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President-Elect Barack Obama will hold a national security meeting in Chicago today, according to a transition team press release.

In attendance will be Vice President-elect Biden, Secretary of State designee Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Attorney General designee Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security designee Janet Napolitano, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, Ambassador to the United Nations designee Susan Rice, National Security Advisor designee Jim Jones, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, White House Chief of Staff designee Rahm Emanuel, White House Counsel designee Greg Craig.

In addition to the meeting on national security, a press conference will be held at 4 PM CST at the Drake Hotel in Chicago to discuss the nation's energy and environmental future, the transition team announced.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 06:30 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Ah yes, the grown-ups.... (16+ / 0-)

    I can't wait for them to shoo away the miscreant children in a month n change from now.

  •  Yay for the good guys! (8+ / 0-)

    If it weren't for the upcoming Obama administration, we'd have not much of anything to be optimistic about given the economy and our world standing.

    I don't imagine anyone will throw shoes at Obama...

  •  I like the Energy team (8+ / 0-)

    It will be interesting to hear what Obama will say about energy today.  Of course the media will focus on Blago stupidity but future energy plans are FAR MORE important right now.

    "Because we won...we have to win." Obama - 6/6/08. WELL WE DID IT!!! 11/4/08

    by Drdemocrat on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 06:35:24 AM PST

  •  Why is the White House lawyer going? (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Please, let Interior NOT be... (3+ / 0-)
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    srkp23, AmericanRiverCanyon, soms

    ... Ken Salazar.  Energy & environment might mean Interior announcement.  Somebody tell me the Blue Dog Senator's is scheduled for something in Denver this afternoon!

    "The river always wins" - Mark Twain

    by Land of Enchantment on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 06:37:48 AM PST

  •  I know I always try to be a joker... (12+ / 0-)

    and I put emphasis on (try), but I want to seriously ask, do Republicans really care about the future of this country or just the short term interest of their party?  

    Do I even need to ask this question?

    Why in God's name are they already trying to damage Obama before he even sits down at the desk in the Oval Office?

    The media continues to fail us.

    The Republicans continue to kneecap reason.

    At what point do people just rise up and say they've had enough?  (And, no that was not an endorsement of David "buy my book" Sirota).

    Geesh...good morning gchaucer2.

    Do something...anything.

    by David Kroning on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 06:38:49 AM PST

    •  Pick some other form of media besides here (6+ / 0-)

      .... and adopt it and spend a little time each day harassing these troglodytes and writing good fact filled stuff. Keep up the push back hard on these suckers now, because the answer is yes, they don't give a flying *** about the nation, only their own self interest.

      They can be publicly shamed.  You will find allies.

      Why are they doing it?  It's their version of a survival instinct.

      Most of the crap is just the various Republican hacks feeding press releases to the media who then prints them because it's cheaper than reporting.

      Go forth.

      "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

      by AmericanRiverCanyon on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 06:45:48 AM PST

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    •  No. Oh, wait that is an either/or question? (6+ / 0-)

      but I want to seriously ask, do Republicans really care about the future of this country or just the short term interest of their party?

      I was thinking the answer was clearly "neither."

      Since they keep doing things that further destroy their "popularity," my fear is actually that they don't even care about the short-term interest of furthering their party anymore, but rather personal power and dismantling as many things as they can before they can be stopped.

      •  positioning for re-election is their concern (0+ / 0-)

        my fear is actually that they don't even care about the short-term interest of furthering their party anymore

        Remember primaries are decided by enthusiasm, and as of now a GOP pol need to be a Palin clone in order to generate any.

        as a consequence right now GOP pols at every level are being ideological and obtuse in order to get the vote of the few that will show up to vote on their primaries, they are all going to look like Bachman in a few weeks

        "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

        by IamTheJudge on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 08:40:39 AM PST

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  •  Will we need to import tanks and heavy equipment? (5+ / 0-)
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    bethcf4p, Temmoku, jds1978, TomP, usna77

    if the domestic auto industry collapses, just asking.

    Boycott Alabama to protest Richard Shelby's slanders against the workers of Michigan and the midwest.

    by gaspare on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 06:38:49 AM PST

    •  Not likely -- not much overlap anymore (1+ / 0-)
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      The auto companies largely sold off their defense arms in the 1990s (or even earlier).  

