November 7th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
14 years ago

List emerges for Cabinet posts

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/11/07/art.gates.gi.jpg caption="Current Defense Secretary Robert Gates is likely to stay at the post, a source tells CNN."](CNN) - Barack Obama is considering a mix of Washington insiders and high-profile business executives to head various cabinet positions, one source involved in the cabinet gathering process told CNN.

For Secretary of State, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is high on the list. Also on the list is Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, a former presidential candidate who endorsed Barack Obama early in the Democratic primary season. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke are also interested in the job.

For Secretary of Defense, there are indications current Defense Secretary Robert Gates will stay at the post "for a certain period." Gates, the former CIA Director under the first President Bush, has been praised by members of both parties for his leadership at the Pentagon over the last two years. Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, a former United States Army Captain and a member of the Armed Services Committee, is acting as the go-between with Gates.

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who also served as that state's attorney general, is said to be a "very real possibility" for U.S. attorney general. Napolitano, who also endorsed Obama early in the primary process, was named earlier this week to the Obama transition team.  She's also served as a U.S. attorney from Arizona.

For Secretary of Commerce, former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, Time Warner Chairman Dick Parsons, prominent Chicago Businesswoman Penny Pritzker, and University of California economist Laura Tyson are all under consideration.

One problem: the Obama administration wants a diverse cabinet, and that means everything is still up for grabs.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (396 Responses)
  1. Christine CT

    This whole process is exciting...I wasn't a HRC supporter in the primaries, but she might be a good candidate for consideration.
    I just wish people would stop listening to Rush, Hannity and Savage so that they can make informed opinions about what is happening oin our country.
    Do you really think those guys don't have an agenda in spreading their filth?

    November 7, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Emily from Fredericksburg

    He should leave John Kerry out of it. More importantly, stay away from Bill Richardson... he will use him to further his position and then kick him to the curb, just as he did with the Clintons. What a lowlife!

    November 7, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. mitch

    WESLEY CLARK FOR SEC. OF DEFENSE!

    November 7, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Tim

    Moderator,

    Why are you so ornery?

    It must be because Janet Reno is your dad!

    Ha ha ha ha ha.

    November 7, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. alvino

    It has to be hard for republicans to see quality people being considered for these positions. Rumsfeld and Gonzales destroyed the consitiution.

    November 7, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    Dump John Kerry for Secretary of State. Biden is enough!!! Go with a younger guy like the Indiana or VA governor or whatever...

    November 7, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Iroko Nija

    I think its time for all you comentators to quit your seat and get dutyfully engaged. Barack Obama is now fully in control like him or hate him? it means no deal anymore. He is the messiah America needs at this time and the gates of hell will not prevail against him. God bless Obama!!!
    God bless America!!!
    Iroko

    November 7, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Truth Hurts

    Obama stole his slogan "Yes We Can" from Bob the Builder.

    Obama cant be trusted if he will steal material like that.

    Same as Biden stealing speeches.

    Are you starting to see a theme here America!???!!!???

    November 7, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Dan

    wow tim, just like in middle school again,
    laverne has a valid point.. its our turn to rule: except WE wont use the office as a business opportunity to line our own pockets like you did.

    how does it feel to be duped by the party of deception?

    November 7, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Mark of South Jersey

    Barack Obama-President
    Joseph Biden-Vice President
    Wesley Clark-Sec of Defense
    Dick Parsons-Sec of State
    Russell Honore-Sec Homeland Sec
    Dennis Kucinich-Attorney General
    Hillary Clinton-Sec Health,HumanSer
    Cornell West-Sec of Education
    Warren Buffett-Sec of Commerce
    Michael Bloomberg-Sec of Finance
    Collin Powell-Special Counsel to the President

    November 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. FreeNLovIt

    To William of Suoth Florida!!!

    Man!! I like your list... you're good!

    Barack Obama-President
    Joseph Biden-Vice President
    Wesley Clark-Sec of Defense
    Dick Parsons-Sec of State
    Russell Honore-Sec Homeland Sec
    Dennis Kucinich-Attorney General
    Hillary Clinton-Sec Health,HumanSer
    Cornell West-Sec of Education
    Warren Buffett-Sec of Commerce
    Michael Bloomberg-Sec of Finance
    Collin Powell-Special Counsel to the President

    November 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Those who have ears to hear

    Frank G,
    I could have told you they wouldn't listen.

    🙁

    November 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    yeah, Sec of defense with Clark is excelletn!!!

