November 28th, 2008
05:30 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama economic aide shares turkey tips

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Paul Volcker prepared a 26-pound turkey for his extended family in New York City Thursday."]
(CNN) – Paul Volcker, former chairman of Federal Reserve and an economic adviser to President-elect Barack Obama, knows a thing or two about turning out a tasty Thanksgiving turkey.

Volcker shared his tips with CNN on Thursday and said his secrets include port wine and strips of bacon.

Obama mentioned Volcker’s turkey prowess at a news conference Wednesday when the President-elect told reporters that Volcker and fellow Obama economic aide Austan Goolsbee both have “special turkey cooking recipes if anyone needs some advice on how to make the ideal turkey.”

Volcker and Goolsbee were named Wednesday to head up a new economic recovery board Obama is creating as part of his incoming administration’s effort to turn around the economy which has been in crisis since mid-September when the nation’s credit markets and financial system seized up.

Related: Volcker to head board of economic experts

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. eugene

    Why is the nedia still focused on the terriost attack and India,its thanksgiving and nobody cares gosh the media have been talking about this for 30 straight hours,who cares

    November 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. KLEE

    Anyone who cooks with port wine and stips of bacon is alright with me! Great addition to the financial team. Love putting the human touch to those folks who are going to lead us out of this mess. Yes we can!!!!

    November 27, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Dan

    Interesting partial tip : port wine and strips of bacon. Certainly adding fat to game (lardooning) is a time tested cooking method. It would be nice to have his hints fleshed out, so to speak.

    November 27, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. FreeNLovIt

    That's awesome!! Men that can cook!!! Now that's experience.

    November 27, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |

    Quite likely these guys have been picked by the Transition Team of the President – Elect, because they are experts, not "Xspurts"at turkey basting, carving and sharing. It is hoped that they will apply such skills appropriately to the economy, so as to pull throug difficult times triumphantly.

    November 27, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Walt, Belton,TX

    Isn't this one of the same turkeys that started this whole financial melt-down with Carter's insistence? I'll bet he knows how to cook the books too!

    November 27, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Ron of Baltimore

    ...about time someone in Washington was "talking turkey"

    ..."little konwn secrets of the rich and famous"

    ..."Today in the Basting Room, it's Martha Blitzer with Paul 'Grease the Skids' Volker on making this thing fly


    November 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Scott Tucson

    From the looks of that bird in the pic above, I hope he's better at economics than he is cooking a turkey.

    November 27, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. maurice

    HAPPY THANKS GIVING,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    November 27, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. lucy

    Interesting! I thought he was kidding.

    November 27, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Griff

    America will never get together..... Never be alright.... You elected an Alien... A None American: who became an American only by Marriage...

    November 27, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Milhouse van Houten

    Better take them up on the turkey tips because as of now,the countries
    goose is cooked.

    November 27, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Smeryl62

    Bacon on turkey. Hmmmm, this team will be very interesting or at least creative.

    November 27, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Texas Teacher

    So, we have gentlemen on the Obama team who are good at cooking turkeys..... 🙂

    With all the turkeys we have been dealing with on the other team, they might really come in handy! *LOL*

    November 27, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Griff

    What is happening in India, is connected to Russia...

    November 27, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Matt D

    One thing I wouldn't think anyone in Washington would need help with is cooking a turkey. I mean, look at all the turkeys Washington has given us in the past (Iraq, economy, environment, etc).

    November 27, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Angel


    November 27, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Griff

    Where is the invincible Aga Khan??? What is happening in India...

    November 27, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Ryan

    Turkey looks pretty well done and dry! Where's the squirrel jumping out of the christmas tree? Hahaha!

    November 27, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Jasmine in Germany

    It looks and smells good. A guy who knows how to make and use a recipe to achieve outstanding results and "brings in the bacon", as well.

    November 27, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Chris in Hawaii

    I love it. Our new administration has a sense of humor. I am really excited and can't wait until Jan 20th.

    November 27, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Joe in MN

    Isn't there other pressing issues in the news? You're becoming a political tabloid.

    November 27, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. drumble

    Man, if he fixes economies like he cooks turkeys....

    November 27, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. Griff

    See now you Know... The Last idiot uses what happened in India to glorify his own Ilusions... Stupid.. 25% of the World is Muslim???
    35% of the World is Stupid.. They're all Arab's. The World will not bend because of Borack Obama... America will die!!! And the Muslim World is going with them....

    November 27, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. Darren

    And I am most thankful that we are not talking about an aide to PE-McCain.

    November 27, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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