Here in Washington DC, a heavily Democratic city, there was undeniably a sense of jubilation on the streets after the election, such as this spontaneous celebration at 14th and U. And yesterday while I cycled home I saw something rare in front of the white house: a street musician.
While Obama supporters partied, the incoming administration has lost no time in lining people up for key positions. Already, rumors are flying about who will take over the beleaguered FDA and the agency that oversees the NIH, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog mentions Obma science advisor Harold Varmus as a candidate to head HHS, along with Howard Dean and former senator Tom Daschle. Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Steve Nissen, a prominent agency critic, may be in the mix for FDA head, according to the Wall Street Journal and the blog Pharmalot.