January 7th, 2009
10:50 AM ET
11 years ago

OBAMA TRANSITION: Obama nominates Killefer

Barack Obama nominated his chief performance officer Wednesday.

Barack Obama nominated his chief performance officer Wednesday.

(CNN) - Barack Obama nominated Nancy Killefer as his chief performance officer, a newly-created position focused on bringing back fiscal order.

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  1. carlo

    Well, Obama is creating new jobs just like he promised…for his campaign contributors at least.
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    Go look at the article about Bush appointing over 300 former heads and deputies he appointed to councils and other BS positions that last 3 to 6 years. The federal agencies need to be scrubbed idiot. That's what he said he would do. He isn't like Rethugs like Palin-he actually believes that you need to have at least half a brain to get really good jobs.

    January 7, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. PjPoohSis

    People, Its a very good thing what he's doing......he created a NEW position! I mean, it is JOB CREATION RIGHT?!!! Well whatever it is, it'll be so much better than the Bush Administration so, let's get to work!!!!

    January 7, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. PjPoohSis

    There actually wont be any more incompetent people ini the white house ( Bush's Administration is in the shadows now).......Seriously you guys, CNN is just doing its job(much love to Wolf Blitzer and Campbell Brown!!) We just need to keep our eyes open and see what he does.We cant talk about what kind of job he's doing....NOT UNTIL THE 20th!!!!!!

    January 7, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Jenny

    I finally get it...the Clinton's did retake the White House. They are just letting Obama be the figurehead. All the appointments being made have ties to the Clintons; not Obama.

    January 7, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. NEL E BELL

    ANOTHER CLINTON RETRED. WHY DID WE ELECT THE BILLIANT ONE AGAIN? WE SHOULDA COULDA GONE FOR HILLARY AFTER ALL.

    January 7, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Danielle

    The best way to "clean up Washington" is obviously to create a new job, right???????

    January 7, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Jill

    I knew that the minute he was close to getting into office he would start that, "it is going to take years to clean up this mess" talk...making excuses for why he wont accomplish what he promised to do within 4years....I wont buy the need to give him 4 more to make worse

    January 7, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. billy-bayou

    With a little luck,obama "the great one" will be able to create enough new cabnet posts to give every man woman and child in this nation a place of employment. Then he can tax each of them at a tax rate of around 90% to pay for it all.
    What a frigging joke, LAMO!!

    January 7, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Justice

    Yep, Hillary is really having to help him with all these appointments. Goodness knows what he would have done if she didn't have people waiting in the wings to accept these positions. And everyone thought Palin would be doing the job for McCain...looks like it is Hill doing it for O

    January 7, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Bob

    He forgot to mention how many staff positions the CPO will have.
    More $$$ to payoff more supporters

    January 7, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. WAKS

    This job is revelant in my opinion. What it creates is a person who will always be available to stay on top of congress while the President is out doing what he/she needs to do. Congress already cries that it doesn't get enough of the President's time, well there you go. a position dedicated to getting them off their butts and fixing some of these problems.

    January 7, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Dara W.

    Republicans are beyond delusional...oversight isn't something they're to happy about. Keep doing what's best for this shell of a country that these self-righteous, highly hypocritical republicans have left us. Obama makes Bush look like a GROSSLY INCOMPETENT FOOL.

    January 7, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. john from sandiego

    the 'con' goes on...nice job Barry O.

    January 7, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Casey

    It can be good to bring in some new blood to look at a situation or agency from a different point of view. When you work in an area or in an agency for a long time, it can be easy to miss areas for improvment that may be obvious to an outsider with an open mind. Although I'm not happy that we're raising our government's payroll, I'm optimistic that a position like this could easily pay for itself pretty quickly.

    January 7, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Benn

    GREAT! Add more overhead costs by creating yet another post. How will this help get waste and spending undercontrol?

    January 7, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Barb

    A lot of great last names on the job!

    January 7, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Scott

    CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!

    Now where is my new cabinet job??

    January 7, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Betty Pone

    WHATS , Obama's the same ole same ole people in the white House!
    What is new about about his people???

    January 7, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Common Sense

    Obama's version of "CHANGE" seems to be doing what was done from 1993 thru 2001... It is a wonder why people can't see through his rhetoric, although since people nowadays are so blind to reality...

    January 7, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. carment

    @1/20/13 January 7th, 2009 11:07 am ET

    Wow that Obama is awesome look at the job creation before he even gets in office……When he appoints 2 million more useless government workers the economy will be booming

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    Nice to know you few 2 million fellow Americans as "useless" – but hey, what does it matter to you if they are 2 million people with families to feed. Guess you're doing all right in your "useless" job

    January 7, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Doug

    I am a very disappointed democratic O supporter. His failure to engage is absolutely pathetic. His support to hang Mr. Burris will have blowback in the next elections. His handling of staffing the federal government shows he has no clue to what it is or what it can do. This woman's message is DOA on the hill who creates the budget. This position is mindless.

    January 7, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Jeff in Illinois

    Wow! People are against this because her salary (and that of any staff) increases government spending...

    Did you all ever think that maybe they're planning on cutting out MANY TIMES the amount of spending which they are spending to create this office?

    January 7, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. kuriya

    Naysayers you say you want transparency in government when Obama suggest one you complain, make up your mind. Think the economy is making most people to say anything thing without thinking. Many angry people out there. God bless us all.

    January 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. carment

    What Obama really needs to do is get rid of all the deadweights Bush has been easing into "permanent" jobs in the last 60 days... then he'll have more than enough money to pay for any new positions he sees as important to achieving his goals.

    January 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. TCM

    creating more government...to see why government's spending too much money...what a clown!

    January 7, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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