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Obama Announces Transition Team -- and Web Site


John Podesta

Updated 5:09 p.m.
By Shailagh Murray and Chris Cillizza
CHICAGO -- President-elect Barack Obama unveiled his transition operation today, as Democratic sources said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, was seriously considering an offer to serve as White House chief of staff.

Emanuel has long been considered a front-runner for chief of staff if Obama won. The Illinois congressman is one of the rising stars within the Democratic Party. He worked for President Bill Clinton, was elected to a Chicago-area seat in 2002 and served as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 2006 election, in which Democrats moved back to the majority.

Through that tenure, Emanuel has built a reputation as one of the savviest political minds in the party and also one of the most confrontational. His tactics and approach earned him the name "Rahmbo."

In pursuing Emanuel, Obama is sending a message to Capitol Hill that he recognizes the need to work with them by selecting one of their own but that he also will not be afraid to play tough -- Emanuel's trademark.

The "Obama-Biden Transition Project" will be overseen by former White House chief of staff John D. Podesta; Obama friend and senior campaign adviser Valerie Jarrett; and Pete Rouse, Obama's former Senate chief of staff and top campaign aide, officials said today. It will occupy offices in Washington and in a federal building in Chicago.

The transition co-chairs will work with an advisory board stacked with Clinton veterans and Obama and Joe Biden allies and confidants. On the list: former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Carol Browner; Obama friend and former Commerce Secretary William Daley, University of California-Berkeley law school dean Christopher Edley; Obama law school friends and advisers Michael Froman and Julius Genachowski; former Gore domestic policy adviser Donald Gips; Governor Janet Napolitano; former transportation secretary Federico Peña; Obama national security adviser Susan Rice and Sonal Shah of Google.org.

Mark Gitenstein and Ted Kaufman, old friends to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., will serve as co-chairs of his transition team.

Later today, the Obama team will launch www.change.gov, a transition news Web site.

At the White House today, President Bush said his administration was preparing for the transition. He called Obama's victory a "triumph of the American story" and pledged "complete cooperation" with him during the upcoming transition.

"All Americans can be proud of the history that was made yesterday," Bush said, focusing on the broader implications of a vote that swept his own Republican Party from power. "Across the country, citizens voted in large numbers. They showed a watching world the vitality of America's democracy and strides we have made toward a more perfect union."
Pointedly referring to Obama as the country's next commander in chief, Bush said he would brief the Illinois senator on any significant decisions he makes in coming weeks, as Obama's transition team begins the new president's ascension to the White House.

At the State Department, an emotional Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice personally opened a regular morning briefing by hailing Obama's election as "an extraordinary step forward." She called Obama "inspirational" and pledged the department's full cooperation for a "smooth transition."

Obama is expected to continue operating out of Chicago for most of the transition.
One Obama source familiar with the transition process said the goal is to move "quickly, but not hastily." The approach to appointments and other senior hires will be comprehensive, as opposed to ad hoc, which may mean that Obama will not name, say, a Treasury secretary right away but will continues to rely in the short term on his current economic advisory team. A game plan for moving forward will become clear by Friday, Obama sources said, and Cabinet announcements may start to trickle out next week.

The process of vetting and assembling a Cabinet began well before yesterday's election, with staff members hinting at the potential for several "outside the box" picks for top jobs. Aides will move quickly to begin monitoring the government's various departments and agencies, obtain the necessary security clearances, and keep a close eye on any last-minute attempts by current administration officials to leave a mark on policy after Bush's term ends.

Staff writer Howard Schneider contributed to this article.

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 5, 2008; 3:37 PM ET
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The United States is bound to take a new leap of progress and keep its flag flying high in the world under the leadership of Mr.Obama. World is looking at him at the hour of crises. He is young so the world also became young. He will foresee with farsightedness the new horizens to all the people of world. Economy and peace need be put back on the rails urgently. World is at his back. God bless him.

Posted by: pulipatisai | November 10, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Great website. You can get emails from Obama himself. Cool!

http://www.changegov.net/email.html

.

Posted by: md554 | November 7, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I was so pleased to hear that this site was up and running. Then I logged on and started to read what Americans had left as their comments. I had hoped for good idea's,sensable discussions and educated commentaries. That is not what the majority of the comments were ! Is this site for Americans to pull together and help our country ? Or are some of these comments from Jr. High Bathroom writers. Please we are all Adult Americans. Lets try to help solve our countries problems. Not add to them. Rosa Garcia-Gee of OHIO

Posted by: RosaGarciaGee | November 6, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

But Bill Clinton as Sectary of State...Much of the world still respect him

Posted by: pyxu619 | November 6, 2008 3:52 AM | Report abuse

NOW IS THE TIME!!

http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/index.htm

The Washinghton Post doesn't link any more,,,but try this one,,,its the BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC,,,sung by our children!!!

