Obama Transition Trail Mix
With rumors constantly flying about the newest faces in President-elect Barack Obama's Administration, we at The Fix are launching a feature -- at least through his swearing in early next year -- that seeks to gather the latest and greatest news (and gossip) about who's going where and, more importantly, why.
It's the Transition Trail Mix and it's below:
• Rahmbo Returns? Everyone who knows anything about the inner workings of Obama's White House planning seems to think that Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) will be announced as chief of staff -- perhaps as early as today or tomorrow. Emanuel is in Chicago today and has not given any final word on his decision. Should he take the job, Emanuel will bring his trademark sharp-elbowed style to an Administration that has practiced bipartisan comity. But, remember that Emanuel is -- at heart -- a pragmatist and a political operator who knows that Obama's success depends on finding ways to reach across the aisle.
• The Press Secretary: Robert Gibbs, who emerged as one of Obama's leading confidants during this campaign, is very likely to become the next White House Press Secretary -- although some within the President-elect's inner circle argue that this Politico report was slightly premature. Gibbs is a well known figure to politicos, having worked at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee earlier this decade and also as a press operative during Sen. John Kerry's (Mass.) presidential primary bid.
• Lobbyists Still On the Outs: The Obama transition operation is setting up working groups within each agency and department of the government to oversee top to bottom reviews. In keeping with his pledge to keep lobbyists out of his White House, these employees, who are agreeing to work from this coming Monday through the inauguration, are being asked to sign a document that ensures they will not lobby the department/agency they are working to set up for at least a year.
November 6, 2008; 11:34 AM ET
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