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    Posted: November 07 2008 at 10:03am
 
 
 
Have You Been To D.C. When The Cherry Trees Are In Bloom?
 
 
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Press Conference Today

November 7, 2008 at 2:30 P.M. ET


After the meeting of Pres.- Elect. Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board.
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President-Elect Barack Obama is signaling quick movement on the economy, with his advisers moments ago rolling out a list of important economic figures who will serve on his Transition Economic Advisory Board.

Obama and Joe Biden will meet with the group on Friday, November 7, 2008 and hold a press conference afterwards, Camp Obama announces.


The group includes a bunch of expected names. There’s Warren Buffett (who endorsed Obama) and Governor Jennifer Granholm, as well as some heavy-hitters from the Clinton universe, like Robert Rubin and Robert Reich.

Also serving: Harvard’s Lawrence Summers and former Federal Reserve chair Paul Volcker.

Obama’s press conference — which will take place on Friday, November 7, 2008 at 2:30 P.M. ET, is likely to be a media zoo, both because it will offer clues to Obama’s first moves on the economy and because it’s his first press conference as President-Elect.

(Transition Economic Advisory Board)

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)
Gov. 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)
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Good luck, O! I often wonder if both of the candidates would return home to their wives after long days of campaigning, look at this mess and say....."oh my god....I so do not want this job now". After all, gas was cheap and the market was near 14,000 when they both threw their hats in the ring. I'd be like, "hey...I just found this out, but it turns out I wasn't born in the United States after all.....as much as I'd like the opportunity to lead this great nation out of this cesspool, it looks like you'll have to find someone else..."
I do everything my Rice Crispies tell me to....
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Obama Plans to Confront Economy 'Head-On'



By KATE BARRETT, JONATHAN KARL and MARK MOONEY
Nov. 7, 2008


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He made a point, however, of saying at the beginning of his first news conference since

winning the election on Tuesday that he was not going to compete with President Bush's economic planning.

"The United States has only one government and one president, and until Jan. 20 of next

year, that government is the current administration," he said.



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the inspiration for the character Josh Lyman on The West Wing  
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Rahm Israel Emanuel


(born November 29, 1959) is an American politician who has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing Illinois's 5th congressional district, which covers much of the north side of Chicago and parts of suburban Cook County.


White House Chief of Staff
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On November 6, 2008, Emanuel accepted the position of White House Chief of Staff for Barack Obama.


Personal life
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Rahm Israel Emanuel (Hebrew‎) was born in Chicago, Illinois.[31] His first name, Rahm, means "high" or "lofty" in Hebrew,[32] while his last name, Emanuel, means "God is with us."
According to his father, his son is the namesake of Rahamim, a Lehi combatant who was killed.[33] Rahm’s surname was adopted by his family in 1933...



...his brother Ari is a talent agent in Los Angeles who inspired Jeremy Piven's character Ari Gold on the HBO series Entourage.[6] Emanuel himself is the inspiration for the character Josh Lyman on The West Wing[36]. Emanuel is a first cousin of Howard Stern Show writer Benjy Bronk.


Sarah Lawrence College
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Located 15 miles north of Manhattan.[
Sarah Lawrence was founded in 1926 as a women's college and became a coeducational institution in 1968.

Political involvement and activism

Political activism has played a crucial role in forming the spirit of the Sarah Lawrence community since the early years of the College. As early as 1938, students were volunteering in working-class sections of Yonkers, New York to help bring equality and educational opportunities to poor and minority citizens, and the Sarah Lawrence College War Board, organized by students in the fall of 1942, sought to aid troops fighting in World War II.

During a time when the College's enrollment consisted of only 293 students, 204 signed up as volunteers during the first week of the War Board.[5] During the so-called McCarthy Years, a number of Sarah Lawrence's faculty members were accused by the American Legion of being sympathetic to the Communist Party, and were called before the Jenner Committee.[6] Since that time, activism has played a central role in student life, with movements for civil rights and against the Vietnam War in the 1960s and for student and faculty diversity in the 1980s.

Also in the 1960s, students established an Upward Bound program for students from lower-income and poverty areas to prepare for college.[7] Theatre Outreach, the Child Development Institute, the Empowering Teachers Program, the Community Writers program, the Office of Community Partnership, and the Fulbright High School Writers Program are among the many programs founded the since the 1970s to provide services to the larger community.

