December 15th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
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Obama to announce energy posts as Blagojevich questions linger

President-elect Barack Obama will meet Monday with his national security team.

President-elect Barack Obama will meet Monday with his national security team.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce key members of his energy team Monday as questions linger and media attention remains on the scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Obama likely is to name Steven Chu, a physicist who runs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as his energy secretary, three Democratic officials close to the transition team said last week.

Chu won the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics and is highly respected in energy circles.

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  1. Mike, Syracuse NY

    On a crisis scale of 1-10, Blago doesn't even register. This is nothing compared to the issues Obama needs to face as President. Yet a week has gone by and Obama has yet to disclose what contacts his transition team had. If he reacts this slowly to 'no brainers' how is he ever going to respond to fast moving crises? You can never have 100% of the info 100% of the time before you need to act. Obama needs to expand his bandwidth to act and react quicker.

    December 15, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. bob in LA

    Media guys- FOCUS!
    You have said and others have cleared Obama. Take the Governor out of the coverage of other bama stories

    December 15, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. obama-mama

    Don't know much about this pick but I'm sure Obama is confident that this person is good for the position.

    December 15, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. KentD

    Media questions and attention remain. Most of us out here are concerned about the economy and how we are going to get out of this mess and what it is going to cost. Why don't you do some investigative reporting on how the culture of greed, special interest and business buying the halls of Congress has gotten us into this pickle. What about a piece on what Unions have done for this country – higher wages, benefits, 40-hour work week, workers safety. But, that would be journalism and that budget was cut a long time ago for higher corporate profits. Hypocrites. I through a "shoe" at you.

    Journalism is a public service – Do it!

    December 15, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. American girl

    I have no lingering questions about Gov Blagojevich and Obama. The facts states the Govenor himself was rejected by the Obama team revealed in his salty language on tape. Stop trying to put everyone else's problems on president elect Obama. He knew there was alot of corruption in politics and that is why he chose to run the campaign he did. I don't expect him to rat out his colleagues.

    December 15, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Matt

    I can hear it now...all the right wing nuts getting mad about the appointment of someone who might use science to make his decisions...

    December 15, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Ray Fisher

    I simply wish the Obama administration would stop using the term "CZAR" as it is so George Bush!!! If Obama truly embraces change then he will not use the same tired terminology and instead use "Chairperson" or "Guru" or "Wizard" etc... just something new and imaginative and doesn't harken back to the dreaded "Evil Doers"!!! I think America is ready to put the Bushisms far behind...

    December 15, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Dr. Stoner

    Can this guy help me I've been without energy since Thursday no lights heat running water. If it wasn't for the farm pond down the road we would be pooping in the street. Enough with the fan fare, on 1/21/09 Obama gets his chance for the fame or the blame period. By the way I am a Democrat but a skeptical one I'm more a show me kinda guy.

    December 15, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. MD

    Get ready for zero energy growth in the new Obama administration. No nukes, no drilling, no coal, no gas = no electricity. Wind is unreliable and will require $$ billions in transmission investments. We are heading for the stone-age of energy policy.

    December 15, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. PE Obama

    Maybe if I don't think about it...

    December 15, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. yellow dog democrat

    is it only CNN keeps on bringing up "Blagojevich lingering question" when mentioning anything that President Elect Obama continues to do to get thing rolling for this country!!?? – Whats up with that – I guess you like to keep "controversy & doubt" rumors in the mill?

    No wonder this country is so divided~!

    December 15, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. sky

    There is not question. You guys keep hoping there is one but.....there isnt

    December 15, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. ObamaIsWayBetterThanBush

    The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at Bush should get a medal of honor, his own TV or radio show and or 10 million dollars and held in very high esteem across the world.

    December 15, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. facts are facts

    Looks like the news media places more of an emphasis on trying to damage the president elect rather than highlighting progressive initiatives designed to bolster confidence in the economy and in the environmental issues.

    Too bad but that is what they are all about in the 21st Century as good news just isn't what they look for.

    December 15, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Chi Town

    Emanuel has refused to comment as to whether he is the un-named presidential adviser cited in the FBI affidavit filed in the Blagojevich case. "You're wasting your time," Emanuel told a Chicago Sun Times reporter yesterday. "I'm not going to say a word to you.

    Oh... this must be that transparant leadership Obama talked about.
    Get ready to go under the bus Emanuel... welcome to the scapegoat club! LOL

    This just keeps getting better

    December 15, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. ObamaIsWayBetterThanBush

    I have a whole closet full of shoes that I would like to throw at Bush.

    December 15, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. BB

    Just keep hyping it, CNN. Stir up more hate than Palin did. Then you'll have the news you want. Happy then?

    December 15, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. NJ

    Chicago politicans are as crooked as ever!!!!

    December 15, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    What a crappy headline CNN. You can't discuss anything positive about P.E. Obama without a smear of some sort, can you? The Blagojevich scandal has nothing to do with the appointment of P.E.'s energy team, but you just have to link the two so you can get your headline. Shame on you. Also, you note that media attention remains on the scandal, which is fine if you don't care that your media attention is focused on something most of us care nothing about. I don't live in Illinois, therefore I don't care what happens in Illinois politics. I'm busy worrying about my own state and my own economic health. Give it a rest already or we'll have to start calling you the National Equirer.

    December 15, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Laverne

    That's right Obama, don't be distracted by the mess surrounding Governor Blagojevich. Obama has much bigger fish to fry and only a short time to get his team in place before Jan. 20th.

    December 15, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. AJ

    I did not vote for Obama but what on earth does this scandal have to do with him? He had nothing to do with the proposed sale of his Senate seat and the media should not imply that he had a hand in it. I think he's done a great job so far and made some wonderful choices.

    December 15, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Matt

    The "questions" about Obama's ties to Blago are a phony smokescreen generated by the RNC.

    December 15, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Jean2



    December 15, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Sandy

    CNN, you're getting close to portraying yourself as Tabloid TV and losing your credibility. Anyone who has listened to the tapes realize that the Obama camp had nothing to do with the governor and his bribery scheme.

    December 15, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Seth

    You guys are pretty naive to think that Obama and his team aren't involved with Blagovich. Rahm Emmanuel is one for sure that is very suspicious, and he is Obama's Chief of Staff, how is that not a lingering question? Sky and yellow dog, you are obviously ignoring the facts, this could go deep!

    December 15, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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