Posted by: mudbone | November 5, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

No investor should ever trust wall street. The only reason that index funds work is the law of averages.

Buying individual stocks is presented as "investing" but its really gambling. Whether the stock goes up is controlled by so many unknown and unknowable factors, and whether you're able to buy and sell it at the right times ia such a crapshoot that its really gambling, not investing, and the only one who makes monay on gambling over the long term is the house.

Wall street exists to make the people who work there rich off the backs of the "private investor" which is another word for "sucker"

The economy is going to start getting better, fast, ahead of Obama's taking office, but its because he's going to be taking office and people are optimistic aout what he'll be able to do.

My bet is that they're right to be.

Posted by: svreader | November 5, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE BUSH THUGS!!!

Posted by: mudbone | November 5, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Svreader,

This is going to be a long, hard way back. We've lost TRUST and although we got a measure back last night if I were you I would buy cattle and chickens,,,and running water!

Posted by: mudbone | November 5, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Jesus and I both love you, mudbone.

Posted by: SCMark | November 5, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Look its "RAMBO!!!!
What's this RAHMBO stuff about?

Posted by: mudbone | November 5, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

SCMark,
UP YOURS!!!

Posted by: mudbone | November 5, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Rahm would be perfect. Republicans expect Barack to be a pushover and are planning to sabatoge him in every way they can.
Rahm is the perfect guy to stand up to them.

As Republican posters on this board have shown, they're extremely nasty mean spirited people who there's no level they won't stoop to to win.

Cooperating doesn't mean that we in the middle class don't want our money back, guys.

Rahm's the perfect guy to put in charge of "accounts receivable"

Make the check payable to "The US Middle Class", Ok.

We'll fill in the amount.

That's how you did it to us the last time.

Posted by: svreader | November 5, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

By Saturday the NEOCONS will be blaming the two wars, the deficit, global warming, the lack of trust in the credit market on Obama!

STAY TUNED!!!

Posted by: mudbone | November 5, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel? Obama says he wants to govern in a bipartisan way and he picks the most hardline partisan in the house for chief of staff? Surely there were better picks than this on the Democatic side. And what's more, Obama is bound to find out that Emanuel doesn't look out for anyone except Emanuel. Just ask Bill Clinton.

Posted by: SCMark | November 5, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is good for Business.

Mark my words. Look for the market to open higher before any of us non-professionals can buy in.

Yesterday was the beginning of a long term upward trend.

Now, in my non-professional opinion, for entertainment value only, is a very, very, good time to start buying anything ranging from broad index funds (probably the smartest thing to do) to the right individual stocks (usually wrong to do)

Increased optimism will lead to increased hiring, spending, and the economy will recover far more quickly than people are currently estimating.

Bush is like a having some sort of low-level chronic illness that saps all your energy and strength, except he's been doing it to the entire world.

Barack is a breath of fresh air.

We hit bottom and we're going to start moving up.

The worst is probably over, although there may be a bump or two on the way.

The important thing is that things will be better in a few months and everybody wants to be first so people will start hiring, etc, in advance of that.

Barack Obama is good for Business.

You can take that to the Bank, which hopefully he'll split off from their brokerage operations, so fewer Americans will have their life savings ripped off.

That's a great untold story...


Posted by: svreader | November 5, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

keep a close eye on any last-minute attempts by current administration officials to leave a mark on policy after Bush's term ends.

Posted by: mudbone | November 5, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I am still wating for a call. I wonder if Ms Murray and Mr Cilliza are too. ROFLMAO

Posted by: pbarnett52 | November 5, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

No room for error.

IBM announced further layoffs this morning, while anonymous sources are reporting GE Healthcare is the next blue chip employer to lower the boom.

Layoff announcement expected within the week:
http://www.vermontmeansbusiness.com/?p=402

Posted by: joemescher | November 5, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Guess this isn't very newsworthy.......http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081105/ap_on_re_eu/eu_russia_medvedev

Posted by: steven09 | November 5, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Guess this isn't very newsworthy.

Posted by: steven09 | November 5, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Today is a great day for the nation...
hope has replaced fear...
a new chance has replaced old failures...
intelligence and diplomacy has replaced
reactionary neoconservatism!