In the late 1980s, students occupied Westlands, the main administrative building for the campus, in a sit-in for wider diversity. Students have remained active in recent years, with numerous organizations and movements sprouting in response to the Iraq War. For many years, the College has been considered as being at the vanguard of the sexual rights movement.

Political views
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During his original 2002 campaign, Emanuel "indicated his support of President Bush's position on Iraq, but said he believed the president needed to better articulate his position to the American people".[7] One of the major goals he spoke of during the race was "to help make health care affordable and available for all Americans".[7]

Emanuel has maintained a 100 percent pro-choice voting record and is generally liberal on social issues. He has aligned himself with the centrist wing of the Democratic Party, the Democratic Leadership Council.

Emanuel has been described as a "strong Israel partisan"[26] and a "convinced Zionist" and "prominent figure in the US Jewish lobby."[27] A strong supporter of AIPAC, he personally introduced fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama to the organization's directors during the 2008 presidential campaign.[28]

A November 2008 article claimed that while expressing empathy for Palestinians, Emanuel has explicitly condemned their leaders.[29] In June 2007, Emanuel condemned an outbreak of Palestinian violence in the Gaza Strip and criticized Arab countries for not applying the same kind of pressure on the Palestinians as they have on Israel. "Fatah and Hamas are tearing the Palestinian area of the Gaza strip apart in what they call a political rivalry, and the Palestinian people are paying a price for Palestinian violence," he said at the time. "Governments from around the world and the Arab world have said nothing. ... I just want you to think for a second, if this were the result of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities, would the international silence and the silence of the Arab world be this deafening?" At a 2003 pro-Israel rally in Chicago, Emanuel told the marchers Israel was ready for peace but would not get there until Palestinians "turn away from the path of terror", according to the Chicago Tribune.[29]

In his book, Emanuel advocated a 3 month compulsory universal service program for Americans between the ages of 18 and 25. [30]






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He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981, and went on to receive a master's degree in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985. While still an undergraduate, he joined the congressional campaign of David Robinson of Chicago.[42]

Emanuel was a civilian volunteer in the Israel Defense Forces during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, serving in one of Israel's northern bases.[13][14]

Emanuel's wife, Amy Rule, a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, converted to Modern Orthodox Judaism shortly before her wedding.[13] They are members of Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel, a Modern Orthodox congregation in Chicago.[7] They have three children, son Zachariah and daughters Ilana and Leah. Rahm is 5'11".[citation needed]

Rabbi Asher Lopatin of Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation is quoted as saying: "It's a very involved Jewish family"; "Amy was one of the teachers for a class for children during the High Holidays two years ago."[7] Emanuel has said of his Judaism: "I am proud of my heritage and treasure the values it has taught me."[7] Emanuel's family lives on the North Side of Chicago, in the North Center neighborhood.[31]

Emanuel trains for and participates in triathlons.[19]
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certainly not a boring fellow...
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Emanuel is said to have "mailed a rotten fish to a former coworker after the two parted ways."[7] On the night after the
1996 election
, "Emanuel was so angry at the president's enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting 'Dead! ... Dead! ... Dead!' and plunging the knife into the table after every name."[6] His "take-no-prisoners attitude" earned him the nickname "Rahm-bo".[7] People who worked with Emanuel at that time "insist the once hard-charging staffer has mellowed out."
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Emanuel is noted for his strong style and his political fundraising abilities.[6] He is also a member of the New Democrat Coalition, and a central proponent of neo-liberal economic policies in his capacity as an advisor during the Clinton administration. He co-authored the 2006 book The Plan: Big Ideas for America with its President, Bruce Reed.[citation needed]



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people with money like him
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[edit] 2008 Contributions

Open Secrets reports that Rahm Emanuel "was the top House recipient in the 2008 election cycle of contributions from hedge funds, private equity firms and the larger securities/investment industry".[22]



Mayer, Lindsay Renick (November 5, 2008). "Obama's Pick for Chief of Staff Tops Recipients of Wall Street Money", Open Secrets. Retrieved on November 6, 2008. 

