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Podesta to Outline New Rules for Lobbyists at Briefing

Updated 12:30 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
The head of the transition team for President-elect Barack Obama plans to unveil today new rules for the roles that lobbyists will play during the transition and as part of the new administration.

Obama had made a big deal during his campaign of rejecting the influence of lobbyists as part of his pitch for change in Washington. His campaign repeatedly accused Sen. John McCain of surrounding himself with Washington lobbyists.

Now, however, Obama has turned to several old Washington hands, including former Bill Clinton aide John Podesta and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who will be his chief of staff. Those choices have raised some questions about whether Obama will reach out to K Street for help as he builds his administration.

The new rules will be unveiled at a "pen and pad" briefing Podesta will hold with reporters at the campaign's new transition headquarters this afternoon.

This morning in Chicago, Obama will lay a wreath to honor the nation's fallen veterans.

Obama will be accompanied by Tammy Duckworth, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and a veteran of the Iraq war whose service cost her both of her legs.

Duckworth, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006, is thought to be one of the people Obama could choose to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She is also considered a contender for Obama's soon-to-be-vacated U.S. Senate seat, an appointment that will be made by Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.

The Veterans Day event begins what aides promised will be a relatively quiet week in Chicago, with no major announcements of Cabinet secretaries and no other public events.

His staff, however, is not taking time off. A news release said Podesta, who is on leave from his job as president of the Center for American Progress, will "provide an update on the presidential transition" today. As is customary, the so-called "pen and pad" briefing will not be televised.

Obama flew back to Chicago on Monday afternoon, following his first visit to the Oval Office for a meeting with President Bush and a tour of the White House.

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters on the plane that he expects his boss to stay in Chicago all week but added that Obama will likely take some short trips during the next several weeks. He said that around Christmastime, Obama may go to Hawaii, where he grew up and where his grandmother recently died.

The Obama family has traditionally traveled to Hawaii during the Christmas holiday, usually with friends. During the long Democratic primary battle, Gibbs joked with reporters that the sunny, exotic destination in itself was a reason for the press corps to hope for an eventual Obama victory.

Posted at 12:30 PM ET on Nov 11, 2008  | Category:  The Daybook
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"The terrorists will do all they can to destroy the flow of oil from the Middle East."

We need to stop the flow of oil from the Middle East. It's time to replace oil with something cleaner, and to stop funding terrorists so we can grow fat sitting around in cars. If we were really in a war on terrorism, we would be on a war footing here, including the imposition of serious conservation measures, even energy rationing. Just one fact that shows us that the "War on Terror" is a HOAX!

If Bush were really worried about terrorism, he would have taken steps to cut off their funding, beginning with our overindulgence in energy. Every time you buy gasoline, you fund terrorism, but Bush never saw fit to address that fact.

Seventy days more is still too long to put up with President Con-man.

Posted by: lonquest | November 11, 2008 5:08 PM

Forget the oil fields....start work on alternative power now, on the same scale we built planes and ships at the start of WWII. We should be able to create jobs and power from alternative sources within 3 years.

Posted by: JimB90069 | November 11, 2008 4:49 PM

I was wide eyed and happy to finally see Bill Clinton in the news as an important part of the new America.

As for the simpleton GWB, whatever he had to say is just so much garbage. Sometime there is a small advantage to being deaf! Thats my Perc, between Bush and the PotBull the statements = ZERO, and anyway who is listening to all their HOT AIR. Two deadbeats! - but dangerous . Obama we know will have his hands full and whatever G says will probably go in one ear and out the other. He hasen't said an intellegent thing in 8 years.

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | November 11, 2008 2:41 PM

The "loyal" opposition has not left this site. We'll be here to monitor Obama's every move. Let's take energy for example. The terrorists will do all they can to destroy the flow of oil from the Middle East. 40% of the world's oil comes from there. We have no alternative energy to replace this and Obama is going along with the environmentlists on drilling. What is going to happen when and if a disaster strikes? Obama is a strong supporter of domestic ethanol, a useless, costly product. The government subsidy (5 billion) that supports this product goes to rich farmers that support Obama and the Democrats. We are facing possible destruction of the oil fields and no viable alternative energy product to replace oil for years. You Obama supporters better pray the oil fields in Saudi Arabia are not put out of action. If that happens, Obama's presidency will be over as well as life as we know it in America.

Posted by: saelij | November 11, 2008 2:24 PM

I still can't get over the fact that the mainstream media - supposedly in the tank for liberal causes - hasn't educated the American people about the blatant hypocrisy of the Republicans, who supposedly love freemarkets... at least almost as much as their $500 dinners with their favorite lobbyist friends who make hundreds of thousands peddling influence and gaming the so-called 'free' markets.

Some of that (hate) ink spilled on the Ayres non-issue could have been used for a special report on lobbyists and freemarkets...

But the media is just oh-so-liberal... Yeah, right. You guys are sneaky- is Kaiser Soze the editor-in-chief here?

Bush & co. ran the economy into the ground. McCain and Palin stoked up such hatred against Obama that he was in serious jeopardy. And you guys are trying to play both sides of that fence? What is wrong is wrong. And you folks need to re-discover your moral compass.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 11, 2008 1:57 PM

So does this mean Podesta's brother Tony gets nowhere near the White House? He runs one of the biggest lobbying firms in D.C.

Posted by: rkinneypa | November 11, 2008 1:45 PM

I cannot help but notice how the Obama haters have left this site..for the most part.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WORLD!!

Posted by: sheridan1 | November 11, 2008 1:28 PM

THE ALOHA WHITE HOUSE...

You heard the term here first.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION REALLY MATTER? Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial "vigilante injustice" squads are "community/gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens
OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 11, 2008 1:28 PM

Obama visited Iraq once and only visited with high ranking officials and politicians, not troops who were fighting. He then found himself on the way back to Iraq after McCain critisized him for it and his "get out now" policy, and he did with Katie Couric and other high profile news media journalists. I would rather have him not do anything. I served during the Clinton years and I could never be more insulted to have a draft dodger standing in front of the media with us in the background during a speech to honor and remember Pearl Harbor. He cut our funding for ammo and armour and every aspect of pay and training. So too plans Obama.

Posted by: slinkyguy | November 11, 2008 1:06 PM

OBAMA have to begin to do is duty as WORLD PRESIDENT....


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | November 11, 2008 8:22 AM

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