November 19th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
10 years ago

At the Pentagon: It's easy to spot the newbies

There are some new faces at the Pentagon.

There are some new faces at the Pentagon.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just when we thought it would be hard to tell the faceless bureaucrats in the Obama transition office from other the 24,000 faceless bureaucrats who already work in this building, the Pentagon Pass office made it simple.

The new arrivals have been issued “Purple” badges, which make then stick out like a sore thumb.

Most pentagon badges are white. Contractors get pink.

And the press badges are blue.

Perhaps that will help the purple badge people know to shut up when they see someone with a blue badge.

The transition team –we’ve been told - is under strict order not to talk to news reporters.

Filed under: Pentagon • Transition 2008
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Michael, Houston Texas

    CNN, why is this news?

    November 19, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. NJ

    yea but they'll open their big mouths!

    November 19, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Tex Ann ~~~~~~~

    This is a newsworthy story????

    Oh well, nomatter, the badges make sense to me. And having dealt with the press in past years, I wouldn't want to talk with them either.

    November 19, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Lizz

    This tells that the press should not simply publish news that is not confirmed.

    November 19, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Laverne

    Somebody need to put a muzzle on them, geez whatever happened to being discreet?

    November 19, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. zenter

    This article is a waste of space. They should be talking to these officials instead of reporting the color of their badges. Maybe they are trying to avoid you, thats why you do your job and track them down even as they avoid you. Write an article when you have some real news, not when all you have is a lame rationalization on why you have no news.

    November 19, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Independent & Pragmatic

    I guess they didn't want to rub it in and issue the newbies GREEN badges.

    November 19, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Peggy - TX

    This is interesting. Do you think there a bit of the us vs them mentality at the Pentagon. Even though those people actually fighting the war voted overwhelmingly for Obama, eight years of filtering out non-Republican loyalist has likely left the Pentagon heavily weighted with those who identify with Republicans. This could be a hint of problems to come.

    November 19, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Military Woman

    CNN always scrounging for sensational headlines in the absence of real reporting of real news. Gimme a break.

    November 19, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. My saddle's on fire

    We don't need no stinking badges!

    November 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    A waste of space, indeed! Is this just CNN's backhanded way of dissing the "newbies" for not giving lengthy press interviews at this point? Really, you could have spent this time seeking out REAL newsworthy stories. Seems many of us have more time on our hands now the the election is over, the press included, lol.

    November 19, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. rg

    Smile by ! Not everything have to be dramatic...

    November 19, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Kal Bear

    I agree with Michael, Houston Texas. This isn't news....

    November 19, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Simmy


    November 19, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Turn Texas BLUE

    go to the white house and interview some people. I know the Bush administration will have alot to SAY! lol

    November 19, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Silence Dogood

    The color of the badge shows whether you love Big Brother now.
    Or need re-education.

    November 19, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. PL


    November 19, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Slice of life guys, CNN is showing you what its like for the transition team. When you work at a defense contract firm or DOD, your badges are all sorts of colors meaning all sorts of security designations. I imagine for the transition folks who may have never been to the Pentagon, you get that "First Day in School Feeling".

    November 19, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Retired Army in San Antonio

    1. Purple Badges? You mean purple, as in royalty?

    2. No......this ain't news........

    November 19, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Simmy

    CNN: Your opening paragragh should read: "...from the other 24,000" not visa versa. Help wanted: Proof Readers!

    November 19, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. K in DC

    "will know to shut up" - ???

    When will CNN know to shut up? Apparently never.

    Someone give this "credible news agency" a purple badge so they can better act their part and not like some soap opera.

    November 19, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Meh

    Silence Dogood> Ummmmm Yeah. You don't think the Bush Regime was Big Brother? Please.

    CNN...this is not news!

    November 19, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Chip

    There are new faces at the Pentagon everyday. I

    would submit that it has been that way for years given the military's propensity to transfer people from post to post.

    The paint on my back porch is drying, it's green, can I get a job at CNN now?

    November 19, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. nom deplume

    Purple??? Shouldn't they have been pink???

    Obama in 2012

    November 19, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Jan

    corruption is not Ted Stevens and a measley few thousand worth of favors. Corruotion is the Democrat Party using Freddie and Fannie to bring down the American economy.

    November 19, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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