November 26th, 2008
08:40 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama transition creates India briefing team

CHICAGO (CNN) - The Obama transition team has just set up a special team to interact with the State Department’s Operations Center as well as the office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to an Obama aide. That information is then being filtered to President-elect Obama, who is getting regular updates at his residence here in Chicago. He is scheduled to be home all day Thursday celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends.

An Obama spokesman told reporters the president-elect had spoken by phone with both Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Indian Ambassador Ronen Sen.

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  1. Sam

    To; Aliou

    He chose former Clinton people because in order to bring about change (especially in the current mess) one needs people with proven experience. Change is the policy of the President-Elect and he will use whatever necessary to implement that policy. Remember, Democrats have had the presidency once since President Jimmy Carter. Clearly, people who have worked for Carter are too old now, so Mr Obama's only option to is pick people from Clinton era. They have proved to be excellent people, for the most part.

    Also, someone said that "Obama is the worst President" when he hasn't even taken office yet. People should calm down a bit. President-Elect has, thus far, proven to be very capable, intelligent and visionary with his resounding transition team. So far, there doesn't seem to be any reason to suspect that he is a completely different person than he was during his run for the Presidency.

    There are people who are full of hate, cynicism, who'd like to see the President-Elect fail, rather than support him and do their part to see the country recover. It's sad but that's the legacy of the last 8 years of fear and hatred.

    November 26, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. ameer

    I'm a Muslim and I speek out, so shut up and learn before you talk jack***, Obama is a smart man and if u voted
    For him and based on what you said, u should vote mccain. Learn.. Learn.. Learn! I'm a muslim and I am attending harvard law, I
    have meet bill Clinton, jimmy carter, and nancy pelosi so please, I'm a muslim and look where I am. Oh ya, I don't have a long beard.

    November 26, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  3. S Callahan

    Lilrosa- actually, CNN reported in the last week or so that the American Muslim Communities put out a statement they are not supportive of these violent acts in any part of the world.

    I wonder if this is a test towards President elect Obama...despite the Pres. elect telling the world he is not in the offical position yet. Regardless, at least he is staying on top of worldly events..that's a plus.

    My prayers are with the innocent in India......

    November 26, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  4. CanIcallyouJoe

    President-Elect Obama, displaying once more that he is 300 times the president Bush has been; even before taking office!

    Don't let those rightwing nutjobs trick you into thinking you haven't been doing a good job! You've been easing people's tensions by holding press conferences on the economy that you have little control over, while the man who should be doing this is.... .. pradoning turkeys and his criminal friends from Texas who were caught in a embezzling scheme in the 1980's.

    You have my support, sir.

    November 26, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. Johnny C.

    To the hate mongers,

    If Obama fails so do we as a Nation and a People!

    Deep in your heart, ask yourself, would you rather have him succeed as President and usher in a new era of politics?
    Or would you rather have him fail and continue to receive the same old BS that we have gotten during the current administration?

    Politics aside, divisions suspended, do you really want the best for our nation, or are we so willing to be blinded by our misconceptions that we would rather suffer failure?

    I would rather live, sorry!

    Johnny C.

    November 26, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    This article simply says that the President elect is ensuring he maintains an up to date knowledge of Terrorist activity in the world, and that is all be can do.
    So far there can be no criticism of Bush or the state department who are cooperating to keep the president elects team updated, I hope as the intelligence community gets information that they do the same.
    Despite blanket and very repetitive CNN news coverage, the only response possible at this stage is condemnation of the indiscriminate killing of innocent people in the name of a religious Jihad.
    I see no one anywhere in the world denying Muslims or Islamacists the right to practice thier religion, and they must respect other religions because in effect this imposes laws which are against Sharia law in certain aspects. If as a muslim you move to a state or nation with Non sharia law you must make a conscious decision to abide by those laws and if unconscionable you cannot emigrate to such a state or nation for whatever reason expecially those socio economic reasons of state benefits, medical care,education etc., You have to be prepared to compromise as I have had to because I live in a state whose religious beliefs and laws are not those of my home state, but I do abide by local law. Welcome to the global 21st century.

