The Note: All In?

"Is the White House really angry? Or just frustrated?" asks The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder. "Feigning anger might have the consequence of sending a warning to the Obama campaign about negotiations: either they happen in private, where Bush can save face and protect his legacy, or we play hardball too."

More to come, in the next Congress? "President-elect Barack Obama is hearing from private sector economists, and some members of his economic advisory team that Congress should consider -- and he should sign into law in January -- a far broader stimulus package than anyone has publicly discussed to date," ABC's George Stephanopoulos reports. "Instead of $300 billion dollars, which has been the upper limit, they are now talking about $500 billion, which is 3 to 4 percent of GDP."

Are more clashes possible? "Time to open the books, George," the New York Daily News' Michael McAuliff writes. "President-elect Barack Obama's transition team is moving full speed ahead - and starting Monday, will demand access and details from what many regard as the most secretive White House ever."

Are the leaks that big a deal? "Any grumbling assumes there were real 'leaks' from Obama insiders. But beyond that, is there such a tradition of presidential omerta?" Jim Rutenberg writes in The New York Times. "A check of newspaper clippings finds that if it ever existed, it has been broken frequently before."


Still, there are limits to how much of this presidency thing he's jumping into: "The world is waiting for President-elect Barack Obama, and some of its most prominent leaders are flying into the United States this weekend clamoring to meet with him. But they will have to keep on waiting," Peter Baker writes in The New York Times.

Baker: "Several Obama advisers, in separate interviews, all used the word 'awkward' to describe the situation. But Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, said: 'While some may say it's awkward that he's not there, it would be far more problematic to be there. We firmly believe there is only one president at a time.' "

Says John Podesta: "We are arranging to have . . . appropriate people meet with those leaders, people they know and that they trust."

Why breathe Washington air any earlier than you have to? "Obama plans to announce decisions about his Cabinet secretaries from Chicago rather than inside the Beltway, Podesta indicated, and will remain there this weekend as leaders from around the world arrive in Washington for an economic summit hosted by President Bush," Michael D. Shear writes in The Washington Post.

One president, 10 million supporters: "President-elect Barack Obama will take office in January with a weapon no president has ever had at his disposal: An online army of more than 10 million supporters who can now be put to use to help carry out a sweeping agenda," per ABC News. "The supporters -- including more than 3 million people who gave money to Obama's campaign -- provide Obama the opportunity to communicate directly with supporters in new ways, in real time, and at little cost. He'll be able to solicit input from a wide range of voters -- and, potentially, pressure members of Congress to follow Obama's lead on key legislation."

As for the most open, honest, and transparent transition in American history -- we'll let you know when we have more to say on that.

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