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Obama Transition Takes Issue With AP Report

Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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."

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 12, 2008; 10:59 AM ET
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During the election I was suspicious of AP. Seemed to phrase things with a negative connotation when it came to Obama. This may be sloppiness but keep an eye on the AP when it comes to Obama.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 12, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse


Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial "vigilante injustice" targeting squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:


Posted by: scrivener50 | November 12, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting when I think back on the 2000 election and the repugnicans calling for patience and that we all rally around our new leader. You know, the whole unity thing.

Now that the shoe is on the other foot, they are running all over one another to attack, demean and otherwise belittle a very accomplished and capable president-elect.

Bad karma sucks, doesn't it?

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | November 12, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Why am I not surprised at the disinformatin coming out of the ranks of the LOSERS? Disinformation and obfuscation are the hallmarks of the repugnican jerks.

And shame on AP for not getting oficial corroboration before going with the stories.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | November 12, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I love the fact that the Obama team is taking charge of their own destiny ... as opposed to allowing the media to run amok with whatever story line they throw out there. That already represents meaningful change for me. I would rather that the U.S. have a responsible media that reports accurately, as opposed to a bunch of media muckrakers throwing out every scrap of rumor, half-truth, innuendo, gossip -- regardless of truth -- just for the sake of filling up their newspapers and airtime. From here on out, we should have presidential administrations that are open and honest with the American public. From here on out, we should have presidential administrations that call the media to the carpet every time they publish stories attributed to anonymous sources. The American public should not stand for the shoddy performance by the media that we have seen for far too many years. I applaud the Obama team for holding the media to higher standards, and encourage them to continue to hold the media's collective feet to the fire.

Posted by: sdecker | November 12, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

a little poking by ron fournier, perhaps.... nothing like propelling the gop lies to cause distraction for the obama transition team.

Posted by: mycomment | November 12, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

All the people like HLBeckPE who come on these forums simply to trash President-elect Obama before he even takes office should be ashamed of themselves.

We get it. A black president makes you uncomfortable.

Get over it.
Get over it.
Get over it.

(repetition, in deference to the above-referenced poster)

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 12, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse





Then Barack Obama goes on to a one-term mediocrity after rehiring all of the Clintonistas.

His-to-ry. Repeated. Repeated. Repeated..

Thanks much. HLB

Posted by: HLBeckPE | November 12, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The transition of power is serious business be it Dem to Rep or Rep to Dem. It's in the best interests of all Americans to take it seriously. sounds like talk from sore losers. Let the knew administration get off the ground first before you start throwing darts. The campaign is over. I'm sure after Jan 20th those who don't agree with the new admin will have there chance to weigh in. Besides what's OJ got to do with anything.

Posted by: edhenson | November 12, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s Cabinet

Barack Obama has a great opportunity to bring real change to our country, starting with his Cabinet. Rather than sticking with the fifteen departments that made up the Cabinets of previous Presidents, Obama can easily consolidate five of them into one department, The Department of JITCH, also known as “Jock-Itch”.

Justice – His experience in both civil and criminal litigation is unmatched. He will continue to challenge the courts to be the best they can be, not letting them get away with delivering tough sentences just because someone appears without a reasonable doubt to be guilty. His continued search for his ex-wife’s killer on the country’s best golf courses is testimony to his belief in the justice system.
Interior – Considering the scandalous activity of employees and big-wigs in the oil industry, reported in September 2008, OJ would fit right in.
Treasury – Based on OJ’s latest armed robbery charges, it’s very clear that he knows the value of assets and is willing to put himself at risk in trying to preserve and protect them.
Commerce – His ability to turn ordinary items, such as tee-shirts and sports memorabilia, into valuable collector’s items makes him the logical candidate for protecting free trade.
Homeland Security – Enough can’t be said about OJ’s ability to ensure homeland security. From private homes to hotel rooms, OJ knows just what it takes to prevent break-ins, like the ones he orchestrated at his ex-wife’s home and that hotel in Vegas. You can bet that no one will ever catch him off-guard.
So there you have it. Reducing these five cabinets to only one will save enough money annually to enable the US government to continue bailing out every industry that makes a peep, without having to eliminate or reduce those extremely valuable community organizing efforts.

To send Obama a letter showing your support for this proposal, go to the website below and click on “Share Hope in the American Messiah”, better known as “SHAM”.

Posted by: CMcK-Troiano | November 12, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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