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OBAMA TEAM BEGINS WORK ON PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION
The Atlantic ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2008 | Marc Ambinder

Posted on 07/24/2008 7:00:09 AM PDT by kristinn

With less than six months to go before he would be sworn in as the nation’s 44th president, Sen. Barack Obama has directed his aides to begin planning for the transition.

"Barack is well aware of the complexity and the organizational challenge involved in the transition process and he has tasked s small group to begin thinking through the process,” a senior campaign adviser said. “Barack has made his expectations clear about what he wants from such a process, how he wants it to move forward, and the establishment and execution of his timeline is proceeding apace.”

Last month, the Post’s Chris Cillizza reported that campaign advisers were sounding out John Podesta, a former White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and currently the president of the Center for American Progress, for his advice.

An aide confirms that Podesta will probably be asked to head the transition team, which would take over from the campaign if Obama wins in November, and would be tasked with ensuring a smooth handover of power.

Podesta’s Center for American Progress is working with the Third Way think tank on a Homeland Security Presidential Transition Initiative; its director is Michael Signer, a former senior policy aide to Ex-Sen. John Edwards.

Cassandra Butts, a longtime Obama friend who is a CAP executive vice president, is working closely with Podesta.

Butts, via e-mail, would not confirm her participation in the project.

Podesta remains a close friend of both Clintons and his participation will help assuage the concerns of Clinton-era Democratic policy and political appointees who might have felt abandoned in an Obama administration.

(Excerpt) Read more at marcambinder.theatlantic.com ...


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1 posted on 07/24/2008 7:00:09 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Sounds to me like they have already counted the votes.

Not too presumptuous, is he?


2 posted on 07/24/2008 7:02:50 AM PDT by DakotaRed (Don't you wish you had supported a conservative when you had the chance?)
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To: kristinn

Big deal, this is probably standard preperation for any candidate for president.


3 posted on 07/24/2008 7:03:13 AM PDT by moose2004 (Go Ahead, Make My Day)
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To: kristinn

Don't count yer chickens Hussein!

4 posted on 07/24/2008 7:03:24 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: kristinn

Who am I?

* Speeches in stadiums filled with mesmerized, adoring audience - Check

* An uninspiring background before meteoric rise - Check

* Creates his own new symbols of power - Check

* Associates with racists, hatemongers and Violent radicals - Check

* A propaganda machine willing to show him only in the best possible light - Check

* Uses, “glorious leader” style Agitprop posters common in totalitarian nations - Check (see German

campaign poster for example)

* Wants Secret Police force - Check

* Somebody powerful people think they can control - Check

* Often dismissed as a light-weight by his opponents - Check

* Seeks to replace God with the State - Check

* People adopting his name as their own - Check

* Inspires adoration art - Check

* Appropriates symbols of past German glory - Check

* Never plans on giving up power - Check (Obama to be president for the next “eight to 10 years”)

* A narcissistic megalomaniac - Check

* Brazenly Takes credit for other people’s accomplishments - Check

Barack Obama.

Frightened yet?


5 posted on 07/24/2008 7:03:31 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: kristinn
I'm still not convinced that he will get the nomination.

Hillary has been awfully quiet lately.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

6 posted on 07/24/2008 7:04:54 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: kristinn

Justice Department, State and the CIA will need Obama commies instead of Clinton commies...


7 posted on 07/24/2008 7:05:09 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: kristinn

Wonder how many babies will be named after Obama the Great? Sorta like the Wizard of Oz


8 posted on 07/24/2008 7:05:29 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: DakotaRed

I liked how one website (can’t remember which one) had a column calling the Obama Tour right now his “Premature Inauguration Syndrome”. Careful. Americans loved to be iconoclasts.


9 posted on 07/24/2008 7:06:02 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Frightened yet?

I've been frightened. This guy is scarier than the villians in some of the best political thriller novels.

10 posted on 07/24/2008 7:08:00 AM PDT by Allegra (Ain't it grand? I'm back in the sand...)
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To: kristinn

11 posted on 07/24/2008 7:08:08 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: kristinn

Typical campaign PR BS.

I would remind them about the last three Democratic “Presumptive Presidents,” starting with the Hildabeast.


12 posted on 07/24/2008 7:08:20 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Leftists stop arguing when they see your patriotism, your logic, your CAR-15 and your block of C4.)
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To: DakotaRed
Heck he hasn't even announced his VP and he's already measuring the oval office windows for new drapes! I see he is counting his chickens before they hatch! Pray, and keep praying!
13 posted on 07/24/2008 7:08:22 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: LonePalm
“Call me Hillary...”


