Obama Taps Emanuel as He Moves Into Transition
President-elect expected to move 'quickly, but not hastily' to fill top jobs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2008 8:16 AM CST
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., left, huddles with Barack Obama during a campaign stop, June 6, 2008. Emanuel is said to be the front-runner to be Obama's White House chief of staff.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast )
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(Newser) – The president-elect has offered the job of White House chief of staff to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Jake Tapper reports this morning. Emanuel, who Tapper calls a "sharp-tongued, sharp-elbowed, keenly intelligent veteran of the Clinton White House," hasn't given his answer, Tapper's source says. Meanwhile, campaign insiders tell the Washington Post  that Cabinet announcements are expected to start trickling out as soon as next week.

Obama's aides hope his transition will differ sharply from the chaotic effort that launched Bill Clinton's administration, when many important posts weren't filled until just 5 days before he took office. Among the prospects the Post lists for the Cabinet are New York Schools Chancellor Joel Klein for education, retired Marine Corps commandant Jim Jones for national security adviser, and Larry Summers or Bob Rubin for Treasury.