As i read the threads most everyone agrees about the election!
There are few otherwise that still feel hate, disdain and negativity!

If thats all can you offer our nation is your zeal for arrogance then we are waiting for you to buy your ticket to leave the union as you have most likely stated you would!

Posted by: rubenlruiz | November 5, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a bunch of old Clinton political hacks, that is some real CHANGE ha ha

Bobby Jindal - 2012!!

Posted by: Phil6 | November 5, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Naw,Naw, hold up,wait a minute.

Where are all the Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians?

What happened to the October Surprise? What happened to the Bradley Effect? Where are Hillary's Lesbians at?

What happened to all that nonsense about McCain coming back before? What about the claims that the Republican Party would challenge the registration of many voters?

What about the Fox News and McCain and Drudge Report Polls showing McCain with big leads or gaining on Obama?

Accorn, Rev. Wright, the Birth Certificate issue, the Whitey Tape, all the other nonsense these Idiots have been talking about infinitim?

You mean to tell me that what I was saying about it all being nonsense was correct?

Say it ain't so?

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | November 5, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree with dogsbestfriend, David Plouffe should be kept on as Chief of Staff. Obama should also find a place for David Axlerod. It was Plouffe and David Axelrod to helped him immensely in getting him to where he is today, President-elect of the United States of America. These two, plus many others will be very valuable in this current Administration and the next election.

Posted by: ajokamura | November 5, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Please please please, not Janet Napolitano.

All of Mexico and Central America will be living and working inside our borders within 3 months of her being in control of border security or internal immigration enforcement.

Here I have been trying to have hope for this Administration, and the man isn't even President-Elect for 24 hours when I hear the first solid news that this nation will be put on the fastest possible path to utter destruction.

The naming of Napolitano probably explains all of the Salvadorans waving machetes here in Aspen Hill. That's all they need to hear to know that no law will be left unbent or unbroken in order to assure the destruction of our beloved Republic.

Posted by: thardman | November 5, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse


Please please please, not Janet Napolitano.

All of Mexico and Central America will be living and working inside our borders within 3 months of her being in control of border security or internal immigration enforcement.

Here I have been trying to have hope for this Administration, and the man isn't even President-Elect for 24 hours when I hear the first solid news that this nation will be put on the fastest possible path to utter destruction.

The naming of Napolitano probably explains all of the Salvadorans waving machetes here in Aspen Hill. That's all they need to hear to know that no law will be left unbent or unbroken in order to assure the destruction of our beloved Republic.

Posted by: thardman | November 5, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

It didn't take long to see that the Democrats` translation of "Change" means appointing the same old party apparatchik at the expense of all those starry eyed kids gathered at Truncheon Park in Chicago last night chanting some reverand Sun Moon mantra "Yes we can"--Yes we can what, install the same bunch of cronies that have suddenly started coming out of the graves like zombies in a Political Boneyard?

The red-blue map last night told the true story of the election, the midwest breadbasket and the confederate south nixes Obama and the Left Coast, Right Coast hippie whackos gobble it all up. Well good luck, congratulations and all that jive, the Democrats will be needing it. Obama is the only new face we're going to see in this administration and in fact, we've already seen too much of him. There's plenty of retreads out there looking for the back door of the White House to open up for them, certainly won't be allowing them to use the front door.

And what about all this talk of change, ask the gays how they feel about discrimination from the liberal reactionaries who sold them down the river with promises of equal marriage opportunity. Liberal Democrats, better phrase is self-seeking homophobic reactionaries.

Posted by: reconpresseusa | November 5, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I think all these names are dropped as an attempt by the old guard to maintain control. It would be wise for Obama to keep David Plouffe as his Chief of Staff.

I had to look him up to see what he looks like, but he certainly read the temperature in this country and came up with a brilliant strategy executed perfectly.


Posted by: dogsbestfriend | November 5, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Governor Janet Napolitano (AZ) is pro-illegal immigrant, open borders, and there are rumors that she may be appointed to head Homeland Security. If so, I highly object to this appointment.

Posted by: buzzm1 | November 5, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope we have heard the last of the Bush family for good. And I am really glad Barbie Palin is gone. I don't want hear from her again.

Posted by: Classic60 | November 5, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

From Lockstep Republicans to Bickering Democrats! Obama shouldn't by a dog, he should by a couple of dozen cats just see what hearding them is like. He'll need the experience, working with a Democratic congress. And I Vote Democratic 90% of the time.

