November 12th, 2008
06:55 PM ET
12 years ago

Albright, Leach to represent Obama at summit

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama's transition team announced Wednesday that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach will represent the incoming administration at the G-20 economic summit being hosted by President Bush on November 15.

Obama himself will not attend the summit.

Albright and Leach are "an experienced and bipartisan team," Obama Senior Foreign Policy Advisor Denis McDonough said in a statement.

McDonough also noted, however, that there is only "one president at a time in the United States," and that "President Bush should be commended for calling the summit."

Albright, a Democrat, served as secretary of state during the Clinton administration. Leach, a Republican, represented Iowa's second congressional district from 1977 to 2007. He endorsed Obama in August.

Bush announced the summit of the world's 20 largest industrialized nations and developing economies as a way to help coordinate the international response to the global financial meltdown.

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Get this story right. Obama had called for this economic sumit while he was campaigning, it wasn't Bush's ideal. Further, it had already been announced that neither candidate for the presidency, Obama nor McCain, would be attending.

    November 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Sue in MI

    I'd rather see Obama there and let Bush stay home.

    November 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Pua, HI

    Brilliant idea! President-elect Obama would draw too much attention. Still he sends competent representatives from both parties.

    November 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Independent for Obama

    This singular action shows smartness and good judgment.

    November 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Carol

    Yes – Madelyn Albright. Could CNN possibly interview or talk about this intelligent, qualifed woman, instead of 24-hour coverage of airhead-Palin?

    November 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Presumably Bush invited Obama to go or send representatives so let's not fall down on our knees worshipping just yet.

    November 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. Perusing-Through


    [1.] – Do not try to do it all,

    [2.] – Don't take responsibility for the "Bush-Cheney-McCain-GOP" mess.

    November 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. 3strikes/3rdstrike

    bring on the entire clinton administration to fill in for nobamas administration, even clinton himself. when that admin fails, the only thing different will be president nobama/V.P. dum biden. when that admin fails, the new slogan in 2012 will be "nobama nicht ändern, wir brauchen Palin Macht", and people will overwhelmingly vote for palin power. dum nobama democrats could've just vote for hillary to be the nominee. looks like she'll be the only one left out of the nobama/biden/clinton administration.

    November 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Beryl

    Barack Obama is brilliant! He continues to demonstrate his exceptional JUDGMENT!

    November 12, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    That's is correct, ONE president at a time. Having Albright and Leach there is brilliant!

    GET OVER THE DRESS.......Why are people so small minded? BEAUTY IS SKIN DEEP, it matters not what we wear is WHO WE ARE THAT MATTERS IN THE END!

    November 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. J.D.

    Obama is being gracious to Bush...if he went to the summit, all eyes would be on him and Bush would be in an awkward position.

    November 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Juan Grain

    Smart move.

    November 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. stan

    More Democratic Washington insiders as part of the transition. Anyone who thought we were going to see "change" was really kidding themselves.

    November 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. Grant in Canada

    I totally agree that Mr. Obama should skip the formal proceedings at the G20 meetings.

    Wouldn't it be cool to see him show up for the cocktails after the meeting? LOL

    November 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. Jimmy

    Albright is hideous.

    November 12, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Jimmy

    To Mrs. G-- baaaa! baaaa! baaa! you sound like a blind sheep.

    November 12, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. Concerned Voter from GA

    Smart move...and very respectful of the current administration.

    November 12, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Doesn't President elect Obama know that bi-partisanism is something that the far right does NOT want??? All that will do is make him look stronger and better and give the talk show host less to talk about. HOW DARE HIM DO SUCH A THING!!

    November 12, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. Paula

    Albright is an excellent choice!! She is respected by many world leaders- the best Secretary of State ever.
    Way to go Obama!

    November 12, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. Vet from Texas

    Can anyone explain why Obama is not attending?

    November 12, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. KofTX

    I think this is a sign that the world leaders know who to deal with regarding this economic crisis. And check out Pres. Obama flexing his bi-partisan muscles with Albright and Leach!

    November 12, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. Marie

    Smart man president Obama ! you may not agree with his policies but you do respect that he is still our sitting president as I hope the respect will be given to you once you have replaced president Bush.You are the man of the future and the inspiration of presidents after you.You'll always have confidence in your supporters regardless of what lies ahead

    November 12, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. Rachel

    Hmm nice surounding himself with clinton people, but now I feel like the v8 commercial could of had a clinton.

    November 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |

    You see. . . .this is bipartisanship at work.

    Progress for America??!?!?!


    November 12, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. Chris from St. Louis

    Pres. elect Obama .... please select your treasury secretary as soon as possible. Incompetent Bush administration is killing the market ... We need 'change' in fed actions as soon as possible. Market needs sure hands at the helm ... I'm sure the market will go up by at least 500 points as soon as you name your treasury sec.

    November 12, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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