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Obama Advisers Will Keep Tabs on Bush Economic Summit

Madeline Albright.(Stephen Hird/Reuters)

Updated 3:43 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
President-elect Barack Obama may not be at President Bush's economic summit with world leaders this weekend, but that doesn't mean he won't know what's going on there.

Today, he tapped two Washington supporters to be his eyes and ears: former Republican Congressman Jim Leach (Iowa) and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who served under Democratic President Bill Clinton. They will be available to meet and talk to the international leaders invited by the president to the summit.

"President Bush should be commended for calling the summit," said Obama Senior Foreign Policy Advisor Denis McDonough. "There is one President at a time in the United States, so the President-elect has asked Secretary Albright and Congressman Leach, an experienced and bipartisan team, to be available meet with and listen to our friends and allies on his behalf."

Obama has declined to attend the summit for fear of sending mixed signals on foreign policy.

Aides declined to provide any details about who the pair will be meeting or when. But they said Albright and Leach would be reporting back to Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden after the summit is over.

Posted at 3:22 PM ET on Nov 12, 2008  | Category:  43
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Lets hope that Obama will choose to protect the United States over Global chaos. We need some protectionism, or at least a rest from the Global push to the obyss while the WMF and company figures out the mess.
I seriously question the insight of our leaders..the condition of our nation and our globe should not be this chaotic. Evidently the "plan" did not work.

Posted by: Jenn4 | November 13, 2008 10:29 AM

The inclusion of that ugly old Zionist Jew hooknose hag conveniently precludes any meaningful talks with foreign powers.

Posted by: omega_man | November 12, 2008 7:02 PM

Allbright!!!! This administration is sliding into the box it can't seem to think itself out of. Next to Rice Allbright is Bella Abzug with a tin foil hat on. New Blood!!!! Change... please.... pretty please. You guys in Chicago have stars in your eyes... and Allbright is not nor ever has been a star based on getting it done.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 12, 2008 7:00 PM


Once again, Congress rushed through emergency legislation -- socializing the capital markets, ceding effective control of the economy to the government.

Officials continue to blame lax lending policies on the part of the mortgage industry for spawning this crisis.

But were lenders ORDERED to offer "easy credit" to people "targeted" by government agencies?

Is government "extrajudicial targeting" of American citizens a root cause of the mortgage meltdown that spawned the broader financial crisis?

And is there a disinformation campaign underway to blame the Democrats, instead of ideologues who have hijacked federal agencies as their tool of "social engineering?"

Consider this: OR

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 12, 2008 3:30 PM

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