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Obamaist Round-Up

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Nov 17, 2008 4:50PM

The now-former Senator from Illinois continues to dominate the news around here (though we'll pass on his gym updates, Trib).

  • The new President-Elect and wife Michelle appeared on 60 Minutes last night in their first interview since Obama won the Presidential election on November 4. He tackled topics such as the economy, whether or not Republicans would be in his cabinet ("Yes."), and the dead-horse-beaten topic of the dog, though interviewer Steve Kroft did get a great response out of Obama when asking him about the dog and his mother-in-law. Part One is below, but the entire interview can be view and read here.
  • Speaking of Republicans in Obama's cabinet, Republican Senator (AZ) and election opponent John McCain will visit Obama in Chicago today in their first meeting since the election. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will join the pair as will new Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Advisers to both say the meeting will be to focus on things like the economy and no cabinet positions will be discussed, but putting McCain in his cabinet would show Obama's willing to walk the walk.
  • Facing criticism from district commanders about pulling police from their neighborhood shifts, Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis said this weekend that all CPD officers assigned to protect President Obama (when he visits Chicago) will do so only on their off days. The officers will supplement Secret Service protection. Said Weis, "There will be no officers taken out of districts; there will be no officers taken out of investigative services. All of the people who will be working with the U.S. Secret Service to protect President-elect Barack Obama will be doing it on their days off."