November 28th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama Cabinet to be nearly complete by Christmas

Podesta is heading up Obama's transition team.
Podesta is heading up Obama's transition team.

(CNN) - Barack Obama will have nearly named his entire Cabinet by Christmas, a top aide to the President-elect's transition team said.

John Podesta, a former chief of staff for President Clinton, told Bloomberg News' Al Hunt "virtually the whole Cabinet" will be in place by the end of the year.

Earlier this week President-elect Obama announced he was nominating New York Fed chairman Timothy Geithner to be his Treasury Secretary. He has also reportedly settled on Sen. Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for Commerce Secretary, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security Secretary, former Sen. Tom Daschle for Heath and Human Services Secretary, and Eric Holder for Attorney General. Obama also reportedly favors keeping Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his current position.

Though Gates currently appears to be the only Republican set to hold a leading cabinet post under Obama, Podesta said there will be "multiple Republicans" in the administration.


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  1. Mohsen Emami

    I strongly believe that Obama got elected because God wants him to save this country. After the disasterous policies of Bush's 8 years of presidency, we all desperately need a president who has the intelect and the vision to save this country from the abyss that it currently is in.

    November 28, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. ran

    I see CNN closed the Bush's values story real fast. Bush has no soul to sale and he only has selfish values which I am sure he will keep. He need to be put on trail for his action and values.

    November 28, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. DannyCali

    I think Obama should let Bob Gate go too because he serve with Bush and he might keep same policy. Now Bush make all the word hate Americans and the country hate each other so Gate should go too.

    November 28, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. D O

    Go Mr President exellent Job God Will be with you at all times

    November 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Michael

    Stop bashing Obama's change. This is like a Catch-22, He'll get criticized for picking people who have ZERO experience but hey, they're fresh faces. Or he picks people with experience who have the talents to get us out of the Republican-involved mess, but they aren't fresh faces. So what if we've seen them before? Just shut it and let Pres-Elect Obama do his job. (Hell, he hasn't even been inaugurated yet!)

    November 28, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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