      At this point, most defense contractors have little private-sector business (they often do other federal government work), and vice versa.  Boeing is a big exception, as are Bell and Sikorski helicopters.  But for vehicles there's little overlap.  

      The same goes for IT -- firms like IBM and HP have largely sold off their federal government computer work (defense as well as non-defense) to prime contractors like Northrup-Grumman or smaller firms like SAIC and Booz-Allen.  Firms either do almost all their work for the federal government, or none of their work for the federal government.

  •  Nice to see Obama WORKING while Bush (11+ / 0-)

    lollygags around the globe saying good-bye.

  •  Press conference (8+ / 0-)

    presumably the press corps won't be required to attend in stocking feet.

    This sig line is in foreclosure. For details on acquiring a credit default swap on this sig line, contact H. Paulson, Dept of the Treasury, c/o Goldman, Sachs

    by ActivistGuy on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 06:39:12 AM PST

  •  WH pool reporters will be asked to be sure to (8+ / 0-)

    .... wear clean socks and use gold bond,  as now all the security details will be looking at their tootsies.

    Ladies, pedicure up!

    "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

    by AmericanRiverCanyon on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 06:39:32 AM PST

  •  Down to business (8+ / 0-)

    These guys are pros.  There's no question they're going to hit the ground running on January 20th and already have everything in place to begin enacting the new agenda.

  •  I hope (9+ / 0-)

    Obama starts rewarding only the reporters that asks relevant questions at his press conferences.  The health conference was a travesty; every single question except for the last by the female reporter had to do with Blagojevich, even though he addressed that issue in the preface.

    The reporters who continue to ask irrelevant questions and who try to side-track the big issues with their corporate agenda must be shunted aside and made an example of for others.

    "[J]ust relax and enjoy it" -Sen. Joe Lieberman

    by karehiro on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 06:44:26 AM PST

    •  It will be the same this time (6+ / 0-)

      The press is out for blood.  They know that Obama has nothing to do with Blago but will keep insinuating that he might. A Democrat is not even in office yet and the press has reverted back to "Clinton Rules"  

      The sad part is that they won't report on any of Obama's initiatives - all the want is Blago all of the time

    •  I politely beg to differ (4+ / 0-)

      The Bush Administration worked the reporters this way. Not so great for democracy to by-pass the Bill of Rights.

      But I agree that the reporters are once again acting like 5-year-olds following a soccer ball around the field instead of taking a strategic position and making smart passes...

      •  A separate press conference (4+ / 0-)
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        bethcf4p, mdmslle, on board 47, rk2

        for the Blago situation would help, I guess.  But I agree with both sides here.  During the national security press conference, I want to hear about national security and questions about that topic.  But I also agree that questions should be answered on the Blago issue.  I just wish it would happen at a different time.

        At the very least, perhaps Obama should come out and say that they plan to address the issue and give the press time for questions, but they will do it when the time is right -- or after they finish working with Fitzgerald, or whatever the case may be.

        They can't keep letting the planned press conferences get hijacked by other things.  

        "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." --Samuel Johnson

        by joanneleon on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 06:59:20 AM PST

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      •  I understand not carrying Obama's water (1+ / 0-)
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        Always Thinkin

        Since that was definitely the problem with Bush, particularly with the non-questioning in the lead-up to the Iraq war.  And I would applaud any tough questions they may have for his initiatives or any questions in relations to his plans.

        But I believe it's a different case entirely and would be completely justified if reporters were punished for trying to push a corporate agenda that has nothing to do with the public concerns beyond that of fulfilling the corporate media's narrative.  Why should Obama give time to answering questions that have no relevance to any of the issues at hand (especially when he has no connection to it) when he could easily give time and attention to addressing a subject or concern that would affect the average American by a journalist he knows is not a hack?

        Doing something like that would only help the press corps with doing their actual job in the end, since they would have to actually be journalists and focus on the issues in order to be called, rather than be rewarded by their pathetic attempts at drumming up non-existent controversy for their corporate agenda.

