Saturday, December 13, 2008

December appointments and announcements so far

President-elect Barack Obama talks economy, foreign policy on 'Meet the Press'
The President-elect says passing a short-term economic stimulus
package a top priority, announces cabinet nomination of General

President-elect Barack Obama lays out key parts of Economic Recovery Plan
In today's weekly address, President-elect Barack Obama explains the
key parts of his Economic Recovery Plan -- which will save or create
2.5 million jobs in the next two years.

President-elect Obama announces more key White House staff
Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced that Christina M. Tchen
will serve as White House Director of Public Liaison and Michael
Strautmanis will serve as Chief of Staff to the Assistant to the
President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison.

Vice President-elect Biden announces Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor

- President-elect Barack Obama announces Governor Bill Richardson as
Secretary of Commerce

- President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden meet
with Governors

President-elect Barack Obama names Louis Caldera Director of White
House Military Office
President-elect Barack Obama announced today that Louis Caldera will
serve as Director of the White House Military Office. Caldera brings a
lifetime of military and public service to the Military Office, which
coordinates all military support for Presidential operations.

- Key members of Obama-Biden national security team announced
President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden
officially announced key members of their national security team
today, including Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and
Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain as Secretary of

- Statement of President-elect Barack Obama [re: Mumbai]
"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the
American citizens who lost their lives in the outrageous terrorist
attacks in Mumbai. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and with
all who have been touched by this terrible tragedy."

President-Elect Barack Obama names two new White House staff members
President-elect Barack Obama today announced two new members of the
White House staff. Jonathan Favreau will serve as Director of
Speechwriting, and Cecilia Muñoz will serve as Director of
Intergovernmental Affairs.

- Thanksgiving address

Monday, November 24, 2008

press conference announcing economic team

press release and transcript from

video from

Economic team to be unveiled at press conference at noon today

from The Page

Weekly Address announces jobs plan


link / hi-res

Communications and Press Secretary jobs announced


President-elect Barack Obama today announced the following White House staff: Ellen Moran, Director of Communications; Robert Gibbs, Press Secretary; and Dan Pfeiffer, Deputy Director of Communications.

President-Elect Obama said, "These individuals will fill essential roles, and bring a breadth and depth of experience that can help our administration advance prosperity and security for the American people. This dedicated and impressive group of public servants includes longtime advisors and a talented new addition to our team, and together we will work to serve our country and meet the challenges of this defining moment in history."


More White House staff announced


President-Elect Obama and Vice President-Elect Biden today announced the following White House staff: Patrick Gaspard, Director of the Office of Political Affairs; Jackie Norris, Chief of Staff to the First Lady; Catherine (Cathy) M. Russell, Chief of Staff for Dr. Jill Biden; Cynthia Hogan, Counsel to the Vice President; and Moises (Moe) V. Vela, Jr., Director of Administration for the Office of the Vice President.


Update: more staff announced

visit to Manny's Deli


Video message to Olympic committee


How much can an incoming first family change the White House decor?

from Slate

The Players on Obama's National Security Team

from Slate

Obama Adjusts to Life Inside the Bubble

from the Wash. Post.

Armed agents patrol from the back of Obama's motorcade. (By Charles Dharapak -- Associated Press)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Transition's Energy & Environment team



Daschle reportedly to be named Secretary of HHS

From Politico

White House appointments announced


President-elect Barack Obama today announced the following key White House staff: David Axelrod, Lisa Brown, Greg Craig, and Chris Lu. David Axelrod will serve as Senior Advisor to the President, Lisa Brown will serve as Staff Secretary, Greg Craig will serve as White House Counsel, and Chris Lu will serve as Cabinet Secretary.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Agency Review team leads announced

for Treasury, State, and Defense; also Agency Review Team co-chairs and Agency Review Working Group - from The Page

phone call with the Pope

from The Page

Friday, November 7, 2008

first press conference as president-elect complete

video from C-SPAN; report and partial transcript from CNN; report from fivethirtyeight

first press conference as president-elect

coming up at 2:30 Eastern.

Gibbs to be press secretary

from Politico

don't appoint....

... these people, says Timothy Noah at Slate

Point-Counterpoint on Summers as Treasury Secretary

Josh Marshall says no, Beth Dozeretz says yes.

Transition Economic Advisory Board meets today

names and details from The Page:

· David Bonior (Member House of Representatives 1977-2003)

· Warren Buffett (Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway)-will participate via speakerphone

· Roel Campos (former SEC Commissioner)

· William Daley (Chairman of the Midwest, JP Morgan Chase; Former Secretary, U.S. Dept of Commerce, 1997-2000)

· William Donaldson (Former Chairman of the SEC 2003-2005)

· Roger Ferguson (President and CEO, TIAA-CREF and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve)

· Jennifer Granholm (Governor, State of Michigan)

· Anne Mulcahy (Chairman and CEO, Xerox)

· Richard Parsons (Chairman of the Board, Time Warner)

· Penny Pritzker (CEO, Classic Residence by Hyatt)

· Robert Reich (University of California, Berkeley; Former Secretary, U.S. Dept of Labor, 1993-1997)

· Robert Rubin (Chairman and Director of the Executive Committee, Citigroup; Former Secretary, U.S. Dept of Treasury, 1995-1999)

· Eric Schmidt (Chairman and CEO, Google)

