November 24th, 2008
04:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Ex-Bush speechwriter: Obama would 'control' Clinton in Cabinet

David Frum says Barack Obama would cement his power over Hillary Clinton by putting her in his Cabinet.
David Frum says Barack Obama would cement his power over Hillary Clinton by putting her in his Cabinet.

(CNN) - The notion of President-elect Barack Obama creating a team of former rivals to be in his Cabinet has attracted a lot of attention, especially with news that Sen. Hillary Clinton reportedly is on track to be secretary of state.

CNN's Joe Johns talked with David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush, on Monday about the possibility of Clinton as well as a Republican serving in the new administration's Cabinet.

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CNN: And I guess a lot of people are wondering right now about Hillary Clinton. What do you see in this thing? What does it mean to have Hillary Clinton as the secretary of state? How will she end up there?

David Frum: Well, it means that Hillary Clinton has just moved from having an independent power base in the Senate to being in effect an employee of Barack Obama. And not just any employee, but one who has had to open her files to Barack Obama.

Just imagine the scene of the Obama people going through the Clinton files and saying, "Wow, this could be embarrassing if anybody ever found out about it. Don't worry, it's safe with us."

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  1. James

    Republicans really can't deal with an Obama presidency. Every word I hear from republicans about Obama sounds condescending at this point. Does a republican have any good input for the new President?

    November 24, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Bob

    There you go again Barack! Bowing to the Clintons.

    November 24, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Aaron from Ohio

    Frum's bitterness is showing. "They should get democratic policies to teach them a lesson". There's a nice quote. I wonder if we've been "taught a lesson" from republican policies? The answer is a resounding yes. The past two elections show just how much of a lesson we have learned. David is trying to put the worst possible spin on the incoming administration's picks to fill the posts. Frum's one unhappy camper. He wrote speeches for a language challenged president with all the popularity of a flesh eating bacteria.

    November 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Ron of Baltimore

    David Frum: That loser look on your face tells your whole story. You are out of touch, see no way to get back in touch, have stepped on too many people, and you are out of favor on all sides. Been there, done that, myself. I took a year off for some physical and social restoration. And now I try to be the person I want to be, not what someone else remembers or what someone else wants.

    I recommend it. Oh, I would take that "Bush speech-writer" off the resume, pronto. Say you were on sabattical or something.

    November 24, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. Proud to be American

    Frum who? and his claim of fame is writting President Bush speeches... dang I can not remember any of his speeches ever!!!! so why does his opinion matters? it does not ......

    November 24, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    It's time for all the Bush people to sit down and shut up. Do it Frum, do it now.

    November 24, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Mike: about the DOW surging........if you think it has nothing to do with the Obama picks.......what do you suppose made it surge so much at the end of the session last Friday? The Citi bailout announcement wasn't until today.

    November 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I think Hillary need to go! It is Obama's time!

    November 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Regarding the Pro-Palin Ads Story...

    See I told you Palin supports the pro-independence Alaska movement with her husband Todd. The ads support her/ their base. After losing the election for McCain she still thinks she has the answers, however, according to her few select interviews she cleary showed she does not. Great use of $50,000+...BRAIN FREEZE ALASKA STYLE.

    Now back to important matters.

    November 24, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Amy from Seattle

    Does a Bush speechwriter has anything worthwhile to say on ay subject? Why is Frum even being called on to advise on anything? it is like going to a celibate priest for marriage counseling. And didn't this same self appointed pundit got laughed off on the Rachel Maddow show?

    November 24, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. girrlgil, sanfrancisco

    O David, please shut your mouth. No wonder the Canadian don't want you in their country. Go far away and don't come back.

    November 24, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. Annjell

    Wow, this is the same guy that came to tears on C-Span, because, (boo hoo) the republicans lost not only the presidential race, but lost lots of seats (boo hoo).

    Mr. Frum is a cry baby!!!!!!!!!

    November 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Reality

    Aside from Clinton, what "rivals" has Obama chosen? CNN calls Richardson, the first dem to betray Clinton to support Obama, a rival. What a crock. Obama has not chosen a single rival, a single republican, or a single moderate. All his choices are hyper-liberals.

    How you feel about that is up to you, but calling it a team a rivals in a desperate attempt to create some similarity to Lincoln where none whatsoever exists is a flat out lie.

    November 24, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. unfairness doctrine

    Frum is a lapdog for the right just like that moron Cafferty on the left!

    November 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Lauren

    If you dim wits posting here would use your brains instead of your party politics, you will see he is right. There has NEVER been a standing Secretary of State run against a stnading President for the office of President.
    You do not run against your own boss. History has shown that.

    So yes, by putting Hillary in as SOS, Obama is basicly protecting his own chance to run again in 4 years. He knows Hillary was his only competition this year, and does not want to try again. Mainly if he does not live up to the hype and promises, it would open the door wide for Queen Hillary.

    So put her in your cabinet, lock her into a role. Keep your own butt safe by inviting your competition to work for you.

    November 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Bob

    First we elect a phony conservative (Bush)....Now it's the first pop culture president...we've gone from bad to worse...

    TIME TO BUILD AN ARK!!!!!

    November 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    Oh, blah, blah, blah...... Frum? And we need Republican losers to tell our President Elect Obama and his choice for Secretary of State Clinton what they should be thinking or doing? Really?

    November 24, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Is he constipated or does he look like that all the time?

    November 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Q

    Please someone tell me who really cares what David Frum says? No ONE, ok that's what I thougt.

    November 24, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. ME IN FL

    What an idiot!!!! Who cares what he says??

    November 24, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Seattle Sue

    I try not to listen to anything David Frum has to say, usually it is just more spin. (lies)

    November 24, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. Anna, ATL

    With Hillary presumtive SOS and on the national stage
    I hope to one day hear a Hillary criticism that
    a. makes sense
    b. is relevant
    c. is factually true and not just a jealous rant by those who arent as brave or intelligent.

    The following are not good examples of valid critcism:

    a. sniper story-silly hyperbole to frame her speech. Hillary credited each of you to figure there would be a recorded history of a First Lady getting shot at if that were indeed true, and she wouldnt have made a joke about it.

    b. all out for herself and career. She is one of the hardest working Senators and is highly well-respected. It's flat out hilarious that many of the same people who say she is just in this for her career think Bill Richardson is the best SOS choice! His own aides have said he will take SOC with hope of getting a better spot later. And Obama probably doesnt trust him anyway.
    RICHARDSON = SNAKE

    November 24, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. BlogBully

    Amazing how quickly the world changes – what Frumm says just sounds so pathetic and dated in it's attempt to be devisive and small – something that would probably have been toilerated a few weeks back. At best, it is tediously patronising to think Hiliary Clinton would walk into a position she feels that compromised on and says nothing of her sense and record of duty over the years. It just fits the bill of a Bush man to say something like this – when you couldn't deliver on one positive policy in eight years but have succesfully left a litany of failure it begs the question, why would this person still be consulted on anything, let alone anything to do with the future fo this country?

    November 24, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. Apples for sale

    The Clintons,Bushies and Obama,all work for The Federal Reserve Bank,a private bank with unknown owners.

    November 24, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. KLEE

    Does Frum just believe in controlling women – or what? Obama and Hillary got their own thing going on and they want to do well for the country – they are on the front lines now and will take it very seriously. Hillary is an intelligent woman who happens to be a politician....she has made a decision that will broaden her horizons and give her even more political insight....and besides – everybody works for somebody sometime.......sung to the tune "everybody loves somebody sometime" (dean martin) woo hoo

    November 24, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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