November 7th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
6 years ago

List emerges for Cabinet posts

Current Defense Secretary Robert Gates is likely to stay at the post, a source tells CNN.
Current Defense Secretary Robert Gates is likely to stay at the post, a source tells CNN.

(CNN) – Barack Obama is considering a mix of Washington insiders and high-profile business executives to head various cabinet positions, one source involved in the cabinet gathering process told CNN.

For Secretary of State, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is high on the list. Also on the list is Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, a former presidential candidate who endorsed Barack Obama early in the Democratic primary season. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke are also interested in the job.

For Secretary of Defense, there are indications current Defense Secretary Robert Gates will stay at the post "for a certain period." Gates, the former CIA Director under the first President Bush, has been praised by members of both parties for his leadership at the Pentagon over the last two years. Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, a former United States Army Captain and a member of the Armed Services Committee, is acting as the go-between with Gates.

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who also served as that state's attorney general, is said to be a "very real possibility" for U.S. attorney general. Napolitano, who also endorsed Obama early in the primary process, was named earlier this week to the Obama transition team.  She's also served as a U.S. attorney from Arizona.

For Secretary of Commerce, former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, Time Warner Chairman Dick Parsons, prominent Chicago Businesswoman Penny Pritzker, and University of California economist Laura Tyson are all under consideration.

One problem: the Obama administration wants a diverse cabinet, and that means everything is still up for grabs.


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soundoff (396 Responses)
  1. ERIC

    ALL U BLOGGERS ARE SO NEGATIVE DID YOU HERE THE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH BUSH TALKING ABOUT HOW HES OUT OF A HOUSE AND A JOB LIKE SO MANY OTHER AMERICANS AND HE SAYING THIS TO BE A JOKE WELL I'D RATHER LAUGH ABOUT A DOG THEN THE ECONOMY.......... ALL U NEGATIVE HATERS.

    November 7, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. obamoran

    Washington insiders – LOL!

    November 7, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. RED DOG Orlando Florida

    To Dave, Central Illinois, The only ones that are spewing hate are the republican conservatives. Look we had eight years of conservative mind control; it got us no where except to get the rest of the world to view us as fundamentalist extremists’. You talk about Islamic extremists’, well look at the Christian extremists’ Hagee and Parsley with their hate filled filth.

    November 7, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. tara

    I wasn't a Hilary supporter but I think she deserves a post!

    November 7, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. slickingdom

    Tim and Rob:
    I envision the both of you clinging to your guns and trying to become
    the next grand wizard..........

    Mark of South Jersey – I liked your picks also !!

    Barack Obama-President
    Joseph Biden-Vice President
    Wesley Clark-Sec of Defense
    Dick Parsons-Sec of State
    Russell Honore-Sec Homeland Sec
    Dennis Kucinich-Attorney General
    Hillary Clinton-Sec Health,HumanSer
    Cornell West-Sec of Education
    Warren Buffett-Sec of Commerce
    Michael Bloomberg-Sec of Finance
    Collin Powell-Special Counsel to the President

    The people that are being mentioned by the media are speculative
    at this point. Why is everyone in such an upheaval ???

    November 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. YES CHANGE

    Obama alone is a great and very inspiring change in the white house.

    (Please get over it, there is a topic on CNN for post election blues, pleae read it.)

    Thank You.

    November 7, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. E

    Kerry for Secretary of State? NO NO NO NO NO.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    That failed limp politician does not deserve a spot in Obama's administration. Please, do NOT PICK KERRY.

    November 7, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Adam

    I think Hillary Clinton would make a good Attorney General. She's won many awards for her performance as a lawyer.

