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. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I'm very impressed with the speed and determination in which Pres-elect Obama is picking the personell he needs to get this country back on its feet. It shows intelligence and action that has been sorely lacking for eight years now. He reminds me of Bill Clinton and the way he moved forward. I actually think that Obama is acting more presidential than Bush ever acted!

    November 26, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. slickingdom in N.J.

    I believe he has to get a head start and not let the outgoing leadership
    do something that he can't undo......Just look at the situation this country
    is in with the economy, joblessness, potential loss of jobs and the list
    goes on and on. Sure, its unprecedented, but people like the Bill & Hillary
    know and understand how political processes work. He is attempting to
    choose the best of the brightest minds and fresh thinking. WE, as
    Americans cannot afford to have the same old politics at a time like this.
    Just look at George W. Bush, the U.S. economy is in shambles and all
    he wants to do is pardon a turkey's neck !! I'll take this over 8 years
    of nothing !!!

    November 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. danel

    People here are NOT thinking correctly. Sure, having Gates to stay is like staring Bush all over again, but Barack needs Gates to implements his Iraq withdrawals. He needs a steady hand in security while Obama is busy cleaning up the mess that Bush left behind. Stop being critical of his every move. Where were you when Bush ran the economy to ground?

    November 26, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Fear of change, irrational bigotry and hatred of ethnically different people–without noticing their virtues, are sadly a result of an ignorant and deprived upbringing. People like "Anonymous D" bring all of ther baggage wherever they go–and it will take some time before he is trustful of his constitution and his countrymen that are different.

    We are finally entering a new era of 21St century America and fear of the unknown is to be expected. People like "Anonymous D" should be responded to with respect for their ignorance and deprived upbringing–responding with anger only fortifies their flawed truths and sustains the ignorance.

    November 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. COL

    Hey Anonymous: "There are many, many of us out here that take offense at this attention of these people." Trust me, there are MANY MORE of us who take offense at YOU PEOPLE. Go back under your rock.

    November 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. tedious898

    Praetorian, Fort Myers November 26th, 2008 1:54 pm ET

    So far he's doing just as he said he would–take swift, methodical steps–with full transparency, collaboration, and engagement of the public.

    What a 180 degree shift from what the citizens are accustomed to!!!
    Praetorian, in the past I've been critical of your comments against Barack.....I've said that I'm ashamed I ever lived in Ft. Myers. Well I must now say that I was wrong and there are intelligent people in "Lee County" Florida.

    November 26, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Sabreen60

    WOW!! Racism and ignorance. One America? I guess some of you don't want a united country. Please just get out the way and let those of us who love America try to change this country in a positive direction. You haters need to get therapy – fast!!! I have another suggestion for those who don't want to hear from our President-Elect – turn the TV off. You obviously can't read so that's not an issue.

    If you listened to the press conference today, President-Elect explained to those who have no understanding, that in order to have people with experience in many of these position, they likely would have had some role in the Clinton administration since that's the last Democratic administration we've had. He also said that the "vision" is his. In other words, they will carry out his policies. That's change.

    November 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Anonymous in big D must be an angry McCain/Palin supporter! What a load of garbage he or she is putting out there. There are too many racist morons out there just waiting to be pumped up by crap like this. I feel sorry for idiots that refuse to change their biggoted way of thinking. You would think that most people would change with the times, but evidentally this person never got the message that racial hatred has no place in this country anymore.

    November 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. happy thanksgiving

    a true leader.

    November 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse NY

    30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain:
    I too seem to recall the often repeated Obama line that experience doesn't matter, judgement is what is important. Now it seems all about bringing in a cabinet with experience, mostly ex-Clintonites. Don't get me wrong, I think it's good to have an experienced cabinet; but why is what's good for the cabinet not needed at the top?

    November 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Lauren the Designer

    Time is of the essence...he is going to have a historic crisis to deal with soon and I'm glad to see that he will be very well prepared.

    Futhermore...the ignorance among posters in here is staggering. Namely Big D and Jae.

    November 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. J.Crobuzon

    Big D, and anyone else who wonders, the midwest is full of little blonde pregnant girls named Svenson and Brewer and Olafson who got knocked up and were thrown out by their Lutheran families into public housing. They, not the inner-city black people, are the huge drain on our social services. Sorry to burst your bubble, but anyone connected with social work knows about the 'Myth of the Welfare Queen.' Ask them.
    Spider, quit with the business about people being hypnotized into voting for Obama – that is complete tinfoil-hat stuff and shows your gullibility. Fifteen percent of the GOP at least crossed party lines to vote for Obama, because he wasn't more Bush. How is he working on the economy, even as president-elect? Have you noticed that this is a crisis of consumer confidence, not a dollar-bill shortage? People are afraid to spend right now. Anything that boosts confidence helps us all. You are being a dog in the manger.

