It has been widely reported that President-elect Barack ___ Obama will nominate former Clinton staffer Leon Panetta to assume the leadership of the CIA. PRS operatives managed to obtain a transcript of the telephone call from the Office of the President-elect to Mr. Panetta in which Mr. Panetta was advised of his appointment.
B_O: Leon? Barack Obama here. How are you?
Leon: I’m fine, Barack. How are you?
B_O: I’m doing well, Leon, but it’s “President-elect Obama,” not “Barack.” OK?
Leon: I apologize, Mr. President-elect. What can I do for you?
B_O: I’m calling because I want to offer you a position in my administration.
Leon: Excellent! What do you have in mind, Mr. President-elect?
B_O: I want to nominate you to be the Director of the CIA.
Leon: Director? I like the sound of that, but what’s the CIA?
B_O: It’s the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon.
Leon: Oh, right. I’ve heard of the CIA. What is it they do over there?
B_O: I’m not completely sure myself, but I think it’s spy-type stuff.
Leon: Wow! Like the 007 type stuff?
B_O: Yeah. You know … guns and cool gadgets and shit.
Leon: Awesome! I’ll take it. Thanks!