John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Progress,speaks at the Politico and Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies "Transition 2009" conference in this combo image on February 12, 2009 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Podesta was the Director of US President Barack Obama's transition team and White House Chjef of Staff for former US President Bill Clinton.  AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)