    November 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. WOW

    Did I see somebody on here actually have the nerve to bring up our men and women in uniform being mistreated??? HUH?!?!?!!??!?! Take that up with Bush. Frivolously deploying them to the middle east for an unnecessary war and keeping them there for inordinate lengths of time. Not taking care of them when they return home. Visit Walter Reed lately? Talked to any vets about the wonderful funding that the VA office is getting these days? You people are seriously deluded. Even good ol' POW pro-war pro-military war hero McCain hasn't done his part to insure the troops are taken care of as much as he should. Look at his voting record. Unbelievable!!! I really believe there are two alternate dimensions of America. Thankfully I live in the one where optimism, hope and unity still exist as possibilities. In the other dimension they don't exist. It is a sad commentary on the state of our country. Heck, hatred is raging in the GOP as Palin and McCain still continue a raging feud while the rest of the country are anticipating solutions to our most outrageous problems. Grow up.

    November 7, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. IowaMom

    Karen:

    He did because a reporter asked him about what kind of dog, he was just answering her question. He didn't bring it up himself.

    November 7, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. E.B.

    Sounds like leaving Gates in place is enough reaching across the aisle. However, cabinet positions typically go to the individuals that gave a big hand during the election process. It's no surprise to see all these high profile Dems. Who did you want, Joe the Plumber on staff?????

    November 7, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Interesting how all these sore loser RepubliCON posters here are crying about partisanship. How many Democrats did Bush have on his cabinet? Can anybody name one? Yeah, that's what I thought.

    November 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Trill

    umm peopel, don't get to riled up. These are only CNN predictions. Unitl President Obama makes a decision, shut up. Gosh I wonder about some of you. You sound more like children than my 5 year old. Grow and be a patriot. Support your president!

    November 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. FormerAlaskaFemale

    John in Brooklyn, not bad dude; I can concur.

    Barack Obama-President
    Joseph Biden-Vice President
    Wesley Clark-Sec of Defense
    Dick Parsons-Sec of State
    Russell Honore-Sec Homeland Sec
    Dennis Kucinich-Attorney General
    Hillary Clinton-Sec Health,HumanSer
    Cornell West-Sec of Education
    Warren Buffett-Sec of Commerce
    Michael Bloomberg-Sec of Finance
    Collin Powell-Special Counsel to the President

    November 7, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Crush Rush

    Karen and others,take your complaints to the president you voted for,hes still in office Jan.20

    November 7, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Benny

    I think General Clarke, General Colin Powel and Hagel deserve high cabinet positions. I do not want any senators or former presidential candidates to get any of these positions. They tried for themselves and failed. We need tough people and Kerry, Richardson, Dodd are better suited where they are.

    November 7, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Tbford

    I like the list too!! YES WE CAN....

    Barack Obama-President
    Joseph Biden-Vice President
    Wesley Clark-Sec of Defense
    Dick Parsons-Sec of State
    Russell Honore-Sec Homeland Sec
    Dennis Kucinich-Attorney General
    Hillary Clinton-Sec Health,HumanSer
    Cornell West-Sec of Education
    Warren Buffett-Sec of Commerce
    Michael Bloomberg-Sec of Finance
    Collin Powell-Special Counsel to the President

    November 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Benny

    @ FormerAlaskaFemale, not a bad list except no way for Dennis Kucinich and Parsons. I would like Clarke as Sec of State and Hagel as Secretary of Defense, if not Clarke then Nicholas Burns or Holbrooke would be better.

    November 7, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. itsbrkn

    President-elect Obama has held the position for two whole days.
    Quit complaining, whining, guessing, and postulating. Give the man a chance to catch his breath. The positions needed filling are of great importance to a President and should be given a great deal of consideration before appointments are made. Change takes time.
    Be patient. Let the man have some space before condemning him.

    November 7, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Truth Hurts

    Line up for your Tax Hikes America!!

    President Elect Barrack "Mutt" Obama is coming to take a chomp out of you!

    Truth Hurths

    November 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Truth Hurts

    Now that Barrack "Gruff the Tax Dog" Obama is coming to office, his tax plan is going to ensure "Change" does come to America.

    Before you had money, and now he is going to "Change" that

    Same old Democrats. Tax Tax Tax

    November 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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