Meet the Transition Team

Election Day may just be a few hours behind us, but Barack Obama will waste no time in preparing his administration. According to The Washington Post, Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, John Podesta, began heading Obama’s transition operation about 10 weeks ago. They plan to move “quickly, but not hastily”—avoiding the chaos that Clinton wreaked by not picking much of his administration until five days before his inauguration. Staff members are “hinting at the potential for several ‘outside the box’ picks for top jobs.” Possibilities include New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein as education secretary and retired Marine Corps commandant Jim Jones as national security adviser.