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And hello again from Fox News in Washington while after all remarkable campaign and a sweeping victory on Tuesday.
President elect Obama begins the tough job of building his team.
Here with a look at how the Obama administration will get under way is John podesta that had this transition team and welcome back to Fox News Sunday.
President elect Obama made it clear -- a -- news conference that job one is the economy but he left it unclear how active how involved he's going to get before.
His inauguration will he give congressional Democrat the Democrats clear direction.
About what he wants them to do in a lame duck session.
On economic stimulus will he actively engaged with the bush administration.
On the financial bailout or is -- going to wait until it takes the oath of office well.
We have one president time is as president elect Obama sat on Friday so acceptance.
That the job is up to President Bush move that the dad legislation forward in trying to.
Keep an economic recovery moving today.
But I think what.
The president elect one to do we send a strong signal that we need.
On economic recovery program moving forward he'd like to see the stimulus that's pending on Capitol Hill past he wants.
To see unemployed eight unemployment -- insurance extended.
But aid to the states are struggling ways.
Insurance and try to fix that their problems in their own budget so they don't need to lay people off and try to get some.
Job growth going down he hopes that that will happen during this lame duck session that.
That the that President Bush will cooperate if it doesn't to be the first item of business when he comes back.
But for -- is on the financial rescue plan some decisions that are going to be made over the course of the next two months on things various financial institutions how to spend that 700 billion dollars even talk about.
Appointing a permanent head of the -- to to deal with the rescue.
If the Bush Administration asked president Obama president elect Obama what do you think of this when you sign off on this person is he going to say Yasser.
Well I think that he's going to put his own people in place when when he comes to office -- and we're moving very aggressively.
So -- Both people at the top -- referred to Kevin's secretary Treasury Secretary in particular but we're also looking at.
-- people is down below this level of cabinet secretary the undersecretary for a domestic finance to have a car the so called harper.
so he's going to put his own team in place in the meantime he's designated can't rule was one of his senior economic advisers.
-- to have discussions to be fully inform fully briefed with what's going on right now.
-- has reached out to his secretary Paulson they've already spoken their meeting.
Tomorrow and will have other people who are available to be at the treasury to understand.
The decisions that are being made but we have one administration -- time and those are decisions that the Bush Administration needs to make while they're in office.
The president elect feels some pressure to name his Treasury Secretary and his economic team first and quickly.
To reassure the financial markets while I think I think across.
The board whether it's national security.
On the economy.
The senior leadership that wall.
Managed health care energy and the environment I think he intends to move very quickly and and he's been a lot of records during the course of the campaign I think.
People probably don't know this but with the exception of President Bush 41 which was an intra party transition no.
Our new president has named a cabinet secretary before December.
Going back through the Kennedy administration I think we're.
Moving aggressively to try to.
Get a build up their core economic team to national security team and you'll see.
Announcements when they're ready but it is again -- reference back to what he said on Friday said.
He wants to move with all deliberate -- they put the emphasis on deliberate so he's deliberating.
What the strongest team that he could put in place.
-- managed a very very difficult problems for countries facing in the end they'll be announcement forthcoming.
Your transition team has reportedly already identified a number of areas where he could issue executive orders as soon as he takes office.
To demonstrate first won't solve problems that he thinks needs solving but also to demonstrate quickly.
The change has come to Washington what's at the top of the list.
Well I I'm not going to preview decisions that bad guy here is yet to make.
But I would say that that.
As a candidate Senator Obama said that that he wondered all the bush executive orders review and decide which ones should be captain which what should be.
Repeal which -- should be amended in that process.
Is going on has been I give you an idea of a couple of solutions -- I think it probably I'd like to -- -- -- some search I think.
I think he could on the federal restriction and uptight second Iowa I think across the board on stem cell research on number of of areas.
You see the Bush Administration even today moving aggressively to do things I think are probably.
Not in the interest of the country they wanna.
Have oil and gas drilling and in some of the most sensitive fragile lands in Utah that they're going to try to do right as they walked out the door I think that's a mistake.
But I think that.
We're looking -- again a virtue in virtually every agency to see.
Where we can move forward whether that's on energy transformation on improving health care on stem cell research.
There's a lot that the president.
I can't do using his executive authority without.
While waiting for congressional action and and I think will see that the president do that to try to restore.
Sense that the country's working on behalf of the common good that we're going to try to restore wages give people the right.
Kind of ways that they can.
Build on their own lives and when they work hard that they'll be rewarded.
More on the big legislative initiative of the things he's going to have to go to congress for such as the economy and healthcare and energy.
I have any decisions been made and as former White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton do you have any thoughts on how many.
He can take on it once and is there -- danger of trying to do too many things at the same time well there's always a dangerous.
Of of of trying to -- I think sort of the if you will clutter the agenda but I think one of the things that.
Dad Senator Obama I again showed during the the check during that campaign and I think what we're trying to do during the transition.
I -- be very disciplined about the strategy to two actually execute against them.
Programs that he laid out the promises he laid out to cut taxes for the middle class.
Two provide healthcare for everyone in -- guy in an affordable way -- -- not -- all he -- energy transformation.
I think that he said that these these top tier issues I need to be addressed they need to be addressed immediately.
The question that I think faces him now and Senator Biden.
And during the course of the transition is what's the strict strategy.
That allows you to tackle those problems in a way of parallel fashion simultaneously.
Say that we can.
