Meanwhile, an Obama adviser reiterated that the president-to-be intends to hit the ground running on Day 1. Senior adviser David Axelrod told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that Obama will give an "out of Iraq within 16 months" command within hours of taking over as commander in chief.
"That was something that he's consistently said," Axelrod said. "He believes that that is a reasonable timetable. We've moved a great distance from the time he started talking about that. And now we're in an area where everyone agrees that we should be on a path to withdrawing those troops. And he is going to begin that process as promised on that day."