Tom Wilson: Obama transition has local connection

From the Register Mail:

President-elect Obama has named a former Galesburg resident John Podesta to co-chair his transition team. Podesta lived in Galesburg from 1967 until his graduation from Knox College in 1971. Podesta, who acquired the nickname “Skippy,” was active in Knox campus activities including a protest sit-in at Old Main. He later served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. Podesta who still serves on the Knox College Board of Trustees gave the commencement address at Knox in 1998.

Podesta shared a glimpse of life inside the White House and Oval Office during a presentation at the Galesburg Public Library in February 2002. He said that during his time as assistant to President Clinton he attempted to manage the paper flow to and from the president. Podesta said, “I didn’t know a lot about physics, but as chief of staff I learned chaos theory fast.” When leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. he distributed T-shirts to staffers reading, “I survived the Clinton White House.”