November 12th, 2008
11:23 AM ET
14 years ago

Help wanted at the Obama White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) - An epidemic of layoffs is plaguing the country, but the Help Wanted sign is out in Washington: President-elect Obama's new administration needs to fill 7,996 positions according to the Plum Book, the quadrennial list of jobs filled by presidential appointment.

The Plum Book also lists the pay schedules for each presidential appointment. According to the book, a member of Obama's cabinet can make as much as $191,300.

But there are numerous positions whose salaries are not listed in the Plum Book, such as the president's chief of staff and press secretary, where the pay is at the administration's discretion, and can be much higher.

No administration official or presidential appointee can make more the president, who currently earns $400,000 a year.

The "Plum Book" - the name comes from the color of its cover - is published every four years immediately following the presidential election. The book was first released in 1952, when - after 22 years of a Democratically-controlled White House - Republican President Dwight Eisenhower's administration needed to identify what government jobs they could fill. The Plum Book was again produced in 1960 for the Kennedy administration, and has been published every four years since.

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  1. obama mama

    it would be an honor to serve this administration.

    November 12, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Felines for Freedom

    Need any tax attorneys?

    November 12, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    3strikes"- Why do you have that name? You do sound like you struck out long ago! Stop blogging! You’re an idiot.

    "Sweetie" – Trust me OBAMA was not talking to you when he called the reporter sweetie. I don't think that you’re as intelligent as you say you are. You wrote: "He has a real problem with White women who are more accomplished then he is!" How about trying it this way: "He has a real problem with White women who are more accomplished than he is!" Do you know that working for professionals, especially the President; you would be fired for getting those words mixed up?! Now go away to grammar school and never blog again!

    November 12, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Melissa

    I would absolutely love a job working for Barack Obama. I actually would love to meet him so I could give him a hug and let him know how much everything he's doing is appreciated.

    November 12, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. FreeNLovIt

    "While the plan would extend health insurance to two-thirds of the 47 million people who currently lack it, the overhaul may worsen some problems, such as a shortage of primary care doctors, the analysis found."

    First and foremost, Walmart and Walgreens have physicians and nurses at their stores. People who need cold, flu, acne and non-emergency related illnesses can be treated at these sites. This will free up PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS for really really ILL people. There are many ways to go about restructuring our healtchcare system

    November 12, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. OMG.....

    Reading these posts, I am sure that anyone that spends a lot of time on the CNN ticker, or watching CNN for that matter, would not qualify for these 8000+ jobs. Most of you seem to be illiterate, lazy buffoons!

    November 12, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Citizen and willing participant in our democracy reporting for duty!

    November 12, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Setys

    You idiot Robert why didn't you make that statement during Bush' reign.

    November 12, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. jobs

    must be called "PLUM BOOK" because it's full of PLUMB JOBS!!

    There's no way in H3LL that that is their true salaries...they get limos, drivers, room service, expense accounts, helicopter/plane transport, private security, etc.

    If I made $400,000 a year and had all of the other benefits, that would be in the millions. Tell me the last time a president had to pay for groceries, heat, water, electric? that $400k is in the bank!! Of course the best way to pay off your 8,000 friends is to appoint them.

    We need to shrink government!! Republicans and Democrats are bloated with power and just working to have more.

    November 12, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Defected Republican

    Creating more jobs then Bush has done in 8 years.

    November 12, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Obamanette

    I am delighted to see that the Obama "haters" are still bitter!!

    November 12, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Maggie in NYS

    Joe, you're wrong. President-elect Obama never signed an agreement regarding the use of public funds because Senator McCain would not agree to halt the 527 ads. If you noticed, many of Senator McCain's ads were those "527" ads (referring to section 527 of the IRC). Those ads were paid for by conservative organizations who through the back door paid for the advertising for Senator McCain.

    November 12, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. BaracktheVote

    Hey Joe Banana, you can put a suit on a RAT and it is still a RAT like you...........

    November 12, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. gbrown2

    I am available to serve our country under President Elect Obama.

    November 12, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Elaine

    Go to and click on thier link "jobs"

    November 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Joe Regis

    "Don't ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".

    I'm here to help in any capacity to move the country forward.

    November 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Maggie in SC

    There are certainly going to be a lot of rich Afro americans after Obama hires them. He will be surrounded by a virtual screen, most likley a dark screen. I hate Rep. Broum felt he had to appolize for his feelings and thoughts. This is still a free country or at least I thought it was. Perhaps not now that we have a new man on the block. I do not hear Obama appolizing for hateful statements he made especially laughing behind that postabout Joe the Plummer. It showed his bad manners.

    November 12, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Carl O'Bonner

    Why all of a sudden 400,000 is to much for President Elect Obama? George Bush have made over 3.2 millions over his 8 years in office. You guys really need to get real when the world changes for people of color then there is a issue..Get over it so we can all work together to re-build this country and ecomony

    Carl O' Bonner

    November 12, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    john November 12th, 2008 1:06 pm ET

    I see Obama as a dictator who has a thirst for world power that cannot be quenched.

    His socialism in America is just the beginning, but it will be the end for many.
    Never mind all that. He's hiring! Get your priorities straight! 🙂

    November 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. dmiller

    Please do no spit on the hope of others. Can we at least give this man a chance?

    November 12, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    I'm all for 95% coverage, but certain treatments shouldnt be allowed to keep cost down. For example, if you're 80 yrs old and ready to die, we shouldnt waste time giving you a $1 million operation.

    November 12, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. FreeNLovIt

    Anyone should be allowed to walk in and get treatment for prevention.

    November 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    park more November 12th, 2008 1:19 pm ET

    Obama just bla bla bla……… Just do what you said… Taxes cut, improve economy, stop war in Irak………. Just do what you were elected for
    He's not done measuring the drapes yet! 🙂

    November 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    So where do I sign up? I could be available 1/20 – or before, if necessary.

    November 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Sue

    How about PALIN as mouse chilli chef ? Or First Dude as a bouncer for all those pesty problems that wont go away ? Give her a private plane to cart her, First Due and her large family around, a $150,000 wardrobe, a hairstylist, a nanny and she will be there in a flash ?

    November 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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