February 25th, 2009
11:34 AM ET
5 years ago

Take Three for President Obama

WASHINGTON (CNN) - You know the old saying: “If at first you don’t succeed...you’re probably trying to pick a Commerce Secretary.”

The President today nominated former Washington State Gov. Gary Locke to lead the Commerce Department. And at the beginning of his comments, Obama made light of the fact that this is take three in his quest to fill the post.

"Now, I'm sure it's not lost on anyone that we've tried this a couple of times, but I'm a big believer in keeping at something until you get it right," said Obama at today's announcement.

The President's first choice for Commerce Secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, bowed out on January 5, citing the distraction of a federal investigation into ties to a company that has done business with his state. Democratic officials told CNN the investigation involves a California company that won municipal bond business in New Mexico after contributing money to various Richardson causes.

Obama's second pick, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, cited "irresolvable conflicts" with the administration over the economic recovery bill when he withdrew his name from consideration on February 12.

Now the president’s counting on the wisdom of another old proverb: “Third cabinet pick’s the charm.”


Filed under: Gary Locke • President Obama
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Nobama

    What – was Norman Hsu unavailable, Obama? Oh that's right – norman is being questioned by prosecutors about his fundraising efforts for Obama and Hillary.

    2009 could be a fun year: Rezko, Hsu, Blago – all sharing their Obama tidbits.

    Has a sitting President EVER been impeached his FIRST year of office?

    February 25, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Ryan

    Are you ok there Aware guy?

    February 25, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Griff............... on The Truth...

    Never heard of that one. I just try again, and again, and again.
    "The Spider on the Web".....

    February 25, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. MICK in MESA

    Like the man said about his fellow Americans – "We're not quitters"...
    and neither is he...

    February 25, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Jay

    Hahaha, thats the most nuts thing I've heard, completely unrelated to this article and completely unbased.

    oh no, here comes the Anti-Christ!! Watchout!

    February 25, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. bsmith171

    close dept of commerce,
    save the $$$

    February 25, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. kacee

    to aware:

    This is not fantasy reality, nor an episode of Star Wars. Chill out.

    February 25, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Little too late????

    Third time's the charm?? Id hate to be that poor $1,800 puppy-mill Portuguese water dog that just walked through the White House doors. Pees on the floor once, leaves 'something brown and warm' in the Oval Office and out he goes...!!

    So much for searching for thoroughbreds...maybe Mr Obama should have stuck with 'mutts from the pound' vs hand picking something 'hypoalergenic'.

    February 25, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. paul

    Obama's hope- like everything else hope that it works because none of them have a clue to what they are doing.

    February 25, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Raven

    Look, the man has been in office for about a month. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will this mess be fixed.
    Give him props for trying to pull an obstinate Senate and House together to do SOMETHING to get this lead turkey flying again. If it were up to most politicians, we'd be sending more money and jobs overseas.

    February 25, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Proud American

    Obama's a disgrace to this country......he'll be destroyed by his own ego....the problem is, we all have to suffer through it....

    But, on March 15th, when InfoWars arrives, things are going to change for the betterment of the country...and to the detriment of this circus full of clowns that are, currently, in charge...once the American public sees the truths that the MSM has been covering up because of (what else?) big money....even the libs will be appalled and will wish they didn't vote for him....

    February 25, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Heather in Seattle

    Gary Locke was a great governor in my state of Washington. He will do a wonderful job nationally!

    February 25, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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