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.
Get this story right. Obama had called for this economic sumit while he was campaigning, it wasn't Bush's ideal. Further, it had already been announced that neither candidate for the presidency, Obama nor McCain, would be attending.
I'd rather see Obama there and let Bush stay home.
Brilliant idea! President-elect Obama would draw too much attention. Still he sends competent representatives from both parties.
This singular action shows smartness and good judgment.
Yes – Madelyn Albright. Could CNN possibly interview or talk about this intelligent, qualifed woman, instead of 24-hour coverage of airhead-Palin?
Presumably Bush invited Obama to go or send representatives so let's not fall down on our knees worshipping just yet.
THAT IS RIGHT OBAMA, , ,
[1.] – Do not try to do it all,
[2.] – Don't take responsibility for the "Bush-Cheney-McCain-GOP" mess.
bring on the entire clinton administration to fill in for nobamas administration, even clinton himself. when that admin fails, the only thing different will be president nobama/V.P. dum biden. when that admin fails, the new slogan in 2012 will be "nobama nicht ändern, wir brauchen Palin Macht", and people will overwhelmingly vote for palin power. dum nobama democrats could've just vote for hillary to be the nominee. looks like she'll be the only one left out of the nobama/biden/clinton administration.
Barack Obama is brilliant! He continues to demonstrate his exceptional JUDGMENT!
That's is correct, ONE president at a time. Having Albright and Leach there is brilliant!
GET OVER THE DRESS.......Why are people so small minded? BEAUTY IS SKIN DEEP, it matters not what we wear is WHO WE ARE THAT MATTERS IN THE END!
Obama is being gracious to Bush...if he went to the summit, all eyes would be on him and Bush would be in an awkward position.
More Democratic Washington insiders as part of the transition. Anyone who thought we were going to see "change" was really kidding themselves.
I totally agree that Mr. Obama should skip the formal proceedings at the G20 meetings.
Wouldn't it be cool to see him show up for the cocktails after the meeting? LOL
Albright is hideous.
To Mrs. G-- baaaa! baaaa! baaa! you sound like a blind sheep.
Smart move...and very respectful of the current administration.
Doesn't President elect Obama know that bi-partisanism is something that the far right does NOT want??? All that will do is make him look stronger and better and give the talk show host less to talk about. HOW DARE HIM DO SUCH A THING!!
Albright is an excellent choice!! She is respected by many world leaders- the best Secretary of State ever.
Way to go Obama!
Can anyone explain why Obama is not attending?
I think this is a sign that the world leaders know who to deal with regarding this economic crisis. And check out Pres. Obama flexing his bi-partisan muscles with Albright and Leach!
Smart man president Obama ! you may not agree with his policies but you do respect that he is still our sitting president as I hope the respect will be given to you once you have replaced president Bush.You are the man of the future and the inspiration of presidents after you.You'll always have confidence in your supporters regardless of what lies ahead
Hmm nice surounding himself with clinton people, but now I feel like the v8 commercial could of had a clinton.
You see. . . .this is bipartisanship at work.
Progress for America??!?!?!
YES WE CAN!
Pres. elect Obama .... please select your treasury secretary as soon as possible. Incompetent Bush administration is killing the market ... We need 'change' in fed actions as soon as possible. Market needs sure hands at the helm ... I'm sure the market will go up by at least 500 points as soon as you name your treasury sec.