Obama Gets Down To Business

November 5, 2008 6:29:17 PM PST
President-Elect Barack Obama is moving quickly to fill the hundreds of jobs needed to launch his administration.After eating breakfast at home with his family, President-Elect Barack Obama headed to the gym before a series of meetings Wednesday afternoon at a downtown Chicago office building. Obama will become the first African-American President in U.S. history after a stunning election day, in which he swept at least seven states that President Bush won in 2004 including Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

Republican Strategist Ed Rogers said, "We have to accept legitimacy of our defeat ... let us not think this was a fluke; let's not try to think this was just a serious of technical mistakes that got us here."

Even Bush loyalist and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice beamed when talking about Obama's victory ... calling it "an extraordinary step forward".

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, "I'm especially proud, because this is a country that's been through a long journey, in terms of overcoming wounds and making race not the factor in our lives."

With so many urgent matters now officially on his agenda?Obama named his senior transition team and has reportedly offered his Chief of Staff position to Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel. As for his role in the next administration, Vice President-Elect Joe Biden made it clear it was already agreed upon. Biden said, "A long time ago."

Though no time has been set for a meeting between Obama and George W. Bush, the president has told his staff to make the transition between the two administrations as smooth as possible.

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