Obama Advisers Will Keep Tabs on Bush Economic Summit
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.
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