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With the presidential transition in full swing thousands of people are now angling for a job in the Obama administration.
Which means there is a new most popular man here in Washington.
He's our power player of the what.
Afraid he says every day to me which is removed with deliberate haste.
-- careful about what we do you know we have a lot of work to do in the next 48 days.
Jim Messina is director of personnel for the Obama transition and he's talking about his marching orders from the president a -- He works out of a nondescript office building in Washington.
Noteworthy for the makeshift signs inside and out and the top Democrats who passed through the heavy security.
You -- two -- you face an economic crisis does that put special pressure on making this transition.
Absolutely there's no time to make mistakes the task is daunting to get a new administration running in just eleven weeks.
The transition has 600 paid staffers.
500 MDC the rest in Chicago and I have two -- policy and personnel.
During the campaign.
President elect Obama 51 to make government cool again it's cool you know 44000 people.
Put terrorism is an eight years ago -- new president.
We're over 300000 resonates now.
Somehow missing and his team have to plow through those -- is and film about a thousand jobs before the inauguration.
8000 jobs eventually.
For all the talk about former Clinton officials Messina says mr.
Obama wants people who've never work.
It has been said that for every person you give a government job you make ten enemies as a true.
The senators have me -- me you make fifteen people mad and one person thinks she waited too long to pick them.
The other focus is policy.
Finding out what's going on now in the government and how it can be reshaped to push mr.
This effort is led by ten parachute team who meet -- bush appointees.
Because they parachuted in and try to make -- relatively quick you know three -- four week assessment.
Messina grew -- in Montana politics.
He was chief of staff and the Obama campaign and shortly after the election was at a Montana football game when the president elect.
And ran upstairs trying to find a place for the -- 20000 scream.
And he said behave -- doing to change the world.
He will be deputy chief of staff in the White House in charge of political and legislative affairs and schedule -- life.
And it worked for the notoriously demanding Rahm Emanuel -- Clearly I drove up to -- level of Denver Broncos play in New York on Saturday and he called eight times in the current.
Town which -- -- is a good sign to me American taxpayers want someone going to work every day.
Perhaps what's most striking about Messina is after a brutal campaign and now an intense transition.
He can't wait to get to the Obama White House for more of a -- Seeing what he's gonna get to do in the next four years.
Makes it worth giving her 7 this morning and -- -- midnight hopefully and hell no that's -- -- she -- -- for very short time helped change the world.
Jim Messina says relations with the Bush Administration have been much smoother than he thought they'd -- Anthony's death is the outgoing team has been open.
About which government programs work and which don't.
And boy yeah I -- they went back out there that progress you're forgetting for a Bill Maher and Charles and I want to wish you congratulations on five splendid years of hosting FOX News -- congratulations to.
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