WASHINGTON (CNN) – An epidemic of layoffs is plaguing the country, but the Help Wanted sign is out in Washington: President-elect Obama's new administration needs to fill 7,996 positions according to the Plum Book, the quadrennial list of jobs filled by presidential appointment.
The Plum Book also lists the pay schedules for each presidential appointment. According to the book, a member of Obama's cabinet can make as much as $191,300.
But there are numerous positions whose salaries are not listed in the Plum Book, such as the president's chief of staff and press secretary, where the pay is at the administration's discretion, and can be much higher.
No administration official or presidential appointee can make more the president, who currently earns $400,000 a year.
The "Plum Book" - the name comes from the color of its cover - is published every four years immediately following the presidential election. The book was first released in 1952, when - after 22 years of a Democratically-controlled White House - Republican President Dwight Eisenhower's administration needed to identify what government jobs they could fill. The Plum Book was again produced in 1960 for the Kennedy administration, and has been published every four years since.
it would be an honor to serve this administration.
Need any tax attorneys?
3strikes"- Why do you have that name? You do sound like you struck out long ago! Stop blogging! You’re an idiot.
"Sweetie" – Trust me OBAMA was not talking to you when he called the reporter sweetie. I don't think that you’re as intelligent as you say you are. You wrote: "He has a real problem with White women who are more accomplished then he is!" How about trying it this way: "He has a real problem with White women who are more accomplished than he is!" Do you know that working for professionals, especially the President; you would be fired for getting those words mixed up?! Now go away to grammar school and never blog again!
I would absolutely love a job working for Barack Obama. I actually would love to meet him so I could give him a hug and let him know how much everything he's doing is appreciated.
"While the plan would extend health insurance to two-thirds of the 47 million people who currently lack it, the overhaul may worsen some problems, such as a shortage of primary care doctors, the analysis found."
First and foremost, Walmart and Walgreens have physicians and nurses at their stores. People who need cold, flu, acne and non-emergency related illnesses can be treated at these sites. This will free up PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS for really really ILL people. There are many ways to go about restructuring our healtchcare system
Reading these posts, I am sure that anyone that spends a lot of time on the CNN ticker, or watching CNN for that matter, would not qualify for these 8000+ jobs. Most of you seem to be illiterate, lazy buffoons!
Citizen and willing participant in our democracy reporting for duty!
You idiot Robert why didn't you make that statement during Bush' reign.
must be called "PLUM BOOK" because it's full of PLUMB JOBS!!
There's no way in H3LL that that is their true salaries...they get limos, drivers, room service, expense accounts, helicopter/plane transport, private security, etc.
If I made $400,000 a year and had all of the other benefits, that would be in the millions. Tell me the last time a president had to pay for groceries, heat, water, electric? that $400k is in the bank!! Of course the best way to pay off your 8,000 friends is to appoint them.
We need to shrink government!! Republicans and Democrats are bloated with power and just working to have more.
Creating more jobs then Bush has done in 8 years.
I am delighted to see that the Obama "haters" are still bitter!!
Joe, you're wrong. President-elect Obama never signed an agreement regarding the use of public funds because Senator McCain would not agree to halt the 527 ads. If you noticed, many of Senator McCain's ads were those "527" ads (referring to section 527 of the IRC). Those ads were paid for by conservative organizations who through the back door paid for the advertising for Senator McCain.
Hey Joe Banana, you can put a suit on a RAT and it is still a RAT like you...........
I am available to serve our country under President Elect Obama.
Go to change.gov and click on thier link "jobs"
"Don't ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".
I'm here to help in any capacity to move the country forward.
There are certainly going to be a lot of rich Afro americans after Obama hires them. He will be surrounded by a virtual screen, most likley a dark screen. I hate Rep. Broum felt he had to appolize for his feelings and thoughts. This is still a free country or at least I thought it was. Perhaps not now that we have a new man on the block. I do not hear Obama appolizing for hateful statements he made especially laughing behind that postabout Joe the Plummer. It showed his bad manners.
Why all of a sudden 400,000 is to much for President Elect Obama? George Bush have made over 3.2 millions over his 8 years in office. You guys really need to get real when the world changes for people of color then there is a issue..Get over it so we can all work together to re-build this country and ecomony
Carl O' Bonner
john November 12th, 2008 1:06 pm ET
I see Obama as a dictator who has a thirst for world power that cannot be quenched.
His socialism in America is just the beginning, but it will be the end for many.
Never mind all that. He's hiring! Get your priorities straight! :)
Please do no spit on the hope of others. Can we at least give this man a chance?
I'm all for 95% coverage, but certain treatments shouldnt be allowed to keep cost down. For example, if you're 80 yrs old and ready to die, we shouldnt waste time giving you a $1 million operation.
Anyone should be allowed to walk in and get treatment for prevention.
park more November 12th, 2008 1:19 pm ET
Obama just bla bla bla……… Just do what you said… Taxes cut, improve economy, stop war in Irak………. Just do what you were elected for
He's not done measuring the drapes yet! :)
So where do I sign up? I could be available 1/20 – or before, if necessary.
How about PALIN as mouse chilli chef ? Or First Dude as a bouncer for all those pesty problems that wont go away ? Give her a private plane to cart her, First Due and her large family around, a $150,000 wardrobe, a hairstylist, a nanny and she will be there in a flash ?