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Obama-Biden Transition Team Announces More White House Staff

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama today announced the following key White House staff: David Axelrod, Lisa Brown, Greg Craig, and Chris Lu. David Axelrod will serve as Senior Advisor to the President, Lisa Brown will serve as Staff Secretary, Greg Craig will serve as White House Counsel, and Chris Lu will serve as Cabinet Secretary.

"I am pleased to announce these new additions to our team, and I'll be relying on their broad and diverse experience in the months ahead as we work to strengthen our economy, reform Washington, and meet the great challenges of our time," said President-elect Barack Obama.

David Axelrod, Senior Advisor to the President

David Axelrod served as President-elect Obama's Chief Strategist during the presidential campaign, and led Obama's 2004 Senate campaign. A native of New York City, Axelrod graduated from the University of Chicago and spent eight years as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, where he covered national, state and local politics and became the youngest political writer and columnist in the paper's history. Leaving journalism in 1984, Axelrod managed Paul Simon's upset victory over incumbent U.S. Senator Charles Percy of Illinois. In 1985, he founded Axelrod & Associates, a political consulting firm known today as AKP&D Message and Media. Axelrod has worked for leading Democrats across the country, including Senators Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, and Herb Kohl, as well as Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Congressman Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, and Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, along with mayors of big cities across the country. He is married to Susan Axelrod, president and founder of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE). They have three grown children.

Lisa Brown, Staff Secretary

Lisa Brown is the Executive Director of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Lisa was Counsel to Vice President Gore from September 1999 through January 2001, and Deputy Counsel from April 1997 through August 1999. In addition to advising the Vice President on legal issues, Lisa served on the Executive Board of the President's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities and worked closely with the Vice President's Domestic Policy Office on a variety of legislative initiatives. Lisa was an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice from June 1996 until April 1997. Prior to her government service, Lisa was a Partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Shea & Gardner. Ms. Brown graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in Political Economy in 1982. She received her law degree with Honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1986.

Greg Craig, White House Counsel

Gregory B. Craig served under President Bill Clinton as Assistant to the President and Special Counsel. Prior to his appointment to that post he served for two years as Director of Policy Planning under Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Craig also worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy as Senior Advisor on Defense, Foreign Policy and National Security from 1984-1988. In addition to his service in government, Craig brings to the White House a wealth of experience in civil and criminal litigation.

Chris Lu, Cabinet Secretary

Christopher P. Lu has worked for President-elect Obama in a number of roles over the past four years. He was Legislative Director and Acting Chief of Staff in Obama's Senate office, as well as a policy advisor during the presidential campaign. Chris is now the Executive Director of the Obama-Biden Transition Project, where he manages the day-to-day operations of the transition. From 1997 to 2005, he was Deputy Chief Counsel to Rep. Henry A. Waxman on the Democratic staff of the House Government Reform Committee (now the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee). A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Chris was a litigation attorney at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. (1992-1997), after a clerkship with the Honorable Robert E. Cowen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1991-1992).

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So it's the campaign gang (understandable) and the Sidley Austin gang (a little alarming), and the Clinton administrration (bill)
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/notion/384908/print
Will any of these groups challenge the bailout mania?
http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2008/11/17

Looks like a colonial power looting the economy of the incoming democracy.

I don't WANT to see bi-partisanship.
I want to see tri-partisanship.
Why are real lefties off the table?
Oops. Soon Shouting Phil will accuse me of watching Fox News.
And you thought the campaign was over.

What exactly do the Staff Secretary and Cabinet Secretary do?

"well, look", i don't want to mention any names, but see what happens when your uncle goes public on a job he'd thought one had...lol! i guess no-drama has it's place...especially when some alderman goes on t.v. and spouts off on the gig his niece has supposedly been offered, yes?...lol!!

You forgot to mention Axelrod screwed IL people over with his ComEd dealings - now he gets the chance to ---- the nation.

Emanuel has big plans for America according to his book - Congress is following his plan--they already have their eye on your 401k retirement plan..Emanuel said the "Republicans can go ---- themselves" shortly after Obama won--but don't get too happy he has plans for all the nation.

Union guys are happy - they've helped crush the automakers...what's next? BO is beholden to them so lets see what else they can drive into the ground.

THE CAMPAIGN IS OVER!
GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE AND ENJOY THE REST OF IT!
SEE YOU AT THE INAGURATION!
FIVE MILLION PEOPLE IN D. C. JAN 20TH, 2009!
SHOUT AT THAT ONE!
THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WELCOMES
5 MILLION TO WASHINGTON, D.C.!

Normally, I like pecanpii. And I was also repulsed by the ComEd stuff.
But maybe that's the price to become OLIGARCHY rich. And that's what you have to do in order to become Prez, etc..
It's childish to think otherwise, and I know this is the Santa season, but we on the left need to wake up and get organized.
FDR, upon hearing from a union man what needed to be passed, said he agreed--that what the union wanted was just. "Now make me do it," he said.
This is the opposite of what SHOUTING PHIL wants--suppine adoration of a king.
He's not a king. He's a president, albeit one from the oligarchy (as was FDR).
so, the BEST thing we on the left can do to SUPPORT Obama, who, like FDR WANTS to do the right thing as a member of the oligarchy is PRESSURE HIM TO DO THE RIGHT THING. MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE POLITICALLY TO NOT DO THE RIGHT THING.
That's REAL patriotism, real support.

5 MILLION EXPECTED AT THE INAGURATION!
NOT TO SEE A KING, BUT THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES!
THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA!
WHAT'S HIS NAME- BARACK OBAMA!
THE MAN WHO BAGGED THE ELEPHANT!
SEE YOU AT THE INAGURATION!
I'LL BE THE ONE WEARING THE TUXEDO!

THIS DEBATE WOULD BE OVER IF THE LEADERS OF THE SPANISH AND ASIAN POLITICAL PARTIES WOULD COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF THE PRESIDENT IN THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE.

THE REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION AS WELL AS THE BLUE DOG
DEMOCRATS WOULD SOFTEN FOR FEAR OF LOSING THE SUPPORT OF THIS PARTICULAR AND VERY IMPORTANT VOTING BLOCK.

AT THE RALLY IN GRAND JUNCTION COLORADO YESTERDAY
A SPANISH AMERICAN SHOWED THE SAME ADMIRATION TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT THAT WAS SHOWED BY THE SPANISH COMMUNITY DURING THE CAMPAIGNS WHEN SHE ASKED THE PRESIDENT A QUESTION ABOUT HOW HEALTH CARE REFORM WOULD IMPACT HER COMMUNITY.

My daughter is a straight "A" student at Depaul University. I have been laid off since October 08. I have three patent pending on medical product and am trying to start a business in order to make some income.

My daughter cannot get a student loan because I am unemployed. I cannot get a SBA loan because banks are not lending for start up businesses. Can the government take over these types of loans again so we have a chance to make something of ourselves?

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