Obama held his first press conference today. It was outstanding. Certainly commendable to history. I was particularly impressed with how he "passed" on the follow-up question concerning if he'd learned anything that "gave him pause" during initial high-level security briefings. I was impressed when he described himself as a "mutt" and when he responded to an apparently French reporter as Obama walked off mic at the end with a "bonjour."
It is (potentially) a new world order conducted in a very "presidential" fashion.
What most impressed me were the people standing behind Obama at the conference.
Standing Order From Right to Left:
William Daley - Chairman of the Midwest, JP Morgan Chase; Former Secretary, U.S. Dept of Commerce, 1997-2000
Robert Reich - University of California, Berkeley; Former Secretary, U.S. Dept of Labor, 1993-1997
Penny Pritzker - CEO, Classic Residence by Hyatt
Roger Ferguson - President and CEO, TIAA-CREF and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
Lawrence Summers - Harvard University; Managing Director, D.E. Shaw; Former Secretary, U.S. Dept of Treasury, 1999-2001
Anne Mulcahy - Chairman and CEO, Xerox
Richard Parsons - Chairman of the Board, Time Warner
Paul Volcker - Former Chairman, U.S. Federal Reserve 1979-1987
Rahm Emanuel - United States Representative (IL-05)
Vice President Elect Biden
Jennifer Granholm - Governor, State of Michigan
Robert Rubin - Director and Senior Counselor, Citigroup; Former Secretary, U.S. Dept of Treasury, 1995-1999
David Bonior - Member House of Representatives (Michigan) 1977-2003
Laura Tyson - (Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley; Former Chairman, National Economic Council, 1995-1996; Former Chairman, President’s Council of Economic Advisors, 1993-1995)
Antonio Villaraigosa - Mayor, City of Los Angeles
William Donaldson - Former Chairman of the SEC, 2003-2005
Eric Schmidt - Chairman and CEO, Google
Roel Campos - Former Commissioner of the SEC
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