But the interviews underlined the dangers of the Blagojevich scandal dogging the early months or years of MrObama's presidency, just as Bill Clinton, who was interviewed by investigators at least 10 times, was distractedby the Whitewater land deal inquiry.Caroline Kennedy: I will have to work twice as hard as others if picked for Senate(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/3965813/Caroline-Kennedy-I-will-have-to-work-twice-as-hard-as-others-if-picked-for-Senate.html)It came as Ed Genson, Mr Blagojevich's lawyer, asked the Illinois House of Representatives panel deliberatingon whether to impeach the governor to subpoena Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama's chief of staff, Mr Obama'sclose friend Valerie Jarrett and Representative Jesse Jackson Jnr, an Obama ally.Mr Emanuel spoke to Mr Blagojevich once or twice and his chief of staff John Harris, also facing corruptioncharges, at least four times about the vacant Senate seat, which the governor has the sole authority to fill.Mrs Jarrett, due to be a White House adviser to Mr Obama, was initially named by Mr Emanuel as thepresident-elect's preferred candidate.Transcripts of wiretaps indicate that Mr Blagojevich believed Mr Jackson was willing to pay up to a milliondollars to become a senator.All three have also been interviewed by federal investigators. Patrick Fitzgerald, leading the Blagojevichinvestigation and who quizzed Mr Bush for 70 minutes about the Valerie Plame CIA leak scandal, did notinterview Mr Obama.Thus far, however, Mr Obama has not been tainted by the Blagojevich scandal, the major distraction for hisstaff during an unusually smooth transition in which his cabinet and senior advisers have been named inrecord time.A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released on Christmas Eve found that an impressive 82 per cent ofAmericans approve of the way the Obama is handling his presidential transition, three points from earlyDecember. Just 15 per cent said they disapproved.In 2000, President-elect George W. Bush had an approval rating of 65 per cent, two points lower thanPresident-elect Bill Clinton in 1992."Barack Obama is having a better honeymoon with the American public than any incoming president in thepast three decades," said Keating Holland, CNN's polling director."He's putting up better numbers, usually by double digits, than Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, or either GeorgeBush on every item traditionally measured in transition polls."