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. Harry, IL

    This looks like the same seal which Barack copied during the campaign.

    November 19, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. George Bush

    Prepare for the Obama regime...

    November 19, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. 1/20/13

    I hear they are walking around with white flags as well....Not sure what that would mean

    November 19, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. thomas

    The way appointments are leaking out to the press, he should tell his transition team not to talk to anyone who even knows a reporter.

    November 19, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. chris

    Listen, for all the comments that are saying that this isn't news... I have something to say. This IS news because you're reading it. CNN puts stuff up here to be READ. And you're doing it. And the fact that some of you are commenting on it suggests that it's big news; big enough at least to warrant you to waste your time commenting on it (yes, i know. I'm wasting my time too.). Everything CNN posts doesn't have to be earth-shattering. And quit being so critical of everthing. Lighten up!

    November 19, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Reality Check

    Why is Barack such a copy cat? First, he tried to compare himself to JFK and Reagan. Now, he is hiring people who worked for Clinton. Is he going to start comparing himself to Clinton?

    November 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Reality Check

    Why is Barack such a copy cat? First, he tried to compare himself to JFK and Reagan. Now, he is hiring people who worked for Clinton. Is he going to start comparing himself to Clinton?

    November 19, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Larry

    Strict orders not to talk to news media ???What are they HIDING,isn't this open policy great,so much for CHANGE .You thought the Republicans were bad ??Here we go with the Democrats!!!Secrecy !!

    November 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Legend in his own mind

    I am already using my Obama dollars.

    November 19, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Jaye

    Kind of a sarcastic article.

    November 19, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. lil

    Good, that way no leaks to the press.

    November 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Art

    Why do contractors get pink?

    November 19, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. GenPatton

    Good, identify the pansies. That way we will know who to blame when the DOD is gutted.

    November 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Matt

    Keep it up with the baselessly negative, virulent an dhateful posts and rhetoric Republicans, the hole you've already dug for yourselves just keeps getting deeper and deeper and deeper. I fully expect to see "Republican Party" on the list of entities deserving of a Darwin Award in the near future.

    November 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Why does everyone complain about how "this is not news" with such righteous indignation? Its not as if this article on the ticker was written in place of an important piece of news. Those important pieces on the ticker are ON the ticker. Stories like this are just interesting little "fun facts" in the background of reporting. So quit the "this is not news" complaining and enjoy learning something you didn't particularly know.

    November 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Jan November 19th, 2008 2:25 pm ET

    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
    That was Bush and Paulson's idea. And both Obama AND McCain supported it.

    Try to get it right next time!

    November 19, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. KLEE

    Glad I voted for Obama!

    November 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Matt

    So it's news that you can't obtain news?

    What's next, it's news that there is actually no news?

    Where will the media paradox end? It's like mobius might think there's two sides, news and no news, but there isn't.

    November 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. lovable liberal

    And it's little bits of cattiness like this that show the reason not to talk to those blue badgers who obviously think they're part of the existing government.

    November 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Nick

    Michael, well, it is on a blog.

    November 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Cori from Colorado

    You've gotta have transition at some point in time.

    November 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. We finally got who we wanted!!!

    You repubs are such losers....crying before our man has even taken the oath of office. Get a life, ya gotta deal with it for the next 4 years, just like we dealt with your moron over the last 8!

    November 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |

    Badges! sounds like socialism to me.

    November 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Sally

    Hahaha! Color coded badges? It's like grade school all over again :).

    November 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    more marksism ordered by non other than the crooked president himself

    November 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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