Close Allies Will Run Obama Transition
Ex-Clinton staffer Podesta, aide Jarrett oversee team
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2008 3:16 PM CST
Valerie Jarrett, foreground, is a Chicago family friend who will help run Barack Obama's transition team.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama took his first steps toward the White House this morning, announcing the three-person team of confidants that will run his transition activities: John Podesta, a former Clinton chief of staff; Valerie Jarrett, a top campaign adviser; and Pete Rouse, Obama's senatorial chief of staff. The president-elect also named the advisory and staff members of the interim team, reports the Chicago Tribune.