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Written by: Diana West
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 10:55 AM 

From today's Obama presser:

Q Thank you, Mr. President-elect.

First of all, given the situation here in Illinois, do you favor or oppose a special election to fill your vacancy? And secondly you told us, at your first press conference, after the election, that you were going to take a very hands-off approach to filling that spot.

Over the weekend, the Tribune reported that Rahm Emanuel, your incoming chief of staff, had presented a list of potential names that --

PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: John, John, let me just cut you off, because I don't want you to waste your question.

Always thinking about others.

OBAMA: As I indicated yesterday, we've done a full review of this. The facts are going to be released next week.

What a coincidence--Christmas is next week!

OBAMA: It would be inappropriate for me to comment because for example, the story that you just talked about, in your own paper; I haven't confirmed that it was accurate. And I don't want to get into the details at this point.

So do you have another question?

Q There's not conflict between what you said, your hands-off approach, and the possibility that aides did present some names.

PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: John, John, I said, the U.S. Attorneys Office specifically asked us not to release this until next week.

Q What about on the special election, the concept of that, given kind of the chaos here in Illinois?


See, it's a laugh riot when a reporter actually tries to report.

PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: You know, I've said that I don't the governor can serve effectively in his office. I'm going to let the state legislature make a determination, in terms of how they want to proceed.

Q Do you or Duncan have a better jump shot?

PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: Duncan, much better. That one's an easy one.


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