President Elect Barack Obama’s transition to becoming President is really in full gear now. Yes, I know he had named his entire Cabinet already, but the real sign of power had to do with travel: His flight from Chicago to D.C. was on an official Presidential plane. The New York Times had an interesting piece about the flight.
Aides who boarded the plane in Chicago before Mr. Obama’s motorcade arrived, including David Axelrod, a senior adviser, and Robert Gibbs, the press secretary, were plainly excited at being aboard one of the presidential planes for the first time. Several said the experience drove home the realization that Mr. Obama had won the presidency.
“It’s a little clearer now,” Mr. Gibbs said. “Nice digs.”
The Boeing 757-200, part of the Air Force’s Special Air Mission fleet, bore the distinctive blue and white colors and the words United States of America. But only a plane ferrying the president is designated Air Force One, and, as Mr. Obama and his team repeatedly note, George W. Bush is still the president.
Jackie Calmes went on to describe Obama’s introduction to the crew
On board he met Col. Scott Turner, who will pilot Air Force One when Mr. Obama becomes president, and Reggie Dickson, who will be his chief flight attendant. From Mr. Dickson, he ordered a cheeseburger, fries and water.
And then there are the serious matters like meeting with Pelosi and Reid about the economic recovery plan, finding a new Secretary of Commerce, and naming a new DNC head.
I was not happy to hear that Bill Richardson was being investigated for possible contract irregularities. I’ve always liked Richardson – I voted for him during the primary. I have to believe that everything is on the up and up. But I was happy to hear about my friend, Tim Kaine. I think Tim will be the right person to take over what Howard Dean started and get to the next stage. He is no less forceful, but less abrasive. Now if only Howard can find a new job. Surgeon General?