January 19th, 2009
10:14 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama team to get to work quickly after swearing in

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/19/art.bosmall0119.gi.jpg caption=" Senior staffers from President-elect Obama's transition team will be taken to the White House as soon has his swearing in is complete."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama and his transition team will be wasting no time getting to work Tuesday, according to two sources close to the Obama transition team. 

Twenty senior staff on Obama’s team have already had their paperwork cleared to enter the White House Tuesday, as soon as Obama is sworn in as the country’s 44th president. Vans will take them from the Capitol to the White House as soon as the swearing in is completed. 

Some senior staff will stay behind to attend the traditional lunch with the new president, but even those staffers will get to work quickly.  They’ll be arriving at the White House even as the inaugural parade snakes through Washington.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Gram

    I thought this country was in a recession....and now we're having the most extravagant inauguration in history???.....Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Bob

    I for one will be glad when January 22, 2009, is over with.....Then we will see the real BO and watch him drag America far more into debt that we already are.....We will be able to thank BO and our democratic congress for this mess and Bush cannot be blamed anymore. Scandals will mark BOs presidency.....Remember he is bringing Illiniois politics to Washington. All the glitz and glamour will be gone.
    (forget the glamour, there will be none as it will be a dress diaster with Michelle again).

    I will be awaiting the tell-all book of the Whitehouse drama for Obama. Believe me it will be a power struggle between Michelle and Barack too. Who really will be wearing the pants???? All Michelle and her mother are looking for is someone to take care of them and Michelle said on her recent interview on 60 minutes, is "of course, they can make my bed". What a conceited and me-only Michelle is?

    Let the drama begin!!!

    January 19, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Bill

    Is it an accident that CNN fails to mention that the reason Obama's team has its clearances and it able to start full force on Day 1 is because, back in October, President Bush pushed through changes in law that allowed the two candidates to turn over lists of about 100 people each so that the background checking process could be completed before inauguration day? I don't think so!

    The contrast between this transition and the transition in 2001 is astounding. Petty nastiness in 2001; true leadership in 2009. President Bush has done everything in his power to make sure the President-elect is ready to succeed starting on Day 1. In 2000, the Democrats did everything in their power to impede the incoming administration. They worked to destroy him before he even stepped foot in the Oval Office, while at the same time pusing the false stolen election storyline. Ever since then, they've fed off of that, so that no matter what he did or didn't do, they'd come out against it. Had he not invaded Iraq, we would be bombarded at this point every day with stories of Hussein's atrocities, and stories of his ineptitude allowing Iran to gain a foothold in Iraq. And, even while the President-elect is reaching out, the Pelosi's of the world, drunk off their new found power, are drooling over the ways in which they think they can get back at the outgoing administration.

    If this continues, look forward to Clinton II...a popular president's party loses control of Congress in the first mid-term election, not due to the President himself, but because of the partisan hacks his party installed as the leaders of the Congress. 2012 can't come soon enough!

    January 19, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. dijackson1978

    Obama has a lot of work to do! So, I think he and his team should enjoy tomorrow to the fullest, because after Tuesday, he may not see an other peaceful or restful day until the very end of his first term in office. Bush has certainly left a huge, stinky, steaming mess for Obama and his team to clean up!

    GOOD LUCK MR. PRESDIENT!!! I'm supporting you.

    January 19, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Tom in CA

    ..., and there's a lot to clean up after Bubba W eight years of trampling.

    24 hours and 42 minutes to go.

    January 19, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. S Callahan

    Gezzzzzz Gram.....didn't your family ever have a party to raise the spirits of those in the family during a troubling time? Come on, give the guy a break...he deserves this celebration!

    January 19, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Daffy Duck

    Gram, Of course, this is the liberal Christian view on the scripture, "the poor you will always have with you".

    January 19, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. blair

    even if he's sworn into office on January 20, Barack Obama will not legally be President of the United States, unless he can prove he is a "natural born citizen."

    January 19, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Provo in CA

    Why not give some of the money being spent on the inauguration to some of our nation's poor? And maybe instead of wall-to-wall coverage of every little detail of the past week regarding Obama, how about shedding some light on the plight of those who are holding on to their jobs for dear life?

    January 19, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. President Barack Obama

    Bob- Morons like YOU is why we are in the Jam we are in…….

    We know you can't stand the fact that Barack HUSSEIN Obama will be YOUR PRESIDENT!!

    It really doesnt matter what you think so I am not going to write much. You know you are an IDIOT so no need to reitterate that fact. All you HATERZ out there " GET A GRIP " Barack HUSSEIN Obama is YOUR President TOO!!

    God Bless You & Your Family Mr President…. Barack HUSSEIN Obama!!! We have the Upmost Confidence In You & your Abilities!!

    January 19, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. JLucia


    Do you have anything to offer that perhaps we can use in moving forward to restoring our country? Enough with the hate...absolutely no one knows what would have happened had we not invaded Iraq. What we do know is 911 was not caused by Iraq. I happened, lets move on.

    Stop the hate and bitterness.

    January 19, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. JLucia


    Breath...let the hate go...exhale.

    January 19, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |