December 22nd, 2008
11:17 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama transition sees eye-popping 300,000 resumes

Hundreds of thousands of applicants want to work for President-elect Barack Obama.
Hundreds of thousands of applicants want to work for President-elect Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Just weeks after opening shop, the Obama transition team has been flooded by what looks like an unprecedented wave of hundreds of thousands of resumes from people who want positions in the new president's administration.

"We've actually had more than 300,000 expressions of interest," Obama transition spokesman Nick Shapiro told CNN Radio.

That is roughly equivalent to the entire population of Iceland.

It dwarfs the 44,000 applicants reported by a Bush transition spokeswoman to the San Francisco Chronicle just days before George W. Bush was inaugurated in January 2001. The Clinton transition team in 1993 put its number of applicants near Inauguration Day at approximately 100,000. And the Obama boom has another month to build.

Meanwhile, it's creating a sort of business boom for job-search companies in and out of Washington.

Listen: What do bigtime headhunters think?


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Mari

    @ OLD TIMER............ ONE MORE TIME......... DO YOU REALLY THINK (OR NOT) THAT THE

    CIA

    NSA

    CONGRESS & BUSH WHITEHOUSE

    WOULD ALLOW A NON-CITIZEN TO BECOME PRESIDENT???? IF YOU BELIEVE THE IDIOTS ON AM RADIO THEN YOU TOO, ARE AN IDIOT.

    BARACK OBAMA'S CITIZENSHIP HAS BEEN PROVEN! EVEN THE SUPREME COURT AGREED!

    STOP THE IGNORANCE!

    December 22, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. GOP=Epic Fail

    mesa December 22nd, 2008 11:45 am ET

    MAKE WAY FOR THE MESSIAH!

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

    hey mesa...didn't you know that Jesus was mocked as the messiah before, and while he was crucified?

    quit being stupid...there is only ONE savior, and he doesn't want anything to do with politics because he's better than that.

    you're the ones who are looking for an imperfect man to be perfect just to mock him for being perfect...grow a brain, and get a clue.

    December 22, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. frodo

    CNN, I think you left a few digits off of the number...it should say 300,000,000 Americans are now working for Obama. As it is, all of the money earned for 4 months goes to the government. Now with talk of another $700-$800 Billion bailout, we'll all be working for Obama and the Government.

    The Bush-Obama-McCain-Bailout (BOMB) has been dropped and we'll all feel the shock.

    December 22, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. NEL E BELL

    DIDN'T REALIZE THERE WERE THAT MANY PEOPLE WKING IN THE UN. OF CHICAGO.

    December 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. design

    Hope won!?????

    I HOPE my kids will be able to pay off what is looking like a $1.5 trillion deficit per year.

    I HOPE I won't have my taxes increased to spread the wealth.

    I HOPE that Obama will reverse his stand on FISA which allows wiretapping without a warrant.

    I HOPE Obama won't grow the government.

    But, you're right. Hope won...because that's all we have now, to hope that the country will be better even when the Democrats and Republicans are doing a great job of messing it up.

    December 22, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. elvera

    In response to a stupid question from so-called Bill: ‘How many of these resumes are from the dead people or convicted felons who voted for him?’ Whoever you are, ‘Bill’, you are a sick hateful person. You should stay away from any discussions. Most likely, you are a convicted felon yourself. The entire world is celebrating Mr. Obama’s victory. I am so proud of this country and its people. No ‘Bill’ or any other dirty mouth will spoil our joy. One of the greatest men will be our President very soon!

    December 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    Maybe this is also because so many more people are unemployed after 8 years of Bush/Cheney!

    December 22, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Ken

    Please screen these 300,000 with a basic IQ test, to get rid of the [R]epublicans. Let the Dumbf-kistanis go serve the rightwing governments in exile in the red states. In the United Staes, let the free get freer, the smart get smarter, but in the red states I'm afraid the dumb will only get dumber.

    December 22, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. FREEMAN

    to Kelly WI , I doubt if President Obama needs a speechwriter. Remember unlike W. BUSH Obama is very intelligent and articulate.

    December 22, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. PJP in OK

    You people that go around saying how great Obama is and how honest he is and he is everything perfect make me sick to my stomach. All you know is what he has told us and what we have read in the media. I hope the man does do a good job but he will not get the glory for it from me. It will be because true Christians will be praying for him to make the right decisions and not be a yes man to every Tom, Dick, or Harry that comes along.
    In other words, only GOD will get the glory for great things HE has done in this great country of the USA!!!

    December 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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