    November 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Uncle Fester

    Fred in SC-The lawsuit was dismissed: "We therefore find that Plaintiffs attempt to use these statutes to gain standing to pursue his Natural Born Citizen Clause claim are frivolous and not worthy of discussion." See Opinion at 17-18.

    Get over it, or perhaps you enjoy looking like a moron

    November 26, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Phil

    JAE: you are a racist pig, don't hate because you are to ignorant and obama is much smarter than you and your clane.

    November 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Amber Hussein McMann

    Fred in SC,

    If there was anything that anyone could have done to prove that Obama has an invalid birth certificate, then it would have been done BEFORE THE ELECTION.

    Honestly Fred, you hammer on that like a chisel on marble. Please open your myopic little eyes, get out of your state of denial and repeat after me: President Barack Hussein Obama.

    November 26, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Burhan, dfw

    I can't wait to see him in the white house.

    November 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Nora, Gainesville, Florida

    He has surely given a new meaning to "Hit the Ground Running." AND Boy to I LOVE IT!!!!!!

    November 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. JuanM

    Democrats and Republicans are the same. Spend Spend Spend the tax tax tax. Trample on our constitution. Ron Paul and Kucinich are right, nothing will change- nothing. Obama is appointing Washington insiders and when he's called on it he changes his talking points "uh..ummmm...Change is policy." of course you Kool-aide drinker buy it and repeat his orders.

    November 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. KYWildcat

    I'm just amazed to see all of the negative comments about our new President, Barack Obama on this site. You can really tell who the "White Middle Aged Uneducated Racists/Bigots/Skinheads/KKK Rednecks are" like Anonymus in Big D, Fred in SC, JAE, John from LA and Matt just to mention a few. There are always winners and losers and will always be, along with the sore losers. Get over it and move on with your life. Barack Obama won the popular vote by almost 8 Million votes. Does this mean they were all wrong! No it means that the "Best Man Won". Unlike the last 2 eleections where the elections were stolen and given to a complete idiot.

    November 26, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |

    @anonymous in Big D November 26th, 2008 1:22 pm ET

    I'm glad something is happening fast – I'm already sick of these people. CNN's love affair with the NObama's has got to stop. All the articles and interviews of Michelle "breaking the stereotypical black woman role". Give me a break!! Name me one first lady (although Michelle is no lady) that has worked "outside the white house", gainfully!!! This woman is no saint and I'm sick of the racial bias this family has been, and I presume will continue to be, given! There are many, many of us out here that take offense at this attention of these people. They are just another black family moving into government housing.



    November 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. tedious898

    Racists should have their own planet. I cannot believe the comments I've seen from: Muslim Socialist (a complete brain dead fool makes that statement – Obama is being attacked by Al Qaeda as we speak...that wouldn't be the case if he were muslim – Ya Big Dummy

    Next....another black family moving into government housing. Did you know there are more white people in government housing and on welfare than black people? Notwithstanding, PE Obama has been elected to the highest office in the land. I guess you feel because he's black he should not be afforded the same accommodations as where his 43 predecessors. People that are products of inbreding shouldn't be racists.

    November 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Uncle Fester

    Sweetie, you fail to mention that your hero Ronald Reagan reappointed Volcker in 1983. OMG the sky is falling. Obama could appoint Jesus Christ himself to a post and you would have a problem with it.

    November 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. The right person for the job

    Looks like America finally got this one right. The last 8 years under the leadership of lambs Has made it easy for P.E. Obama to look like the lion that he is. Let the republicans scream there insults from there dark corners, just don't let them lead ever again.

    November 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Sandy

    Why can't there be a stop put to out-sourcing and co-sourcing our jobs immediately? How is that helping our economy? The company that I work for has informed us that our jobs are going to be done overseas (they called it co-sourcing) but not all will go (hard to believe). We believe it's called out-sourcing and that eventually all our positions or jobs will be done over there due to cheaper labor. How is that helping our families and economy here? I am a single mother of 2 barely making ends meat now and live from pay check to pay check. I am a nervous wreck because now I don't know if I will have a job come next year. Than, how do I support my family and keep my house and car and pay health insurance?

    November 26, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. JuanM


    That's right...when someone questions Obama you call them bigots. That is the same thing Bush did, when someone questioned him they claimed you're anti-american. You lefties and right-wingers are just Kool-aid drinkers. God forbid someone question the messiah. Nothing is going to change in Washington. Wall Street and Detroit will get billions of our tax dollars, left & right lobbyists will get rich, and Obama will smile and repeat "change" over and over again.

    November 26, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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