November 7th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama won't give timetable on Cabinet appointments

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Vice President-elect Biden looks on as the nation's next president gives his first press conference since winning the White House."]
(CNN) - Barack Obama would not give a timetable for when he plans to announce his cabinet appointments, but said he would make decisions with "deliberate haste."

"There is no doubt that people want to know who is going to make up our team," he said "I want to move with all deliberate haste, but I want to emphasize deliberate as well as haste."

"It's important to get it right and not be so rushed that you make it rushed," he also said.

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soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Why can he end a war on a timetable, but not appoint a cabinet to one? What's up with that? He's had 2 years to figure this out. Maybe he can't do more than one thing at a time. Clinton took forever to name his cabinet, and it hurt him in his first year in office.

    November 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. ebony

    People forget the GW Bush is STILL the President. Let the man finish up his term, no matter how "lame duck" he is. His term does not end until January 20th.

    President-Elect Obama should take his time and appoint the right people for his cabinet. He wants HIGHLY SKILLED, SMART and DIVERSE cabinet members. He also has to vet his appointees. THAT TAKES TIME GOOD PEOPLE!

    I have confidence in him. He has good judgement!

    November 7, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Paris s'exprime

    Should journalists now refrain from addressing President elect Obama as Senator Obama? I would also expect that one does not refer to him by his first name alone as I just heard a CNN journalist do while reporting on the press conference.

    November 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Va4Obama

    Rob writes: Of course not, all the people he owes favors to have to put their requests in. Then everyone's got to submit their bribes, develop and make back-ups of any potential blackmail material,

    It begins writes: Translation: I have no idea, but one of my cronies will tell me who to appoint based on who I owe favors to

    it's a shame; you guys are so used to dirty, bad politicians that you can't even imagine the concept of a good one. now, I'm not saying that Obama is perfect or spotless, but try not to 'project' the dirtiness of the past admin. onto the next one.....

    November 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |

    Thats right President O, don't rush and put the wrong people in positions. This time it will be done right the first time. Go Get em Tiger!!!

    November 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. VAP

    Obama is the calm, cool and collected President that we need. In life, the people who rush you generally do so for their own selfish needs. Reacting to situations on demand is a form of weakness and many times causes you to show your hand prematurely and at a disadvantage.

    Let them wait. It takes a second to conceive a child, nine months for the child to be born and a generation for the child to become an adult. The question for many after the fact, and sometimes forever, is should I have rushed into conceiving the child in the first place?Rushing into important decisions like this and others can lead to lifetime of disappointment.

    Measure three times before you cut once because you often only get one chance to get it right.

    November 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. mike

    Good for president obama , he is consistent with his promises through the campaign to the peopel and he will deliver in january.

    like the movie ~the truman show~ all eyes will be on president Obama day and nite 24/7 its truly somehting , i know for many of us we forget that president Bush exist.

    November 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. you know it

    That's what am talking about. Thinking it through and getting it right. He's putting experts in the proper places to do what they do best. That's all it takes. He's not putting cronies and unexperience friends in high position that they can't handle.


    November 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. DJ

    He's got to stop with the logos. That thing on the front of the podium makes him look like he's selling something – not leading a nation.

    November 7, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Rob

    He won't say when, but we all know he'll announce his choices on Oprah's show.

    November 7, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Shawn

    Man, there are some bitter people on this blog. I guess the spirits of envy and contempt will be with us for the next 4 years.

    I didn't vote for the man either, but you don't see me sulking. Grow up!

    November 7, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. tyra

    He's not even the President yet and still folks are wanting change already. Calm down and hold your horses. Just reading some of your comments, there is so much hate in your words. So many "Christians", yet so much hate. God makes no mistakes! Rather you like it or not.

    November 7, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Dan

    "It's important to get it right and not be so rushed that you make it rushed," Obama said.

    Sounds like Mr McCain would have been well served to listen to his opponent a bit more...

