The Note: Not Just a Slogan

Blogs Jennifer Rubin, at Pajamas Media: "If several months ago someone had said that the Obama administration would be chocked full of Clinton administration retreads and have a national security team featuring the woman who advocated bombing Iran to smithereens in the event it launched a nuclear attack on Israel, few would have believed it. But that's what seems to be in the offing."

Writes Tom Engelhardt, for The Nation: "You might be forgiven for concluding that Hillary had been elected president in 2008."

At Homeland Security: "Napolitano, 50, was an early supporter of Obama and was the only elected official tapped to serve on his transition team," Spencer Hsu writes in The Washington Post.

Politico's Mike Allen: "Napolitano is a border governor who will now be responsible for immigration policy and border security, which are part of Homeland Security's myriad functions. Napolitano brings law-and-order experience from her stint as the Grand Canyon State's first female attorney general. One of the nation's most prominent female elected officials, she made frequent appearances on behalf of Barack Obama during the campaign."

As for Pritzker: "If she is Obama's choice to run the Commerce Department, Pritzker is likely to undergo some questioning during Senate confirmation hearings about her role as onetime chairwoman of Chicago's Superior Bank, which went under due to a significant number of the kind of subprime loans that Obama so often denounced on the campaign trail this year," Andrew Malcolm writes for the Los Angeles Times.

Happy birthday, Mr. Vice-president-elect. ABC's Jake Tapper reports on the cupcakes Obama presented to his running mate: "Mr. Obama led the staff in singing him 'Happy Birthday,' and then gifted his loquacious running mate with a Chicago White Sox Hat, a Chicago Bears Hat and a bucket of Garrett's popcorn as gifts."

(Quick -- somebody check the transition team's gift policies -- or do they count as family or close friends?)

From the Obama-Biden transition office:

"Today is Vice President-elect Joe Biden's 66th birthday. President-elect Barack Obama surprised him yesterday with cupcakes after their weekly lunch. Then, the President-elect led the staff in singing him happy birthday and gave him a Chicago White Sox hat, a Chicago Bears hat and a bucket of Garrett's popcorn as gifts."

"Vice President-elect Biden will spend his birthday in Delaware and has no public events scheduled. President-elect Obama will hold private meetings in Chicago, no public events are scheduled."

"Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will hold meetings on the Hill with House and Senate Republican leaders to discuss how to best work together and ensure they know that the White House will be open at all times for them."

Don't expect movement on an auto bailout -- or even, at this point, a vote: "President-elect Barack Obama is staying out of the congressional fight over bailing out the U.S. auto industry, despite fading prospects on Capitol Hill for a major new federal rescue effort for Detroit's struggling Big Three, a leading Senate Democrat said Wednesday," David R. Sands reports in the Washington Times.

"I can tell you flat out there will be no endorsement [by Mr. Obama] prior to January 20," said Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., the banking committee chairman.

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