· Lawrence Summers (Harvard University; Managing Director, D.E. Shaw; Former Secretary, U.S. Dept of Treasury, 1999-2001)

· Laura Tyson (Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley; Former Chairman, National Economic Council, 1995-1996; Former Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisors, 1993-1995)

· Antonio Villaraigosa (Mayor, City of Los Angeles)

· Paul Volcker (Former Chairman, U.S. Federal Reserve 1979-1987)

The President-Elect's Friday

from The Page is live - the official website of the President-Elect

Emanuel becomes chief

The Page

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

transition team forming

leaders: John Podesta, Pete Rouse, Valerie Jarrett (AP)

members: Janet Napolitano, Federico Peña, Bill Daley (ABC News)

spokespeople: Dan Pfeiffer, Stephanie Cutter (NY Times)

Emanuel offered chief of staff job

according to Jake Tapper of ABC News (more from Politico)

cabinet jobs to fill

and short lists of names to fill them from Politico:

Defense secretary: (short list: Chuck Hagel, Richard Danzig, John Hamre, Robert Gates)

Attorney general: (short list: Tim Kaine, Eric Holder, Deval Patrick, Janet Napolitano)

Secretary of State: (short list: Bill Richardson, John Kerry, Richard Lugar)

Deputy secretary of State: (short list: Gregory Craig)

Director of State Department policy planning: (short list: Samantha Power)

ambassador to the United Nations: (short list: Susan Rice, Caroline Kennedy)

Treasury secretary: (short list: Larry Summers, Robert Rubin, Sheila C. Bair, Timothy Geithner, Paul Volcker)

Deputy Treasury secretary: (short list: Jake Siewert)

Secretary of Health and Human Services: (short list: Tom Daschle, Howard Dean, John Kitzhaber)

Health care czar: (short list: Tom Daschle)

Global warming czar: (short list: Al Gore)

Education secretary: (short list: David Boren, Tom Kean, George Miller)

Environmental Protection Agency administrator: (short list: Lincoln Chafee, Kathleen McGinty)

Commerce secretary: (short list: Penny Pritzker, Kathleen Sebelius, Olympia Snowe)

Homeland Security secretary: (short list: Gary Hart, William Bratton, Tim Roemer, Jane Harman, Susan Collins)

CIA director: (short list: Tim Roemer, Jane Harman)

Director of National Intelligence: (short list: Jane Harman)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: (short list: Valerie Jarrett, Jesse Jackson Jr.)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs: (short list: Max Cleland, Tammy Duckworth, James Peake)

Secretary of the Interior: (short list: Jay Inslee, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.)

Secretary of Energy: (short list: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeff Bingaman)

Secretary of Transportation: (short list: Earl Blumenauer, Jim Oberstar)

Secretary of Labor: (short list: Richard Gephardt, Andrew Stern)

Secretary of Agriculture: (short list: Tom Vilsack, Collin Peterson)

Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy: (short list: William Bratton)

Director, Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships: (short list: Josh DuBois)

Supreme Court nominee: (short list: Robert Barnett, Cass Sunstein, Deval Patrick, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan)

Staff jobs to fill

and short lists of names to fill them from Politico:

chief of staff (short list: Rahm Emanuel, Tom Daschle, Bill Daley)

deputy chief of staff (short list: Pete Rouse, Ron Klain, Valerie Jarrett; Jim Messina

senior adviser (short list: David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Steve Hildebrand)

outside adviser (short list: Abner Mikva)

National security adviser: (short list: Jim Steinberg, Gregory Craig, Susan Rice, Anthony Zinni, Samantha Power

White House counsel: (short list: Bob Bauer, Chris Lu, Heather Higginbottom, Mike Strautmanis)

chief of staff to vice president: (short list: Tony Blinken, Stephanie Cutter, Alan Hoffman, Ted Kaufman)

chief of staff to first lady: (short list: Alyssa Mastromonaco, Melissa Winter, Linda Douglass)

counselor: (short list: Robert Gibbs, Anita Dunn, Valerie Jarrett, Jon Favreau)

communications director: (short list: Robert Gibbs, Dan Pfeiffer)

deputy communications director: (short list: Josh Earnest)

press secretary: (short list: Robert Gibbs, Linda Douglass, Bill Burton, Stephanie Cutter)

deputy press secretary: (short list: Karen Dunn)

assistant press secretary: (short list: Isaac Baker, Reid Cherlin, Ben LaBolt, Moira Mack, Hari Sevugan, Nick Shapiro)

director of media affairs: (short list: Blake Zeff)

speechwriting director: (short list: Jon Favreau, Jeff Nussbaum)

press secretary to the first lady: (short list: Katie McCormick Lelyveld)

economic adviser: (short list: Austan Goolsbee, Jason Furman, Michael Froman)

domestic policy adviser: (short list: Heather Higginbottom, Jason Furman, Neera Tanden)

director of scheduling: (short list: Marvin Nicholson)

personal aide: (short list: Reggie Love)

cabinet secretary: (short list: Christine Varney)

White House staff secretary: (short list: Cassandra Butts)

director of legislative affairs: (short list: Chris Lu, Mike Strautmanis)

political director: (short list: Erik Smith)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Politico on transition and cabinet

Politico's first(?) fill-the-Cabinet story.