Obama Transition Takes Issue With AP Report
By Garance Franke-Ruta
The Obama-Biden transition office this morning issued an unusual -- and unusually campaign-like -- statement pushing back against an Associated Press report on its transition efforts.
The A.P. had reported that "a senior administration official said former Secretary of State Warren Christopher would advise Obama on his State Department transition" -- a description meaning that a Bush administration figure, rather than an Obama-Biden transition one, was the source.
Obama-Biden Presidential Transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter, who was quoted in the original A.P. story, said in the additional statement: "Secretary Christopher is deeply respected in the United States and throughout the international community. However, he is not playing a role in the transition process.
"There's a lot of disinformation out there. We're working hard to put the agency review teams together and expect they'll be announced this week and inside the agencies by the end of the week."
The original story also suggested that former senator Sam Nunn would have a prominent formal role in the process, describing him "as the leader of Obama's defense transition," attributing that to anonymous sources.
Said Cutter in the push-back statement: "Senator Sam Nunn will play an informal senior advisor role throughout the defense transition process. His expertise and the respect he has earned will be invaluable to ensure a smooth transition."
Posted at 10:59 AM ET on Nov 12, 2008
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