        "[J]ust relax and enjoy it" -Sen. Joe Lieberman

        by karehiro on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 07:02:41 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  if this were Bush in this situation (0+ / 0-)

          would you be advocating this? I don't think so.

          •  Nice strawman (1+ / 0-)
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            I already addressed that point in the first paragraph though.  

            It's also interesting that you're assuming what I would want when you have no basis for such an assumption.  To set the record straight, if Bush was addressing the Iraq war in a press conference, and a reporter were to ask him a question about what he thinks about Larry Craig's scandals and his personal connection as a Republican, I would consider it irrelevant as well, and would wish he would call on someone who actually asks about a relevant issue.  I would not expect for that reporter to be rewarded, especially when it's blindingly apparent that he's trying to push corporate agenda that has nothing to do with the real issues.

            Then again, maybe I'm different.  Maybe I'm the only one here who expected and cheered for ABC to be punished (which they were by not being able to host any general election debates) for their hatchet job performance on the Obama/Clinton primary debate.  Maybe I'm the only one who feels that Fox shouldn't be graced with Obama's appearance for their stand-up work on Obama's "dubious" connections or their character assassinations on his wife.

            Somehow I feel I'm not the only one though.  

            "[J]ust relax and enjoy it" -Sen. Joe Lieberman

            by karehiro on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 07:38:35 AM PST

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  •  McConnell and Mullen (0+ / 0-)

    Are McConnell and Mullen going to remain in their current positions for the new administration?  I knew that Gates was staying on, but didn't know about them.

    "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." --Samuel Johnson

    by joanneleon on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 06:55:06 AM PST

  •  how much you want to bet (2+ / 0-)
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    bethcf4p, soccergrandmom

    the press will only concentrate on Blago scandal?

  •  Natl. Security Issue #1 (2+ / 0-)
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    2questions, Always Thinkin

    ...The US is about to lose it's Heavy Manufacturing.

    Natl. Security Issue #2:  Managing Iran's new prestige and power due to bV$H's clusterfuck.

    Natl Security Issue #3:  Getting off oil and figuring out how to stay out of the implosion due to Peak Oil/Global Warming.

    Natl.  Security Issue #4:  Drawing Down and then modernizing the Stategic Deterrent.

    Natl.  Security Issue #5:  Managing the rise of China and a resurgent Russia

    ....Finally, we have to figure out how to dismantle the Republic Party.  They are not serious about government and in a world with ICBM's that could be fatal

    "Go Away! I'm tired of the horrible things that happen when you're around." - Charlie the Unicorn

    by jds1978 on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 07:02:42 AM PST

    •  What do you want him to say? (1+ / 0-)
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      Seriously asking. What do you think he needs to say?

      "...the greatest not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." MLK, Jr.

      by royce on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 07:17:22 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Give me some time for a response (0+ / 0-)

        ...I've got to drop off my final for class and do some Xmas shopping.

        Watch this space  

        "Go Away! I'm tired of the horrible things that happen when you're around." - Charlie the Unicorn

        by jds1978 on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 07:50:33 AM PST

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      •  sounds to me that many here are (2+ / 0-)
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        jds1978, royce

        yelling for Obama to immediately start running his administration according to the media's 24/7 desperation to fill airtime on their timetable instead of sensibly, deliberately, intelligently, stick to the job of forming a government to take care of the worst recession since the 1930's, try to wind down two wars, attempt to change the entire culture of corrupt government across the board, save a planet that is in danger of total extinction and on and on.

        Yeah Obama, drop everything and feed the hungry media machine. Give them a partial list of everything anyobody said to anyone since November 4th then sit back and wait for some tabloid creep to find Joe the Trashman who says that Rahm told him when he was taking out his garbage that Blago wanted  him, Joe the Trashman for new Senator in return for the city of Chicago's waste managemnt contract for 100 years.

        Give me a break.

    •  Natl. Security Issue #6: Russian war ships... (0+ / 0-) visit Cuba.

      A group of Russian warships is to visit Cuba for the first time since the Soviet era, the Russian navy has said.

      The visit, scheduled for 19-22 December, will be led by the destroyer Admiral Chabanenko.