Improve the lives and wellbeing of the American people.
Doesn't it national security agenda obviously as well and and we'll have to end.
So they're they're there's there's a lot to be done but I think he has the capacity to do a lot easier transformational figure and I think -- He's going to transform the way government acts.
As we move forward does mr.
Obama feel he want to mandate in this election.
I think he feels like there was a strong.
I'll vote for change and I think that if you look at death from the perspective of where he won across the board.
On his appeal to independents or Republicans.
Which I think will be reflected in the kind of government he builds.
And the -- saw.
Not just red states turning blue you saw read Tony's turning blue you saw a young people.
The Obama presidency and in great numbers a lot people going to the polls and then voting for.
President Obama again across the board across the country Democrats independents and Republicans to support automotive forms so I think that he feels like.
-- he has a real mandate for change we need to get off the course that.
-- bush and it's about resources what kind of tomato I want to put up something that the liberal economist Paul Krugman.
Column in the New York Times this week let's put it -- He wrote this year's presidential election was a clear referendum on political philosophy is and the progressive philosophy want.
Yes I do I think that they.
The program that.
The death again that was that.
Obama Biden ticket put forth in the campaign.
Focused on providing opportunity for everyone focused on the common good.
And I think that's in the progressive.
Tradition in this country it was it was alive and well in both parties it's sort of got extinguished and the Republican Party.
Over the course the last.
A couple of decades but I think that that.
Progressive vision of providing.
Opportunity for people who work hard -- providing.
For the common good to.
Helping people succeed in their own lives I think.
Was what he laid before the American people it's in that great tradition of progressive politics in this country it's a tradition of reform and I think he'll deliver an almost -- -- Let's talk about the transition process.
Obviously you didn't want to talk about this before the election especially with Senator McCain hitting mr.
Obama for being presumptuous and measuring the drapes.
But how far along argue what the decisions what directions did he give you.
And and what lessons has he and have you learned from the states for -- perhaps made let's say by the Clinton administration transition.
What we got we we -- we got started early he asked me power.
Well we we were all been working as early as early August I talked to.
The White House chief of staff.
Several times before the election we had meetings at the White House week pre cleared under -- Intelligence legislation that was passed in 2004.
A hundred people who now have security clearances so they're able to go on the agencies to be fully briefed on.
On the important national security matters facing the country.
We we began building out of personnel.
Off file tend to be able to make choices rapidly.
During the course of of this transition period.
On that that was all I was guided by a eight diversity Award of fourteen people who were.
Strong supporters of of the campaign and as we move into done.
I -- transition we now we have a website up we have our space built out we -- we have space in both Chicago and Washington and were up in what are working and running what.
Lessons have you learned from mistakes made by President Clinton and other administrations in terms of how to do this transition differ I think one of the most critical things is that it was you that we focused on was that it was important name White House chief staff early.
And and bill the White House staff right from the beginning.
To go along with cabinet selection process.
And that's why as you so.
President elect Obama named Ron Emanuel chief of staff two days after election.
He's in the process of of building -- the White House staff and and as as he does that will turn over authority to him in the meantime here is you -- -- and I are close friends and an -- so we're working Crawford are you making a conscious effort to look for Republicans in the cavity making conscious effort on diversity both.
In terms of race and gender affluent and -- I think that you'll see again.
A cabinet that looks like the way president Obama.
Ran his campaign -- he brought millions of people and they weren't all Democrats he reached out to independents and Republicans and I think.
We want to see that reflected at every level of government sometimes there's a token Republican in the camp matter token Democrat.
-- he's charged us is that he wants a broad diverse cabinet one that's built on first criteria as excellence.
And that's what we're trying to produce.
There's always controversy your day job is -- the head of a liberal think ninety senator for American progress and you'll come under some criticism for not disclosing.
Who your donors -- this is perfectly legal but.
Can you understand where some people given the fact the you're playing a key role in stopping this administration would wonder who your financial backers are well -- you don't.
First of all of our major financial backers are on the newspaper you can go read them and on the 58 foundations that support terror are out there and -- in available.
We have apply apply the rule that did it death under the law were fully comply with the law most of people who.
Give us money our our very well known and and I'm proud of what we've been able to build over the last five years center for American progress I think was an important institution in terms of developing ideas.
But I think the most important.
Point Chris is that our work is public.
What we do an analysis it's not hidden its not secret we publish it it's our website if you want to know what we think it's right out there and so you can criticize what our ideas are.
You can you can argue that.
You know where we're too we're too left for two senator were prudent and very few people argue that occupied the right.
But but I think that but it brought players and how bush.
But we don't do what we do is open plainly available go to our go to our website American progress dot org you see what what we see what before what we say.
It's been reported but never confirmed is is billionaire investor George Soros one of your big contributors it's been -- it's it's been reported that confirmed that he had he was an early contributor.
I he's now largest contributor he's not but when he was.
He was one of the people who -- money -- -- and finally any chance that you will pull -- Dick Cheney as the head of the search came and actually become a part of the administration yourself.
God made it very clear his two president elect Obama and Brandon vice president elect Biden that I will be the most unpopular man in Washington.
Come January 20.
But having said noticed some -- people and belt how to ride off into sunset at that point go back to senator try to.
Do what we do well which is tempted to.
-- produced policy ideas and criticize the administration won't think they're doing the wrong thing.
Really just to -- us who want to thank you for coming in today and you're going to be one busy man over the next couple months thanks.
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