All Quiet on the White House Front
By Ben Pershing
A meeting between the two most powerful men in the world produced remarkably little news Monday, as President Bush and Barack Obama came together in a time of crisis to agree on one thing -- the importance of speaking in platitudes.
What did 43 and 44 actually discuss during their private session in the Oval Office? The meeting has been essentially leak-free; maybe Obama really will change Washington, and the political press will go out of business. Or maybe they didn't discuss anything at all and just watched Sportscenter. Either way, the moment appears lost to history.
While Obama honors veterans today in Chicago, transition honcho John Podesta -- occasionally known as "Skippy" -- will brief reporters today in D.C. on the status of that effort. The Cabinet selection process remains essentially silent, though an increased focus on the plight of the auto industry has boosted speculation in some quarters that Jennifer Granholm might make her way into the administration, perhaps at Energy. Another prominent woman who could land a plum administration job: Patti Solis Doyle, whose selection would only add to the ongoing Clinton-Obama soap opera.
Posted at 8:17 AM ET on Nov 11, 2008
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