A year and eight months ago no one was taking Obama seriously, and now he's setting up his transition team. Speculation is going to abound, and hopefully Obama makes the right choices for his Cabinet positions. I'm even more encouraged that serious consideration for these posts began well before the election. The full vetting process begins now. Thank God it's over. Thank God Bush will no longer be in the White House, and Thank God we have a deliberate thinker about to take residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Posted by: jrev7620042000 | November 5, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Electing Obama gives us a fresh start, both at home and abroad.

Simply by being intelligent, thoughtful, rational, stable and just plain smart, Obama is everything that Bush isn't

Our enemies often claim that their beef isn't with the American People, but with our Government.

Well, we just fired our old government and hired a new one and the guy heading it looks like he's a sane reasonable guy who's also nobody's fool

Ths really is the beginning of something great.

If Obama can be a catalyst for the American people and unleash all their energy and creativity that's been suffering up under the crushing weight of the insane policies of Bush and his band of looney-toons, the sky's the limit.

Think of all the money he can save by cutting even a portion of the graft and corruption that Bush has saddled our government with.

Think of all the money he can solve by having people review how things are set up and re-engineering government, like Gore did under Bill Clinton.

Think of all the money the middle class is going to get back that was stolen by the upper 1% or smalller portion of the country through tax loopholes and special tax breaks.

Just hy being honest and competent Barack Obama can be so much better than Bush that it changes everthing. It means less dead American soldiers and more money in everyone's pockets and clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.

We really have been living in a Back to the future part II anti-utopia run by a real life "Biff"

Our national nightmare will soon be over.

Jan 20th can't come soon enough.

Posted by: svreader | November 5, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey Farlington Blade,

If you think Repukes have character, you are an idiot.

Repukes committed TREASON in the White House. Three top aides reporting directly to Chimpy and Cheney outed not just one CIA undercover operative, but her entire undercover CIA company.

That "brassplate" CIA operation, Brewster-Jennings, was investigating whether there were WMDs in Iraq and Iran. They had to shut down immediately after Traitor Bob Novak outed Valerie Plame.

Without good CIA intel on WMDs, the White House was free to use the PHONY intel ginned up by Dougy Feith at the Pentagon, including the infamous FORGED
"yellowcake" letter that Chimpy quoted in the State of The Union Address in 2003 as reason to invade Iraq.

Treason. Lying to start a war. Torture.

And you think Repukes have character?

Go f*ck yourself.

Posted by: TomIII | November 5, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I hope Obama follows through on his promises to lead America into Energy Independence. This past year the high cost of gas has strained our economy and damaged our society.OPEC just cut production and gas will be rising again soon. WE have spent trillions on bail outs and stimulus checks. Our nation needs to invest in renewable energy and strive to become energy independent. Wind,solar and electric cars could replace a huge percentage of imported oil. We could produce cheap electricity and at the same time create millions of badly needed jobs. Renewable energy would be a win-win situation for our nation. Jeff Wilson just wrote a book called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence NOW. I highly recommend this book for anyone concerned about our economy and our dependence on foreign oil. http://www.themanhattanprojcetof2009.com

Posted by: BeyondGreen | November 5, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel is our congressmen here on the north side of Chicago. He is slavishly loyal to Israel and blind to its excesses and to the legitimate concerns of the Palestinians. I don't know whether to celebrate his departure from our midst or to bemoan what his selection means for future U.S. foreign policy. So much for our serving as honest brokers in the Middle East. What's next? Joe Lieberman (I-Israel) as Secretary of State?

Posted by: greener_pastures | November 5, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Condi Rice was gushing with tears and praise for Obama today.

Disgusting wh0re.

Don't fall for it, Obama. DO NOT pick Condi Rice for anything. Not even White House chambermaid.

Condi is the idiot who infamously ignored 50 warnings about 9-11 and tried to brush off the important August warning as just an "historical document".

Condi is the evil witch who presided at security meetings were specific methods of torture were discussed...as they were being applied to detainees.

Condi does NOT deserve to be in the Obama White House.

Condi DOES deserve to be tried and convicted for crimes against humanity and spend the rest of her life in a prison cell.

Posted by: TomIII | November 5, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

TomIII - Be magnanimous in victory. Go grab your favorite beverage and cool down a little. I voted for Sen. Obama and celebrate his victory, but recognize the character of many conservative friends and the quality of their nominee. Yours, however, is in doubt.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 5, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

"Too bad. Looks like my son isn't going to learn about how man walked the earth with dinosaurs. Ah, well." - Posted by: tmaffolter

He will if you live in Texas.

