November 12th, 2008
06:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Albright, Leach to represent Obama at summit

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama's transition team announced Wednesday that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach will represent the incoming administration at the G-20 economic summit being hosted by President Bush on November 15.

Obama himself will not attend the summit.

Albright and Leach are "an experienced and bipartisan team," Obama Senior Foreign Policy Advisor Denis McDonough said in a statement.

McDonough also noted, however, that there is only "one president at a time in the United States," and that "President Bush should be commended for calling the summit."

Albright, a Democrat, served as secretary of state during the Clinton administration. Leach, a Republican, represented Iowa's second congressional district from 1977 to 2007. He endorsed Obama in August.

Bush announced the summit of the world's 20 largest industrialized nations and developing economies as a way to help coordinate the international response to the global financial meltdown.


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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Rockford

    Let's hope they can come up with a good plan to recover. These things happen every decade or so... isn't new... but the quicker we get out the better.

    November 12, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. chelle

    How can you not respect Obama? He is so totally cool, calm and collected. He is putting together truly intelligent, knowledgeable people to give the best performance possible. Wow – got to wonder if GW Bush is regretting choosing all of Daddy's friends now.....

    November 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Holly

    What wonderful choices! He has tapped on experience and wisdom. We need more of this as we move forward......Obama is a wise man.....beyond his years.

    November 12, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Jonathan M.

    After reading the comments posted by ignorant people on CNN I'm not so sure the terrorists are the bad guys. I'm a White Anglo Saxon Protestant, but hey, after listening to you all, I'm moving to Iran, at least their faithful to some extent.

    November 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Jonathan M.

    Correction: They're not Their on my last comment

    November 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. My Friends, let me tell you,

    Quack,quack,quack,a lame duck cant get a thing done.He should resign early and go back to Texas.

    November 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Good idea for the Obama transition to act already so they aren't "blind sided" once they take office.

    November 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Mike in Ohio

    Once again, Obama shows early on that he will use his good judgment and not be pressured into doing things that are not smart. Staying away personally from this conference and reinforcing that the US has only one president at a time is the right thing to do. Having these skilled representatives there will enable him to stay directly updated on what transpires with this conference, but will allow him to avoid being put in any awkward positions before he has the authority to speak for this country. We are going to be in good hands with this man at the helm.

    November 12, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Mike in Ohio

    Once again, Obama shows early on that he will use his good judgment and not be pressured into doing things that are not smart. Staying away personally from this conference and reinforcing that the US has only one president at a time is the right thing to do. Having these skilled representatives there will enable him to stay directly updated on what transpires with this conference, but will allow him to avoid being put in any awkward positions before he has the authority to speak for this country. We are going to be in good hands with this man at the helm.

    November 12, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Love Michelle, Hated The Dress

    Someone just sent me over 700 front pages from November 5th from the Newseum site. It's great to read so many headlines.

    I noticed a lot of the papers cut the ugly dress out. I completely understand–that dress was hideous.

    November 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. dave harlow

    Well said Mike. Just like I always tell my son, "If you do not know anything about a certain tool, let someone else do it or you will get hurt"

    November 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. DB

    Excellent judgment demonstrated once again. This is not Obama's meeting and he is not the president. Why W wants to have this meeting is unclear to me as most of what he proposes the G20 and Obama will undo come January 21, but if he wants to have a meeting, fine, but Obama shouldn't participate.

    November 12, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. MG

    I'm glad Obama has a bi-partisan team going. I'm equally glad that Bush is having the summit. Maybe they will have a good idea and we can all work together to implement it.

    November 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. bayside, Annap Maryland

    Two very good choices on the matter.

    November 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. Linda B

    More KUDO's to Barack Obama....

    November 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Barbara

    Yes we put the right man in for the Job, for His leadership knowledge, are commended to run this country. This is something that this country has lacked in for 8 years.

    November 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. DaProfessor

    Lets make it clear that the Leach is a Republican and Madeline is a Democrat. Just thought I'd get that in there :)

    November 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. tedious898

    Barack....a truely wise and intelligent leader ! Why are there naysayers who can only speak negatives before the man has made one decision as the Commander in Chief. Those idiots missed their calling – palm readers extraordinaire, crystal ball visionaries. I can't wait until education comes to the southern citizens.

    November 12, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Setys

    Excellent. I know that President elect Barack Obama will always make good decisions.

    November 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. TrueIndependent

    I dare say, the people of Iowa showed phenomenal wisdom and foresight.

    Are we gluttons for punishment in this country? There is something sick about voting in the Republican knowing they will simply mess up the country. And then, we vote the GOP out and vote in the Democrats to clean it up. I hope this year sees an end to that masochistic cycle. The Republican Party should never be voted in again. But I can only dream.

    I don't know how farther down the hole the GOP can take us. Every aspect of the American life is in shambles – finance, education, health, manufacturing, environment, construction, housing, you name it.

    This is our worst nightmare come true, thanks to the GOP

    November 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Ms. G

    We all must do our part, whatever President elect Obama calls us to do, we mus follow. He is wise.

    November 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Enjoying life to the fullest! :)

    I have always liked and admired former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She has a dynamic personality and speaks her mind. She will do good in any [if so] position Obama needs her in.

    November 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. Vickie in Alaska

    I am so impressed with the Obama Administration... 24 hours after becoming President Elect the Obama Administration had a website up called change.gov. Then each day I see the Obama Administration making decisions that will move us the direction Obama spoke of while he was campaigning for President. Obama is starting his administration in such a postive manner that he continues to build on the hope he wanted all of us to see!

    November 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Faith Restored

    Yes...a thoughtful move from our soon to be CIC. This current financial mess our economy and country are in will be laid at PE Obama's feet soon enough. GW Bush is still at the helm and until Jan 20th is his and his administration's disaster to steer and in which direction. Hopefully not into another iceberg but toward a bi-partisan horizon but lets take things one day at a time. At least PE Obama is keeping himself well informed which is half the battle of epic proprotions he and we face but then knowledge is power and Obama is a brillant enough to know this to be true.

    November 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. Once you vote Black

    Who do you think said the following:
    And I speak for other Republicans, other Republican governors also, they being willing also to, again, seize this opportunity that we have to progress this nation together, a united front.

    November 12, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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