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Former Iowa quarterback helping Obama with economic crisis

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- David Bonior spent his days at the University of Iowa throwing passes as a member of the Hawkeye football team. Now, he's throwing out ideas as a member of President-Elect Barack Obama's economic transition team.

"I think priority one is instilling confidence in the American people that things will be better," says Bonior.

Bonior is one of 17 people advising the president-elect on handling the economic crisis. The longtime member of congress told the crowd at the University of Iowa Monday night that the nation's economic situation is dire.

"We know the problems are deep and getting deeper and it's going to take time and patience, but we're going to put every ounce of energy that we have into making sure that the promises that President-Elect Obama made during the campaign are fullfilled," says Bonior.

Bonior says one of the best ways to do that is having the new administration lead by example.

"I'm hopeful that the White House will be energy efficient," Bonior says.  "That they'll do an audit in the White House, they will have solar panels and will have the things that are necessary to make our green economy more real to people."

Bonior's name is being bantered around as a leading candidate to become Obama's secretary of labor. A list released by the Associated Press Monday has him as one of four contenders. But Bonior says he's not interested.

"If he (Obama) finds some other place that needs some help and advice along the way that's not a permanent job, I'd be delighted to be helpful as well," Bonior says.  "But at this point in my life, I'm not interested in that job."

Bonior says he's honored to be considered for the job, but there are other things important to him and his family that he wants to pursue.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

bgoettel@kwwl.com

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