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76 Days to Go: Obama Gets Ready to Transition

The grueling campaign may be over, but the work has just started for Barack Obama. With construction on the White House inauguration set already underway, and with only 76 days until Bush's time is up, Obama has wasted no time assembling his new team, beginning first by offering Rahm Emanuel the role of chief of staff.

As for the other administration spots, three co-chairs are heading the transition team and the search for cabinet members. These transition specialists include: Valerie Jarrett (a friend and adviser of Obama), John D. Podesta (a Clinton chief of staff), and Pete Rouse (Obama’s Senate chief of staff).

One of the most urgent positions to fill is that of treasury secretary, a post now filled by Henry Paulson. A few names are floating around, including former treasury secretaries that served under either Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, or Ronald Reagan. New Jersey's governor and former Goldman Sachs CEO Jon Corzine is also said to be in the running.

I'm looking forward to hearing who makes the cut for Obama's team of rivals!


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mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I would love to go to the ball, I bet it would be pretty sweet!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
"tickets to Obama's Inaugural Ball" That's a really big deal isn't it? Everyone can debate about what you'll wear to it! Give us something to talk about post election.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
"work, cover girl, work, turn to the left, work, cover girl, sashay shante!"
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Of course Momma! We'll take over and make it a Citizen Sugar event, hehehe. Obama will get to go to plenty of balls in his presidency, so I'm sure he won't mind! ;-)
janneth janneth 8 years
76 days is like tomorrow.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
"hope that means she can reciprocate by getting us tickets to Obama's Inaugural Ball" us? as in us? because when you say us I take it as your talking about us? ;)
Jillness Jillness 8 years
WOW, City Girl! You are so lucky!!! That would be such an amazing night! Be sure to take mental notes and report back to us! ;)
janneth janneth 8 years
My and City, wow how cool to have a connection. Keep us all in the loop when you find out things.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
My best college girlfriend's dad (a DC attorney) is on the transition team, and since I scored my friend tickets to the Inauguration, I hope that means she can reciprocate by getting us tickets to Obama's Inaugural Ball! :fingerscrossed: Hehehe
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i keep hearing more and more about the people that he's thinking about for various offices and there are going to be a lot of different debates about those as well. i can't wait to hear these discussions!
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
My aunt is part of the transitional team, they began talking to her about 2 months ago and moreso in the past 2 weeks. I'm so excited about for her, she has worked her butt off for little money for years and, though I'm biased, think that Obama did a great job picking her!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I would watch anything with RuPaul in it. I remember reading that Obama's transition team was in place and operational long ago. I think that will prove to be very helpful now, as they can hit the ground running.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
They should do a reality show "redecorate the white house!" Martha can host it, NO NO RuPaul, just cause....I would watch it.
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