November 9th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama team reviewing 'virtually every agency,' aide says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President-elect Barack Obama has said he intends to move with 'deliberate haste' in making appointments."]

(CNN) - The head of President-elect Barack Obama's transition team said Sunday that the incoming administration is conducting an extensive review of President Bush's executive orders.

Asked about reports that the transition team already has identified a number of areas where Obama could issue executive orders as soon as he takes office, John Podesta said he would not "preview decisions that [Obama] has yet to make."

"I would say that as a candidate, Sen. Obama said that he wanted all the Bush executive orders reviewed and decide which ones should be kept and which ones should be repealed and which ones should be amended, and that process is going on. It's been undertaken," Podesta said Sunday on "Fox News."

Podesta pointed out that there is a lot the president can do without waiting for Congress, and voters can expect to see Obama do so to try and restore "a sense that the country is working on behalf of the common good."

"I think that we're looking at - again, in virtually every agency to see where we can move forward, whether that's on energy transformation, on improving health care, on stem cell research," he said.

Podesta, chief of staff under President Clinton, is president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank that he founded.

Podesta said Sunday that preparations for Obama's transition have been in the works since early August.

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  1. phil

    obama will do fine . when a man is wise and surrounds himself with wise people his administration will be guided by smartness and intelligence.

    November 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. CMJ

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have waited for some common sense and respect of the Constitution for a long, long time!

    November 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama said what he was going to do and now he's doing what he said.

    November 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Maggie in SC

    Someone needs to keep a very close eye on all the policies and his excutive orders. I trust Bush much more that I ever will B Omama's orders. He may have secrets in the wood pile we do not know about.

    November 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Three To Remember

    These are the watchwords for the Obama Administration Cabinet selections …

    1.) Competency FIRST + Civility + Centrist Policy + Clear Communication + Meeting Commitments = a Winning Team in 2012

    2.) 50% of the people in this country are women

    3.) Unlike the Republicans don’t get caught in the future without a full pipeline … that’s how they ended up running McCain with Palin. Don’t repeat this mistake.

    November 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. geo

    Mr. Wow (November 9th, 2008 2:32 pm ET)

    Care to check your math?

    2008 Election results;
    65,431,955 –
    7,997,871 (not 799,787)

    November 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Tom

    The fact of today's matter is that we now have a President who is real and calm, I know that Bush must have bought a lot of shredders to destroy most of his ugly transaction

    November 9, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |

    Dear WOW:

    // 799,787 (rounded off) votes = Obama’s “mandate” //

    Actually, the correct figure is 7,997,871.

    There's a big difference between 7 million and 7 hundred thousand. I wouldn't expect a McCain supporter to "understand" something as complicated as general math. You are proof that Obama's education plans are desparately needed.

    November 9, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Jeff

    For Wow, below:

    By your own figures, Obama won by almost 8 MILLION votes, not almost 800,000. That's well over twice the margin that Bush won by in 2004, when he claimed HIS mandate.

    Nice math skills there, buddy–and yes, I WOULD call that "out of the ballpark."

    November 9, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. GA for Obama

    Maggie in SC- You're SERIOUSLY crazy.

    November 9, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Marcus from Dallas

    I would review Bush's executive orders even if I was McCain and elected. Funny how many people just up and "trust" Bush. He is a spoiled brat from a wealthy family who got away with breaking laws, drugs, and "bending the truth". FYI, bending the truth is still LYING! Do you honestly trust a lyer??? Oh, but he is such a good Christian! WHAT THE HELL EVER HUMAN! Then this country deserves the same fate as those Islamic republics. Religious fanatics in office killing off everyone that are not of their faith. It has already started. 1 sign is the surpression of rights of their most hated group, gays. Know this, I will FIGHT for my rights. And I really doubt that God would favor people so full of hate.

    November 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. MaryK

    It's great to see Pres. Elect Obama hit the ground running. I feel a littles less troubled about our future every day.

    November 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. larry sinclair

    With the new fool president elect and the tree hugger he is we will probably be payiing $5 a gallon for gas within the first year he's in office. Not to mention we will be sending money to people that hate us. Or is he going to fix that since he's part Arab?

    November 9, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. g ontario canada

    remember when bush was putting his team together with cheney all warmongers guess what happened

    November 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Helen, NY

    Obama will need couple of advisers in each department. What a waste of tax-payers' money. Obama has no idea how to come to the center and govern. He wants to challenge moral issues and wants to repeal Bush's executive orders. What a joke....

    November 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |



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