Unless -- he can't really say no now, can he? "I used to joke in the White House that on Fridays, I would say: it's two more workdays till Monday. When I was in the White House, I didn't have children. I do know something about the White House, and I do have children now. I have a family," Emanuel tells WLS-TV, ABC's Chicago affiliate. "I've got a lot to weigh: my commitment to my country, my commitment to public service and why I got into this, as well as what I want to do as a parent."
Could he really turn it down? "While it was not clear he had accepted, a rejection would amount to an unlikely public snub of the new president-elect within hours of an electoral college landslide," the AP's David Espo and Nedra Pickler write.
Key point, on why this all might take a while: "With hundreds of jobs to fill and only 10 weeks until Inauguration Day, Obama and his transition team confronted a formidable task complicated by his anti-lobbyist campaign rhetoric," Espo and Pickler write.
More key players, per ABC's Jake Tapper: "ABC News has learned that three of those [key transition team] members will be Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, former Clinton Transportation and Energy Secretary Federico Peña, and former Clinton Commerce Secretary William Daley."
Time to move: "Advisors said that Obama would announce several White House staff appointments today. A priority will be filling two Cabinet positions: Homeland Security and Treasury. With the economy foundering and national security a perennial worry, Obama wants those posts filled as soon as mid-November," The Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas and Tom Hamburger report.
The next move: "Obama aides said hiring a chief of staff would be followed by critical economic appointments, especially that of Treasury secretary," Jonathan Weisman and Deborah Solomon write in The Wall Street Journal. "They said contenders include Lawrence Summers, a Harvard University economist who served in the same position in the Clinton administration; New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner; former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker; and Robert Rubin, another former Clinton Treasury secretary and director and senior counselor of Citigroup Inc."
"Amid new indications of a weakening economy, the president-elect must now decide how to insert himself into the most pressing issues facing the nation over the next 75 days, particularly the global economic summit that President Bush will convene in Washington on Nov. 15 and a new economic stimulus package being pushed by Democrats when a lame-duck session of Congress begins days later," Anne E. Kornblut and David Cho write for The Washington Post.
Other than Summers or Geithner, "Obama could also draw from his core economic team, which includes former Treasury secretary Robert E. Rubin, former Federal Reserve chairman Paul A. Volcker, and Laura D'Andrea Tyson, who chaired Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers," they write.
Stocking the Cabinet: "In the national security arena, much depends on whether Mr. Obama decides to ask Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to stay to demonstrate bipartisanship. If Mr. Obama decides against it, or Mr. Gates turns him down, Democrats see former Deputy Defense Secretary John J. Hamre and former Navy Secretary Richard J. Danzig as two candidates for the Pentagon," Baker and Zeleny write in the Times.