coie. During the Clinton administration, he served as the General Counsel of the U.S. Army (1999 - 2001) and Chief Counsel of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (1997 - 1999). Before assuming in those positions, he practiced law at Brown & Bain, P.A. (1988 - 1997) and served as Arizona State Senator (1991 - 1995). He also previously served as Associate Independent Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel James McKay (1987 - 1988). Mr. Blanchard has clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the DC Circuit and for Justice O'Connor. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School.



I really enjoyed blogging here--and expecially the virtual friends I met on the way (many of whom live near Washington, D.C. and so who I can now soon meet in the flesh if the Senate confirms my nomination).

14 comments:

James F. McGrath said...

Congratulations! I hope it all goes well, and I hope you'll keep in touch with those of us who continue to blog, even if you aren't able to do so yourself!

santospopsicles said...

Congrats!

I am glad you'll be in our neck of the woods...glad to see that you've been tapped for this important job.

Blessings in Holy Week,

Good wishes for the transition into the Beltway!

Peter Carey+

Chuck Blanchard said...

Thanks to you both--who were exactly who I had in mind when I spoke of virtual friends. I remain an avid reader of both Exploring Our Matrix and Santos Woodcarving Popsicles.

God Bless you both.

Kay said...

Congratulations! I never commented much, nor am I a fellow blogger....But I was a regular reader. While I'm sad to see this blog go, I'm glad that you have this opportunity and will take your skills and insight to such a important position. God bless you and yours in your new adventure. Kay

Chuck Blanchard said...

Thanks Kay! I am excited by the new opportunity should I be confirmed by the Senate.

Mary Clara said...

Chuck, I have missed your posts these last months. Warmest congratulations on your appointment. You will be in my prayers as you go through the confirmation process and (hopefully) the move to the Washington area.

Are you sure you can't maintain your blog, on a reduced schedule? At least you must post news of the confirmation and your moving date.

Maybe we will bump into each other in D.C.

MadPriest said...

F**king hell!!!

Which is English for "Wow!!!"

jarsofwater said...

What Kay said. Except I'm a blogger.

Doug Chaplin said...

Belated congratulations: sorry I didn't pick this up at the time.

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Be blessed! Congrats!

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