(CNN) - The Pentagon is all abuzz with talk of the "transition," so - along with some other reporters - I got a sneak peak at the transition office the Pentagon has set aside for the advance team from the Obama camp.
The "office" is series of new, but nondescript cubicles on the E-ring of the 3rd deck of the Pentagon, not far from the Secretary of Defense’s office.
Room 3E971 to be precise.
Nobody has moved in yet, but the office is equipped with phones, computers and office supplies.
A lot of highlighters, hanging files, and other office accoutrements.
“Look like somebody’s been to Staples,” one reporter equipped.
Because nothing transition related goes uncovered in Washington, we’ve asked for permission to photograph the empty spaces.
Look for that video coming soon to a cable news network near you.
The very first thing President Obama's team needs to do is
go over the budget and stop the horrendous waste by the
pentagon. Also, no bidding contracts needs to be eliminated.
They have not b een held accountable for 8 years, and the
accountability must begin.
What transition? Obama will continue the deficit spending and policing of the world. This country is bankrupt.
The first thing the need to do is check for bugs if this office was set up by the current administration....LOL!
OBAMA..... TAP MITT ROMNEY AS PART OF YOUR ECONOMIC TEAM!!!
OBAMA IS ON THE JOB....FROM DAY 1 AFTER HE WON THE ELECTION.....THAT'S ONE PROMISE HE'S KEPT!!!!
MAY GOD GIVE YOU THE WISDOM AND GRACE TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY!!
O.K. Now Democrats- we want lower taxes, GOOD health care for everyone, bring the troops home, but keep our country from any attacks-and we want it as soon as you promised. Otherwise ,you LIED and we vote Republican in 2012!!!!
The word is "quipped", not "equipped". Unless the reported e-quipped in an email. LOL
That and definitely revise what is that all these agencies have been up to during this past 8 years of fascism! I am more than curious how many things are going to be coming to the light. Also how has it been accommodated and to fit in our constitution and how many of our rights have been violated by Bush's fascist.
". . .One reporter equipped."
"They have not b een held accountable for 8 years, and the
accountability must begin."
Other than the fact that they have. But who cares about honesty.
Apparently, Jamie McIntyre forgot to submit her entry for copy editing, seeing as there are more grammatical and type mistakes in that article than there are in a 5th grader's biography.
The very second thing President Obama's team needs to do is remove ALL of Bush's Republican plants in Government positions, like in the DOJ and in FEMA.
Bush replaced competent people with his incompetent cronies and campaign contributors that have done nothing but screwed up our nation. Time to kick them ALL to the curb...
How come nobody has mentioned the possibility of McCain serving as Secretary of Defense? Let's complete the West Wing "life imitating art" theme of this election as thoroughly as possible. :)
Highlighters and files are good but how about sharing some of the Bush secrets!
President elect Obama needs a huge push broom to sweep up all the mess the Bush administration will leave him.
Staples is only the beginning. I can well imagine that as intelligent, innovative and fresh minds move in so will the latest in technological and cost effective equipment.
The Pentagon budget is a bottomless pit. Eisenhower was quite correct when he warned about the military industrial complex. The military officers retire into the complex and enrich selves.
Get the Pentagon under fiscal control, far too much waste.
James J. Wilson
The pentagon could use a cleaning out every week to keep the military/industrial complex in check. It seems they are one and the same. The pentagon lets contracts for items and pays more than 3 times what it cost in any store. I know for I have seen it happen years ago, it was bad now it is a ten times as bad.
I know for a fact a plumbing contract went for 900,000 dollars when the lowest bid was 300,000 dollars. The general contractors got together and decided it would ruin the whole bidding for them if they were to use the lower figure. They were afraid it would blow the lid off the all the so called bidding process.
I decided I could not work under conditions when the government was being scammed and left the company.
Back then it was worse than now for whistle blowers and it has a long way to go to protect whistle blowers in this country in all aspects of life, much less the military/industrial complex.
If anyone thinks we are getting a dollars worth of goods or services for our dollars that are spent for the military, then they are much dumber than I think and that is way down the line.
sounds like obama is already on top of things. bless this man , he is a God send.
Ya know, we complain about our Congress people pork barreling everything, but there at the Pentagon everything recks of pork and waste and indulgence.
The new adminstration must seriously address the funding level of the military and what "perks" are appropriate and not appropriate for the guardians of our nation.
Love the military, hate the waste. The miliatry needs to be as efficient in its use of money as its use of might.
I HOPE OBAMA PICKS COLIN POWELL! CONGRATS TO PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA!!
budget also deals with defense which was on useless overkill. all the $ put toward all the crazy military weaponry we dont need. id rather see that money put into the economy, space science, stem cells, cancer cures and climate change. stuff that is actually important. bush and mccain only cared about defense and it's gotten us nowhere
First of all congratulation to 44th and the american people for a job well done: A silent revolution has taken place in America.
The establishement had it all wrong from day one. But the winner is the American people. No blood shed. Yet a revolution took place in the mist of fraud charge and voter suppression.
Yet the voice of the American people resonated like a large gong in the middle of the night of October 4th, 2008.
However, this is only the beginning of the battle: Americans cannot let their guards down. The forces of intolerance, the angry right is still at work. They need to watch both Obama and the Far Right for possible high jack of the political system.
Many are calling for the inclusion of GOP men into the government and others are calling for GOP programs to squash the Dems program. The country needs to look out for GOP Creeps who will be creeping into anything that is done what ever language that makes it either ineffective or completely takes over.
Neocons are complaining on all media and will not let go. But Dems should keep them at bay. The debate that took place in this country over two years is a good one. That should continue.
watch dogs and rapid response groups, e groups and My bo should all stay on. The president may need you to fight some of his battles. You may need to convince the president that his mandate was not a mistake, bu the will of the people.
"...one reported equipped."
Equipped? Are you sure the reporter didn't quip?
//“Look like somebody’s been to Staples,” one reporter equipped.//
"Equipped," not "quipped?" I'm imagining the reporter being stopped by Pentagon security personnel, who find all sorts of office supplies stashed in hidden pockets.
Is that like a quip delivered over the internet?