Posted by Curt on 7 March, 2009 at 5:19 pm. 17 comments already!

Pretty clear that no one wants to be on his sinking ship:

Three of Barack Obama’s nominations for key government positions have withdrawn from the running on a single day in another blow to his faltering attempts to fill his administration.

They are the latest in a string a appointments to back out of senior jobs since he came to power just six weeks ago.

The nominee for deputy in the United States Treasury Department withdrew herself from consideration after weeks of intensive vetting

Annette Nazareth, a former senior staffer and commissioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission, was said to have made “a personal decision” to pull out.

She had faced criticism for her SEC role in creating what Mr Obama himself has lambasted as lax oversight of the banking industry and her confirmation hearing threatened to be contentious.

The gap leave Timothy Geithner, the US Treasury Secretary, battling the worst economist crisis since the Great Depression with none of his 17 deputies even named. Each one has to be confirmed by the US Senate, a process that usually takes weeks.

Paul Volcker, an Obama economic adviser and former Federal Reserve chairman, called the situation at the Treasury “shameful” last week. Mr Geithner has a 50-person “shadow cabinet” of intended appointees but they have no authority to take any decisions.

The other two, other then the one named in the article, are Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General and Caroline Atkinson for Undersecretary of International Affairs. It gets even better tho. Out of the 1,200 government appointees Obama gets to fill he has only filled 70 of them.

Will he make the “me so tired” excuse on this one also or could it be that reality has sunk in and no one wants to go down with the Titanic?