November 9th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama team reviewing 'virtually every agency,' aide says

President-elect Barack Obama has said he intends to move with 'deliberate haste' in making appointments.

President-elect Barack Obama has said he intends to move with 'deliberate haste' in making appointments.

(CNN) - The head of President-elect Barack Obama's transition team said Sunday that the incoming administration is conducting an extensive review of President Bush's executive orders.

Asked about reports that the transition team already has identified a number of areas where Obama could issue executive orders as soon as he takes office, John Podesta said he would not "preview decisions that [Obama] has yet to make."

"I would say that as a candidate, Sen. Obama said that he wanted all the Bush executive orders reviewed and decide which ones should be kept and which ones should be repealed and which ones should be amended, and that process is going on. It's been undertaken," Podesta said Sunday on "Fox News."

Podesta pointed out that there is a lot the president can do without waiting for Congress, and voters can expect to see Obama do so to try and restore "a sense that the country is working on behalf of the common good."

"I think that we're looking at - again, 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," he said.

Podesta, chief of staff under President Clinton, is president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank that he founded.

Podesta said Sunday that preparations for Obama's transition have been in the works since early August.

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Unshrub

    The best news I have heard (except for Obama winning) in eight years.

    November 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Dan MN

    LOL. Here we go! Brace yourselves.

    Viva communista!!!

    November 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Wow

    Bobby, MN November 9th, 2008 1:32 pm ET
    America hit it out of the ballpark . . .
    REALLY ????????????????

    2008 Election results;
    65,431,955 (53%) obama
    57,434,084 (46%) mccain
    122,866,039 total votes

    799,787 (rounded off) votes = Obama’s “mandate”

    That’s “out of the ballpark” ?????????????

    November 9, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. clyde

    thats what the democrates said 2 years ago when they were promoting change with the house and senate would be hard pressed to find anything they have changed .thanks for ending the war>

    November 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Ron , West Coast

    After the review, some heads should roll and, some jail time is in order.... The Bush administration politisized every agency of our government, from U.S. attorneys and beyond,..... It will take time to undo a lot of the wrongdoing,.... The Obama admin., has to begin with the U.S. attorneys. Then the signing statements, and so on.....

    November 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Jacqueline

    As a self employed person who has a $5000 deductible just to afford some type of insurance, I am anxious to see Health Care addressed. It is really difficult to feel like my family has no health care and to ask my family to always wait and see before getting health checks, always wrapping injuries to see how they feel, before ever having anything looked at. I feel my family is deprived, but un needed visits to the Doctor or Hospital can really set us back financially. I am anxious for relief.

    November 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Maggie from Virginia

    Even people like Rove can change. Nothing will stop this movement.

    November 9, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |

    I for one am really curious to find out what the Bush Administration did not want us knowing. The WMD intelligence reports–who the hell dreamed them up as cause to invade Iraq? I think it was Cheney and Rumsfeld who fed Dubya the manure.

    And the Patriot Act which pretty much stripped the writ of Habeas Corpus from us–what the hell was that??!?!?!?

    November 9, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. FL Republican

    I love that all the liberals are now talking about working across party lines and bringing everyone together, yada, yada, yada. When your party is going to have control, you want everyone to get on board, but you all have been yapping, whining and complaining for the last 8 years and certainly weren't willing to work across party lines when the shoe was on the other foot. You all are such hypocrites! All those people who said Bush wasn't their president, they didn't vote for him and he didn't represent them, etc... Now you want everyone who disagrees with Obama to do what you weren't willing to do with Bush? Thankfully, many conservatives are truly willing to work together for the better good of the country as long as we aren't talking socialism. Unlike the liberals who only want their own way, conservatives I know do want what is best for everyone and are willing to compromise, but all the vile stuff that has been thrown at us from the left does make it hard to want to work with ya'll.
    It will also be interesting to see if the most liberal senator can actually play to the center.

    November 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Amazing

    What a citizen will do when a leader is trustworthy

    and what a citizen wont do when a leader has proven to be untrustworthy.

