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Podesta Heads Obama’s Transition Team

Apparently, William Ayers wasn’t available.

From Fox News:

Transition Planning Gets Started Early So Candidates Can Be Prepared for National Security Threats

The Bush administration is giving briefings to aides to Barack Obama and John McCain to get them up to speed on national security threats before inauguration day.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

For the first time in American history, the FBI is already vetting members of the next administration in an effort to make sure that whether John McCain or Barack Obama is the next president, their staffs will be ready to handle any national security threats. 

Though no specific threats are evident at this time, some members of the intelligence community say terror groups love to target countries during transition periods. Those intelligence experts point to terror attacks that came as Gordon Brown took over as Britain’s new prime minister, and the Madrid bombings of March 11, 2003, that happened just before a major election there as examples of the vulnerability of new administrations. 

White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten reportedly held a meeting this week with senior White House staffers and representatives from both the McCain and Obama camps. The goal was to make sure everyone is up to speed on the latest threats and have the information they need to be ready come inauguration day, Jan. 20

This year, the presidential transition coordinating council — brought together by President Bush — has gotten started at its earliest date ever with the aim of preventing the next president from being caught in the same dilemma Bush faced on Sept. 11. 2001…

Obama’s team has reportedly given special emphasis to not only being ready for national security threats but also being seen as being ready — as a message to anyone who would hope to take advantage of the transition of power. Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta is heading up about a dozen different groups to organize the future potential administration

From Discover The Networks:


John David Podesta was born to an Italian-American father and a Greek-American mother on January 15, 1949 in Chicago. Podesta rose from a solidly blue-collar background; his father worked in a factory for 50 years.

In the 1960s John was introduced to the antiwar Left by his older brother Anthony. The two brothers worked on the Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern presidential campaigns in 1968 and 1972, respectively.

John Podesta first met Bill Clinton in 1970, when he and Clinton worked together on anti-war candidate Joseph Duffy’s unsuccessful Senate campaign in Connecticut. Podesta and Clinton subsequently worked for the McGovern campaign in 1972…

Podesta served on the staff of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) from 1981 to 1988. Leahy was an early advocate of circumventing the U.S. Constitution by gaining control over federal courts. Podesta assisted Leahy in pioneering the indiscriminate smearing and filibustering of any and all Republican judicial nominees — a practice previously unknown in Washington.

In 1988 Podesta teamed up with his brother Anthony to form the Washington lobbying firm Podesta Associates. One of their first clients was Michael Dukakis. John Podesta served as opposition research director — commonly dubbed a “dirt digger” — for Dukakis’ 1988 presidential campaign.

From January 1993 to 1995, Podesta worked as a White House staff secretary and Assistant to President Clinton.

He served as Counselor to Democratic Senate Leader Thomas Daschle from 1995 to 1996 and then returned to the White House, where he finished out the last years of the Clinton administration — first as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff (1997-98) and then as Chief of Staff (October 1998 to January 2001).

During his years in the Clinton White House, Podesta helped suppress numerous federal investigations into Clinton wrongdoing, and helped short-circuit the Clinton impeachment proceedings through backroom deals.

The Clintons recognized Podesta’s talent for scandal-suppression early. While still a mere staff secretary at the White House in 1993, Podesta found himself swamped with so many scandal clean-up assignments that he nicknamed himself, “Secretary of [Expletive].” “He’s good at it,” James Carville remarked to the Washington Post.

Podesta’s most lasting contribution to the leftist cause came through his promotion of a strategy that White House aides dubbed “Project Podesta.” This was a system that enabled the Clintons to push through unpopular policies that neither Congress nor the American people wanted. Its implementation marked a dramatic tilt in the balance of power, giving the executive branch an unprecedented ability to force its will on the legislative branch.

Project Podesta enabled the President to bypass Congress through the use of executive orders, presidential decision directives, White-House-sponsored lawsuits, vacancy appointments to high federal office, selective regulatory actions against targeted corporations, and a host of other extra-constitutional tactics.

In short, Podesta showed the Clintons that they could gain by force what they might fail to achieve through legislation. “Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kind of cool,” quipped White House aide Paul Begala to The New York Times on July 5, 1998, in response to questions about the Clintons’ growing disdain for the will of Congress.

Project Podesta’s most ambitious exercise was the war on Yugoslavia which Clinton launched by executive order on April 13, 1999, in defiance of the U.S. Congress and the United Nations.

When US News and World Report first revealed the existence of Project Podesta on November 1, 1999, two Congressional hearings convened to investigate the Clintons’ abuse of executive power. But the investigators issued no reports and took no action.