The Texas State Board of Education is full of goddamn Fundies and they are about to put evolution denial in the curriculum.

Damn fundies. They can all go to Hell.

Posted by: TomIII | November 5, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel could be effective. What Obama needs is someone strong who can help control the Democratic Congress. I am a leftie, for sure, but forging an bipartisan agenda is both necessary and possible. One of the greatest challenges for Obama will be controlling his own party.

Posted by: tmaffolter | November 5, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

In other news, Ted Stevens leads with 99% of precincts reporting in Alaska.

The convicted FELON is on his way to a seventh term in the US Senate.

Typical Repuke.

And he doesn't have the moral or ethical values or even the simple emotion of shame to resign after being convicted on seven felony counts.

Typical Repuke.

Mitch McConnell (R-Uranus) says there is NO chance the Repukes will let Stevens stay in the Senate...AFTER all his appeals are exhausted (and he goes to jail).

Typical Repuke.

You Repukes have no moral or ethical values. Hell, you don't even have the simple emotion of SHAME that would make you step down after an indictment or even a conviction!!

You are not Americans. You are TRAITORS.

Go F*ck yourselves, Repukes.

Posted by: TomIII | November 5, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

So, whatever happened to Dianne72? I'm still waiting for the great whitey tape to be released. Guess what folks. They're headed to the Whitey House!

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 5, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

It feels so good to see Palin wave goodbye.

Maybe she'll be eaten by a Moose.

Posted by: svreader | November 5, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Prervious post had typo, sorry --

The market drop today was standard profit-taking and trying to be contrary.

My bet is that the market opens sharply higher tomorrow, before any of us non-professionals could buy, and that, with the standard bouncing around, begins a upward trend. People buy things, including stocks, when they feel optimistic. We know Obama's going to be orders of magnitutde better than Bush.

Barack Obama is good for Business.

Mark my words.

Posted by: svreader | November 5, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Too bad. Looks like my son isn't going to learn about how man walked the earth with dinosaurs. Ah, well.

Posted by: tmaffolter | November 5, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Vanderbilt - So, how do you explain that Obama won the demographics with the most education and highest income (>$250k)? Go ahead and take awhile to think about it. I'd say it'll take you about 8 years to come up with a coherent answer.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 5, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

The market drop today was standard profit-taking and trying to be contrary.

My bet is that the market opens sharply higher tomorrow, before any of us non-professionals could buy, and that, with the standard bouncing around, begins a upward trend. People buy things, including stocks, when they feel optimistic. We know Obama's going to be orders of magnitutde better than Bush.

Barack Obama is good for Bushness.

Mark my words.

Posted by: svreader | November 5, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

"...when drug addicts, ex-cons, high school dropouts, low IQs, criminal immigrants, mental defectives and the uneducated come together..."
Posted by: JPVanderbilt

You mean the Repuke convention.

Posted by: TomIII | November 5, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Gary Sick and Colin Powell... NSC and State.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 5, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse


**Bombshell**

Today: Stocks Have Biggest Post-Election Slump in History.

Oops, this is what happens when drug addicts, ex-cons, high school dropouts, low IQs, criminal immigrants, mental defectives and the uneducated come together so decisively to choose our next president.

You know it's true.


Posted by: JPVanderbilt | November 5, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey - for polite occasions like tea parties, I'm sure with a little lipstick he will be just fine.

Come on. Who's the nihilists here? Bunch of crybabies. You don't like it, next time don't start it.

Posted by: pressF1 | November 5, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

This is an absolutely brilliant move for Obama.

The guy is much tougher and govermentally "street smart" than any of us have been giving him credit for.

My prediction is that President Obama will be "the iron fist in the velvet glove"

He's going to be extremely effective.

Anyone in Washington with any sense should think twice before crossing him or trying to sabatoge him or his efforts.

They'll never know what hit them politically.

They won't even see it coming.

If they have any smarts at all they'll do everything they can to support him and the will of the American People.

We elected Barack Obama with a mandate for Change.

Change, not the Republican status-quo, is what we want.

Join us, get out of the way, or get crushed.

The American People are Angry.

This time we've got computers, and we can find out exactly what every member of congress voted for or against.

If you're voting against what the people want, the people will throw you out on your ear next time.

To Repeat.

Republicans -- Do not sabatoge President Obama or his efforts. It will work just as badly as your fear and lies did this time and you will wind up just as out of a job as the people who pulled that crap.

We want change!!!


