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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.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 6, 2008; 11:34 AM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Posted by: opp88 | November 6, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

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. Now that is what you call leadership. The Republicans who were spanked on November 4th should be taking notes... but will they?

Posted by: Bubba2008 | November 6, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I think deposed Rep. Chris Shays and Sen. Gordon Smith are two Republican candidates for Obama's administration. Shays could be okay for SEC, while Smith might be appropriate for an opening within HHS, given his food processing experience.

Colin Powell has been mentioned for education, but I'm not happy with calls for John Kerry at State. I think he's a lightweight, and Obama needs someone forceful and strong to rebuild our country's standing in the world. His buddy, Dick Lugar might be the best choice there. And I hope he can find a place for former Sen. Kerrey. And it wouldn't bother me if he looks at Paul O'Neil for another stint at Treasury; he was right more often than wrong.

I think it's important that he doesn't take all the talent from the U.S. Senate or Congress into the new administration. Obama, Biden and others will be tough enough to replace there.

Posted by: bulldog6 | November 6, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Dennis Kucinich could play several roles but must be included in the administration.

Posted by: leapin | November 6, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA'S possible pick on education is wrong - very wrong.

He met UT Brownsville President Juliet Garcia during the campaign. She has been appointed to his transition team.

Why is she wrong? In 1992 she was president of Texas' oldest community college - Texas Southmost College. She negotiated a deal with UT that if they would create a UT level university in Brownsville and make her president, she would use the tax money from Southmost College to build the university.

Brownsville is the only city in Texas which must use local tax dollars to build a UT University. Every other university in the UT system gets construction funding from the Permanent Building Fund.

The poorest people in Texas who are 95% Latino are the only Texans required to pay for the building of a UT campus.

This is the true Juliet Garcia. This is Obama's pick

Bobby Wightman-Cervantes

Posted by: bobbywc | November 6, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse


Obama is wise enough to realize that a crew to clean-up after Bush is not what's needed.

What's needed is a DEMOLISHING CREW; rebuilding follows that.

He is not starting with virgin land.

That's why.


Posted by: ElMugroso | November 6, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"Sharp-elbowed" -that's very kind of you. I would say more like ruthless thuggery....but that's just me.

Posted by: Superpower | November 6, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

To all of the Obama supporters, whatever your reason for supporting him: We who opposed Obama will extend him and your chosen party EXACTLY the same sort of courtesy, support, cooperation, and assistance that you have so generously and enthusiastically given President Bush for the past 8 years, and we will ENJOY doing so, just as YOU have all this time. In fact, we'll try to be even MORE generous! Elephants have LONG memories, you know.

Posted by: lightnin001 | November 6, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Zing of Kook, do you mean the 2000 "victory" where Neumann lost the popular vote, or where he won the court vote 5-4?

And will we find the O keys and doorknobs in your mom's basement next to you and your computer?

Your boy lost, Kook. Go cry at home.

Posted by: Tannim123 | November 6, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Where's John Edwards for Attorney General? Or Hillary for HHS? With the discipline and savvy that was brought to campaign, I have no doubt that this will be a crack administration, rather than an administration on crack.

Posted by: wdrudman | November 6, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel is a very good pick, and it sends a message to anyone who signs on to this staff that they had better work hard and stay on message. After the last eight years a tight ship will be a welcome change.

Posted by: maxfli68 | November 6, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama is up against a very diffulcult next four years. When he was still a senator Obama was a large part of passing the Global Poverty Act, which is an act that would end severe poverty by 2025. The Borgen Project is also working to pass the Global Poverty Act. According to The Borgen Project:
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget.
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Posted by: veronica5 | November 6, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I think he should get the same level of respect as was shown W. on his victory.

glue down the O keys, remove doorknobs, etc.

Move on has bought and paid for him, let's see what value they purchased.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Not bad. Treasury Secr will be an interesting one when it comes out, some good people on the short list so far. Richardson may well be Energy Secr as he was under Clinton. I think he would be better suited for Education Secr, that was his best platform as a candidate. For Energy I'd rather see someone from Google or at least someone with a strong tech background.

I hope Robert Gates remains in his position as defense secretary. With all the cronyism of the last 8 years, he's been an outlier of professionalism that will be helpful in keeping with the pledge for bi-partisanship.

Posted by: grimmix | November 6, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

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