Change we can believe in — Moving backward?

How can you call this “change”?

Old guard elements on the Obama team were on full display at his first news conference on Friday, with Clinton-era luminaries Robert Rubin, Laura Tyson and Robert Reich on the stage behind the president-elect.

And this?

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former secretary of state Warren Christopher and respected Democratic former senator Sam Nunn will head president-elect Barack Obama’s transition teams in key government departments, CNN reported Wednesday.

Christopher, 83, will lead the transition team for the State Department. He led it from 1993 to 1997 under Democratic president Bill Clinton, and was deputy secretary of state 1977-1981 under Democrat Jimmy Carter.

Nunn, 70, will lead the handover team for the Department of Defense. He represented Georgia in the US senate from 1992 to 1997, and for eight years headed the Senate Armed Services Committee.

But wait – there’s more

NEW YORK – Democratic officials say president-elect Barack Obama’s transition aides have approached Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s former campaign manager about taking a senior White House post.

And this – these are real “Change”

For secretary of state, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry, former diplomat Richard Holbrooke, outgoing Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel and former Georgia Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn were in the mix.

James Steinberg, a former Clinton adviser, was a top contender for national security adviser. Susan Rice, another former Clinton aide, could be considered for that job or another senior post.

But wait –

In addition to Summers, Geithner and Volcker, the short list for Treasury included Laura Tyson, who chaired Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Yep.  Change.

In the backward direction.

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