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.

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  1. mary

    I think President Obama did a great job last night keeping us up on what is happening.
    We are all in this together so let's all work hard and get this economy turned around.
    I own a small business and have for 25 years. So far we are lucky to be able to keep our employees working and supply health insurance.
    I am hopeful that within this year we will see improvement.
    Every news media keeps talking about 7% unemployment but people there is still 93% people employed so lets keep a positive outlook.
    I know people the have walked away from their mortgage only because they can and not because they can't afford it.

    February 25, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. mk

    most people who lived in washington myself included during locke's time as governer know this was a bad choice. he screwed so many things up its hard to count them all.

    February 25, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    @ baffled

    Calculators are a wonderful wonderful invention.

    February 25, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. political junkie

    Well said Christopher Storey!!! I second that motion!

    IT IS TIME TO GROW UP AMERICA!!!!

    We will all be in a better place, if we follow our new leader's guidance!

    February 25, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Carl

    Take 3..... and... ACTION!

    February 25, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Henry

    The old white and rich dudes don't need these cabinet positions....Remember sen. Gregg of NH?

    We should give a job to those interested and have a heart into it. I listened to mr. Locke and I wish he was the first pick.

    Go Locke,Go Obama!

    February 25, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Bananarama Victim

    Perhaps if you didn't sound so darn condescending when speaking of your fellow Americans, regardless of their wealth, maybe then we could see how conservatives are "patriotic."

    There is nothing more patriotic than paying your share of taxes. During the last 20 years the wealthy have enjoyed numerous tax cuts, less regulation on wall street, and very little accountability for shady, lucrative business practices. It's amazing how much you'll call "foul" over a tax increase of two percent.

    We've been promised though trickle down (ie. voodoo) economics that the wealthy would create jobs and fuel the economy. This promise was not, and is not being practiced. Therefore I see no reason to continue to extend tax cuts to those not participating fully in our economy.

    How can the wealthy call themselves patriot and send jobs overseas for higher profits is beyond me.

    February 25, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. karen-Phoenix

    The percentage of greedy old white haired republican men is declining and declining rapidly!!! Thank you President Obama and prayers are with you and your team!!!

    February 25, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Bananarama Victim

    So Mr. Conservative waiting four years:

    "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?"

    No we want the wealthy to trickle down those record profits they've been enjoying after 28 years of tax cuts and very little regulation so they may stimulate the ecomony. That was the point, right?

    "They get none." quite reactionary, somehow two percent shift in taxes is "get none."

    Tell you what, you pony up the trickle down BS you've been championing as a platfom and you can keep the tax cuts. Okay baby?

    February 25, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Bananarama Victim

    Baffled. More like childish.

    February 25, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Bruce

    To christopher storey: What the HELL has the Republicans have to do with this story? Absolutely nothing. You are a waste of space.

    February 25, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Bananarama Victim

    Baffled?

    More like childish and reactionary.

    February 25, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Baze

    He looks like a little bullwhip, so let's see what he's made of.

    February 25, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. april

    Obama has no plans just philosophical ideas. I hope Locke will not have his hands tied by the strange bed fellows of Obama. Locke seems to be a man that works in concrete ways to solve problems, instead of the dreamers around Obama.

    February 25, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. april

    Obama has no plans just philosophical ideas. I hope Locke will not have his hands tied by Obama. Locke seems to be a man that works in concrete ways to solve problems, instead of the dreamers around Obama.

    February 25, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. independent

    210 million adults divided into a trillion dollars equals about $4,800 each. I don't think that will go far. It certainly does not equal $1million each.

    February 25, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. bj

    Baffled,
    You propose that the government should just hand out 1.3 Trillion
    dollars to the people of this country. And when that is gone (basically pissed away) and the dollar has been devalued by that amount, and the "already Loaded" businesses and businessmen are still in the same situation, and the banks are still not solvent what then? Just print more money?
    I don't agree with a lot of things Obama is doing (I an independent),
    but your idea is right out of Saturday Night Live. By the way, when did it become so reprehensible to work hard all your life, get to the point of making a good living after many years of self paid schooling and years working your way up in a corporation, and finally reaching financial independance. You didn't pay for it, or do the 4-5 years of schooling, and the 25 years of continuous work to get there, so why should you get a piece of anything.

    February 25, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. No Hillary = No Obama

    All of Obama's picks are to make himself look good. Can you imagine working for this guy? It's all about himself.

    February 25, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. carlo

    1/20/13 wrote:

    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

    ****************************************************************************

    News flash-not only do liberal work, we make more money than you guys, and we're not complaining that we might have to pay more. I live in the Deep South, and there are more poor white Republicans around here than anything else, and they'll run over you for a welfare check. You can save that crap for people who don't read statistics.

    February 25, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Felonious Monk

    1/20/13-I am so glad we have someone in America to defend the wealthy. I think you missed the point of the entire big picture. Grow up, educate yourself, figure it out. After all, what is life about, wealth and accumulation of wealth?

    I think that what makes you "sick" is that your way of thinking is run full circle.

    February 25, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Michelle

    1/20/13 You are a complete and total idiot. Just so you know, not every liberal is on welfare and we aren't all struggling by fault of our own. I was privileged enough to go to a great school, finish my degree, and find a job in this economy. It's my job to interact on a daily basis with those who have nothing. Some of them used to be like you, unable to comprehend why social programs are even necessary because they never had to worry about money a day in their precious lives. An overwhelming majority of the people that come into my office are poor or otherwise in need of assistance through no fault or laziness of there own. Maybe if you had ever ventured out of your protective little bubble you could understand why some of us are of a different political persuasion than you. Jerk.

    February 25, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Diane - Vancouver, WA

    Great speech last night. Proud of our new President.

    Gary Locke will be a good Commerce Secretary. He was a good governor for the State of Washington. He understands trade with SE Asia. Good family man. I never heard of any skeletons in his closet.

    February 25, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. bj

    Baffled,
    Obviously, I nee to check my math, you're proposing 304 million X 1 million which equals give or take a few million 304 Trillion dollars?

    You sir, are a complete and utter fool!!!!

    February 25, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Felly

    Great choice!

    February 25, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Thomas

    "baffled February 25th, 2009 11:42 am ET

    ...There are approximately 304,000,000 Americans living in this country. ...why not give everyone in America $1 million dollars or so to pay off their debt (exclude the wealthy). "

    Well we know why you are baffled. Giving 304 million people one million dollars would equal 304 trillion dollars

    Three Hundred and Four Trillion dollars

    $304,000,000,000,000

    The government does not have 300 trillion dollars.

    Not such a good idea.

    February 25, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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