Private Meetings on Agenda, Public Cheering Expected
By Garance Franke-Ruta
President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden are holding private meetings in Chicago today, the transition office announced, which likely means more calls with foreign leaders and talks about Cabinet and staff appointments.
And so the dance of the transition continues: Obama's staff announces in the morning that there will be nothing public forthcoming, and reporters spend the day scrambling to discover the precise nature of that nothing, with sources confirming new names topping the lists for different administration spots by afternoon.
The one constant of this new routine, besides the president-elect's daily trips to the gym, appears to be the cheering. From the pool reports:
Tuesday, Nov. 18. After police cleared Clark Street of traffic, we rolled from the federal building at 5.53 p.m. There was some pro-Obama cheering as we neared the house, where we arrived at 6.10 p.m. There is a lid. (That's pool reporter for we're done for now.)
Friday, Nov. 14. The Obamas left the party at 10:07 p.m., and their motorcade headed home. When the motorcade pulled onto Lakeshore Drive, the southbound traffic -- which had been stopped by police to allow the motorcade to pass -- began honking their horns and passengers waved as the black SUVs passed. The Obamas arrived home at 10:23 p.m. A lid was called at 10:28 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 14. At 2:33 p.m., the president-elect left the transition office and headed to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for his and Mrs. Obama's interview with 60 Minutes. As the motorcade left the transition office building, police and Secret Service stopped people at the crosswalks, so the motorcade could pass. There had to be a couple hundred folks standing around, bundled up in overcoats and down jackets and scarves -- waiting, and waving/snapping cell phone camera pix/etc. As the motorcade made its way north to the hotel, people just stopped walking along the sidewalks and waved and grinned.
Friday, Nov. 14. The president-elect left home at 9:23 am, and headed downtown, easing through late-morning traffic along Lake Shore Drive and arrived at his presidential transition office at Jackson and Dearborn at 9:38 am. As the motorcade drove along West Adams Street, crowds of pedestrians cheered and waved at the black SUVS (one of which was carrying the president-elect.)
Life in the bubble.
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