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Old 07-24-2008, 03:01 PM  
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Barack Hussein Forms Presidential Transition Team?

http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/...rk_on_pres.php

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 Shalaigh Murray 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.

New Presidents have only three months to complete a herculean remaking of the equivalent of ten of the world's biggest companies. Most presidential candidates don’t spend precious campaign time thinking about to do, so the questions come fast and furious: how do you your turn your ideas into policy? What do you do first? What does Congress expect? What last-minute executive orders should you overturn? What will your first 100 days look like? How will you vet and when will you appoint major cabinet secretaries and political appointees? What’s he proper balance of power between executive department? Budgets, costs, logistics?

A campaign spokesperson confirmed that transition planning had begun but would provide no further details. An adviser said that the campaign wants to keep the process as low profile as possible in order to minimize distractions.

A public announcement is planned for the fall.

“Given the myriad challenges that will face the next president, Barack would encourage Sen. McCain to begin to undertake a similar process,” the adviser said.

A McCain spokesperson said the campaign would not discuss the subject with reporters.
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:04 PM   #2
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the last one had a transition team too... joseph of aramathea... the women anointing him with spices... Lord Messiah Barack, the most merciful, is just being prudent.
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:08 PM   #3
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“Given the myriad challenges that will face the next president, Barack would encourage Sen. McCain to begin to undertake a similar process,” the adviser said.
I'd have to agree. Whomever wins, it's a herculean task. They need to be ready to hit the ground running in January.
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:10 PM   #4
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I'd have to agree. Whomever wins, it's a herculean task. They need to be ready to hit the ground running in January.
I'm not sure it's any more of a herculean task than any other transition. Do you?
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:12 PM   #5
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I'm not sure it's any more of a herculean task than any other transition. Do you?
Considering we have massive economic issues, two major "hot" military deployments, a "War on Terror" with an even greater scope, etc., yes I do. I think it's a considerably greater task than the last few administrations have faced at the time of hand-off.

I'd hope both campaigns are looking to planning for the transition now, instead of waiting and trying to do both the planning and execution in half the time.
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Considering we have massive economic issues, two major "hot" military deployments, a "War on Terror" with an even greater scope, etc., yes I do. I think it's a considerably greater task than the last few administrations have faced at the time of hand-off.

I'd hope both campaigns are looking to planning for the transition now, instead of waiting and trying to do both the planning and execution in half the time.
I was just reading about the Presidential Transition Act 0f 2000.
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So I take it you feel both McCain and Obama should not worry about planning for what will likely be one of the most difficult hand-offs since at least the Vietnam War in advance? Why should either of them waste three months planning time, and simply try to plan and execute a transition in less than three months?

Seems rather silly to me. In my experience, the more care and effort put into preparing for a change, the more successful it is likely to be.

Or is your only real problem, as I suspect, the letter after the name of the guy who is doing it?

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I was just reading about the Presidential Transition Act 0f 2000.
How do you feel that applies to the (IMO common sense approach) of beginning to plan for an eventuality before you absolutely have to?
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Time for McCain to form his "Retirement Transition Team".
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This bothers me about Obama. You can stack this right up next to his Presidential seal-like logo he had for a day or so. He's had a few actions along these lines and his foregone conclusion is becoming obvious.

The guy is cocky, and that's good. But sometimes it can sure bite you in the ass.
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This bothers me about Obama. You can stack this right up next to his Presidential seal-like logo he had for a day or so. He's had a few actions along these lines and his foregone conclusion is becoming obvious.

The guy is cocky, and that's good. But sometimes it can sure bite you in the ass.
Of all people and things, you had a problem with the seal?
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How do you feel that applies to the (IMO common sense approach) of beginning to plan for an eventuality before you absolutely have to?
I wasn't aware of the act, but it sounds like certain aspects of transition are discussed with each candidate as the GE draws near.

Honestly, I would think that Barack Hussein (or anyone else) would need this much time to transition. So, he's either not very efficient/a good planner, or he's an egomaniac.

Maybe both.
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This bothers me about Obama. You can stack this right up next to his Presidential seal-like logo he had for a day or so. He's had a few actions along these lines and his foregone conclusion is becoming obvious.

The guy is cocky, and that's good. But sometimes it can sure bite you in the ass.
Oh yeah, I forgot about the seal.
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Considering we have massive economic issues, two major "hot" military deployments, a "War on Terror" with an even greater scope, etc., yes I do. I think it's a considerably greater task than the last few administrations have faced at the time of hand-off.

I'd hope both campaigns are looking to planning for the transition now, instead of waiting and trying to do both the planning and execution in half the time.
I will be very interested to know when Hussein is going to get us more oil.
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