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Obama's Pick for Chief of Staff Tops Recipients of Wall Street Money


Published by Lindsay Renick Mayer on
November 5, 2008 5:41 PM
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A day after being elected president and acknowledging "the worst financial crisis in a century," Barack Obama asked one of the biggest recipients of Wall Street campaign contributions to be his chief of staff. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois congressman who was an aide in the Clinton White House, was the top House recipient in the 2008 election cycle of contributions from hedge funds, private equity firms and the larger securities/investment industry--not the most popular of industries in the current economy. Since being elected to Congress in 2002, after working as an investment banker, Emanuel has received more money from individuals and PACs in the securities and investment business than any other industry.
















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What Obama's Spending Plans Mean for Your Portfolio

By Alyce Lomax and Dayana Yochim
November 7, 2008

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The plan for growth and restraint
Paying down the monstrous national debt while funding new and existing projects will require a deft balancing act. Obama has said he will handle the give-and-take by adhering to budget rules that demand new spending be paid for in one of two ways: through cuts to other programs, or with new revenue -- "new revenue" being a less hot-button way of saying "taxes."

One major spending initiative under an Obama administration focuses on getting businesses back into hiring mode. According to his campaign platform, we could see: 

  • A $3,000 tax credit for each employee hired in 2009 and 2010.
  • Sweeteners for small businesses, such as allowing small businesses to expense as much as $250,000 until the end of 2009.
  • Capital gains tax cuts on small-business investments.

Obama has also said he favors infrastructure projects -- roads, bridges, schools, and such -- to create work in an economy that is rapidly bleeding jobs. For investors, that bodes well for companies that have some relationship to infrastructure, such as construction and project-management companies like Fluor (NYSE: FLR) and KBR (NYSE: KBR).  

Another major spending plan is a $25 billion "Jobs and Growth Fund." In addition, Obama has proposed a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures for "homeowners acting in good faith," as well as a $25 billion stimulus package for state governments -- to give them less reason to raise property taxes. States are also suffering from the housing crisis, since plunging home values translate into falling tax revenues; California recently admitted it was facing a big cash crunch and asked for federal assistance.

To free up cash for spending proposals, Obama has suggested reducing the number of troops in Iraq, raising taxes on high-income filers, doing away with corporate loopholes, and carefully vetting earmarks -- as well as demanding more transparency for them to begin with.

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OBAMA'S (email) LIST

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"Just imagine what happens when a congressman comes back to his district and 500 people are lined up for his town hall meeting because they got an e-mail from Obama urging them to attend," said Thomas Gensemer, managing partner of Blue State Digital which designed Obama's campaign Web site and change.gov.


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Who's in Line for What?
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Hillary Clinton
Sec. of State

Timothy Geithner
(He knows Wall St.)
In Line for Treas. Sec.

Bill Richardson
(thay say he wanted Sec. of State)
In Line for
Commerce?
Interior?

Jim Jones
in line for
National Security Advisor


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On November 24, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama nominated
 
Timothy F. Geithner to be
 
Treasury Secretary
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Early life and education
 
Geithner was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Deborah and Peter F. Geithner of Larchmont, New York.[2]
 
He completed high school at International School Bangkok, Thailand,[2] and then attended Dartmouth College, graduating with a A.B. in government and Asian studies in 1983. He obtained an M.A. in International Economics and East Asian Studies from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in 1985.[3] He has studied Japanese and Chinese and has lived in present-day Zimbabwe, India, Thailand, and China.[4]

Personal life

He married Dartmouth classmate Carole M. Sonnenfeld in 1985 at his parents' summer home in Orleans, Massachusetts and Rev. Thomas Keehn, a United Church of Christ minister, officiated at the wedding.[2] They have two children, Elise and Benjamin.[5] In spare time he fly-fishes, plays tennis and surfs.[6]

Career

After completing his studies, Geithner worked for Kissinger and Associates in Washington, D.C., for three years and then joined the International Affairs division of the U.S. Treasury Department in 1988. He was deputy assistant secretary for international monetary and financial policy (1995–1996), senior deputy assistant secretary for international affairs (1996-1997), assistant secretary for international affairs (1997–1998).[3]
 
He was Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs (1998–2001) under Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers.[3] Summers was his mentor,[7] but other sources call him a Rubin protégé.[8][9][10]
In 2002 he left the Treasury to join the Council on Foreign Relations as a Senior Fellow in the International Economics department.[5] At the International Monetary Fund he was director of the Policy Development and Review Department (2001-2003).[3]
 