    Behind you 110% Mr Obama

    Fired up n Ready

    November 9, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. California Gold

    Johnny SC/USA I nodded in agreement when I read your post. LOL.

    This has been a great week. Still feels like New Years Day after a fabulous New Years Eve celebration.

    November 9, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. We Can handle the truth, Sir!


    NO PARDONS, none.......dont repeat the wounds left by Nixon and Fords miscarriages....

    Let Justice be restored


    November 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Susan

    Words cannot express my relief to have intelligence and a respect for the people back in the oval office. Honestly, I'm more happy to see Dick Cheney out than I am Bush. What he (Cheney) tried, and in some respects, succeeded in doing to the Constitution and accumulating executive power is unforgivable. Whenever he talked about "patriotism" it made me throw up in my mouth a little.

    Having said all this, I expect Congress to get their act together too. I'm no more happy with them than I was with Bush/Cheney. While I don't expect instant results for any of our myriad problems, you better believe I expect better governance, better behavior from our elected officials and better communication & tranparency with the American people. Remember – YOU GUYS WORK FOR US.

    November 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Sue in MI

    What is the matter, "Really conservative?" Does that sound Communist to you? Just when did caring about all citizens become evil? When did that become too liberal? When Palin said it was? Do you not see the problems in this country caused by greedy people who don't care a whit about anything but extending their personal wealth? You really can't take it with you, and people like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates could give all Republicans and others a lesson in accumulating wealth in order to help the "common good." There is nothing communist about being successful, and then using that success to help others attain the same. I know, you don't want anything coming out of YOUR pocket right? Don't worry, Obama even cares about you, and when the country is successful, we will all benefit.

    November 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |

    A lot of years ago I somewhere, somehow, became enamered with a
    saying... the initals of which were P_P_P_P_P_P. (5PS)


    Thank you President Elect for your PRIOR PLANNING...

    Yup its that old(69yr)-retired-white guy from Ma. Former Republican


    November 9, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |

    A lot of years ago I somewhere, somehow, became enamered with a
    saying... the initals of which were P_P_P_P_P_P. (6PS)


    Thank you President Elect for your PRIOR PLANNING...

    Yup its that old(69yr)-retired-white guy from Ma. Former Republican


    November 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Mike Dallas

    And after 8 years ot arrogance from the shrub everything he has done is subject to very close scrutiny.

    For example, either charge the people held in GITMO with a crime, give them lawyers for their defense, or let them go. Locking people up for years without access to legal help or charges is the highest crime of the Republicans.

    November 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Uncle Sam's wife

    When does the era of postpartisanship begin?

    November 9, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Pua, HI

    What a brilliant man we have elected to become President!

    November 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. bill, alabama

    The first thing that needs to be done is to remove any religious right, conservative dinosaurs who believe in the "sainthood" of Karl Rove, Bill O'Reilly, and Shaun Hannity.

    We need intelligent, non-biased people in this administration who will put this adminstration and the American people ahead of zealot idiology.

    November 9, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. abraxis

    I, for one, am always skeptical about too much power in the hands of one person/group/branch of government. The system of checks and balances may be cumbersome but exists for the prevention of tyranny which the Bush threw off balance. This imbalance created a rhetoric that pointed to the irrationality of a false impression of the cult of personality.

    Compared that to the rhetoric of those who are intelligent, who coincidently, have been appointed to the incoming administration. It is almost like viewing that the Earth is no long flat.

    Does anyone see the same thing as i do?

    November 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. JOHN


    November 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. MaryLouise

    God bless the President-Elect and guide him in his choices for those who will guide him. Americans, Give him a chance and pray. God help America.

    November 9, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. kenneth dixon nogales AZ

    the disabled veterans need the total of the paragraph 4.25 combined ratings table the ratings in there total and the amount the veteran is paid totally reworked. to make the veterans whole under the eyes of the law and for the 38US code to fall into line with the Americans with disability act.

    November 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Obama for President!!!

    Yea John,

    I want to question the same question!!!!! Who are you people??? Oh well koombaya!!!!!!

    November 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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