January 20th, 2009
01:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama aides head for White House moments after oath of office

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Quickly after the moment of Obama's swearing-in, the president's top aides bolted to get to waiting vans and race to the White House. White House counsel Greg Craig and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina left before the inaugural address ended, although White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel stayed through whole speech.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

John Podesta told CNN he bolted in 1993 during former President Clinton's inaugural speech - and when he got to the White House, the old drapes were still being taken down.

Filed under: Inauguration
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. janeann fessler

    one of your crawl messages said that Obama was third Illinois president – Lincoln-Grant-Obama. What happened to Reagan? He was born in Illinois. So if you are going to say that it needs to be Lincoln, Grant, Reagan and Obama.

    January 20, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Joseph Ngaruiya

    America, there. A new beginning.

    January 20, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. james

    RUN, RUN as fast as you can

    January 20, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Obama supporter

    James –

    If you don't like it why don't you run!

    January 20, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. trickyguy

    Yep James, you're either part of the solution, or you're part of the problem.

    January 20, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    James is one of the sad, pathetic people who will find themselves on the unimportant fringe ... nothing to offer but hate ...

    Guess what, James, the rest of America is moving on toward the future and if you don't want to hop on the train to a better America, you'll be left behind like an old empty gym bag. Your choice.

    January 20, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Kenneth M. of Flushing Queens

    James, is that not from the Ginger Bread Man Song? Can we take it that you are unhappy and will be leaving us soon?

    January 20, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. RealityKing

    The culture of corruption..., Chicago style. Where one man's wasteful bridge to nowhere is now a president's job creation gemmick.

    January 20, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Save My Hard Earned $$

    Criminal in Cheif you mean

    January 20, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. kayla

    when i was a child, i spoke as a child. now that i am old , i put away childish things. learn from your president idiots.

    January 20, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |