03/01/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Podesta Gives His First Interview

Yesterday, ThinkProgress provided our readers an opportunity to ask John Podesta questions pertaining to his service on the Obama transition team. You responded with great enthusiasm, offering more than 100 comments and questions. Thank you!

I sat down with John yesterday afternoon for about 20 minutes. In that period of time, we were able to get to 8 of your questions. The first one I asked him was the top-rated question, as voted on by the ThinkProgress community. It was submitted by user curtisteff, and it read: "Why is President Obama giving up so much to try to appease the conservatives?" Podesta offered this response:

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