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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Spencer/Virginia

    I'm confident he'll appoint competant peole that can get the job. After watching his campaign, I'm sure he'll pick capable people. Plus, he's got Rahm-Bo by his side.

    November 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Truth Hurts

    Watch out for when the Mutt and his Chicago Street Fighting Political Team comes to the White House.

    It is gonna get messy.

    Truth Hurts

    November 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Greed is not good

    Take your time...don't let the cynics or Rush Loser-baugh dictate terms.

    November 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Matt

    You better have some conservatives in your cabinet or you will never get your "change" Barack. Please all I ask is surround yourself with both sides of the isle to get the whole picture. If it's "Liberals Only" then your policies will never amount to anything but Jimmy Carter part 2.

    November 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Gene

    McCain from Arizona:

    Yep... there he goes again.. words, words words... those horrible words like "It's important to get it right" and not to rush into these decisions through haste...

    Maybe if McCain used those types of words and stuck to that philosophy, he wouldn't have been completely blown away in this election.

    We don't need a kneejerk reaction president.. we need someone thoughtful and pragmatic.

    November 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Straight Forward

    I am surprised at the ignorant comments of some of these people. They must be the angry "uneducated" republicans. I am referring to people like Willy Brown and McCain from Arizona. Do you morons want him to do like Bush and just start picking people? It sure sounds like you do. But the educated people with the ability to think and rationalize want him to take his time and choose the most qualified people for the position whether they be democrat or republican. Obviously you two morons are bitter about your candidate losing. Get over it. If you don't like the president – elect that much, move to Russia for eight years. (Yes i did say 8 because there are two terms coming for Obama and Biden).

    November 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    I feel so sorry for the slightly pathetic people who forgot Bush appointments: like appointing a horse trainer to supervise FEMA – you're doing a hecka job Brownie ... and so on and so forth ... Alberto, who couldn't recall what he'd done – as he said 76 itimes in a 4 hour committee hearing ...

    Mcain's ability to choose? Palin and Dr. Phil Gramm ...and the Rove-clones who he allowed to run his miserable campaign...

    as for having 2 years to plan ... Obama is way too intelligent to count his chickens before they were hatched – and too intelligent to be rushed into foolish decisions ...

    Silly people are already writing Obama off after 72 hours!

    November 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. jd

    He's chief of staff is like a lead blocker who can open up a hole by putting several people on their back. allowing him to gain 40 to 50yards down field,I like what I see

    November 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. ephemera

    Wow, you guys that lost are really taking it hard....being a child from the 60s I know that can be a dangerous thing. Give PRESIDENT Obama an opportunity to show what he can do, but most of all, give him the RESPECT HE DESERVES. Some of you guys are the reason I have the FBI on speed dial. I can't wait to turn you in....this is not going to be another event like back in the 60s.

    November 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Truth Hurts

    I dont understand why people give Barrack "Mutt" Obama so much credit.

    He beat a 2 term president with an approval rating in the 20's, while the stock market is in meltdown.

    All he needed was a pulse, and a slogan, to get the American people to fall in love.

    And Look What Happened.

    Hook Line and Sinker.

    Good Luck with the Mutt when he turns into a Curr dog chomping down on your paycheque and everything you touch.

    How about a consumption tax America? Do you Love Obama that much to give him an extra 5 or 7% in a National Sales Tax?

    Truth Hurts. The Obama National Sales Tax is going to hurt more.

    November 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Jumbo Joe From NYC

    As long as he chosse smart and right person for each position, then later on he shoudn't have to worry about it. and i am sure he has capacity and great judgement to do that. he is a SLICK guy. he is very well educated person and at the same time he is also street smart too.

    November 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. selma rogers

    President Bush.................President Elect OBama.....................big difference

    November 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Dem to the End

    God, what SORE LOSERS..Then again, I guess I would have been pissed too if my guy would have lost! Constantly critcizing everything. Oh well, I guess that's what CNN blogs are

    November 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. PCS / North Carolina

    Mike, Syracuse NY November 7th, 2008 3:50 pm ET

    "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."

    Are you kidding me ? Did Obama have 2yrs to figure it out ?. He was just elected 3days ago.

    Did your buddy GWB do a good job?. It cost the GOP this election. He had 8yrs to think through, but instead, he was giving TAX CUTS TO THE WELTHY. DID THE TAXCUTS CREATE JOBS ?.

    AFTER 8YRS OF BUSH TAXCUTS, WE HAVE LOST 1.2 million jobs this year. Thank god our country was fortunate not to have that "pit-bull in lipstick" / "hatchet mom" as our VP.

    November 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Hall for Obama

    to it begins: go get a life, how come you are not telling Bush what to do. He is still the president. Have at it.

    November 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. DeVone

    I am confident that President elect Obama will take his tim
    in all of his desision making and I am confident the they will be
    pleased to work with him he know what he need to do
    and we sure do not need to be talking about he need to be doing this that or the other thats is job

    November 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Dan

    Hey what ever happened to Joe "15 mins of Fame" the Plumber?

    I guess he is no use to the Republicans any more so they cancelled his contract.


    Congrats Obama/Biden

    November 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Richard from PA

    HEADLINE (note sarcasm)!!!!! The Rev. Jesse Jackson is outraged by Obama's use of the word "Mutt" to describe himself. It is a derogatory term and insult to African-Americans. Therefore, Jackson has demanded that Obama's White/German-American side IMMEDIATELY issue an apology to Obama's African-Amercian side. If he doesn't, Jackson asking all Americans to write letters of outrage to President-elect Obama's White Side.

    November 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Fred

    I hope Colin Powell will be the Defense Sec. Bi partisanship is American.

    November 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. JBell

    This is actually meant for the "mutt like me" story above (the comments closed before I could post)

    For those of you posters who are either not from America, or who otherwise do not understand American culture, specifically the origin of the term, "mutt," this is for you.

    When referring to family background, the term "mutt" is an extremely common American euphemism. Historically, this term came about in large part due to the heterogenic makeup of the majority of Americans. However, it also came about to save time, and make simple conversation more...well, simple. Instead of listing all the various nationalities and ethnicities of your ancestors, you simply say, "I'm a mutt!"

    More importantly, when someone uses this term, it is an endearing sign of humility, which is something very rare in world leaders!

    By the way, I'm a mutt too, and proud of it!

    November 7, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Brian

    Geez, I want to buy shares in FastSigns. The Obama administration does love their signs.

    November 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Leigh

    I think he should be very precise in his cabinet picks and not be rushed. The last 8 years prove that we need more care in consideration. Think Ashcroft and Brown if you need hasty examples.

    November 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    No Colin Powell. Idiot lied to get us and the UN into Iraq. He's lost all credibility, following orders from Bush, no questions asked.

    November 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. selma rogers

    Obama shared his veiws on GAY MARRIAGE....its not his fault the bill failed.....please people.....pointing fingers again..goodness.....the people voted against gay marriage fight with the people, not OBAMA

    November 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. park more

    Just keep your word and start with TAXES CUT for $250,000.00

    November 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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