In October 2003, he was named president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.[11] His salary in 2007 was $398,200.[12] Once at the New York Fed, he became Vice Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee component. In 2006, he also became a member of the Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty.[citation needed]
In March 2008, he arranged the rescue and sale of Bear Stearns.[7][13]
 
As a Treasury official, he helped manage multiple international crisis of the 1990s[9] in Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Thailand.[10]
On November 24, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama nominated Geithner to be Treasury Secretary.[14][15] Geithner believes, along with Hank Paulson, that the Treasury Department needs new authority to experiment with responses to the financial crisis of 2008.[7]
 
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William Blaine Richardson III
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A senior Democratic party official indicated that Richardson would likely be
 
Obama's choice for
 
Commerce Secretary
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Early life and education
 
Bill Richardson was born in Pasadena, California to María Luisa López-Collada Márquez (born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1914) and William Blaine Richardson Jr. (1891–1972), a Nicaragua-born Citibank executive[3] who lived and worked in Mexico City for decades. Richardson's mother was a socialite in Mexico,[4] and she largely took care of him during his youth. He has a younger sister, Vesta.
 
Just before Richardson was born, his mother was sent to California, where her husband's sister lived, to give birth because, as Richardson explained, "My father had a complex about not having been born in the United States."[5] Three of his four grandparents were Mexican citizens, and he identifies himself as Hispanic.[5]
 
Richardson, a U.S. citizen by birthright, was raised during his childhood in Mexico City.[4] At age 13, Richardson's parents sent him to Massachusetts to attend a Boston-area preparatory school, Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, where he played baseball as a pitcher. He entered Tufts University in 1966 where he continued to play baseball.
 
Richardson's original biographies stated that he had been drafted by the Kansas City Athletics and the Chicago Cubs to play professional baseball, but a 2005 Albuquerque Journal investigation revealed that he never was on any official draft. Richardson acknowledged the error which he claimed was unintentional, saying that he had been scouted by several teams and told that he "would or could" be drafted, but was mistaken in saying that he was actually drafted.[6]
 
In 1967, he pitched in the amateur Cape Cod Baseball League for the Cotuit Kettleers in Cotuit, Massachusetts. A Kettleers program included the words "Drafted by K.C." The information which according to the investigation was generally provided by the players or their college coaches. Richardson said:
"When I saw that program in 1967, I was convinced I was drafted...And it stayed with me all these years."[7]
He earned a Bachelor's degree at Tufts in 1970, majoring in French and political science and was a brother and president of Delta Tau Delta. He went on to earn a master's degree in international affairs from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1971. While still in high school, he met his future wife, Barbara Flavin. They married in 1972 and have no children.

[edit] Early political career

After college, Richardson worked for Republican Congressman F. Bradford Morse from Massachusetts. He was later a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Richardson worked on congressional relations for the Henry Kissinger State Department during the Nixon Administration.

[edit] U.S. Congressman

In 1978, Richardson moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and ran for Congress in 1980 as a Democrat, losing narrowly to longtime 1st District congressman and future United States Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan (R). Two years later, Richardson was elected to New Mexico's newly-created third district, taking in most of the northern part of the state.
 
Bill Richardson as a congressmanRichardson spent a little more than 14 years in Congress, during which time he represented the country's most diverse district and held 2,000 town meetings.[4]
 
Richardson served as Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the 98th Congress (1983–1985) and as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Native American Affairs in the 103rd Congress (1993–1994).
 
While in the House, Richardson sponsored bills such as the Indian Tribal Justice Act, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments, the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act, the American Indian Agricultural Resource Management Act, the Indian Dams Safety Act, the Tribal Self-Governance Act, the Indian Tribal Jurisdiction Bill (commonly known as the “Duro Fix”) and the Jicarilla Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act.
 
Bill Richardson (center), as the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, circa 1984.He became a member of the Democratic leadership as a deputy majority whip, where he befriended Bill Clinton after they worked closely on several issues.[4]
 
Clinton in turn sent Richardson on various foreign policy missions, including a trip in 1996 in which Richardson traveled to Baghdad with Peter Bourne and engaged in lengthy one-on-one negotiations with Saddam Hussein to secure the release of two American aerospace workers who had been captured by the Iraqis after wandering over the Kuwaiti border.
 