Posted by: svreader | November 5, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

heard from a very good source that Nelson A. Diaz is strongly being considered for Sec. of HUD. He was Clinton's General Counsel for HUD and would be a terrific choice.

Posted by: koufax | November 5, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Say it aint so...Please no political hacks in this incredibly important job. Where is the dignity of the office. I agree with those who say this is NOT CHANGE...THIS IS PARTY POLITICS AS USUAL.

Posted by: ardano | November 5, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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THE WASHINGTON POST HAS PULLED OVER 20 COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING POSTING FROM OBAMA VICTORY ARTICLES COMMENTS SECTIONS.

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THUS THE WASHINGTON POST HARDLY HAS THE CHARACTER OR INTEGRITY OF EITHER CANDIDATE
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CONGRATULATIONS MR PRESIDENT & COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF

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DID BARACK OBAMA RECEIVE A ++++ MANDATE ++++ TONIGHT ???????

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YES AND NO

President-elect Obama CLEARLY changed history tonight by becoming America's first African-American President and arguably that would not have occurred as it did without a mandate.

THE ECONOMY

Be it Joe the Plumber or most other Americans, the vast majority of Americans have lost much from any existing retirement accounts and any real estate or stock investments. Obama received a mandate to correct that, but there was not the degree of cohesion across the board as to HOW that was to be accomplished.

He ABSOLUTELY DID NOT receive a mandate to become a modern American Robin Hood, taking from 'the rich' [?] to give to the poor. He DID NOT receive a mandate to continue, or begin anew, wasteful public spending programs.

Did Obama receive a mandate to return jobs to America? YES ++++ BUT ++++ at what wages and where does this money come from? Computer support positions went to India, not because America does not have the expertise, but because when Internet access providers TRIPLE your monthly fees, so they can PAY American workers, they will loose clients BIG TIME. THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS, IT SEEMS.

THE WAR IN IRAQ

So far, America has paid for the Democracy but has yet to receive any dividend from that major investment. So maybe it indirectly was about the cost of energy and America needs to see a return on that investment SOMEHOW.

THE WAR ON TERROR

A mandate was clearly given by the American people to address this issue ASAP, wherever it arises. The obvious issue is Iran, or more precisely stated, the radical Islamic leadership within Iran. If this is not affected peacefully and VERY SOON, Israel will address it, of necessity.

THE MARKETS

The markets need to address the mortgage crisis EFFECTIVELY and since they cannot do that themselves, further efforts to stabilize them are mandated and yes, that was a mandate.

HEALTH CARE

YES a mandate, but questionable funding for same.

GUIDANCE FROM MCCAIN ON MILITARY MATTERS AS WAS OFFERED IN THE CONCESSION SPEECH.

Obama would be wise to confidentially, even secretly, listen up well here.


Posted by: brucerealtor@gmail.com | November 5, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Please say NO Rahm! We need you in House and to replace Nancy who is a foolas #1. And Hillary to replace the inept Reid an equal fumbler.

Posted by: crrobin | November 5, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel was the guy who once told Republicans to go **** themselves. I think Obama needs to do better than this.

Posted by: vincepage | November 5, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel for Chief of Staff? So that whole "new tone in Washington" and bipartisan talk was just wash? Rahmbo is going to seek revenge and retribution at every turn. If you thought things were bad under Rove - you haven't seen anything yet.

Posted by: mwcob | November 5, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

5 Words...Al Gore for EPA director..

Posted by: Torontotoad | November 5, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to seeing a strong, well rounded Obama administration. President Elect Obama and Representative Emmanuel along with others that surround them appear to have the brilliance to help accomplish this.

Brilliance is this President Elects strong point -- I know they will make good choices.

Posted by: egalitaire | November 5, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

www.change.gov

Website is NOT open for public yet.

Posted by: YesWeCanForFREE | November 5, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

As a nation, we are experiencing the wonderful feeling someone gets when they stop repeatedly hitting their own head against a brick wall.

George Bush should have been thrown out long ago.

Every job should include the possibility of getting fired.

It keeps you sharp, reasonable, and doing what you should.

Bush scored a trifecta in the wrong direct.

If there's any way he can leave office early he should.

He deserves a vacation betwen now and Jan 20th.

The country will back him on that 100%

Posted by: svreader | November 5, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Can't do a whois on change.gov - response times out. Where is this thing hosted/registered?

Posted by: ConradY | November 5, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

New Video of racist McCain supporter getting confronted by Obama supporters:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/11/racist-mccain-rally-goers-pt-9-obama.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | November 5, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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