Yes thats right...do you even think for a second that Obama hasn't already had his mind on for people...lets take who he wants to pick for is Chief of Staff Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel. So who is he?? He has a foreigner name..but he was born in Chicago Ill. His parents were Jewish...so he comes from different background as Obama..but even Obama was born in America...or was he??? Debate is that he was born in Hawaii or Kenya...who knows?? Same with Rahm Emanuel..you can find places that say he was born in chicago..but was he really?? There will soon be a debate on it I am sure of it. The U.S.S.A. is rising up...and some might call what I am saying a wrong thing to say...but you decide...some of what I say may not make sense...but the fact that Obama planned on asking Rahm Emanuel before he was elected has to make you think a little bit?? Now so far there will be 2 with names that don't match there "American" nature...Some of you are so blinded about the truth...that once the U.S.S.A. and Mother Russia join forces...we will be concidered the terroists....
(CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama was considering who will be on his transition team long before Tuesday's election declared him the nation's leader, and several Republicans were on the short list.
Reports say Barack Obama is close to naming Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff.
Obama is looking at many Democrats -- most notably, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who helped choreograph the party's 2006 House takeover -- but he also is thinking about bringing GOP Sens. Chuck Hagel and Dick Lugar on board, according to sources close to the president-elect.
Hagel, R-Nebraska, is a Vietnam War veteran and fierce critic of the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war.
Lugar, R-Indiana, is minority leader of the Foreign Relations Committee and worked with Obama last year to expand a program aimed at destroying weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union.
Also, the sources say Obama is considering adding Robert Gates -- Bush's defense secretary -- to his national security team.
It is common for presidential candidates to begin setting up a transition team before they are elected. The 10 weeks between the election and the inauguration isn't enough time to assemble a team to lead the country.
endclickprintexclude-->CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger said that it's important to take steps quickly to set the right tone, referring to President Clinton, who waited weeks to fill Cabinet positions and announced many of his top staffers just five days before he was sworn in.
"Everything you do early on in a presidency gets magnified. You don't want to make the same mistakes that Bill Clinton made," Borger said.
Obama met with key advisers and began making decisions about his transition team, including who will serve as his White House chief of staff. Unconfirmed reports say Obama is close to naming Emanuel, D-Illinois, to that post.
Emanuel helped lead Democrats to majority control of the House in 2006. He was elected to the House in 2002 and is the fourth-highest-ranking member of the chamber's Democratic leadership.
He also worked on Clinton's first presidential campaign and served as a White House adviser to Clinton.
John Podesta, a former chief of staff under Clinton, will be among those leading Obama's transition team. Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama's top advisers, and Peter Rouse, Obama's Senate chief of staff, will also be involved in the effort.
Obama will begin publicizing "the steps that he'll be taking to get prepared to lead on January 20," Jarrett said shortly after Obama gave his victory speech.
Filling out his economic team is a top priority for Obama as he begins to implement a strategy to quell the economic crisis.
"This is one of the first times that I can remember that the secretary of the treasury is going to be almost as important as the secretary of state," said CNN senior political analyst David Gergen, who served in the Reagan and Clinton administrations.
Names circulating for the secretary of the treasury position include Timothy Geithner, Lawrence Summers and Paul Volcker, among others.
Geithner helped deal with Wall Street's financial meltdown earlier this year, overseeing the acquisition of Bear Stearns by JPMorgan Chase and the bailouts of AIG and Lehman Brothers. He was appointed president of the New York Federal Reserve in November 2003.
Summers was appointed treasury secretary in July 1999 and served as the chief economist of the World Bank from 1991 through 1993. Before his career in government, he taught economics at Harvard.
Volcker is a former chairman of the Federal Reserve, serving under Presidents Carter and Reagan. He also worked in the private sector as an investment banker and headed the investigation into the United Nations' oil-for-food program for Iraq.
The White House is holding an economic summit November 15. Obama could delay naming his economic team to avoid interfering with the G-20 summit.
Obama's national security team is another priority as the country fights wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It could also be an area where he goes outside his party for an appointee.
Hagel and Gates are both being considered.
startclickprintexclude-->Gates has served in Bush's cabinet for almost two years. He worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 27 years, serving as its director from 1991 through 1993. He also served as deputy national security adviser under President George H. W. Bush.
"What Barack Obama has to do in the transition time is set the tone," Borger said. "If he reaches out to Republicans in the cabinet -- if he decided to keep Bob Gates at Defense -- that's really, really important."
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