November 19th, 2008
05:16 PM ET
11 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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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Tim in Seattle

    Cue the Chicken-Little Right wing nutjobs in 3.....2.....1.....

    November 19, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. Ryan

    Does anyone remember the word Croney?

    November 19, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. WIlly Brown

    More left overs? So much for the empty word "Change".

    November 19, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Zee

    Can't wait until inauguration day!!!

    November 19, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Rick

    lolol.....Mr. Hope n Change needs to drop the "change" part of his name what with all the Clinton retreads in his administration.

    You poor democrats were certainly sold a bill of goods on this one.

    Oh well....I gues you can still cling to the "hope" part.....for now.

    November 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Logic


    What about Plouffe???

    November 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. karol

    tha's now change. No Karl Rove!

    November 19, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Simon

    Looks like he's getting his house in order.

    November 19, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. foreigner in the US

    What's with all this Clinton people? Can someone answer me that? Still like Obama though...............

    November 19, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Alex of NY


    November 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Dee

    ...and Daschle as HHS. Change we can believe in!!!

    November 19, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. Love It

    Staff and Cabinet Secretary, I like his management style.

    November 19, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Faith Restored

    That's right...keep the team that helped move Barack into the WH among those in the inner sanctum needed to help guide our country out of the abyss. Yay Axelrod!

    November 19, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Don

    Just name Hillary Clinton as Sec. of State so we can start working on the mess this country is in.....and for you so-called Obama supporters who are "questioning" his change...change doesn't mean people...but how those people do their jobs. Clinton people were some of the best this country has I think Obama is being wise. Now lets get Obama and Hillary together and fix this country.

    November 19, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. T

    I think people need to realize that "change" has a whole lot to do with policy. Is that too hard for complainers to understand?

    November 19, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. John Thomas

    I sincerely hope Clinton for SofS is a leak by those that want her as opposed to a serious consideration. It would helpful if someone with legitimate foreign policy experience and original vision – as opposed to yet another narrow-minded pro-Israel line toer (is that a word?) – took over the reins at this extremely important time in world history.

    November 19, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Honeybee58

    Why doesn't Obama just call everyone from Clinton's staff and get it over with?

    November 19, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Jaybee

    Of course he's choosing people who know the ropes in Washington. The CHANGE means the DECISIONS Obama makes, NOT whether he picks people who know nothing about the ins and outs of Washington!

    November 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. Joey

    America was doing well under Bill Clinton. Why use what works, unlike the White House of today.

    November 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Joey

    Sorry, that was why not

    November 19, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. Gigi from NY

    President-elect Obama is facing the toughest presidential term in history. What's wrong with choosing experienced people who know their way around? Do you want him to walk in on Jan 20 and then say "Now what?" (like Bill Clinton did)? Or do you want him to hit the ground running? Whomever he chooses, the man is trying to lead by example. He has avoided any funds from lobbyists and PACs. Visit his website. We need to keep an open mind to Obama so that he can make real policy changes in Washington. He forgave Lieberman and so did the politicians in Washington. He does lead by example. And he reached out to McShame, too. I say, wait and see before you judge -the man isn't even in the white house yet. They should change the 12 ammendment and get rid of Bush once and for all!

    November 19, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Amonica Edwards

    I think Obama is creating a staff that best fits what change is not how we say it. clinton had the best top staff they were even if President Clinton himself was a whatever he was the staff were top picks the best of the best. now people let's get this country out of the mess the republicans put on us. as a fomer Bush voter and republican i want to see a change. Barack Obama is the right guy for this job.

    November 19, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. Latina-Indepedent-4-OBAMA

    I see the ignorant-far-right doesn't understand what CHANGE means! Let me explain: CHANGE is not getting rid or not using the past or the old, its using everything and everyone that is brilliant and that has value!

    What is wrong with including the brilliant people who made the Clinton years a success???

    When President-elect OBAMA says CHANGE..... he means the way Washington works! Duh.


    Bush/Cheney & the neo-cons gone
    Getting rid of the vast majority of the GOP Congress
    Bringing in the brightest and most talented people into the Obama administration!
    It means that government will govern, while upholding the Constitution.
    It is a NEW way of leading that will help us out of the DISASTER Bush & the Republicans have left behind!

    GET IT?

    November 19, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. Janice Illinois

    Axelrod seems to be a genius,here's to hoping he goes far in Washington.

    November 19, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Mike

    You mean to tell us he is going to remind us some more of who was all in the administration for clinton?

    November 19, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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