February 25th, 2009
11:27 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama names Locke to head Commerce Department

Pres. Obama formally named Gary Locke to run the Commerce Department.
Pres. Obama formally named Gary Locke to run the Commerce Department.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The president named former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for commerce secretary Wednesday.

Watch: Obama nominates Locke

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  1. TheTruthHurts

    Let's get it over already. I'll do the job. I've paid my taxes.

    February 25, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Elle Williams

    When I look at how short and uninformative this post is...it makes me wonder what amount of corruption will this appointment have. CNN...you do a piss-poor job of reporting unbiased and well-rounded news. Do better!

    February 25, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. christopher storey

    I am greatly sadden about those who oppose this plan and obama's speech this is a nation of GREEDY cowards, It goes to show that American greed and selfishness is at its all time high. Republicans need to get with the program, we must realize that no plan can be perfect for there will always be an opposing side. If any one was listening details will be giving at http://WWW.RECOVERY.GOV. AMERICA lets get it together, its time to grow up and be smarter than our outdated ways of thinking. "I wonder which party got us into this mess" . I am so sad about how Americans are critics and not leaders in making great strides smh.

    February 25, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. demwit

    After months of puppy love from the media, Obama obviously needs to review his resume requirements with the CNN's progressives again. Apparently two months makes a big difference in how well one is prepared to take office..

    February 25, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. demwit

    After months of puppy love, Obama obviously needs to review his resume requirements with the CNN's progressives again. Apparently two months makes a big difference in how well one is prepared to take office..

    February 25, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. demwit

    After months of puppy love, Obama obviously needs to review his resume requirements with the CNN's progressives again. Apparently two months makes a big difference in how well one is prepared to take office..

    February 25, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. baffled

    I think we are all missing something. If we want to help American people, then why haven't we created a bailout for the American people? There are approximately 304,000,000 Americans living in this country. Instead of spending hundrends of billions of dollars on the businesses and businessmen who are already loaded, why not give everyone in America $1 million dollars or so to pay off their debt (exclude the wealthy). If this was done, the mortgage crisis wouldn't exist and people would still have their homes. People would be able to pay down their debt and spend money in the economy.

    February 25, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Bestcountryonearth

    Nice to see someone who is interested in a job!

    February 25, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Bob the Observer

    Rats! I thought it was John Locke and he was going to help us all get back to the Island.

    February 25, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. sky

    Locke has been a good guy for us here in Seattle

    February 25, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. David

    I hope this one works.

    February 25, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. short and too the point

    I have no idea where you people find some of commentary but, I want you to know that they do not speak for the majority of Black people. Because they have a microphone and camera in front of them does not mean that we feel what they feel. Jehmu Greene appear to be just another mad Black women with no real agenda. This is not racism because I am Black. Start to go out in the field and get the real pulse of the people instead of making things up that fix in the white media block of acceptance.

    February 25, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. James F., New Orleans, LA

    Gary Locke was a terrific, progressive Washington state governor when I lived in that state. He has alot of experience with foreign trade especially with the Pacific Rim countries. A good pick for Commerce Secretary.

    February 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Steve

    Christopher---I am "sadden" as well.

    February 25, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Blue is my favourite colour

    Sky, he was the governor of Washington, not Seattle, and not a very good one at that. I'm not sure this is a wise decision.

    February 25, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    Congratulations and Good Luck Mr. Locke. i hope you don't run into any road blocks.

    February 25, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    Watch the Repubs find out that he didnt pay taxes the last time he went to Red Lobster

    February 25, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. RJ

    @baffeld.
    304 million x $1 million = $304 TRILLION

    Get a clue... better yet, go retake first grade math.

    The national debt is just under $11 trillion
    That would increase the national debt to 27 times the current level.

    As for Locke, I haven't heard anything bad about him. Hope he's paid up on his taxes.

    February 25, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. yuri

    We sincerely hope he has been vetted from head to toe. Else, Obama's vetting processes may need vetting by a variety of vettors, who had their vetting already achieved by a series of processes that specialize in political and personal vetting, certified by super-vettors. Get it?

    February 25, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Sarah, MS

    Congrats to Mr. Locke. He is a very lucky man to have the opportunity to change America. He's working with a great president at a very challenging time. I know he'll do a great job.

    Kudos to President Obama for an excellent speech last night. I'm so proud to have voted for the right man at the right time. He's light years ahead of the rest, including the GOP.

    Jindel's tempid response was pathetic. No wonder the country is moving away from the GOP. They have the same old tired slogans with the same old tired people. Incredible.

    February 25, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Sarah, MS

    Congrats to Mr. Locke. He is a very lucky man to have the opportunity to change America. He's working with a great president at a very challenging time. I know he'll do a great job.

    Kudos to President Obama for an excellent speech last night. I'm so proud to have voted for the right man at the right time. He's light years ahead of the rest, including the GOP.

    Jindel's tempid response was pathetic. No wonder the country is moving away from the GOP. They have the same old tired slogans with the same old tired people. Incredible.

    February 25, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. 1/20/13

    Baffled.

    So what you want is the "Wealthy" to give you money and they get none. Is it there fault they worked hard and you havent? Is it there fault they pay there mortgage and you dont?

    You liberals make me sick.....Sit on your lazy behind and want , want ,want as you talk down the wealthy who pay more in taxes in a week then you will in a life time and your not even greatful

    February 25, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Demwit, Obama has only been on the job for month, not two. Give the man a chance. Look what Bush did, and now a new administration has to clean up the mess.

    February 25, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Steve(the smart one)

    He is being said to be another job outsourcer and insourcer, that keep wages and benifits for American workers down.If you can prove otherwise let me know.Just what we need another job seller like Clinton and Bush.

    February 25, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. JJ12345

    If this guy is so great why wasnt he the first choice and not the third.

    February 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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