November 24th, 2008
04:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Ex-Bush speechwriter: Obama would 'control' Clinton in Cabinet

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="David Frum says Barack Obama would cement his power over Hillary Clinton by putting her in his Cabinet."] (CNN) - The notion of President-elect Barack Obama creating a team of former rivals to be in his Cabinet has attracted a lot of attention, especially with news that Sen. Hillary Clinton reportedly is on track to be secretary of state.

CNN's Joe Johns talked with David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush, on Monday about the possibility of Clinton as well as a Republican serving in the new administration's Cabinet.

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CNN: And I guess a lot of people are wondering right now about Hillary Clinton. What do you see in this thing? What does it mean to have Hillary Clinton as the secretary of state? How will she end up there?

David Frum: Well, it means that Hillary Clinton has just moved from having an independent power base in the Senate to being in effect an employee of Barack Obama. And not just any employee, but one who has had to open her files to Barack Obama.

Just imagine the scene of the Obama people going through the Clinton files and saying, "Wow, this could be embarrassing if anybody ever found out about it. Don't worry, it's safe with us."

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  1. Anita of georgia

    President elect Barack Obama, did'nt choose Senator Hillary Clinton to control her. She was chosen because he felt she would be the best person for the job. Obama does'nt have to compete with Hillary. He's known all over the world. Most people have the up most respect for him, and they also like him. After all, he won the election. Obama is not a controller. He's an individual that want the most knowledgeable and reliable people in his administration. He's looking for a group of people, that has the same goals he has for the betterment of our country, to bring about the change needed to end these crises.

    November 24, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. whats happening?

    where is the "change" promised to me and this nation when i casted my vote nov. 4...hillary clinton does not possess any quality of "change"...this article is not disturbing in the sense that some republican is just shooting off his mouth...but addresses the reality will clinton succumb to PE Obama or will there be tension created in the white house, i think it will be the later; this was a poor choice...i voted for change, i WANT change

    November 24, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. NH Mom

    I am so sad that Sen. Clinton may give up her Senate career to be Sec. of State. She is a great advocate for so many pressing issues our nation faces. It will be a great political loss if she leaves Congress. She could have remained in the Senate her whole career fighting for the American people. Now, I'm concerned about where this will leave Clinton after she is done as Sec. of State. I hope it leads to the White House but only time will tell. What I am sure about is that we will have silenced a great Senator and an effective fighter for what's right in America (equal pay, health care, choice, civil liberties).

    November 24, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. Sara from Arizona

    I am so sick of the CLINTONS!!!!!!!

    November 24, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. LMac

    C'Mon people, don't be blind here. While I am excited about Obama coming into office, there are two factors those who are clearly for him are leaving out or not addressing: Does it not make a good political move for Obama to have Hillary working directly for him versus in the Senate working for herself? And second, Obama has done nothing yet but win the election. He hasn't done anything for the country other than get us all excited again. Proof is in the pudding, hold your praise and accolades until after he has spent some time in office and has made actual leadership decisions. He has not led anything yet in his career but is about to step into the seat of the most powerful country in the world. We all want him to succeed, but I want to see results.

    November 24, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. bob

    Too much expected of Obama. One man only!

    November 24, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  7. Sean

    Instead of Asking JUST Bush to Resign, We should ask the ENTIRE BUSH CABINET to Resign as soon as all of Obama's Cabinet Picks are made! Then we won't have to wait for Inaguration Day for "Change We Can Believe In" unless it takes UNTIL Jan 20th for ALlL of Obama's Cabinet to get into place.

    November 24, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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