November 19th, 2008
05:16 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama announces more White House staff

(CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama formally announced the additions of key White House staff members on Wednesday, including the previously expected choice of David Axelrod as Senior Advisor to the President

"I am pleased to announce these new additions to our team, and I'll be relying on their broad and diverse experience in the months ahead as we work to strengthen our economy, reform Washington, and meet the great challenges of our time,"  Obama said.

Axelrod has been a fixture by Obama’s side for years, serving as the chief strategist for Obama’s campaign and as a top adviser during his run for the Senate in 2004.

Obama also announced Greg Craig as White House Counsel, Lisa Brown as Staff Secretary and Chris Lu as Cabinet Secretary.

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  1. Sabreen60

    I suppose some of you think that President-Elect Obama should fill all his Cabinet positions with rookies. Obviously those who believe this have never run a company. I guess you want an inexperience recent college grad to run our Department of Defense. Wow!! You folks need to grow up, study government and learn that the President calls the shots. However, he cannot be in all places at once. He needs people who know what the heck they are doing. That means picking some people from the Clinton administration – the last Democratic administration. Or perhaps you would rather he choose experienced Bush officials.

    November 19, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Simmy

    I am still pleased with ALL of the selections!

    If Hillary goes down, it's ok, because God is with our President, and He will guide him! It doesn't matter what the critics say. Speaking of critics, I am observing that President Obama has higher standards set for him, standards that have nothing to do with his message of change, although that is the premise that the naysayers use.

    Let me try this for the third time: CHANGE, real CHANGE has nothing to do with the newness of names and faces. It's about a difference of approach to governing. It has to do with realigning programs by eliminating those that don't work, and strengthening those that do.
    I was listening to the President-Elect's speeches; apparently a lot of people weren't.

    November 19, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. Hirna

    Change is not something we expect overnight. what Bush did for the last 8 years needs more than one term to be fixed .

    so let's wait and count on this people. I'm sure Mr. President elect and his team will come up with a lot positives.

    November 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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