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. Pepou

    Obama has nothing to do with the Blagojevich scandal. Stop your innuendos they are missing the point.

    December 15, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Marc

    Anyone that reads the transcripts of the taped phone records can see that there was some form of contact between Blago and Obama's staff, and while the first only wanted immediate reward (in cash if possible), the later only offered what the law allows them to offer (i.e. political negotiation). There's no question in here (OK, it might be interesting to know who are going to be part of the witnesses for the Prosecution against Blago, but not that much), so let's move to the real issues.
    PS: Good choice for the energy secretary (supposing that it's really Chu)!

    December 15, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Dan

    I can already see tomorrow's headline:

    "Obama goes toilet shopping as concerns over Blagojevich grow"

    December 15, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. debra from Georgia

    The media are such bad people. Obama is the hope we have left for this country and the media is trying to link that IL governor to Barack. The RNC should be ashame of themselves too. They are crooks which like to blame others for their problems, Please let Barack get on with the peoples business. Thank you

    December 15, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Conservative Independent

    Scandal and politics are bedfellows. Even though I voted for his side, Obama's part of the Chicago political system one of the most corrupt there is. It will be interesting to here the connections that sprout up and tarnish him during his time in office.

    December 15, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Burhan, dfw

    Exellent choice.

    December 15, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Scott NYC Independent

    I know the media is looking for some red meat, even if its just a morsel but guys there is nothing there. If you are covering the Illionis governor do that but stop trying to make something out of nothing your cable paying public are really getting tired of it. Remember the current viewer pool is much more informed and intelligent than those decades past. You're loosing points.

    December 15, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. cheryl

    Give it a rest already. It is a know fact here in Mo ( live just right across the Mississippi River ) that nobody liked Gov Blago. My friends from southern ILL can't stand the man. And it was a well known fact that the Gov got along with nobody! Learn to think for yourself . If you did this, you just might just see through this prick's motive of trying blemish President Obama name while keeping his own sorry face in the spotlight.

    December 15, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Mesa Mick

    Again we have the Hooverite neocon repuglicons trying to gin up their plantation base of blind followers over a non-issue.
    Shut it down repugs – you're looking small, stupid and out of touch once again...

    December 15, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. is this Fox Noise?

    I agree with the first two people posting comments. There isn't anything there and yet the media keeps the rumor mongering going. Yeah, the news has been a bit slow but CNN should report the facts rather than 'raise doubts'.

    December 15, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Matt

    It's simple. There's not much to talk about because Obama is doing a good job and the vast majority of people approve of what he's doing. Controversy sells. Viewership and click-counters justify higher prices for advertising. The Blago scandal would be just one of among many in the grand scheme of our corrupted political world, but the news media sees an opportunity to keep the rumor mill working on a link to Obama...Obama stories "sell" better than ones only about Blago. It ALL comes down to making money on the advertising...that's what drives what they will shamelessly call "news" and "analysis."

    December 15, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Salt

    PE Obama is taking care of the things that need to be taken care of right now. I find it funny that people would think it would be more responsible of him to be paying attention to the scandal of the week than getting his cabinet picked out.

    December 15, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Suzanne

    You do our country a great disservice by constantly undermining our incoming president. With all of the problems we have to solve, this kind of pointless, divisive attempt to cast doubt on a man who was cleared of any involvement in this scandal is disgusting. No wonder nobody trusts the media in this country.

    December 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Randolph

    The scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has reached such magnitude because he unfortunately is a democrat, and democrats appear to be naive and selfish in politic.
    If he was a republican, all of them will be together and tying to play down the problem. Instead, they would be attacking the real motivation of the prosecutor for such particular investigation while the US has 50 states. All of us saw how they handled Gov. Palin investigation.
    I do believe that democrats really need to grow up politically. Otherwise, republicans would control and dominate this coming 4 years while American people have given power to democrats.
    President Bush would not have completed his 8 years term if he was a democrat even if with 70 democrat seat in Senate and 70% of seats in House.

    December 15, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Scott

    The only reason questions linger is because CNN isn't paying attention. There's no "there" there. Move on.

    December 15, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. ProfMike

    It's fascinating how, when we're trying to get the country moving again and the new administration is tryng to set up things to get us off of fossil fuels that the media shows its utter lack of imagination, much less their inability to focus on important issues of national and world survival. Governor Bago...itch is a moral nonentity who is irrelevant. Dr. Chu is someone who knows the technology to convert our energy sources to something more in line with our needs. GET ON STORY GUYS!!

    December 15, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Damon

    Why do they keep trying to link Obama with this criminal. Some people are just sad and need prayer. They will do anything to defamate this man's character. We need unity during these trying times. Let us start working on the tasks at hand instead of playing the blame game and pointing the finger.

    December 15, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. a REAL American

    Hey "yellow dog democrat" - funny how Democrats had no qualms about jumping on Bush and Co. whenever one of them farted in the wind, but now that Obama's crew is being called into question ya'll get so offended.... isn't there a word for that? HYPOCRISY!

    December 15, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Haneefah

    Good for President-Elect Obama. He should not have to answer to any of those people about Blogo. He has much more important things to think about and to do. Stop putting the cart before the horse! These United STates have gotten messed up enough by Bush and his administration.

    P.E Obama is not the President YET LEAVE HIM ALONE!

    December 15, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Chris

    I find it odd that the Republicans are screaming about Obama's corruption connections when in their own closet they have:
    Bush, Cheney, Halliburton, Gonzalez, Scooter Libby, wmd, blackwater, oil execs, katherine harris, bush v gore, harriet myers attempted nomination, shall i continue?

    December 15, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Judith Smith

    The Blah-blah ordeal is NOT NEWS. How about doing some real reporting for a change and give us some news about the Obama appointments? These folks are going to have a much greater influence on our lives than the mad governor of Illinois, who has already cleared Obama.

    Give the Republican talking points a break and get to work on your real job! You have a duty to the public ot hold Obama accountable for the governemnet he delivers, and you are AWOL.

    December 15, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. JAS


    December 15, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. EW

    How do all you Obamabots know that he isn't involved? Blindly believing everything Obama says is foolish. He flat out lied about nobody in his team contacting Blago. It is a pure fact that Rahm did and it is foolish to think that Obama didn't know that he did.

    Obama had strong ties to Blago until he got his party's nomination.

    Do some research, it might do you some good.

    December 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. call me crazy

    CNN is becomeing faux news!!!

    December 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. case

    Every state has politicians that are crooked. I thank god that Obama is smart enough to know that the right wing nut jobs are going to go after him at all costs, so to counter that he has the most open transparent administration ever!

    December 15, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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