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A Newsy Day For Transition

By Ben Pershing
What kind of news day will this be? A bit later this morning, Barack Obama -- the man who won the Democratic nomination and thus the presidency largely because of his opposition to the Iraq War -- will announce that he plans to keep President Bush's Defense Secretary in place. Democrats, for the most part, will be just fine with that choice. And that's not even today's top story.

After nearly a month of private meetings leavened by occasional public bursts of speculation, the incoming administration will make huge news today for perhaps only the second time since Election Day, following up on last Monday's announcement of the economic team by unveiling a similarly strong-willed national security team.

And much as Bob Gates's retention and the choice of James Jones as national security adviser are drawing attention, it remains today as it was in the beginning -- Hillary Clinton is still getting the most ink.

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Posted at 8:36 AM ET on Dec 1, 2008  | Category:  The Rundown
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And here's what Jason Sudeikis said as SEN. BIDEN: "As sure as I'm standing here today, during his first few weeks in office, this brilliant young President, is going to be tested. Tested by an international crisis, the likes of which this nation has never before seen. A deliberately manufactured crisis, designed to test his mettle. Now, in this crisis, he will have to make decisions. Decisions that may at first, to the casual observer, seem ill considered. Our military may invade Pakistan. Or surrender to the Chinese. We may sell Hawaii to Saudi Arabia. Or just destroy it, so it can't fall into North Korean hands. But just reserve your judgment. We know what we're doin'."

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2008 12:20 PM

Here's exactly what Biden said (during the campaign): "Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking ... And we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right."

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2008 12:16 PM

lockmallup:

That ain't gonna happen -- this is the CHANGE we were all waiting for, I guess -- nice try though.

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2008 12:08 PM

Letter to Santa:
Dear Santa,
All we want is the Clinton and Gates nominations to be defeated in Congress.
Thanks,
War Dead and Wounded.

Posted by: lockmallup | December 1, 2008 12:02 PM

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2008 11:51 AM

Let's just hope the new SecState doesn't come under sniper fire again as she flies into Yugoslavia, etc.

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2008 11:04 AM

Didn't Biden predict that decisions would be made that wouldn't make sense, but just "trust us"?

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2008 9:52 AM

Tell that to the Obama supporters. I didn't vote for that one.

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2008 9:25 AM

JakeD, if you'd stop trolling for a moment, you might find the time to read up a bit on the basic principles of change management.

An organization doesn't throw out it's 5000 employees when it embarks on change management; the new vision, the new approaches and goals are channelled from the CEO/Board through to the managers with the know-how right down to the janitor

Posted by: patwal1 | December 1, 2008 9:15 AM

So much for "Change We Can Believe".

Posted by: JakeD | December 1, 2008 8:50 AM

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