14 posted on 07/24/2008 7:08:25 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: moose2004

Here’s the problem I see. There is such an expectation of winning among the Dems (check out DU if you doubt that), if he loses there will be crying and “gnashing of teeth.” They will be convinced that the election was “stolen” once again, and these fans are so rabid there’s no telling what will go down.


15 posted on 07/24/2008 7:08:48 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: kristinn

I guess next he’ll be announcing his cabinet appointments.


16 posted on 07/24/2008 7:09:30 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: caseinpoint
here?
17 posted on 07/24/2008 7:09:40 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: kristinn
It would have been bloody nice if Clinton had allowed President Bush to begin his transition after he won in Nov of 2000.

As I recall he would not allow President elect Bush access to necessary transition material until after the electoral college made it official.

That delayed the transition to a point that it was not until the week before 911 when some where finally in office.

18 posted on 07/24/2008 7:10:26 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E. That spells free. freerepublic.com baby)
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To: kristinn

Who knew it was possible for someone to be more arrogant than John Kerry? It will make his defeat that much more enjoyable.


19 posted on 07/24/2008 7:10:56 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: All

Obama presidential library committee reports: expects opening in Chicago in October. Branches around the U.S. in 2009 and the rest of the world to follow by end of 1010.


20 posted on 07/24/2008 7:11:24 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: kristinn
The absolute arrogance of this marxist dimwhit astounds me.

CHOOSING THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA - CHANGE YOU CAN COUNT ON, BUT DON'T WANT

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

21 posted on 07/24/2008 7:11:29 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: dawn53

They’ll really go insane if we have a repeat of 2004 with lousy exit polls on election day.


22 posted on 07/24/2008 7:11:42 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: DakotaRed
Sounds to me like they have already counted the votes.

They're probably being printed up right now.

23 posted on 07/24/2008 7:13:21 AM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: jennyjenny

The most bitter bunch will be the Dems who backed Hillary in the primaries.


24 posted on 07/24/2008 7:13:45 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: kristinn
“Barack has made his expectations clear about what he wants from such a process, how he wants it to move forward, and the establishment and execution of his timeline is proceeding apace.”

So far, Obama is 0-fer when demanding timelines.

25 posted on 07/24/2008 7:14:22 AM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: G.Mason

Exactly. I am not knowledgeable about posting articles or setting up links. I’m glad to see the site get credit. I think it’s an apt description of his whole attitude.


26 posted on 07/24/2008 7:14:52 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: jennyjenny

Well, it could be the germain crowd specialists creating overwhelming furor.


27 posted on 07/24/2008 7:15:35 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: kristinn

There’s no need for Obama to reinvent the wheel. Couldn’t he just use Al Gore’s transition plan . . . or John Kerry’s?


28 posted on 07/24/2008 7:16:03 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: LonePalm

“I’m still not convinced that he will get the nomination.
Hillary has been awfully quiet lately. “

My thoughts also.

The Clintoons are not dead yet.


29 posted on 07/24/2008 7:16:27 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer (DRILL OR GET OFF THE HILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Uses, “glorious leader” style Agitprop posters common in totalitarian nations

He sure does. That's one of the creepiest things about the left nowadays. They are really showing their true(red) colors.

30 posted on 07/24/2008 7:17:02 AM PDT by Huck (A Teddy Roosevelt wannabe is better than a Che Guevara wannabe.)
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To: dawn53

Correct. I read a DUer saying after the 2004 election that he just knew that the US was made up of more Dems than Republicans and that any Republican victory was therefore, by definition, stolen. Not only lazy and dishonest, but dangerous thinking.


31 posted on 07/24/2008 7:17:27 AM PDT by twigs
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To: kristinn

I guess they’ve already programmed the voting machines in FL and OH. We know Barry will get 105% of the votes in PA.

This high-handed attitude makes Bill and Hill look like George and Martha Washington in comparison. I suppose being the product of affirmative action makes one believe such entitlement extends to the presidency.


32 posted on 07/24/2008 7:18:09 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: kristinn

The audactiy of audacity. And who are these shadowy organizations? Third way starring John Podesta?

Thee people must be stopped, they are beyond delusional.


33 posted on 07/24/2008 7:18:19 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: DakotaRed
Not too presumptuous, is he?

Why shouldn't he be? He has no opponent, or at least not one that anyone will vote for. No conservative with a lick of sense would vote for McStupid...

People need a kick to the head, and Hussein is just that kick. Somehow, people who think they're "conservative" think McCain is an acceptable alternative. 4 years of Hussein will remind them of why we have to have true conservatives.
34 posted on 07/24/2008 7:18:19 AM PDT by TexasGunLover ("Either you're with us or you're with the terrorists."-- President George W. Bush)
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To: DakotaRed

The dream machine marches on....


35 posted on 07/24/2008 7:19:50 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: dawn53

I’m looking forward to it.


36 posted on 07/24/2008 7:21:27 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: dawn53
Here’s the problem I see. There is such an expectation of winning among the Dems (check out DU if you doubt that), if he loses there will be crying and “gnashing of teeth.” They will be convinced that the election was “stolen” once again, and these fans are so rabid there’s no telling what will go down.

You say that like it's a bad thing.
37 posted on 07/24/2008 7:22:50 AM PDT by Vision (The light of the body is the eye, if your eye is true all your body will be full of light. Matt 6:22)
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To: kristinn
putting the cart before the donkey...


38 posted on 07/24/2008 7:24:40 AM PDT by edzo4
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To: dawn53

Wouldn’t that be fun to watch, all those idiots at DU, moveon, the Obama campaign and the dnc losing their sh*t yet again.


39 posted on 07/24/2008 7:24:50 AM PDT by moose2004 (Go Ahead, Make My Day)
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To: kristinn
Its all part of the Psycho-logic mind games played by the Obama media and the Left. Its the “ Don’ fight it / Air of Inevitability “ mind game strategy learned from the Nazi propaganda experts. That is why the Obama media cooks up phony polls week after week for Obama and runs Obama press releases disguised as news like this one. Its meant to cause disillusionment to the Repub and other anti- OBama voters to not bother fighting it and just don;t bother to organize and fight the Marxist.
40 posted on 07/24/2008 7:25:15 AM PDT by ncalburt
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To: TexasGunLover

“4 years of Hussein will remind them of why we have to have true conservatives.”

After four years of the Messiah, the only guns you will be loving are the pictures of the guns you used to have.


41 posted on 07/24/2008 7:25:44 AM PDT by rogator
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To: yldstrk

Obama the Wizard of Odd.


42 posted on 07/24/2008 7:29:29 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: kristinn
"Barack is well aware of the complexity and the organizational challenge involved in the transition process and he has tasked s small group to begin thinking through the process,” a senior campaign adviser said.

Obviously he is not. He should have had a team preparing for the possibility he'd be President back in January. Six months is not enough time for anybody, and especially not enough time for a guy who is completely clueless about leading things, and who has never put together a staff of people.

It's like he thought just by winning, things would happen. Of course, his campaign is like that, because he has people running it for him and seems to have no clue what they are doing.

And his Senate election was like that, he came in and Reid told him what to do and he did whatever he was told. He was assigned to committees and he never had to show up.

43 posted on 07/24/2008 7:29:51 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: LonePalm
I've mentioned this before but Hillary is waiting for Obama to screw up and she will waltz in to “save” the party and get the nomination.
44 posted on 07/24/2008 7:30:46 AM PDT by freebird5850
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To: rogator
I can't agree more. These brain dead poster that live in a 11 year old fantasy world in which we let our enemies ( the Obama radical left)win so we can win later. That is the same fantasy nonsense they were promoting in 2006 and now thanks to there great strategy the radical left controls congress and plans to deny the overseas troops the right in this election !
45 posted on 07/24/2008 7:31:35 AM PDT by ncalburt
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To: kristinn

He needs to be careful. This has shades of “President Dewey”. As the old saying goes, if you don’t write a concession speech, you’ll need one.


46 posted on 07/24/2008 7:35:12 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: kittymyrib
This high-handed attitude makes Bill and Hill look like George and Martha Washington in comparison.

I said that Barry makes Bill and Hill look like Scouts, but I like yours better. ;)

Mrs. Clinton is just waiting in the wings...a bomb will drop in August. Poor Barry...thanks for playing.
47 posted on 07/24/2008 7:35:28 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: ncalburt
Its all part of the Psycho-logic mind games played by the Obama media and the Left. Its the “ Don’ fight it / Air of Inevitability “ mind game strategy learned from the Nazi propaganda experts.

Well, today I start sending McCain money...this Jerk Messiah CANNOT be president.
48 posted on 07/24/2008 7:37:47 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: kristinn
This guy has a middle name hussein and a first name just one letter off of the world's #1 terrorist and he thinks he's destined to be the next potus.
What is stunning is this guys pomposity.
49 posted on 07/24/2008 7:39:05 AM PDT by jackv
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To: TexasGunLover

Heck, 1 year will be enough for the county to see what B. Hussein is all about. Enough time to sweep in a new conservative Congressional revolution that should have more than enough high crimes & misdemeanors material for an impeachment to yank that quasi-Muslim right out of the White House. President Barry makes it to mid-2011, tops.


50 posted on 07/24/2008 7:43:30 AM PDT by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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