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Obama Reaches Out to Emanuel in First Step Toward Building Transition Team
Fox News ^ | 11/06/2008 | EagleUSA

Posted on 11/06/2008 8:28:29 AM PST by EagleUSA

With nearly two years of campaigning for the White House now behind him, President-elect Barack Obama has only 11 weeks to build an administration that will be ready to govern when he is sworn in on January 20.

It's an arduous task that will define Obama's presidency, and it will require a smooth transition with the Bush administration.

Obama took his first step in building his team on Wednesday when he offered Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel the job of White House chief of staff. Emanuel would not tell FOX News if he had been offered the job but said if he had, he has a lot to think about since he has just been re-elected and needs to consider his family and children before he makes any decision.

Among the challenges Obama's team will confront are the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and the $1.5 trillion budget deficit he will inherit from the current administration. For this reason, his nominee for Treasury Secretary will be viewed with greater scrutiny than usual, and will likely require a person with wide name recognition and credibility in business.

(Excerpt) Read more at elections.foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho2008; obama; obamatransitionfile; team
The reformation of Tammany Hall and its gang begins.
1 posted on 11/06/2008 8:28:29 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

Maybe girly-Rahm will put on a ballet exhibition.


2 posted on 11/06/2008 8:29:34 AM PST by Brian S. Fitzgerald
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To: Brian S. Fitzgerald

Such a hard task...how about trying to do this a month later like BUSH DID!


3 posted on 11/06/2008 8:31:40 AM PST by Blue Turtle (I)
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To: EagleUSA

An Obama administration with Emmanuel as Chief of Staff, essentially virtual president, will be like the Mongol Hordes riding across the steppes...............


4 posted on 11/06/2008 8:34:10 AM PST by Red Badger (Hey! Look on the bright side! At least Joe Biden is out of the Senate!..........)
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To: EagleUSA

Of course, the Bush administration will assure a classy and graceful transition. We may disagree with many of the decisions that Bush has made, and we may lament this administration’s inability to articulate and implement conservative principles. But ultimately, Bush is a class act who absolutely LOVES his country. Liberals see grace as a weakness, and never ceased to excoriate the man. Bush invariably takes the high road, and I believe he was far too tepid and would not fight their fire with fire.

Despite the media downplaying it, I know from reliable sources that the Clinton Putsch did trash the Wite House and other government institutions when they left, and they helped to sabotage the transition. This is what the Che Guevera t-shirt clad left does.


5 posted on 11/06/2008 8:39:22 AM PST by Chairman of the Bard
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To: Red Badger

An Obama administration with Emmanuel as Chief of Staff, essentially virtual president, will be like the Mongol Hordes riding across the steppes...............
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The gushing hypocrisy is already starting. Emmanuel is one of the WORST non-partisans that even Clinton could find. And this is Obama’s idea of “reaching across the aisle”? As if he ever had any intention of doing that -— IMHO, his “cabinet” (note: politburo) will be very monolithic and as far to the left as he can make it....


6 posted on 11/06/2008 8:40:22 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

Yeah. Mad Dog Emanuel as COS. Perfect for the Hussein Occupation Government (HOG).


7 posted on 11/06/2008 8:41:22 AM PST by pabianice (HOW)
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To: EagleUSA

Check out his strong ties to Fannie and Freddy! http://butasforme.com/2008/11/06/obamas-first-staff-pick-rahm-emanuel-washington-insider-helped-erode-loan-standards/

and http://www.stoptheaclu.com/archives/2008/09/27/guess-who-was-covering-for-fannie-mae-and-freddie-mac-in-2004/ #13, Rahm Emanuel got $51,750 from Freddie and Fannie!


8 posted on 11/06/2008 8:41:39 AM PST by WellyP
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To: EagleUSA
..will be very monolithic and as far to the left as he can make it.

EXACTLY! The MSM will portray it as "learned" and "experienced" and "wise" and "non political"...........He has cover and he knows how to use it........The spinmeisters will be on double overtime..............

9 posted on 11/06/2008 8:43:53 AM PST by Red Badger (Hey! Look on the bright side! At least Joe Biden is out of the Senate!..........)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

Despite the media downplaying it, I know from reliable sources that the Clinton Putsch did trash the Wite House and other government institutions when they left, and they helped to sabotage the transition. This is what the Che Guevera t-shirt clad left does.
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Just how bad does it have to get, before the public again takes some responsibility for their own country and gets rid of these filthy trash ???


10 posted on 11/06/2008 8:44:15 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

So Obama managed to pick a Chief of Staff that has gotten both us freepers and the DUers mad. Wow.

At least Emanuel is a strong supporter of Israel. Imagine if he had picked someone like Kucinich for Chief of Staff. As Democrats go, Emanuel may not be that bad. I know, that’s faint praise, but just trying to be rational here. It’s not like Obama was going to appoint Sarah Palin to this job.


11 posted on 11/06/2008 8:46:13 AM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Our man in washington

It’s not like Obama was going to appoint Sarah Palin to this job.
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True, but she would not have anything to do with Obama or the job. Things could have been a bit worse...he could have chosen Bill Ayers....and the picks are not over yet.


12 posted on 11/06/2008 8:53:25 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

More Chicago thugs in charge.


