November 7th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama won't give timetable on Cabinet appointments

Vice President-elect Biden looks on as the nation's next president gives his first press conference since winning the White House.
Vice President-elect Biden looks on as the nation's next president gives his first press conference since winning the White House.

(CNN) - Barack Obama would not give a timetable for when he plans to announce his cabinet appointments, but said he would make decisions with "deliberate haste."

"There is no doubt that people want to know who is going to make up our team," he said "I want to move with all deliberate haste, but I want to emphasize deliberate as well as haste."

"It's important to get it right and not be so rushed that you make it rushed," he also said.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Ashley

    @ California Gold

    I absolutely agree with you! MCcain, when picking Sarah Palin as his potential VP, used a campagin statergy while Obama made a governing decsion picking Joe Biden. I am sure he will do the same as President.

    November 7, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Mr Brown

    Wow. 'Office of the President-Elect'

    November 7, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. jd

    No problem he's got this. He's a thinker you just don't go out on a football field and play without having the players and the plays to execute

    November 7, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. LS, Austin, Texas

    Taking efficient time to make good decisions, and not rushing it, will definantely finish with and produce good results. Obama is very intelligent and I can't wait until his gets into the White House and starts getting things planned and done – in reasonable time of course.

    Good team planning strategies is the way to get things done – Smart.

    November 7, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Frank

    Why don't we just give this stimulus money to Walmart, Nike, and the makers of big screen tv's and cut out the middle man?

    November 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. ROY ACCUFF

    That Midget was Robert Reich one of the Great Economic Minds that Pulled us out of the BUSH 41 ditch under Clinton.

    He said way back that Pres. Know Nothings ( Bush 43) tax cuts would never work. Welcome him aboard

    November 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Obama 08

    Hey "It begins",

    Your jumping on these blogs and giving your "rethuglican" opinion!!!!! Why don't you get a life and educate yourself!!!!!!?!?!?!?

    November 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Matt

    it begins.... give it up already.....

    November 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Truth Be Told

    More like Translation: Everyone just relax...when the time comes, you'll know...

    ...no different than when everyone was all over the guy after the primaries to make his VP pick known...

    November 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Greg

    Just whatever he does for his cabinet, please don't pick Jennifer Granholm for anything. She has ruined the state of Michigan and yet Biden seems to be in love with her. Please Obama, for your sake, for our sake don't give her anymore power than she already has.

    November 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Sumi, CA

    Wether you like him or not, you have to respect him as he is our new president. It's only been 3 days, geezzzz!!! Unite!

    November 7, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Gene

    Words of wisdom... I'm sure the republicans will see this as being indecisive.. I love that he doesn't just rush into things.. like picking unqualified people to work with him (Palin)

    November 7, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. marymary488

    IT BEGINS , must mean like the way Lincon did ?,anyone who does not listen to the smartest around them and take all into consideration is an idiot, one thing about Obama is he is very balanced, and will weigh everything to get the very best outcome, so put that in your pipe and smoke on!

    November 7, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Ron

    it begins (the idiot of cnn blogs)

    This is not bush or a republican President. President Obama will take his time and make smart decision. So put down your crayons clown show and pay attention to how a country is run.

    November 7, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. C A

    Joe Six Pack:

    The nshort person was rober treich. Bil Clinton's ex-economic advisor.

    It begins:

    Get a life.

    Californai Gold:

    You are right. To govern a leader needs the help and cooperation of those they lead and not the constant complaining and criticism from those who have no clue what they are talking about.

    November 7, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. deb in Colo

    Gosh – actually VETTING and wise decision making! I knew I voted for him for a reason!

    November 7, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Marco

    Very presidential, very articulate, this is a guy who knows what he's saying and above all, he THINKS things through before making decisions. What a stark difference from the past 8 years! I'm absolutely confident that we made the right choice on November 4th for these turbulent times!

    November 7, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. RJN

    Based on the list shown on CNN, were is the " Change".
    The same clowns that got us into trouble ( C.Dodd) are being promoted. Way to provide change!!!! A slap on the wrist, and give them more power to screw up even worse.
    Can't wait for the attack Mr. Biden promised we should be bending over and kissing goodbye.
    I'm counting on you Obama to get us thru this,but your first choices scare me.

    November 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. PoliticoMike

    He's got 70+ days, relax CNN. Sounds like you guys are just looking for something to report on.
    This man is a planner and thinker. He's not gonna make haste decision like someone we know.

    P.S. Guess who Joe the Plumber voted for, really!! Obama!

    November 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Cheryl, Westfield, MA

    Good choice on Obama's part. We'd much rather have a well thought out choice than an impulse pick. There can be no better proof than Sarah Palin what leads down the impulse/knee jerk road!! Take your time Barack and get it right.

    November 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Kerry

    To 'it begins': Please find somewhere else to post your ignorance. Here we have a President who is willing to take time to appoint those who qualify and will work hard to restoring back the country. It's only been two days since he's been elected you fool. What did you expect him to have just rushed and picked random underqualified 'friends'. Give me a break.

    November 7, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    To It begins.. Let Obama do his thing, why don't you put pressure on Bush he is still in office? Obama takes over in 09, he will pick his cabinet when he is ready, if old man McCain would have won you nuts would be saying let McCain take his time, so CHILL OUT.

    November 7, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. change

    It begins......it would seem you are in for a long eight years....you might want to pace yourself with your unjustified criticism.

    November 7, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Polly

    Is he double-minded?

    November 7, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Kay

    He is a thoughtful and intelligent man, I can only respect that. I am so proud that he is my president. Every door I knocked on, every person that I drove to the polls was worth this outcome. Obama wil change America.

    November 7, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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