November 5th, 2008
02:27 AM ET
10 years ago

Little rest for Obama, analysts say


Barack Obama will have to immediately begin assembling administration, analysts say.(Getty Images)

(CNN) - Barack Obama will likely begin assembling his administration almost immediately, and cannot afford the so-called honeymoon some president-elects have enjoyed in the past, CNN analysts say.

With the nation's economy in continued turmoil, and an electorate that is overwhelmingly calling for change, the president-elect will have little time to rest over the next 2 1/2 months before he is officially sworn in.

"This is something that the Obama campaign is working on now for many months," CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger said. "Obama himself got very involved in this after the Democratic convention, I'm told."

Likely to take immediate priority is the naming of a White House chief of staff, who will help shepherd the transition. Potential names tossed around for that post include the former Clinton aide and Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

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Obama will also move quickly to put in place an economic security team, and has already held high-profile meetings with several economic advisers.

"I think people are encouraged by the kinds of people he's had around him and the names circulating for Treasury," CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen said.

One such name is Tim Geithner, the 47-year-old chairman of the New York Federal Reserve. Other names being discussed include former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and Paul Volker, the former Fed Chairman under Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

"For the first time I can remember, the secretary of the treasury is going to be almost as important as the secretary of state," said Gergen, a former adviser to several presidents.

Obama will also want to communicate immediately that he is ready to assume the duties of commander-in-chief, and avoid initial mistakes Bill Clinton made during his transition process.

"He doesn't want to appear like he's not ready for prime time," CNN's Roland Martin said. "A lot of criticisms of Clinton was that he had too many young people around him who weren't experienced in Washington. Obama, who's extremely methodical, very deliberate, wants to bring it across, "I am an absolute leader, I am in charge."

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  1. Jaye

    May God Bless this wonderful man, President Barack Obama, and his family.
    I feel our nation has been blessed.
    What a happy day!!!

    And I'm happy Sasha and Malia finally get their puppy!!

    November 5, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  2. Tyler Pham

    Hey guys, take a minute and think about this. "Osama Bin Laden = Obama Biden" Is this a message for America?

    November 5, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  3. TRUTH

    thank you George Bush- republican party destroyer

    November 5, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  4. Jaye

    I hope and pray Michigan will finally get some help.

    November 5, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    The hate-filled epithets from the the Right-wing losers is disgusting. Today, hope beat fear, and Americans unified in one voice to say, "We've had enough". God bless, and long live President Obama!

    November 5, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  6. Selam


    President Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you and I am ready to serve you and the United State of Amercia.

    Thank you Senetar Obama .... I mean President Obama!!!! The 44th President of the United State of america.

    November 5, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  7. Heide E Ah Loy

    Congratulations to the American Nation on your new and wonderful President!
    I am writing from Germany and have american citizen children, living in Hawaii. In Feb 08 I was so very fortunate to hear Senator Obama over my sisters telephone recruting votes – If I were allowed to vote, I would have given him my vote also –
    congratulations again – May the Lord accompany his very difficult journey along his way. God bless America – sincerely and Aloha, Heide E Ah Loy

    November 5, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  8. Colin

    I couldn't be happier our country is heading in the right direction. We need the Republicans who supported McCain to come together with us to work hard to turn this country around. Whether some people chose Obama or not he is now going to be the President so we must all work together. Hope, Unity, and Change are on its way everyone must come together now and work.

    We turned Indiana blue!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  9. Shayna

    This is AMAZING!!

    November 5, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  10. No Hillary = No Obama

    Just think if Obama had the guts to pick Hillary as the VP – then you could truly say it was a historic day. But he didn't.

    November 5, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  11. I see dead people

    Hearty Congratulations to our President-Elect who persevered through a tough campaign and came out on top despite all the rumors and innuendo spread by the opposition. It gives me great relief to know that Palin and her brood will not be running around the White House sullying our country's image

    November 5, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  12. Niky

    They said this day would never come – President Barack Obama. Yes we can!

    November 5, 2008 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  13. Jim

    Congratulations, President Elect Obama. Take a little time to rest before you dive into work again. We have faith in you and know that you will do your best.

    November 5, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  14. Ted

    Yes, we can! Yes, we will! Yes, we are! Yes, we did! Yes, we will!!!

    November 5, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  15. sandee in Portland

    Well, I see that Tyler Pham and No Hillary, No Obama are still at it. Give it a rest you two. Be real americans and support our country by supporting our President. If he actually does something as President that you don't like, then you can start bashing him again. Other than that, no believes you anymore. We, the majority of the american people want a fresh start, a new face and look forward to having Barak Obama as our new President. You two are now in the minority.

    November 5, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  16. Offenright

    The world just became a better place. America has a new President-elect who will earn back the respect of many nations.

    There hasn't been such elation since the Berlin Wall came down.

    November 5, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  17. chuck

    Here's a message: McCain + Palin = Pain

    Glad we'll have something different.

    November 5, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  18. xyona

    Long live OBAMA!!!!!!!!! Finally CHANGE!!!!!! how REFRESHING!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  19. Joseph

    Congratulations to President Elect – President Barack Obama. God Bless You and God Bless American and the World we all live in.

    November 5, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  20. jon stern

    what was with the dress

    November 5, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  21. Hussein Mberwa

    congrats president -elect obama.. you have proved that you are a strong leader and the right man to take this great country into the right direction when it needs a great leader like you.. may God bless you and your family and be with you for the rest of your life when you will be working hard to restore the greatness of this nation..

    congrats again!! and thank you..

    November 5, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  22. Kona

    To all of those people, Republicans, PUMAs, and people who simply don't like Obama. Who said some of the most unhelpful, negative, hateful things over these blogs for the last 2 years. I hope that each you realizes that he is going to represent you as well as his supporters because you are Americans, as we all are. As we ALL are. I hope you give him a chance.

    God Bless.

    November 5, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |


    November 5, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  24. Young Voice

    Congratulations to President-Elect and his family! What a historic event! The nation has come together more than ever before and shared their hopes in an undeniably formidable period that awaits. For all of the citizens who still struggle to put aside their irrational notions of Obama as terrorist, or, villain, I hope these next few years of realization aren't too painful as you see that the much needed change has arrived

    November 5, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  25. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    God bless the Obama family and God bless America!

    President Obama of the UNITED States of America.

    How wonderful that sounds.

    November 5, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
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