The Washington Times - December 2, 2008, 12:37PM

PHILADELPHIA - The POTUS-elect came back on the charter plane for about 3 minutes to say hi to press and meet new travelers as we left to return to Chicago.

I am the pool reporter today, and filed this report:

At 11:58 am motorcade departed for the airport, passing dozens of people gathered on the streets to cheer.

Obama boarded plane at 12:11 pm.

At 12:15 he came back, saying hello to the regular press he knew and meeting people on his plane for the first time.

He got some congratulations and then said the following.

“Kind of like old times but not really,” he said.
“It doesn’t have that breathless pace … just one city a day!”

Asked about future cabinet selections he pantomimed a zipped lip.

Chief of Staff-elect Rahm Emanuel came back, introducing himself as “Rahm,” Obama laughed.

“My minder here is getting nervous,” he said, snacking on a handful of nuts.





 Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent, 
The Washington Times


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