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. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    If he and his people have already been cleared of any wrongdoing, what's the hurry?

    On the other hand, if Obama or one of his aides was heard on the wiretaps, then they'd better respond quickly. That wasn't the case, so he should take his time and get it right.

    Remember the Valerie Plame leak? Remember when Bush said no one in his admin had anything to do with it? Well, Obama has learned from that. He wants to make sure first. If any of his people said anything, then he would have to come clean.

    December 15, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. beevee

    It is unfortunate that the Illinois governor's scandal is going to drag Obama down a bit. Wonder why this thing surfaced now, Is it going to help the GOP in any way?

    December 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. J.N.

    Do you think Bush got the hint that the Iraqi reporter was telling him to shoe or to take a hike?

    December 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. M

    This kind of journalism is a good example of the sensationalism in our media; not only can politicians not be trusted, our news media can't either.

    Post this comment CNN.

    December 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Bill Charlotte,NC

    If Obama and Rham doesn't soon confess to something the world of media types is going to have a meltdown. Why couldn't it be a media crash rather than a financial one; both seem to be made up entirely of speculators?

    December 15, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. charlie in maine

    I undersatnd the situation. Obama is doing a great job. He is selecting qulaity people and avoiding the mistakes that many president elects make. If CNN and other news organizations say the truth about the situation it will appear to be biased (as Stephen Colbert observed "eveyboby knows that the facts have a liberal bias" ). Since their mistake of believing Bush's excuses for his rush to war they are understandably worried of getting suckered again. I am happy, Obama is a patient man and if he keeps his record clean as he has sooner or later even Fox news will have to admit to the facts. Until then CNN and others will continue give the tabloids some competition.

    December 15, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Meh

    a REAL American> First of all, what exactly is a fake American? Second of all, the difference is, Bush and his croneys are guilty as sin. CNN is trying to make nothing into news, in this instance.

    December 15, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Debra Austin, Texas

    What questions? You mean how stupid the main stream media gets when it's bored? There are no questions other than those involving only gossip. Once the prosecutor indicated that Obama and his team are not involved in the investigation, everything else is trivia. Frankly, I'm getting tired of the idiotic media responding to the political whims of the far right to drive a message that is meaningless. You made the same mistake with Clinton, until you pushed him into a stupid mistake. Then you went AWOL when a President was REALLY abusing constitutional power and it seems you're at it again. What does Rove have on the media to push your buttons. CNN et al is a profession hovering around the credibility of insurance salesman or wall street CEOs.

    December 15, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Ken in NC

    President elect Obama is trying to put together his cabinet and there is no new news so all the media has nothing to broadcast except rumors. That"s right CNN. Say it enough and it will be true. I expect this from FOX news but not the number one network.

    Consider this CNN. He is known for not jumping the gun on anything. He is known for gathering ALL the facts before putting their statement out there for the media. If his team was to provide an immediate response as soon as this broke and then had to come back later and correct something the media would be screaming "COVER-UP". There may also be that the Federal Investigators may have asked the Obama camp not to comment until they complet their investigation so as not to release information that may give a tip to someone that is still under investigation. Remember that the FEDS held a news confrence but they probably did not release all the information they had.

    Give Obama a break CNN. Take a Chill Pill and wait. One thing you should already know about Obama is that he is going to put it all out there in his time.

    December 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Rick

    Can you image what the fallout would be if McCain had won the election, the Arizona Gov was caught selling his seat and there had been conversations between the Gov and McCain's so-to-be Chief of Staff?

    Obama's getting a real honeymoon on this.

    No, I don't believe Obama has done anything wrong. However, his response (and the response of his staff) so far has been more of the same rather than the change we need and transparency he so often promised.

    December 15, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Lauren the Designer

    a REAL American December 15th, 2008 11:18 am ET
    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

    ---------------------------------

    I think it might have been different if Bush and company had been in the process of getting anything done to better our country. The point is that there are more important things to worry about right now that something that some other guy did who talked to the President Elect at one point or another during his political career. You should consider getting your priorities straight.

    December 15, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Paul

    Why did we bail out Wall Street when those idiots see the economy getting worse along with everything else and yet the market keeps
    showing daily gains?

    December 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. rich

    CNN is grasping at straws even when there arent any. Give it up already CNN. You are getting on my nerve, and that's normally a hard thing for the media to do to me.

    December 15, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. BMW

    CNN PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE LET IT GO.