Regarding Podesta’s war of attrition against tobacco firms and gun manufacturers, even Clinton’s former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich warned fellow leftists in the January 17, 2000 issue of The American Prospect, “You might approve the outcomes in these two cases, but they establish a precedent for other cases you might find wildly unjust.… [T]hese lawsuits are blatant end-runs around the democratic process.”

Project Podesta reached its logical conclusion in Al Gore’s effort to litigate his way into the White House in 2000. During the infamous 36-day, post-election stand-off, Podesta worked behind the scenes with Gore’s legal team even as the Clinton White House publicly declared its neutrality. Podesta bears personal responsibility for forcing the election into the U.S. Supreme Court.

Most of official Washington assumed that the election crisis would end on November 14, when Gore’s recount deadline expired and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris would certify the winner. In order to reassure Americans that this would be the case, General Services Administration head David J. Barram held a press conference on November 8, 2000, at which he announced that he was ready to release the $5.8 million in presidential transition funds and to open the transition offices to whichever candidate was certified the winner on November 14. Barram repeated this promise several times via radio and television interviews.

However, on November 13 — the day before the recount deadline — John Podesta sent a memo to Barram ordering him to keep the transition offices locked and to withhold the presidential transition funds, thus giving Gore extra time to litigate.

Bush won the Florida recount, as expected. But the transition offices remained locked. Podesta’s unprecedented act stunned official Washington and plunged America into a constitutional crisis.

Four years later, when Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry announced his plan to mobilize a legal team of more than 6,000 attorneys for the 2004 election, it was evident that Project Podesta had changed U.S. politics forever.

Podesta was appointed President and CEO of the Center for American Progress (CAP) at its founding on July 7, 2003. He was hand-picked for the job by CAP founders George Soros and Morton H. Halperin, according to a March 1, 2004 report in The Nation by Robert Dreyfuss. Inside sources have described CAP as “the official Hillary Clinton think tank” — a media spin machine and policy generator designed to serve as a springboard for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential ambitions.

Podesta was a featured speaker at the March 2008 “Take Back America” conference of Campaign for America’s Future, where he declared that global warming was a “severe national security problem” that President Bush had failed to address in any meaningful way.

Over the years, Podesta has made campaign contributions to numerous Democratic candidates, including Al Franken, Edward Kennedy, Richard Gephardt, Tom Daschle, Hillary Clinton, Richard Durbin, Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank, Tammy Duckworth, Rosa DeLauro, Paul Wellstone, Maurice Hinchey, Harry Reid, Patrick Leahy, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Charles Rangel, and Al Gore. In 2002 Podesta also made a $1,000 contribution to the League of Conservation Voters.

As thorough as this article is, it still does not do full justice to the career of John Podesta.

For instance, working with the subprime fatcats Herb and Marion Sandler and George Soros through his Center For American Progress, Mr. Podesta helped start most of the most noxious leftwing organizations in the countrys, such as Media Matters.

Of course he will help our nation be more secure.

How can you doubt that?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 20th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Podesta Heads Obama’s Transition Team”

  1. I just did a search of the WayBack Machine for ‘John Podesta ‘. Turned up nothing. Odd.

    I think a big red flag is that the author of ‘Project Podesta’ is taking such a prominent position in Obama’s anticipated administration. I’m sure this further fuels Obama’s power surge.

    But what’s more disturbing is Podesta’s puppet strings lede directly to Soros & Halperin.

    Obama sings “I’m your puppet” too. Just not as loud. (bumper music!)

    btw: Ayers is name tagged for the Minister of Re-Education position.

    Plus, why is there still such a BIG question about $215 million to Obama’s campaign this late in the game??

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    The only threat to are nation is Team Obama. This guy looks like DEATH is camped out in the back ground. And what is that smell?

  3. Anonymoose says:

    Just two things to say:

    1. Yet ANOTHER big name old time liberal, with Clinton connections no less. So much for “Change.”

    2. Finally some undeniable connections to Soros.

  4. GuppyNblue says:

    Hey guys. I was running around Newsbusters and saw this.

    Obama Broke Ethics Law as State Senator, Will Media Ignore?
    “Apparently, on Obama’s released tax records, he discloses income from speaking fees. The problem? Accepting payment for speaking fees when you’re a legislator is against Illinois state law.”

    As was pointed out, the media went after Joe the Plumber’s tax issues quick enough but will they even mention this?

  5. Moonspinner says:

    From the FBI to the Obama Team to the Muslim terrorists. Scary.

  6. Icarus says:

    Descending from capitalism’s apex?
    A forgone conclusion?
    The Liberal elite making their move over, in order to hold on to their pre-eminence…. with Obama at the helm?

