The Washington Times - November 10, 2008, 05:13PM

After meeting with President Bush at the White House this afternoon, President-elect Barack Obama had a cell phone conversation on his plane that revealed some of his closely guarded schedule.


“I am not going to be spending too much time in Washington over the next several weeks,” Obama said, according to a pool report from the New York Times’ Peter Baker, who noted that a “sharper-eared pooler from the Associated Press picked out a few sentences even above the snap-snap-snap of the photographers.”



Baker wrote:


    “As we held on the tarmac, waiting for a readout to be put out about the White House meeting, Mr. Obama stood talking on a mobile phone, one leg up on a seat and facing toward the back of the plane where your pool is sitting. It wasn’t clear who the president-elect was talking with, or what exactly they were talking about, but he spoke clearly enough that your sharper-eared pooler from the Associated Press picked out a few sentences even above the snap-snap-snap of the photographers:

    

    “I am not going to be spending too much time in Washington over the next several weeks.”

    “I don’t want us to go lurching so far in one direction.”

    “If we come up with some good solid sensible options … ”

    

    After a couple minutes, Robert Gibbs, sitting down nearby, evidently noticed what was going on and stood up to tell the president-elect, who then turned away from the press pool.”

 

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Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
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