Richardson also visited Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Peru, India, North Korea, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Sudan to represent U.S. interests and met with Slobodan Milosevic.[4] Due to these missions, Richardson was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.[4]

[edit] U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
 
In 1997, Clinton appointed Richardson as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. As ambassador, he represented the United States in UN proceedings regarding the Palestinian National Authority and the State of Israel,[8] the completion of negotiations that strengthened the role and mandate of the United Nations Environment Programme regarding ecologically sustainable development,[9] as well as other duties of an ambassador to the UN.
 
Richardson served there until 1998, when he was appointed U.S. Secretary of Energy, a post that he held for the remainder of the Clinton administration. According to his autobiography, Richardson was asked by the White House in 1997 to interview Monica Lewinsky for a job on his staff at the UN. Richardson did so, and offered her a position, which she declined.[10]
 
 

[edit] U.S. Secretary of Energy
 
Richardson as Secretary of EnergyThe Senate confirmed Richardson to be Clinton's Secretary of Energy on July 31, 1998. His tenure at the Department of Energy was marred by the Wen Ho Lee nuclear espionage scandal, during which Richardson publicly named Lee, an employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, as a suspect who might have given nuclear secrets to the Chinese government; Lee later was cleared of the charges and won a settlement against the federal government for the accusation.[12]
 
Richardson was also criticized by the Senate for his handling of the espionage inquiry, which involved missing hard drives with sensitive data, by not testifying in front of Congress sooner. Richardson justified his response by saying that he was waiting to uncover more information before speaking to Congress.[13]
 
Republican Senators called for Richardson's resignation while both parties criticized his role in the incident, and the scandal ended Richardson's hope of being named as Al Gore's running mate for the 2000 presidential election.[4]
 
Richardson tightened security as a result of the scandal, along with becoming the first Energy Secretary with a plan to dispose of nuclear waste.[4] He created the Director for Native American Affairs position in the Department in 1998, and in January 2000 oversaw the largest return of federal lands, 84,000 acres (340 km²), to an Indian Tribe (the Northern Ute Tribe of Utah) in more than 100 years.[14] Richardson also directed the overhaul of the Department's consultation policy with Native American tribes and established the Tribal Energy Program.

[edit] Educational and corporate positions
 
With the end of the Clinton administration in January 2001, Richardson took on a number of different positions. He was an adjunct professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a lecturer at the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West.[15]
 
In 2000, Bill Richardson was awarded a United States Institute of Peace Senior Fellowship. He spent the next year researching and writing on the negotiations with North Korea and the energy dimensions of U.S. relations.
 
Richardson also joined Kissinger McLarty Associates, a "strategic advisory firm" headed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Clinton White House chief of staff Mack McLarty, as Senior Managing Director.[16] From February 2001 to June of 2002, he served on the board of directors of Peregrine Systems, Inc. He also served on the corporate boards of several energy companies, including Valero Energy Corporation and Diamond Offshore Drilling.
 
He withdrew from these boards after being nominated by the Democratic Party for governor of New Mexico, but retained considerable stock holdings in Valero and Diamond Offshore.[17] He would later sell these stocks during his campaign for President in 2007, saying he was "getting questions" about the propriety of these holdings, especially given his past as energy secretary, and that it had become a distraction.[18]

[edit] Governor of New Mexico
 
Richardson was elected governor of New Mexico in November 2002, having defeated the Republican candidate, John Sanchez, 56–39%. During the campaign, he set a Guinness World Record for most handshakes in eight hours by a politician, breaking Theodore Roosevelt's record.[19] He succeeded a two-term Republican governor, Gary E. Johnson. He took office in January 2003 as the only Hispanic Governor in the United States, other than then-Governor Sila María Calderón of Puerto Rico.
 
Richardson was a rumored Vice Presidential candidate for Senator and Democratic presumptive nominee Barack Obama and was fully vetted by the Obama campaign,[32] before Obama chose Joe Biden on August 23, 2008.[33]

A senior Democratic party official indicated that Richardson would likely be Obama's choice for Commerce Secretary, as Hillary Rodham Clinton will likely take the more senior post of Secretary of State.[37] On November 22, Bill Richardson was confirmed to be Obama's Commerce Secretary. [38]
 
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As of November 20, reports have surfaced that indicate
 
General James Jones
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will be nominated as Obama's
 
National Security Advisor
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Early life
 
Jones was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Having spent his formative years in France, he returned to the United States to attend the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966. Jones, who is 6-foot, 4-inches, played forward on the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team.[2]
In January 1967, Jones was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
 
[edit] Early career
 
Upon completion of The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia in October 1967, he was ordered to the Republic of Vietnam, where he served as a platoon and company commander with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines. While overseas, he was promoted to First Lieutenant in June 1968.
Returning to the United States in December 1968, Jones was assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, where he served as a company commander until May 1970.
 