    Marx: Finally, in times when the class struggle nears the decisive hour, the process of dissolution going on within the ruling class, in fact within the whole range of society, assumes such a violent, glaring character, that a small section of the ruling class cuts itself adrift, and joins the revolutionary class, the class that holds the future in its hands. Just as, therefore, at an earlier period, a section of the nobility went over to the bourgeoisie, so now a portion of the bourgeoisie goes over to the proletariat, and in particular, a portion of the bourgeois ideologists, who have raised themselves to the level of comprehending theoretically the historical movement as a whole.
    Of all the classes that stand face to face with the bourgeoisie today, the proletariat alone is a really revolutionary class. The other classes decay and finally disappear in the face of Modern Industry; the proletariat is its special and essential product.

    – The lower middle class, the small manufacturer, the shopkeeper, the artisan, the peasant, all these fight against the bourgeoisie, to save from extinction their existence as fractions of the middle class. They are therefore not revolutionary, but conservative. Nay more, they are reactionary, for they try to roll back the wheel of history. If by chance they are revolutionary, they are so only in view of their impending transfer into the proletariat, they thus defend not their present, but their future interests, they desert their own standpoint to place themselves at that of the proletariat. –

    The “dangerous class,” the social scum, that passively rotting mass thrown off by the lowest layers of old society, may, here and there, be swept into the movement by a proletarian revolution; its conditions of life, however, prepare it far more for the part of a bribed tool of reactionary intrigue.

  7. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Well, since Obama has his transition team in place we can skip the election or at least the Presidential part and save paper and trees! Group Hug!!! ;-) Am I missing something here or shouldn’t people at least wait until an event before recording it! LMAO

  8. Professor_Repulso says:

    Doom. Welcome to the U.S.S. of A. Provided that the tide doesn’t turn, I certainly hope that those Korean liquor store owners have kept their powder dry and their firearms in good working order. All the celebrating election night and beyond will likely have Barack Mugabes’ hopeful, change-minded, proletarian revolutionaries seeking liquid refreshment. To each according to his need, from each according to his ability — or something like that. Wretched. I believe I will find a coffee can, put Old Glory in it, then bury it out on the back 40. Perhaps in another four years it can be exhumed.

  9. sheehanjihad says:

    Professor, I have a better idea. I will fly your old glory over those who have been buried because they were in your back 40!!!

  10. Professor_Repulso says:

    SJ, this time the chips are really down. I read something a short while ago that makes me shudder.

    “Barack Obama may be the most radically-left major-party presidential nominee in our nation’s history. A recent analysis of voting records – not words but actions – showed that the senator owned the most left-wing record in the Senate in 2007, placing him ahead of even that body’s one avowed socialist, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. Now, if Sanders proclaims himself a socialist, and Obama is to the left of Sanders, what do you call Obama?
    “Of course, some question the methodology of the study, and, true enough, a different one might yield slightly different rankings. But if Obama is within a sickle-length of socialist Sanders, does it really matter if he is a couple of spots above or below? This is an instance where we definitely should remember second place.”

    From ‘Barak Obama’s Campaign Of The Lie’ by Selwyn Duke

  11. sheehanjihad says:

    Hey prof! Relax! This is going to be four years of tribulation yes…BUT! They wont be able to sustain themselves. Evil never can…it feeds on itself and thus exhausts it’s ability to survive. The good of this country will prevail in the end. It’s just too bad it’s come to this. But hey, I am too old to give a damn anymore, so dig a deep pit in the lower 40 and I will fill it for you. Keep your flag flying. Force them to remember they are only temporary guests in our country……our America. Not theirs. OURS!

  12. Icarus says:

    If you really think that after 4 (or 8) years of Obama, this left wing ideology will simply go away with the majority of the citizens doing a complete 190d turn back to their senses,(except for Bill Ayer’s & Co of course) then you’re fooling yourself big time. This has been building up for more than a few years; we’re past that proverbial slippery slope on all things that matter. The success of a nation rests in its standard of morality as a whole. The citizens no longer have a standard morality, proceeding from our Judaeo-Christian foundations. Morality is now relative to the individual. In the end, morally twisted or depraved minds will only think of one thing … SELF!

    They will live by bread alone.
    They will test anyone and everyone… including God.
    They will serve whoever provides for their worldly needs and desires!
    And although hating each other they will unite saying “your enemy is my enemy”.
    They will worship their leader… Obama and chant ‘yes we can”

    These are scary times… but it’s not like we had no warning!

  13. 1sttofight says:

    Goodbye jsnow, You will be looking for a new job next Wednesday.

  14. JohnMG says:

    ……”Steve, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,…………J. Snow….”

    You know, SJ, even the best screen doors can’t keep all the “shit-flies” out.

  15. 1sttofight says:

    Open all the windows, I can still smell jsnows stench…

  16. sheehanjihad says:

    drive by moron…..

  17. 1sttofight says:

    Wonder if his last paycheck will clear the bank? From the ones past , for some reason I doubt it will.

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