(CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama formally announced the additions of key White House staff members on Wednesday, including the previously expected choice of David Axelrod as Senior Advisor to the President
"I am pleased to announce these new additions to our team, and I'll be relying on their broad and diverse experience in the months ahead as we work to strengthen our economy, reform Washington, and meet the great challenges of our time," Obama said.
Axelrod has been a fixture by Obama’s side for years, serving as the chief strategist for Obama’s campaign and as a top adviser during his run for the Senate in 2004.
Obama also announced Greg Craig as White House Counsel, Lisa Brown as Staff Secretary and Chris Lu as Cabinet Secretary.
Cue the Chicken-Little Right wing nutjobs in 3.....2.....1.....
Does anyone remember the word Croney?
More left overs? So much for the empty word "Change".
Can't wait until inauguration day!!!
lolol.....Mr. Hope n Change needs to drop the "change" part of his name what with all the Clinton retreads in his administration.
You poor democrats were certainly sold a bill of goods on this one.
Oh well....I gues you can still cling to the "hope" part.....for now.
What about Plouffe???
tha's now change. No Karl Rove!
Looks like he's getting his house in order.
What's with all this Clinton people? Can someone answer me that? Still like Obama though...............
...and Daschle as HHS. Change we can believe in!!!
Staff and Cabinet Secretary, I like his management style.
That's right...keep the team that helped move Barack into the WH among those in the inner sanctum needed to help guide our country out of the abyss. Yay Axelrod!
Just name Hillary Clinton as Sec. of State so we can start working on the mess this country is in.....and for you so-called Obama supporters who are "questioning" his change...change doesn't mean people...but how those people do their jobs. Clinton people were some of the best this country has seen...so I think Obama is being wise. Now lets get Obama and Hillary together and fix this country.
I think people need to realize that "change" has a whole lot to do with policy. Is that too hard for complainers to understand?
I sincerely hope Clinton for SofS is a leak by those that want her as opposed to a serious consideration. It would helpful if someone with legitimate foreign policy experience and original vision – as opposed to yet another narrow-minded pro-Israel line toer (is that a word?) – took over the reins at this extremely important time in world history.
Why doesn't Obama just call everyone from Clinton's staff and get it over with?
Of course he's choosing people who know the ropes in Washington. The CHANGE means the DECISIONS Obama makes, NOT whether he picks people who know nothing about the ins and outs of Washington!
America was doing well under Bill Clinton. Why use what works, unlike the White House of today.
Sorry, that was why not
President-elect Obama is facing the toughest presidential term in history. What's wrong with choosing experienced people who know their way around? Do you want him to walk in on Jan 20 and then say "Now what?" (like Bill Clinton did)? Or do you want him to hit the ground running? Whomever he chooses, the man is trying to lead by example. He has avoided any funds from lobbyists and PACs. Visit his website. We need to keep an open mind to Obama so that he can make real policy changes in Washington. He forgave Lieberman and so did the politicians in Washington. He does lead by example. And he reached out to McShame, too. I say, wait and see before you judge -the man isn't even in the white house yet. They should change the 12 ammendment and get rid of Bush once and for all!
I think Obama is creating a staff that best fits what change is not how we say it. clinton had the best top staff they were even if President Clinton himself was a whatever he was the staff were top picks the best of the best. now people let's get this country out of the mess the republicans put on us. as a fomer Bush voter and republican i want to see a change. Barack Obama is the right guy for this job.
I see the ignorant-far-right doesn't understand what CHANGE means! Let me explain: CHANGE is not getting rid or not using the past or the old, its using everything and everyone that is brilliant and that has value!
What is wrong with including the brilliant people who made the Clinton years a success???
When President-elect OBAMA says CHANGE..... he means the way Washington works! Duh.
Bush/Cheney & the neo-cons gone
Getting rid of the vast majority of the GOP Congress
Bringing in the brightest and most talented people into the Obama administration!
It means that government will govern, while upholding the Constitution.
It is a NEW way of leading that will help us out of the DISASTER Bush & the Republicans have left behind!
Axelrod seems to be a genius,here's to hoping he goes far in Washington.
You mean to tell us he is going to remind us some more of who was all in the administration for clinton?