    November 7, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. selma rogers

    i am use to the GOP party and i hoped for the last 8 years economy and the war issues would be resolved and unfortunately as of today...nothing has changed,for the most part we can all see the devastation our what the bush administration got us in......lets be frank and fair for once in the U.S.A. history...we have failed and allowed our economy to drift away.WE NEEDED A NEW LIFE to intervene in order to help us out of this now let us all take our part in supporting the new elect president...and stop acting like kids,what an example to show our children of the future,everyone needs to suck it up and lets rise above the foolishness...obama will be fine

    November 7, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. katarina

    I want to ask our awesome new President Obama,what's will happen to all people who are already in United states but they don't have any rights and legal status but they want to live and work in United states of America,I ask this because a lot of people don't have a chance in their own countries to live one normal life so they came to America because their countries are to poor for liveing...When we can expect some good news about imigration bill...what's going to happen with that promise to people?

    November 7, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Dee should know that you can not make appointments, etc. because some people will have to be vetted and go through a confirmation process..that takes time..

    George Bush is STILL THE PRESIDENT until 1/20/09...Obama can take as much time as he needs to make the RIGHT appointment...we all know he has a list that he has been working on for months...that does not mean that everyone WANTS the position he is considering them for...there are are least 10 people to go through for EVERY position..

    Waiting on him to fail will take enormous time away from your life...let the man get INTO office first please....

    November 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. T. Doan, Phoenix, AZ

    You have got to respect a man that wants to get it right, THE FIRST TIME! Since he is going to be the one held responsible, I won't care if he took until January 19th to make his picks. I'd rather have the Celtics than the Thunder!

    November 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. McCain from Arizona

    There he goes AGAIN – he is all about words...

    I hope he does some real good to the nation....

    November 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Crush Rush

    Good,that will give Bush time to finish reading "My Pet Goat".

    November 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |

    The only hope I have is that he chooses cabinet members according to one single principle:

    ***Choose the most qualified person.***

    Don't choose people because they supported you.
    Don't ignore people because they are in the opposing party.
    Don't give anyone any benefit or disadvantage because of their race, gender, or sexual orientation.
    Don't choose people just because they are well known.
    Don't think about re-election, Think about the country.

    Given that, some of my opinions:
    Secretary of State: Someone new, a foreign affairs expert who knows about the world but is unburdened by attachment to past foreign policy. You need to look at problems with a fresh mind. The configuration of allies and enemies may need to be changed. Don't be paralyzed by the past.
    Secretary of Defense: Chuck Hagel, Dick Lugar.
    Treasury Secretary: Larry Summers, Robert Rubin, Paul Volcker, Michael Bloomberg.
    Attorney General: Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sibelius or someone who prosecuted the Justice Department for politically driven attorney hirings/firings.
    Secretary of Energy: Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    Environmental Protection Agency: Robert F. Kennedy Jr, or one of the scientists from the International Panel for Climate Change.

    November 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Save the Planet Foundation

    Obama, Jo Mama, is gona save your mama!

    November 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Janice

    Mike from Syracuse NY,

    For someone who dislikes Obama as much as you do, I would think that since the election is (finally!!) over, you would move on with your life and stop posting nasty comments on EVERY article that comes up in the ticker. You obviously have nothing better to do than sit in front a computer and nitpick our President-elect.

    As a fellow upstate New Yorker, let me be the first to remind you that upstate NY has many winter activities for your pleasure. Why don't you do the rest of us a favor and go re-discover them. And stop your whining you sound like a 9 year old.

    Empty barrels make the most noise and all you do is criticise but I am yet to hear of any suggestions or solutions coming from you. Put up or shut up. No one likes a whiner.

    November 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. WIlly Brown

    One word for this grandstanding before be sworn in; arrogant

    November 7, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Richard

    I love the way President-Elect Obama is approaching the development of his team. Why hurry when he doesn't officially take office until January 20th? Thoughtful planning and being deliberate are certainly virtues we need to uphold in a world that wants decisions made yesterday. Go Obama/Biden.

    November 7, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. selma rogers

    just because obama made history...its not fair for some of the country to exspect magic to people think obama is president now...and should i remind you, he is not president if you feel its more needs to be met right now should be speaking with the president of the usa...if you forgot his name is president BUSH...thats my president at the moment and yours to.....people try to come together it would make OBAMA job much easier...goodness and we can all reep the benifits and rewards,that are sure to come

    November 7, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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