December 22nd, 2008
11:17 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama transition sees eye-popping 300,000 resumes

Hundreds of thousands of applicants want to work for President-elect Barack Obama.

Hundreds of thousands of applicants want to work for President-elect Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just weeks after opening shop, the Obama transition team has been flooded by what looks like an unprecedented wave of hundreds of thousands of resumes from people who want positions in the new president's administration.

"We've actually had more than 300,000 expressions of interest," Obama transition spokesman Nick Shapiro told CNN Radio.

That is roughly equivalent to the entire population of Iceland.

It dwarfs the 44,000 applicants reported by a Bush transition spokeswoman to the San Francisco Chronicle just days before George W. Bush was inaugurated in January 2001. The Clinton transition team in 1993 put its number of applicants near Inauguration Day at approximately 100,000. And the Obama boom has another month to build.

Meanwhile, it's creating a sort of business boom for job-search companies in and out of Washington.

Listen: What do bigtime headhunters think?

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Halloran in Hoboken

    Everyone has hope!!!

    December 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. obama-mama

    I put my application in. I know it's a long shot but I would be honored....

    December 22, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Pamela

    The difference in applicant numbers between Obama and Bush merely illustrates the opposing methods each used/ is using in setting up their respective administrations.
    Obama is looking for expertise and experience.
    Bush looked for his friends to pay back favors.

    December 22, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. obama-mama

    Reply e-mail to Charles Douglas Lemay:

    Sorry Mr. Lemary. We reviewed your application and feel you're a loser. Go back to the welfare line.....


    Obama/Biden Administration

    December 22, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Ray Fisher

    President Obama is in a perfect position to "grow" his own type of employee clean of politcal overhead and baggage and loyal to his views. He could begin replacing the overhead in the party also to clear out the deadweight.

    December 22, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Paul in SC


    I see you are a product of our great liberal American public school system.

    December 22, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. obama-mama

    Awwwww THE OLD TIMER, don't cry...You sound upset. Where were you born? Let's see your toilet bowl birth certificate. Loser.

    December 22, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Everybody Obama has hired has a Phd and higher degrees with known records of achievement, they aren't cronies. I would expect nothing less from Obama because he and Michelle worked to get their own. Thank God we have a president to be who recognizes education is the key to our future in the world.

    December 22, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Dave


    That is the typical whiner attitude that I, as a white male, am tired of. This is the mind warp trash that they teac in our schools today..."blame whitey for everything." White men built this country and made it what once was...a proud and strong nation. Now we are destroyed from within by the liberal culture with its gay pride parades, poltical correctness, and revisionist history.

    December 22, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Chris from STL

    CNN .... you are not doing a good job of moderating the forum. There are a lot of posts not worthy for a forum like yours. You are losing a lot of blogger who are really interested in intelligent discussion ...

    Please wake up .... or your forum will be history.

    December 22, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Bill

    How many of these resumes are from the dead people or convicted felons who voted for him?

    December 22, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Sensible Cape Coral FL

    Hey: OLD TIMER

    Where did you hear that Obama refuses to let anyone see his birth certificate? You really must be OLD and senile to believe that c-.
    Or is it just something you wish to believe?

    December 22, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. J.P.

    ...and just like his fund raising (a majority of which is simply not traceable), I'm just CERTAIN that none of these resumes came from outside of this country, right?

    December 22, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. AJ

    Gays and Lesbians need not apply...
    Obama and Warren will be on the lookout!

    December 22, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Hi, I'm Al Effn Franken

    Why the amazement? It's simply a number which is consistent with the expected growth in the size of government we can expect from Obama. The latter is the number which should be shocking the heck out of everyone! But NO curiosity on the part of the press...

    December 22, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    @ THE OLD TIMER December 22nd, 2008 12:12 pm ET

    who wants to work for someone who is ashamed to show his birth certificate to the american public but yet holds the presidency of the USA.. This guy doesn,t belong in the whitehouse. he has not scruples about politics or the american way.

    People are hurting and will work for any jack— to have a job
    OLD TIMER the one great thing about this country is that no one will force you to work for a government or President you do not believe in. He also does belong in the White House because the majority voted for him over McCain and Palin so get over it. You do have a choice in the matter. If you are not happy living under these circumstances you are always FREE to leave the country. That is one of the rights you have in this country. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE IT, FEEL FREE TO LEAVE IT.

    December 22, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Dan, FL

    Barack does not know what he wants to do. One side he wants to create jobs but on the other side he wants to raise taxes. Now everybody wants to apply for jobs in his Government and join his bandwagon. I think Barack's Government will be everybody's home and we have to listen to this great inexperienced master. .

    December 22, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Jerry

    Well, corruption is where the money is these days, and nobody in government get laid off...only police and fire.

    December 22, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Andy

    Anyone applying for Secretary of Scandals. Will there be a White House official responsible for getting rid of the skeletons in closet of his Chicago home?

    December 22, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |


    December 22, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Spider

    Retired Army in San Antonio

    Come on!!!!

    Guve us just one more sentence with the word crack pot in it.

    Sounds like you are getting close to the end of the C's in your Moronic Slang Words dictionary.

    December 22, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. HouseDiva

    It is a great thing when hundreds of thousands of people are willing to roll up their sleeves and work together to get this country back on track after a train wreck of an administration we've had for 8 painful years.

    Bless them all.

    December 22, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Ron in NC

    Of course, none of those applicants had better own a gun : one of the questions (#59) on the pre-employment questionnaire asked if the applicant or anyone in their family owned guns. I guess "diversity" doesn't include people who disagree with Obama on gun control.

    December 22, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Patricia in Las Vegas

    Hey, I have a great job and make 70K+ a year but I sent in my resume. I would love to work 8 years for a person I truly admire and respect before I retire!!!!! Heck, I'd even move to DC in a kids are grown and I would jump at a chance to work to make my country a better place.

    December 22, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. RealityKing

    If you surprised now just wait until Obama's socialistic stagnation kicks in next year..

    December 22, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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