He then received orders to Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., for duties as a company commander, serving in this assignment until July 1973. While at this post (December 1970) he was promoted to Captain. From July 1973 until June 1974, he was a student at the Amphibious Warfare School, MCB Quantico, Virginia.
In November 1974, he received orders to report to the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan where he served as the company commander of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, until December 1975.
 
From January 1976 to August 1979, Jones served in the Officer Assignments Section at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.. During this assignment, he was promoted to Major in July 1977. Remaining in Washington, his next assignment was as the Marine Corps Liaison Officer to the United States Senate, where he served until July 1984. As Liaison Officer, his first boss was John McCain, then a United States Navy captain.[2] He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in September 1982
 
[edit] Senior staff and command
 
He was selected to attend the National War College in Washington, D.C.. Following graduation in June 1985, he was assigned to command the 3rd Battalion 9th Marines,1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton, California, from July 1985 to July 1987.
 
In August 1987, Jones returned to Headquarters Marine Corps, where he served as Senior Aide to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He was promoted to Colonel in April 1988, and became the Military Secretary to the Commandant in February 1989. During August 1990, Jones was assigned as the commanding officer of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During his tour with the 24th MEU, he participated in Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq and Turkey.
 
He was advanced to Brigadier General on April 23, 1992. General Jones was assigned to duties as Deputy Director, J-3, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, on July 15, 1992. During this tour of duty, he was reassigned as Chief of Staff, Joint Task Force Provide Promise, for operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Republic of Macedonia.
 
Returning to the United States, he was advanced to the rank of Major General in July 1994, and was assigned as Commanding General, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Forces Atlantic, MCB Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. General Jones next served as Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division (N85), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, during 1996, then as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.. He was advanced to Lieutenant General on July 18, 1996. His next assignment was as the Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense.
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On April 21, 1999, he was nominated for appointment to the grade of General and assignment as the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. He was promoted to General on June 30, 1999, and assumed the post on July 1, 1999. He served as Commandant until January 2003.
 
Among other innovations during his career as Marine Corps Commandant, General Jones oversaw the Marine Corps's development of MARPAT camouflage uniforms, and the adoption of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. These replaced the woodland uniforms, and the LINE combat system, respectively.
 
[edit] SACEUR/EUCOM
 
General Jones assumed duties as the Commander of U.S. European Command on January 16, 2003 and Supreme Allied Commander Europe on January 17, 2003. He is the first Marine Corps general to serve as SACEUR/EUCOM commander.
 
The Marine Corps had only recently begun to take on a larger share of high-level assignments in the Department of Defense. General Jones was one of five serving Marine Corps four-star general officers who outranked the current Commandant of the Marine Corps (General James T. Conway) in terms of seniority and time-in-grade — the others being Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace; former Commandant Michael Hagee, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command James E. Cartwright, and Assistant Commandant Robert Magnus.[1]
 
As SACEUR, Jones led the Allied Command Operations (ACO), comprising NATO’s military forces in Europe, from the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium, General Jones relinquished command as SACEUR on December 7, 2006, and was succeeded by United States Army General John Craddock.[3]
 
General Jones was reported to have declined an opportunity to succeed General John P. Abizaid as Commander of U.S. Central Command, and stepped down as SACEUR on December 4, 2006 and retired from the U.S. Marine Corps on February 1, 2007.[3]
 
[edit] Decorations
[edit] U.S. decorations
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General Jones' personal decorations include:
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
 Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
 Silver Star
Gold award star
Gold award star
Gold award star
Gold award star
 Legion of Merit with four gold stars
Valor device
 Bronze Star with Combat "V"
 Combat Action Ribbon
[edit] Foreign decorations
 
In January 2007, Jones was awarded Canada's Meritorious Service Cross by Governor General Michaëlle Jean.[4]
 
