The team players

From the Star Tribune:


John Podesta served as chief of staff in the Clinton White House and has led transition planning for the Obama campaign. He is said to be under consideration to be co-chairman of Obama’s transition team and possibly for energy secretary.

He has extensive experience at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and in the world of think tanks whose work often underlies policy initiatives. Under Clinton, he also served as staff secretary and deputy chief of staff, and he was an aide to Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy. He is president of the Center for American Progress, a liberal research group that he founded in 2003 with help from George Soros and other financiers, and that effectively is a government-in-exile for Democrats.

When he was staff secretary, he was particularly annoyed by intelligence bureaucrats who dressed up routine memorandums with “top secret” designations to get the president’s attention. When the CIA or the National Security Council submitted a classified report that Podesta had seen on CNN, he stamped it “EMBARRASSING” before sending it to the president.

He supported Hillary Rodham Clinton in the primaries, but he nevertheless switched over to the Obama campaign smoothly and has earned Obama’s trust with weeks of preparations for building the next administration. Born Jan. 8, 1949, in Chicago, Podesta graduated from Knox College in Illinois and earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.