      Recently the ship took part in joint manoeuvres with Venezuela and became the first Russian vessel to navigate the Panama Canal since World War II.

      -- BBC News 12.15.08

      Confront all issues in a timely manner...

      by 2questions on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 10:18:16 AM PST

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    •  Natl. Security Issue #7: And, but too also... (0+ / 0-)

      What to do 'bout people wearing shoes in meetings...!?!?

      Confront all issues in a timely manner...

      by 2questions on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 10:20:03 AM PST

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  •  they've not handled this correctly (2+ / 0-)
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    so Blago questions will contine to dog him no matter what the subject of the press event.

    Should have gotten all this info. out by day two of this story.

    Gibbs - big mistake.

    •  Obama needs to humiliate the Press Corp on Natl (2+ / 0-)
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      askew, berrieh

      ...TV.  He has got near 80% popularity witht the American people.  Declare war on the Legacy Media like FDR and use the new emerging medias ('net) to get your agenda out

      "Go Away! I'm tired of the horrible things that happen when you're around." - Charlie the Unicorn

      by jds1978 on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 07:10:51 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  if you want the blago questions (0+ / 0-)

        to go away, you have to get all the information out, and get it out early.

        When that Fitz complaint referenced that Obama transition team would not play ball with Blago, the press wanted to know the who what when how and why of it all.

        Obama should have given that info. to the press ASAP.

        It's PR 101, and Gibbs should have known better.

        •  but what if they don't have it? (1+ / 0-)
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          I think they've done as well as they can do

          •  someone told Blago (0+ / 0-)

            they wouldn't play ball.  Gibbs, et. al., should have found that person(s) in 48 hours of the story breaking and gotten the whole story out.

            •  That only treats the symptom (0+ / 0-)

              ...Blago isn't the problem.  He's a fucking asshole, but the world has bigger concerns.  Don't tell the Press that might fuck up their story

              "Go Away! I'm tired of the horrible things that happen when you're around." - Charlie the Unicorn

              by jds1978 on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 07:48:56 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

            •  It could be that Blago assumed that Obama (0+ / 0-)

              wouldn't play ball without explicitly being told that by anyone on Obama's team.  After all, it was Obama that got the Illinois legislator to pass the new anti-pay-for-play bill over Blago's veto.

              Mr. Obama placed the call to his political mentor, Emil Jones Jr., president of the Illinois Senate. Mr. Jones was a critic of the legislation, which sought to curb the influence of money in politics, as was Mr. Blagojevich, who had vetoed it. But after the call from Mr. Obama, the Senate overrode the veto, prompting the governor to press state contractors for campaign contributions before the law’s restrictions could take effect on Jan. 1, prosecutors say.

              Also, if you read the criminal complaint, it's clear that Blago intentionally left any quid-pro-quo schemes "unstated" when dealing with those outside his office.  Meaning that those outside his office weren't aware of explicit quid-pro-quo schemes.  There's no evidence that Blago actually requested a cabinet post, or whatever in return for a particular Senate appointment.  It could be that he fished around, non-explicitly, and found that he wouldn't be rewarded by Obama's team.

              In that case, there would be nothing for Obama's team to say on the matter, since they'd be unaware of Blago's schemes (and never explicitly rejected them since Blago never explicitly requested anything).  If that's the case, then you and the MSM are asking Obama to prove a negative.  Smacks of "when did you stop beating your wife" bullshit.

              I'm not saying the above is actually the case, but if it is, then there's nothing Obama could say to satisfy the media.  The media wants to know exactly who rejected Blago's scheme; it could be that nobody did, but rather, Blago, after fishing around, determined that he'd not be rewarded for particular Senate appointments.

  •  obama announcement: (1+ / 0-)
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    today is national shoe pitching day!