    November 7, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Payback time

    Obama must come above partisan politics, if he wants to Unite America.

    He does not want to be the President to those 66 million voters only.

    Lets see if he can CHANGE the Washington pattern on which he won election.

    November 7, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Liberal and proud of it!

    The only change most of us were looking for was in policies. Obama will choose those he thinks most compatible with his views regardless of party affiliation. That is as it should be. But they will not be "yes men/women". Obama does not suffer fools.
    On the topic of why his kids will go to private schools the answer is simple: He is a politician and as such he is a target which means his family is a target. To place his girls in public school, surrounded and protected by SS agents would be disruptive to the other students.
    Also, given the nasty comments on this board, his safety is of major concern from within.

    November 7, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Julie

    I wonder if he's considered Joe the plumber for any cabinet positions! He'd be reaching double-time...across the isle and down the drain!!

    November 7, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Bi-partisan Confused?

    Dodd? Chris Dodd should be fired not promoted! As one of the orchestraters of this finacial mess and sat in the Finance chair and said nothing until he absolutely had to he shouldn't be on any list near Obama. And John Kerry? Please. What happened to change, diversity Bi-Partisanship. At least this is just a pre-lim and we don't know the final.

    Warren Buffet (Treasury)
    Colin Powel (Defense) Rep
    John McCain (homeland security – please have the guts to do it) Rep
    Bill Richardson (Sec. State) Dem
    ?? Education

    New Cabinet position:
    ??Energy

    Please don't be afraid to go after any democrat or republican who isn't doing their job!

    Also would be nice to see more picks from the private sector. I hope he picks well and interested to see the final list.

    November 7, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Mimi

    People are really crazy. Why would you hope for anything...our economy, national security to worsen? The fate of our nation is not exclusive but inclusive dummy! Anyway, PRES-ELECT OBAMA...let me say it again...PRES-ELECT OBAMA is smart and whomever he chooses for his cabinet which I'm sure to be a GREAT mixture of DEMs (who should consume most of the positions because WE WON) as well as persons who weren't so much in the limelight. Anyway, you don't have to like it because he's going to have great people who are going to make America great again...so shut up!!!!

    November 7, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Dora, Canada

    It is amazing how people are criticizing President Elect Obama's "selections" when he has not even made and announced his decisions.

    Why not wait until decisions have been announced. The media are not always right. They are speculating just like everyone else.

    November 7, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Glen,

    On reflection the US has certainly got the President that represents their popular culture, arrogant hip-hop with gangster overtones. Especailly after his first Chicago Gangsta appointment. Way to go. The revenge of Al Capone?

    November 7, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. G J O'Donnell

    The Democrats will only be in power for one term as I can not see the new President being able to introduce policies that will appeal to the majority of the American people.

    Obama was lucky that the elections took place at a time of a near collapse of the banking system and the USA fighting 2 very unpopular wars.

    How the American people can elect a man with limited political experience is hard to understand. I hope that Obama and his supporters enjoy their brief moment of victory; as The Governator would say about the GOP
    WE'LL BE BACK

    November 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. MD

    WOW! Suddenly everyone is an "expert" in putting a presidential administration together!!!

    Obama's campaign is a great evidence of his competence in selecting the best of the best. Let's all back off, and let The Man do his thing!

    I am sure he will not disappoint.

    November 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Get a clue

    OK kids, no more fighting. President-elect Obama is working toward implementing change. Just because there will be familiar faces in his cabinet and the make up of his cabinet, doesn't mean they won't follow his leadership and work toward the change for which he stands. Would you prefer he surround himself with Sarah Palins who have little or no experience with the way things are done in Washington so they won't know how to even begin to implement change? Oh yeah, that won't work!!

    November 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. John Jaredson- Brooklyn, NY

    Barack Obama-President
    Joseph Biden-Vice President
    Wesley Clark-Sec of Defense
    Dick Parsons-Sec of State
    Russell Honore-Sec Homeland Sec
    Dennis Kucinich-Attorney General
    Hillary Clinton-Sec Health,HumanSer
    Cornell West-Sec of Education
    Warren Buffett-Sec of Commerce
    Michael Bloomberg-Sec of Finance
    Collin Powell-Special Counsel to the President

    November 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Change, where ?

    Same old Washington politicians.
    Same old Wall Street connections.
    Same old Washington insiders.

    So, whats new here ?

    Mr Obama, get new blood and new faces, those who are above Politics.

    November 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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