November 6th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
13 years ago

The Transition: Scene in the Pentagon

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="An office in the Pentagon has been established for Obama staffers."](CNN) - The Pentagon is all abuzz with talk of the "transition," so - along with some other reporters - I got a sneak peak at the transition office the Pentagon has set aside for the advance team from the Obama camp.

The "office" is series of new, but nondescript cubicles on the E-ring of the 3rd deck of the Pentagon, not far from the Secretary of Defense’s office.

Room 3E971 to be precise.

Nobody has moved in yet, but the office is equipped with phones, computers and office supplies.

A lot of highlighters, hanging files, and other office accoutrements.

“Look like somebody’s been to Staples,” one reporter equipped.

Because nothing transition related goes uncovered in Washington, we’ve asked for permission to photograph the empty spaces.

Look for that video coming soon to a cable news network near you.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Pentagon
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. katiec

    The very first thing President Obama's team needs to do is
    go over the budget and stop the horrendous waste by the
    pentagon. Also, no bidding contracts needs to be eliminated.
    They have not b een held accountable for 8 years, and the
    accountability must begin.

    November 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Ian

    What transition? Obama will continue the deficit spending and policing of the world. This country is bankrupt.

    November 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Cammi317

    The first thing the need to do is check for bugs if this office was set up by the current administration....LOL!

    November 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. No2RepubGimmicks



    November 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. ANNE



    November 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. m.c.

    O.K. Now Democrats- we want lower taxes, GOOD health care for everyone, bring the troops home, but keep our country from any attacks-and we want it as soon as you promised. Otherwise ,you LIED and we vote Republican in 2012!!!!

    November 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. nick

    The word is "quipped", not "equipped". Unless the reported e-quipped in an email. LOL

    November 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. er74


    That and definitely revise what is that all these agencies have been up to during this past 8 years of fascism! I am more than curious how many things are going to be coming to the light. Also how has it been accommodated and to fit in our constitution and how many of our rights have been violated by Bush's fascist.

    November 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. er74

    .. agenda.

    November 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Anderson

    ". . .One reporter equipped."

    Good lord.

    "They have not b een held accountable for 8 years, and the
    accountability must begin."

    Other than the fact that they have. But who cares about honesty.

    November 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. red

    Apparently, Jamie McIntyre forgot to submit her entry for copy editing, seeing as there are more grammatical and type mistakes in that article than there are in a 5th grader's biography.

    November 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Carl from MI

    The very second thing President Obama's team needs to do is remove ALL of Bush's Republican plants in Government positions, like in the DOJ and in FEMA.

    Bush replaced competent people with his incompetent cronies and campaign contributors that have done nothing but screwed up our nation. Time to kick them ALL to the curb...

    November 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Peter Moore

    How come nobody has mentioned the possibility of McCain serving as Secretary of Defense? Let's complete the West Wing "life imitating art" theme of this election as thoroughly as possible. 🙂

    November 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    Highlighters and files are good but how about sharing some of the Bush secrets!
    President elect Obama needs a huge push broom to sweep up all the mess the Bush administration will leave him.

    November 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Shari, NY

    Staples is only the beginning. I can well imagine that as intelligent, innovative and fresh minds move in so will the latest in technological and cost effective equipment.

    November 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. James J. Wilson

    The Pentagon budget is a bottomless pit. Eisenhower was quite correct when he warned about the military industrial complex. The military officers retire into the complex and enrich selves.
    Get the Pentagon under fiscal control, far too much waste.
    James J. Wilson

    November 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Carl Justus

    The pentagon could use a cleaning out every week to keep the military/industrial complex in check. It seems they are one and the same. The pentagon lets contracts for items and pays more than 3 times what it cost in any store. I know for I have seen it happen years ago, it was bad now it is a ten times as bad.
    I know for a fact a plumbing contract went for 900,000 dollars when the lowest bid was 300,000 dollars. The general contractors got together and decided it would ruin the whole bidding for them if they were to use the lower figure. They were afraid it would blow the lid off the all the so called bidding process.
    I decided I could not work under conditions when the government was being scammed and left the company.
    Back then it was worse than now for whistle blowers and it has a long way to go to protect whistle blowers in this country in all aspects of life, much less the military/industrial complex.
    If anyone thinks we are getting a dollars worth of goods or services for our dollars that are spent for the military, then they are much dumber than I think and that is way down the line.

    November 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. country first

    sounds like obama is already on top of things. bless this man , he is a God send.

    November 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Ya know, we complain about our Congress people pork barreling everything, but there at the Pentagon everything recks of pork and waste and indulgence.

    The new adminstration must seriously address the funding level of the military and what "perks" are appropriate and not appropriate for the guardians of our nation.

    Love the military, hate the waste. The miliatry needs to be as efficient in its use of money as its use of might.

    November 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. GINA, OHIO


    November 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. dj

    budget also deals with defense which was on useless overkill. all the $ put toward all the crazy military weaponry we dont need. id rather see that money put into the economy, space science, stem cells, cancer cures and climate change. stuff that is actually important. bush and mccain only cared about defense and it's gotten us nowhere

    November 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Aliou salam Florida

    First of all congratulation to 44th and the american people for a job well done: A silent revolution has taken place in America.

    The establishement had it all wrong from day one. But the winner is the American people. No blood shed. Yet a revolution took place in the mist of fraud charge and voter suppression.

    Yet the voice of the American people resonated like a large gong in the middle of the night of October 4th, 2008.

    However, this is only the beginning of the battle: Americans cannot let their guards down. The forces of intolerance, the angry right is still at work. They need to watch both Obama and the Far Right for possible high jack of the political system.

    Many are calling for the inclusion of GOP men into the government and others are calling for GOP programs to squash the Dems program. The country needs to look out for GOP Creeps who will be creeping into anything that is done what ever language that makes it either ineffective or completely takes over.

    Neocons are complaining on all media and will not let go. But Dems should keep them at bay. The debate that took place in this country over two years is a good one. That should continue.

    watch dogs and rapid response groups, e groups and My bo should all stay on. The president may need you to fight some of his battles. You may need to convince the president that his mandate was not a mistake, bu the will of the people.


    November 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Jon, Washington DC

    " reported equipped."

    Equipped? Are you sure the reporter didn't quip?

    November 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Benny the Icepick

    //“Look like somebody’s been to Staples,” one reporter equipped.//

    "Equipped," not "quipped?" I'm imagining the reporter being stopped by Pentagon security personnel, who find all sorts of office supplies stashed in hidden pockets.

    November 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Nick

    “Look like somebody’s been to Staples,” one reporter equipped.

    Is that like a quip delivered over the internet?

    November 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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