13 posted on 11/06/2008 8:54:18 AM PST by Carley (Vote McCain/Palin.....Change babies can live with.)
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To: EagleUSA
he could have chosen Bill Ayers

Secretary of Education

14 posted on 11/06/2008 8:55:31 AM PST by Brian S. Fitzgerald
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To: EagleUSA
They (Bush's team) would never do it because they're adults... but wouldn't it be delicious to have all of the “O”s mysteriously dissappear from every computer in the White House?
15 posted on 11/06/2008 8:55:50 AM PST by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)
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To: EagleUSA

Wow, looks like Emanuel is playing hardball with the Messiah - holding out for more power and perks.

Even his cronies have the One pegged as a soft touch who needs them more they they need him. Does not bode well for the future.


16 posted on 11/06/2008 8:57:50 AM PST by BigBobber
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To: Our man in washington
At least Emanuel is a strong supporter of Israel.

Whoah there! That's like 'At least Gacy liked to cheer up little kids in the hospital'. Emanuel is one of the creepier, more ruthless characters in politics today. He is an extremely dangerous man, especially teamed up with Podesta, Axelrod, and whatever other worthies they find. Never trust that he has anything but bad intentions for you.

17 posted on 11/06/2008 9:04:39 AM PST by Skid Marx
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To: Brian S. Fitzgerald
...Secretary of Education...

Contractor. He'll just keep dong what he's doing, but with $37,000,000,000,000.52 of federal funds to help out. Under the radar.

18 posted on 11/06/2008 9:15:32 AM PST by Skid Marx
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To: EagleUSA

I’m just glad that neither Ayers nor anyone named Mohammed isn’t the chief of staff.


19 posted on 11/06/2008 9:22:19 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: EagleUSA

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2127070/posts?page=46
Why Doesn’t Rahm Emanuel Pay Property Taxes?


20 posted on 11/06/2008 9:23:16 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Skid Marx
Whoah there! That's like 'At least Gacy liked to cheer up little kids in the hospital'. Emanuel is one of the creepier, more ruthless characters in politics today. He is an extremely dangerous man, especially teamed up with Podesta, Axelrod, and whatever other worthies they find. Never trust that he has anything but bad intentions for you.

Emanuel may be sort of a moderate compared to Democrat kooks like Dennis Kucinich
But Emanuel is hyper partisan and will do anything to destroy the Republican party

Rahm Emnauel is as nasty as the stuff you scrape off the bottom of your shoe

21 posted on 11/06/2008 9:25:37 AM PST by dennisw (Never bet on Islam! ::::: Never bet on a false prophet!)
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To: DannyTN

I’m just glad that neither Ayers nor anyone named Mohammed isn’t the chief of staff.
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Personally, I would pick Ayers to be head of Homeland Security. We could rest easy at night knowing we were safe from terrorism.....


22 posted on 11/06/2008 9:28:02 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: dennisw

But Emanuel is hyper partisan and will do anything to destroy the Republican party

Rahm Emnauel is as nasty as the stuff you scrape off the bottom of your shoe...
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Yes — and that is WHY Hussein picked him for that job. You can bank on it. IMHO, these commies want to destroy the two-party system. Just my “uneducated” opinion, of course.


23 posted on 11/06/2008 9:30:16 AM PST by EagleUSA
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The coin of the realm in Washington is ACCESS. It's worth more than gold. And the man who controls access to the President is the Chief of Staff. Obviously the Prez can decide to see anyone they want but the vast majority of people and issues that come up go to the Chief of Staff first and he decides whether they go to the president or not.

We know Emmanuel hates republicans and conservatives vehemently, so he will guaranteed simply prevent anyone who might represent those sorts of views from ever seeing Obama. The only way such views are ever mentioned in the oval office from this point forward will be if Obama specifically demands it. He might do that if, for example, the GOP had a powerful block in congress. But with an impotant GOP congressional block, what are the odds of Obama directing that they get a seat at the table? Nil.

We've seen how Obama will govern with this first choice.

24 posted on 11/06/2008 9:46:00 AM PST by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: EagleUSA
"Personally, I would pick Ayers to be head of Homeland Security. We could rest easy at night knowing we were safe from terrorism....."

LOL I don't know that we'd be safe, but Ayers certainly has an "insider's" view of terrorism.

25 posted on 11/06/2008 10:01:33 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: dennisw
Guys like Kucinich are suckers. They live by the left/right formula. That doesn't apply to Emanuel. He's not really a politician. He's more an apparatchik. Think Martin Bormann. Not so much 'moderate vs. extreme', as 'principled vs. ruthless'.
26 posted on 11/06/2008 10:09:04 AM PST by Skid Marx
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To: DannyTN

They accused Pres. Bush of having a “shadow government”. How does anyone know Ayers isn’t a shadow player in Obama’s REAL government? Since we will never be allowed to see Hussein’s REAL birth records, nor any record for that matter, how do we KNOW that Hussein does not have “Mohammed” as part of his real name? Just asking. The curious want to know.


27 posted on 11/06/2008 11:17:01 AM PST by Twinkie (REPENT! Look Up! The Lord's Return Is At Hand . . . . .)
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