Foreign and non-U.S. personal and unit decorations include but not limited to (in order of precedence based on military guidelines and award date):
    * Flag of South Vietnam Gallantry Cross Regiment Citation with Bronze Star
    *  France Légion d'honneur, Commandeur (Commander)
    *  France Ordre national du Mérite, Officier (Officer)
    *  Canada Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division); Post-nominal: M.S.C.[5]
    *  Estonia Order of the Cross of the Eagle, Class 1 (Estonian: Kotkaristi I Klassi Teenetemärk) [2]
    *  Lithuania Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, Grand Cross of Commander[6]
    *  Portugal Ancient Military Order of Aviz, Grand Cross[7]
    * Flag of South Vietnam Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm
    * Flag of South Vietnam Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation with Palm
    * NATO Meritorious Service Medal
    * Flag of South Vietnam Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 date bar
    * Flag of Kuwait Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
 
[edit] Post-military career
 
[edit] Business roles
 
Following his retirement from the military, General Jones became president of the Institute for 21st Century Energy[3], an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce[8] and chair of the board of directors of the Atlantic Council of the United States.[9] He also served as chair of the Independent Commission on Security Forces of Iraq, sponsored by the Atlantic Council of the United States.[10]
 
General Jones joined the Board of Directors of the Boeing Corporation on June 21, 2007. He serves on the company's Audit and Finance Committees. [11]
 
On May 28, 2008, General Jones was elected to the board of directors of Chevron Corporation. [12][13]
 
[edit] Diplomatic roles
 
Jones was asked twice by Condoleezza Rice to be Deputy Secretary of State after the resignation of Robert Zoellick. He declined.[14]
On May 25, 2007, Congress created an Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq to investigate for 120 days the capabilities of the Iraq armed forces and police.[15]
 
General Jones served as Chairman of that Commission and reported on Congress on September 6, 2007[16] noting serious deficiencies in the Iraq Interior Ministry and in the Iraq National Police.
On November 28, 2007, the Secretary of State appointed Jones as a special envoy for Middle East Security. He works with Israelis and Palestinians to strengthen security for both sides.[17][18]
 
[edit] Political speculation
 
In June 2008, MSNBC's First Read reported that General Jones was among those being discussed with Senators and Representatives by the vetting team of Senator Barack Obama as a possible Vice Presidential candidate.[19] Gen. Jones recently appeared with McCain, effectively quashing rumors of an Obama-Jones ticket.[20]
 
During the final debate between Obama and McCain, Obama mentioned Jones as one of the people he would "surround" himself with in regards to national security matters, creating speculation of a possible cabinet position for Jones. As of November 20, reports have surfaced that indicate Jones will be nominated as Obama's national security advisor.[21][22]
 
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President elect Barack Obama
named 
 
Melody Barnes
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as director of his
 
Domestic Policy Council
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Melody Barnes (b. 1964, Richmond, VA)
 
was chosen by President-Elect Barack Obama to served as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council for his administration.
 
She was previously Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress.[1] She served on the advisory board for president-elect Barack Obama's presidential transition team,[2].
 
She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Constitution Project. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with honors in history.[4]
 
From 1995 to 2003 Barnes served as chief counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.[4] Topics
 
She previously served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as assistant counsel to the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties..[4], where she worked with Congress to pass the Voting Rights Improvement Act of 1992.
 
Barnes began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling.[4]
Barnes's mother is a teacher with a Master's degree in Education; her father is a retired member of the United States Army.
 
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Originally posted by Mary08 Mary08 wrote:


certainly not a boring fellow...
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Emanuel is said to have "mailed a rotten fish to a former coworker after the two parted ways."[7] On the night after the 1996 election, "Emanuel was so angry at the president's enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting 'Dead! ... Dead! ... Dead!' and plunging the knife into the table after every name."[6] His "take-no-prisoners attitude" earned him the nickname "Rahm-bo".[7] People who worked with Emanuel at that time "insist the once hard-charging staffer has mellowed out."


So this is the calm, careful consider before we act, type of advisement as we face a possible confrontation with Russia in the Gulf that was a campaign foundation.  I am seeing a lot of horse power here - example the CEO of Google - what kind of political or advising experience in terms of government would these people have? I am seeing big money in powerful places -  and that is not change- that is the way it always has been for the last eight years.

A careful tracking of fading promises and bursting bubbles seems to be, becoming a pattern. Looks like that tax on the rich is getting sidetracked; the one that is going to pay for all the social programs and entitlement increases. The rallying cry that we cannot fix what the other administration did is not a really comforting opening round of fire on our economic problems.

