Obama Still Deflects Gaza Questions

(CBS)
President-elect Barack Obama held a news conference this morning to announce the selection of Nancy Killefer as his "chief performance officer" – a new White House post designed to eliminate government waste and improve efficiency.

"We can no longer afford to sustain the old ways when we know there are new and more efficient ways to getting the job done," Mr. Obama said.

The president-elect then took questions, and he was asked once again about the situation in Gaza. He reiterated the point he has made several times before that he has been briefed consistently on the matter but that he would not interfere with the current president on the matter.

"We can't have two administrations running foreign policy at the same time. We simply can't do it," Mr. Obama said. "Until I take office, it would be imprudent of me to start sending out signals that we are running foreign policy."

On a follow-up, he was asked whether how his silence on the issue should be interpreted.

"I can't control how people interpret what I'm saying," he said. "The silence is not a consequence of lack of concern."

Mr. Obama was also asked about the continuing controversy over his possible replacement in the Senate, Roland Burris, after an Associated Press report said that he would indeed be seated after bring turned away yesterday.

Mr. Obama said it was a "Senate matter," but that he has known Burris for a long time and would work with him if he gets seated, just as he will with other senators. Click here for the latest news on Burris.

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