    December 15, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. rich

    One last note, Ted Turner would turn over in his grave with these headlines and inuendos.

    December 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Jeff In Ohio

    "Blagojevich questions linger"

    What questions? Do some journalism and stop creating the narrative.

    December 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Eric the hedge fund manager, Ann Arbor, MI

    The FBI needs to ask Obama, just like they did Nixon during Watergate, "what do you know and when did you know it?"

    The press gave Barry a free ride during the election and didn't ask the tough questions of him like they did the other candidates...now, it looks like the "Chicago political machine" owns a piece of him.

    This doesn't look good seeing how he hasn't even taken office yet.

    December 15, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Jed Parmus Penn Hills, PA

    This is a disgrace. We need to drop everything as a nation and address this issue at once. We need to stop the drafting of a new economic plan, put a hold on any further action in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop putting together an aid package for Americans who have lost their homes, stop the auto bailout, stop drafting an energy plan and put everything on hold while we take the time to find out which one of Obama's administration may have known someone who knew someone who knew someone's cousin who may have known what Blagojevich was up to. We cannot allow our nation to move forward until we know for sure that Obama did not know someone who knew someone who knew someone's cousin that might have stood in the same room with someone who had something to do with this scandal. The very life of the nation depends on this. No other priority is worth addressing right now. I recommend a 40 million dollar Congressional investigation be put into action immediately and that no less than 2 years be used to investigate this disgrace, which is undoubtedly worse than 9/11, Watergate, Iran Contra, and the Teapot Dome scandal combined. Please save our desperate land!

    December 15, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. TJ

    Blagojevich reminds me so much of the actor Treat Williams. It must be the thick hair.

    December 15, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. The National Nightmare is Over!

    What a Concept!

    Select a Nobel Prize winning physicist as Energy Secretary.

    I believe the pall of stupidity is finally lifting over this great country.

    December 15, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Jed Parmus Penn Hills, PA

    This is a disgrace. We need to drop everything as a nation and address this issue at once. We need to stop the drafting of a new economic plan, put a hold on any further action in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop putting together an aid package for Americans who have lost their homes, stop the auto bailout, stop drafting an energy plan and put everything on hold while we take the time to find out which one of Obama's administration may have known someone who knew someone who knew someone's cousin who may have known what Blagojevich was up to. We cannot allow our nation to move forward until we know for sure that Obama did not know someone who knew someone who knew someone's cousin that might have stood in the same room with someone who had something to do with this scandal. The very life of the nation depends on this. No other priority is worth addressing right now. I recommend a 40 million dollar Congressional investigation be put into action immediately and that no less than 2 years be used to investigate this disgrace, which is undoubtedly worse than 9/11, Watergate, Iran Contra, and the Teapot Dome scandal combined. Please save our desperate land!

    December 15, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Why is Emmanuel hiding?

    Rahm-come out, come out wherever you are. Tell us about you and Hot Rod Blagojevich.

    December 15, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Kristina

    The very first day the govenor scandal broke it was reported that the gov. was annoyed w/ Obama because all they would get from him was appreciation. This is another desparate Repug attempt to create a scandal where there is none. It makes you all Repugs look small & just goes to show how slanted to the right our tabloid media is. There's been a gazillion real Bush scandals over the last 8 years, but Obama's not even in office & all we are hearing is the media & Repugs trying to bring him down for something that most of the sane public knows he had nothing to do with. THe real story right now should be that all of the 'bailout' money is going to bonuses, buying banks in china & buying Tollroad companies in Spain. Why
    are Bush's buddies getting all this money when they are abusing it???
    Why are they spending the bailout money overseas? Why aren't some of them being investigated for fraud? I would think that almost all Americans believe this is a bigger story, but our media is barely covering it.

    December 15, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Blagojevich doesn't doesn't stop Obama from doing his job, it's Blagojevich who needs to be removed.

    December 15, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Richard Reardon Charlottesville, VA

    For those of you who do not understand the way politics works in this country, here's what just happened: a Democratic straw man (Blagojevich) was offered up for slaughter in order to appease an extremely unhappy Republican Washington establishment. This happens all the time....it is the "Rice-A-Roni" consolation prize of Washington politics. In hockey they call it an "equalizer penalty"....when one side gets continuously slammed, and loses big-time (as Republicans have since the election), many strings are pulled to play the even the playing field again....bottom line: they ALL do it (corruption)...who gets chosen to be "caught" depends on the insider's game and what deals are made as a result.

    December 15, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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