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Obama's transition looks serene. But, underneath, people like me are trampling on friends and principles in a desperate scrabble to work in highway reconstruction policy

By Aaron Banks   January 2009

President-elect Barack Obama’s transition may look cooler than Miles Davis in shades, but, honestly, it’s all a charade. Beneath the steady press conferences and drama-free cabinet announcements, Washington DC is in turmoil. I should know. I’m one of the many people secretively scrambling to press my CV on anyone who will give it a second look.

I, and others like me, will now do anything for a federal gold eagle on our business cards. Someday soon a girl in a bar will ask that perennial DC question: “So, what do you do?” And I’m longing to deliver the thrilling, irony-free…

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