November 26th, 2008
12:51 PM ET
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Obama cabinet vetting historically fast

Obama appears to be picking his cabinet at a record pace.

Obama appears to be picking his cabinet at a record pace.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama is already making presidential history by naming - or at least his transition team is leaking to the press - his Cabinet picks faster than nearly all of his predecessors.

"If we do not act swiftly and boldly, most experts believe that we could lose millions of jobs next year," Obama said Monday.

With an economic crisis spiraling out of control and a lame duck in the oval office, presidential scholars say the next commander in chief simply had no choice.

Watch: Obama cabinet vetting process underway

"This is really unprecedented. But it's an unprecedented situation," said Larry Sabato, a presidential scholar at the University of Virginia. "Obama is doing what the public and the markets demand be done - and that is to show that the next president is really in charge before he even takes the oath of office."

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  1. Getting It Right

    Yes – he has over 50% of his cabinet selected and/or undergoing vetting – so what else negativity will you guys drum up between now and January 20th; put the whole weight of the crises on his shoulders – ask for more details of data that will not even be relevant in two months?

    Tell him to get rid of the lofty talk though he has picked an A-Team -

    Come on CNN – don't let us down – keep stirring up the drama.

    November 26, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. tedious898

    I'm confident Barack is going to do an excellent job. It helps to be intellectually curious, personable, able to organize (the hated: community organizer), intuitive, and a born leader.

    I only wish the idiots that won't give him a chance would go back to school and at least get a elementary school degree. The majority of grade school kids think very highly of our president elect. Its a shame there are some many idiots (that voted for McCain), trying to insure we remain at #18 for education in the world. How come dumb people are so loud? What ever happened to "idiots should be seen not heard"?

    November 26, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Desmond Sequeira

    That is right. For God's sake (though he's OK) and ours, PLEASE DO TAKE CHARGE, Mr.Obama!

    November 26, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Sharon, Tampa FL

    And THAT'S what a REAL president does...Lead!!! Thank you President Obama for showing the US and the world a real leader !!!!

    November 26, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. LyonsPhilly

    Our new President knows time is of the essence and we have to move quickly but with a steady hand to fix the problems we are facing, thanks to Duh Bush.

    November 26, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Todd

    GW Bush should watch how a LEADER works instead of giving pardons to turkeys underneath his desk.

    November 26, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Texas Teacher

    .... and this is the mark of an intellect!

    We have elected a President to be proud of!


    November 26, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. FreeNLovIt

    I was laughing at Hillary's 'Hit the Ground' running on day one message (actually I like it) but looks like the next Prez will have to hit the ground running. It's kind of CRAZY. Everything that Hillary had predicted, comes TRUE. I'm sure Obama is going to have a lot of 2 am calls, but he's still young so it'd be good for him. He's Soooooooooooo lucky he's got the BEST men/women of both parties, serving him (Bush and Clinton). Now, hopefully he can analyze the situations and make the right decisions. We truly need someone that can CHAIN both parties to him and make decisions for America. I believe he'll satisfy being the bridge. He's neither white nor black. Overall, I'm just PROUD we broke the race barrier. I didnt expect to see it in my young days. I was expected more like when I'm 80 years old.

    November 26, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Anthony

    No nonsense...
    This guy means it when he says theyre gonna hit the ground running.
    I hate the feet dragging alot of politicians feel the need to do.
    Ask the right questions, get your answers, and the person either fits the role or not. No need to BS or beat around the bush

    November 26, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. williefloyd

    It is very encouraging to see P.E. Obama readying himself for action on day 1. Although I haven't been in total agreement with all of his selections, I do believe he is doing an outstanding job thus far. This is the type of change we have needed-action immediately without wasting time arguing between parties. We have no chance of surviving the crises we are facing without unity. I hope and pray the members of Congress will work together toward solving our many problems.

    November 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Milhouse van Houten

    I think it is imperative for Obama to be taking these actions.The current
    administration is in the final throes of their"lame duck"presidency and
    there is just too much at stake for the new administration to"kind of coast"into action.With less than two months until they take office,they have to be ready to act as soon as the oath of office is taken.Obama
    seems to have surrounded himself with bright,capable people ready to lead the country out of the wilderness,but that is not going to easy.
    To those of you who feel there are too many re-treads in his cabinet,
    you could not expect Obama to surround himself with a team of political neophytes,certainly not at this point in time.Those chosen at this point all have the acumen to aid in getting things back on track.

    November 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. katiec

    It is good that Barack Obama is moving quickly on picking
    qualified people for various positions. They face so many
    diasters, decisions, policies need to be decided soon as
    possible. It is unfortunate we have to wait until Jan 20th to
    put intelligent people into a decision making position.
    It is frightening that Bush, Paulson and rest of people of
    power have the authority to make any decision regarding the
    future of our country.

    November 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. California Gold

    Part of creating success is to not wait until the first day on the job. Frankly given the gravity of the problems it's a relief to have a show of leadership. Thankfully he is moving swiftly and decisively.

    November 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Rob Detroit

    I hope after Obama fixes the economy after another bush F-–up the country,that people will get smart keep the bush's out of the white-house. I hear Jeb will be running in 2016.

    November 26, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. truthsayer

    Yes CNN, its called leadership, competence and forward thinking.
    I know, its a strange concept by recent Presidential standards

    November 26, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Shari, NY

    Please take time out to at least enjoy your turkey dinner President-Elect Obama, and may God bless you and your transition team! Happy Thanksgiving to all, and best (health) wishes to matriarch of the Bush family!

    November 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Imagine what a chaos it would be to wait until the first day on the job and start picking cabinet members while the economy is the most pressing issue. Obama is smart and with our help he will do what is best for our country.

    November 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    I watched the press conference. Obama is not a very smart man. He hesitates just as much as Bush. When asked how appointing Washington insiders to his administration constitutes the change he proclaimed, Obama said the American people would be nervous if he had appointed someone with little experience. Hmm, he ran for president trying to convince people that experience isn't important. I personally realized you DO need people with experience and you can't 'change' Washington and pick newcomers. That's why when he talked about change and how he's not a typical Washington politician I laughed and new it wasn't 'hope', but more like, 'hype'. People are so gullible.

    November 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Change - Yeah Left

    If they vet fast enough the American people won't have time to learn just how crooked and corrupt the SAME OLE CHANGES are.

    November 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Fred in SC

    He better, LOL. He wants to take over before that lawsuit about his birth certificate goes to court.

    Dang what a mess.

    November 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Spider

    First of all, he doesn't have the time to dawdle about selecting his cabinet. He must have it in place and working together when he steps into the oval office.
    Second, and most importantly, the reason it's so fast is, he's pretty much appointing all old Clintonistas. Don't need a whole lot of time when the first and foremost question asked is, "Did you work for the Clinton's?" "You did? Great. You're appointed."

    November 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. KLEE

    A responsive and interactive President – Good so far!! Even though the times are and problems we are facing are unprecedented – keep watch – this is history in the making – and we are witnessing it 1st hand!!

    November 26, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Spider

    When this Great Leader goes to lead, he's gonna be talking to the Clintons or folks who used to advise the Clintons. So who's the great leader(s)?

    November 26, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Angie-OHIO

    I now know we elected the right man. PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA is sooooooo on top of things. He has done more since being elected (and not even sworn in) then bush did in the 8 years he was in office. GO PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!!!!!!

    November 26, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. gary n.

    I wonder who Sarah Palin would pick for her cabinet. Betty Boop ?

    November 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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