    November 27, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  7. Jeff From Jersey

    At last a President that will actually try to do something about,well.....something!Anything!The only thing Bush knows how to do is show up about 5 days too late for a photo Op just as long as it doesn't interfere with a golf outing with his corporate buddies!

    November 27, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  8. Desmond Sequeira

    May be the Obama Presidency will sees what the previous one has refused to see: Terrorism in India is as IMPORTANT for the USA and the world as it is for India – not only because of the implications of our living in the global village but also because Indian lives are as IMPORTANT as US lives. More people have been killed by terrorists in India since 2001 than 9/11

    November 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  9. peter

    Who is running the country right now as president? Obama or Bush, because I wonder since Obama was elected as president-elect he has been in the spotlight than Bush.Is Bush quitting voluntarily or is he just running his term out?

    Mygush people are dying in Mumbai and nowhere about Bush this days.

    November 27, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  10. Ravi

    Texas Teacher, unfortunately our US media would have you believe that Islam is a "religion of peace". Although there are many good, decent people who call themselves Muslim, there are a lot of them who believe that their "god" actually wants them to kill non-Muslims because non-Muslims are evil, in their book.

    Consider this, in every nation which sponsors or facilitates terrorism and insurgents, what is the dominant religion of the country, and what is the religion of the people who commit the violent acts of terror? In every single case, the answer is always the same: Islam.

    Sadly, as long as Islam is allowed to exist, terrorism will never die.

    November 27, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  11. V

    ..The key issue is not to hold a community or a set of people responsible for some acts done by few fringe miscreants

    November 27, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  12. restless

    Mr. OBAMA, congratulation to you... I believe you are very intelligent. and don't think like other ordinary people think. It is not difficult to find who behind all the mess up around the world, it must be China.. The attacks in India,serial demostrations in Thailand, etc all because they want to move western business to their country. You must aware now China is already become THE BIGGEST HOLDER of US BONDS. Also similar with war in Iraq, Afganishtan and Palestine, why the muslim killing their own people, for what? Those wars and attacks make The US, EU and the world busy and use their sources until they finish and collapse, meanwhile China moves with their agenda quietly, nobody watching them. China secretly recruit patriotic plain muslims who don't think deep, then choose one Puppet Leader. Sure they NEVER SEE their TOP LEADER, all instructions given to the PUPPET LEADER could be in English and by phone or mail and get money transferred to his/their accounts.
    OSAMA BIN LADEN enjoys the publication because it makes his organization looks BIG. It is not possible too, the World Trade Center attack did by them... find out...

    November 27, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  13. Wendy NC

    Wow, he gives a press conference this morning, works on the economy, takes his family to help hand out food to the needy in Chicago (shocking a few folks who were lined up) and then quickly responds to the horrific events in India. That is the one I voted for! Where is Bush, lounging at Camp David.

    November 27, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  14. Opy from Canada

    Since the new government has taken over in India, they have been on the fence as far as the terrorists are concerned. This horrible event in Mombai will probably knock them off that fence and just maybe they will start to be able to clean out some of these insurgent groups.

    The U. S. wants the Indian Govt to work with them to clean out that part of the country, giving the U. S. access to possibly catching and bringing to justice the fanatics that caused 9/11. This incident just may be the straw that broke the camel's back with India. It could possibly mean the end of Bin Ladin and his henchmen. Maybe some good can come from this evil. One can always pray that it will.

    November 27, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  15. Justin

    It kind of sounds to me like president elect Obama is showing what a REAL leader does! He is stepping up to the plate and taking a real leadership role! Also, I think this is very smart of Obama to be picking the people that he's choosing for his cabinet. For all you folks that insist that this is not change, I would rather have him choosing people with experience. If he were choosing people with no experience to run in his cabinet, I would be worried given the turmoil our country is in right now. I can't wait till 1-20-09! Go Barack!!

    November 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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