    I think the president elect probably already had this conference scheduled BUT he may be doing this for a couple of reasons:

    1. to subtly re-emphasize our poor position in the world and his intention to repair it(especially in light of the show throwing incident)
    1. to take some of the media attention away from the show throwing incident which, as much as I enjoyed it and could watch it forever, is not good to really have our CinC being shown in a endless loop with shoes hurled toward him. We dont want americans to get pissed at the Iraqis fer insultin' our preznit (no more of that shit please!) and we also need to preserve/create some respect for the office since he's coming into it. Getting the shoe-throwing incident off the networks is probably the expedient thing to do. IOW he's saving Bush's ass.
    •  that's one of the most convoluted rationale's (0+ / 0-)

      for what> I am not sure, I have ever heard?  no wonder aour brains look the way they look, a maze, it takes all those dead ends to get the information to the place in our brain where it can be rationally analysed.

      Let's dissect this in order to see if the shoe throwing incident in Iraq influenced obamas's decision to hold a press conference naming his national security team?

      First, what is the time differemce between the Iraq shoe throw and obama's announcement?  Second, what are the odds that the shoe throw at an outgoing pesnit will trump the Blago homegrown scandal thrown incident against a soon to be President.

      Today by the way is the day the Illinois electoral College officially name Obama President in waiting. Did that action also affect his decision to hold a press conference on the same day Bush goy shoes thrown at him, a child's skull is found in a Florida swamp and somebody's fvorite footbal team won or lost, and Barney the biting Scotty makes his final television appearance decorating the White House?

      Ummm, fascinating, my dear Watson.

  •  Why is McConnell Going to be there ???? (0+ / 0-)

    I Obama going to ask this Butcher to stay on ? Remember McConnell and his ties to the Telecoms before and during the Immunity Scandal. McConnell Must GO.

    President Theodore Roosevelt,"No man can take part in the torture of a human being without having his own moral nature permanently lowered."

    by SmileySam on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 07:39:54 AM PST

  •  the most interesting part of the press (0+ / 0-)

    conferenece to avid media watchers (and critisers) like me, will be how much interest the press shows in national security matters and how much on further emphasis on trying to pin Obama to the firing wall over Blago! Them if two out of three questions are on Blago and not NS, the other media will bray, Blago dominated the presser!!!

    I am finding the manner in which he 'handles' the national and local press extremely revealing, refusing (so far) to be pressured in revealing anything until he is rady.  They act like ill mannered papparazzi and we all bleat about the public's right to know.

    Interesting. It is always far more interesting to see how individuals, including the press, behave with grace under pressure.  The morning MSNBC's Tamarin Hall for eaxample, in that incredibly high p[itched, yes. shrill, hysterical voice she uses, trying to push a hypothetical on the analyst, what if, what if, what if, he knew but didn't tell!!!  what if they just behaved professionally for a change.

  •  A lot of hawks, and Rahm E. is anti-palestinian (0+ / 0-)

    80 percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

    by Churchill on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 07:52:51 AM PST

  •  Obama is another Eisenhower, BORING ZZZZZ (1+ / 0-)
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    but boring is good, now, isn't it?  I've had enough excitement coming from DC to last the rest of my life!!!

    80 percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

    by Churchill on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 07:53:45 AM PST

  •  What about Howard Dean for Interior? (0+ / 0-)

    Heard he was in the running for Interior Secretary  -- true?

  •  Now all he needs are Gates and (0+ / 0-)

    Cheney as floating dummy, and he'll be able to play continuous hands of round-robin country club contract bridge when they get back to the office.

    I was hoping he'd pull a fast one on Bush and, with his nothingness out of the country, Obama could declare a national emergency of his very own. We are at level orange, aren't we, what with the shoe attack on foreign soil.

    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." -Thomas Jefferson

    by ezdidit on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 08:19:28 AM PST

  •  Blagoyjevich a ticking time bomb (0+ / 0-)

    do people really want Obama to be careless in announcing who talked to whom over a six week period?  Get real folks.  The msm, which is behaving exactly like the tabloids over this juicy titbit, dogs sniffing for buried bones, will jump all over any discrepancy between an 'if' and and 'and'!!!!  You know that.

  •  Oh God, breaking news (0+ / 0-)

    Obama breaks promise to children to choose a puppy, isntead gave them a Christmas tree.  Does that mean he is not a secret Muslim?

  •  I'd love to be a mouse in the corner of that room (0+ / 0-)

    The words spoken and the body language would tell us a lot about how well they'll all get along.

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