We are all very aware of the problems - it is the clear plan of solutions than cannot come from the general public somehow working in some kind of team to find them.

Nations have risen and fallen based on King's advisers. When to go to war, when to negotiate, when to pay tribute.  The appearance of wisdom and power does not always reflect the same, and experience in government, a track record of decisive action, even when that action may have been unpopular is the mark of leadership needed to guide a nation.

The voice of reason amidst a sea of chaos is often muffled by the sound of applause based on popularity and appearances.

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hi Med.... do you remember the scene in West Wing, where the Pres. right hand man tells him, don't worry, you won't make a mistake, I won't let you make a mistake.  I think it was in ref. to a difficult military decision.  Now picture our man "Rahm-bo" saying that.
Along with our give em h%ll Hillary. ........prep on.
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Did anyone notice how very excited Mrs. Obama was tonight (B. Walters interview), about something her husband is going to announce when he becomes Pres in January?  Wonder if it's the same something that has Joe Biden so excited?
 
 
I don't mean to let the cat out of the bag... but the only thing that could make me that excited would be an invite to clear out Harrod's of London...
 
OR
 
Tossing out the IRS on their bloated expensive ear (think of the money saved, (makes me dizzy) and having a simple percentage tax on basic income groups, no loop holes allowed.
The the US Govt. coffers would buldge.  The rich might faint.  Same idea for Corps :)
 
Now that's something to smile about.  (and the Obama's were doing a lot of smiling)
 
 
 
 
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please read article here-
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/24/transition.wrap/index.html

Obama names his economic team

Geithner nominated as Treasury chief, Summers picked as director of National Economic Council.

    
By Jeanne Sahadi, CNNMoney.com senior writer
Last Updated: November 24, 2008: 3:19 PM ET

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...Word last week that Obama was likely to nominate Geithner, 47, as his Treasury Secretary sent stocks soaring Friday.

Geithner, highly respected both on Wall Street and in the Capitol's corridors, has already been playing a central role in the Treasury's and Federal Reserve's efforts to stabilize the financial system. His nomination is expected to provide the kind of continuity in the Treasury's financial rescue efforts that will be welcome in the markets and among lawmakers.

Obama described Geithner as having "served with distinction under both Democrats and Republicans and has a long history of working comfortably and as an honest broker on both sides of the aisle."

In a statement issued Monday afternoon, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said, "I have the highest regard for Tim --his judgment and creativity have been critical to designing and implementing the necessary actions we've taken to protect and strengthen our financial system. I have great confidence in his understanding of markets, his judgment and leadership, and his ability to meet the challenges that lie ahead."

Bush said Monday morning that Paulson is working closely with the Obama transition team to ensure a seamless transfer.

As the head of Obama's National Economic Council, Summers will coordinate economic policy-making and economic policy advice for the president.

Summers, who turns 54 this month, is considered one of the country's most pre-eminent economists, and he served as Treasury Secretary for two years during the Clinton administration.

"As a thought leader, Larry has urged us to confront the problems of income inequality and the middle-class squeeze, consistently arguing that the key to a strong economy is a strong, vibrant, growing middle class," Obama said of Summers. "This idea is at the core of my own economic philosophy and will be the foundation of all of my economic policies."

Summers is, however, also a controversial economist, whose critics contend he supported positions that helped foster the current financial crisis. They cite, among other things, his support for the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which allowed many derivatives - such as the credit default swaps that have rocked markets this fall - to go unregulated.

Obama also announced that economist Christina Romer will be director his Council of Economic Advisors, which provides economic analysis and advice to the president.

Romer, whose expertise includes the Great Depression and the economic recovery that followed, is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also co-director of the monetary economics program and a member of the business cycle dating committee at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the group that officially determines when U.S. recessions begin and end.

In Romer, Obama said, he has found an independent economist respected by both conservatives and liberals who has done "groundbreaking research on many of the topics our administration will confront, from tax policy to fighting recessions."

Lastly, Obama named Melody Barnes to be the director of his Domestic Policy Council (DPC), which he said will focus in part on healthcare reform as part of his economic recovery plan.

Before joining Obama's transition team, Barnes was executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress, where her focus was on policies to help middle-class families. She also served as chief counsel to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"Melody's brilliant legal mind and her long experience working to secure the liberties on which this nation was founded, as well as to secure the opportunities for those who've been left behind, make her a perfect fit for DPC director," Obama said.

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