November 28th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama Cabinet to be nearly complete by Christmas

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Podesta is heading up Obama's transition team."](CNN) - Barack Obama will have nearly named his entire Cabinet by Christmas, a top aide to the President-elect's transition team said.

John Podesta, a former chief of staff for President Clinton, told Bloomberg News' Al Hunt "virtually the whole Cabinet" will be in place by the end of the year.

Earlier this week President-elect Obama announced he was nominating New York Fed chairman Timothy Geithner to be his Treasury Secretary. He has also reportedly settled on Sen. Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for Commerce Secretary, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security Secretary, former Sen. Tom Daschle for Heath and Human Services Secretary, and Eric Holder for Attorney General. Obama also reportedly favors keeping Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his current position.

Though Gates currently appears to be the only Republican set to hold a leading cabinet post under Obama, Podesta said there will be "multiple Republicans" in the administration.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. nate

    The right wants more Republicans, the left wants more liberals. Sorry folks – its the right people for the right job. Period.

    November 28, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Greg Hodges

    I have to laugh at the press questioning Obama`s appointments.It seems that you are trying to create a "Catch-22" scenerio, whereby if he picks unknowns he is creating a naive government doomed to failure;or he does the smart thing and picks the "Best and Brightest" & fails the CHANGE mantra. Either way he loses! As far as I can see; he is picking people who will get the job done!! Barack Obama is the real change; and the public gets it, even if the press doesn`t. I am still waiting to see if (God willing) Bill Richardson and Chuck Hagel are included in the new administration. It is obvious that the new Pres.- Elect is a man who dares put powerful personalities together; to serve not only him; but the U.S. as a DREAM TEAM!

    November 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Brian

    Republicans, who needs 'em?

    November 28, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Peter

    Wow, thats fast.....Obama means business

    November 28, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. michael

    look like 1992 cabinet
    where are the promises for new faces,change and ect..........
    dont forget monican
    remember american values to give the heroes #1 one spot

    November 28, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Howie

    I am really disappointed. Obama promised us change and look what he does. He surrounds himself with the good old boys who have been part of the problem. Surely there is new blood out there somewhere. Why bring back those who have help create the problems we have today. Am really disappointed

    November 28, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Almost the end of THE error!

    And Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana for Energy Secretary! Brilliant man!

    November 28, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Tim

    Oh my! The naievity – breath taking. His departure is like the liberation of Paris 1944. May we never see his likes again

    November 28, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Al Mellen

    President-elect Obama has already done more for America than Bush did in his tenure. The office of president is far above Bush's capabilities. America's new president,,,,,President Obama, more than likely will go down in history as the greatest president America t has ever had. No,,,i am not a african- american. I am almost eighty years young,,,,,,,,and i am a white american. My mother was a hill-billy from Tennessee,,,,,,,More than likely if my mother was aware that America was going to have a black president,,,,she would turn over in her grave. Our next president,,,,,,,president Obama has certainely got his work cut out for him. I wish him well. America is long overdue for a true leader.

    November 28, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Opiner

    That would be a gift for America that can't come soon enough from Santa Obama...

    November 28, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Purple Alaska

    For that, I am genuinely grateful. May God restore the dignity of this nation...and bless the world with peace.

    November 28, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Rick

    And then will he go ahead and name Bill Clinton as the new President just to complete the resurrection of the entire administration?

    November 28, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Paul Cook

    What has happened to the Situation Room? I think most of us are tired of hearing about the bombing in India. Please stop taking up the entire Situation Room with this! Isn't there anything else going on in the world? I'll resume watching Wolf when he gets back to his regular programming. In the meantime, I have my cable tuned to smooth Jazz.

    November 28, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Helen, NC

    Barack is truly hitting the ground running because he doesn't have to name a single cabinet member until after January 20th. He's doing a subperb job.

    Kudos to him. I made the best choice.

    November 28, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I am anxiously awaiting the Muslims to speak out about the tragic killing of innocent men, women and children in Bombay. I am shocked that they are silent. If the clerics had any guts they would speak out against this unjust and cowardly attack against innocent human beings.

    I am just sick with the sicko Muslim terrorists. Or should I say cowards. Yeah, they have to select unarmed innocents. If they are so brave, why not attack a well armed military or the US Marines. Give me a break.

    November 28, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Gwynne Strader

    Bush will leave the office with a legacy of having started a war unnecessarily that killed thousands of our young solders. I would be beyond consolation if I were in his shoes. His legacy will be a question mark on just what type of values he brought to the White House to begin with. He is without a doubt America's dumbest President and seemingly remains unaware of the reputation he has earned and the damage he has done to ruin our economy and our reputation worldwide.

    November 28, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Steve from Florida

    What is taking so long in nominating Hillary Clinton for Sec of State?

    Did the President Elect forget that he would not have been elected without her support and Pres Clinton's as well?

    November 28, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Tim

    God bless George W. Bush. We owe him a lot for keeping us safe since 9/11.

    November 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Matt B

    Bill Richardson, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Podesta, Gates, Emanuel, Daschle...and the list keeps going. Is this the change we signed up for, the same old Washington insiders that have been there for decades? The President-Elect hasn't even taken office yet and he has already broken campaign promises. I guess we all need to face that fact that he's just another politician, going into bed with the same old recycled Washington politicians. Disappointing to say the least.

    November 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Smitty

    Is there some way we could see a couple of faces that aren't the same old faces we've seen for decades in Washington D.C.????

    "Change".....What was all that about, anyway?

    November 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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    November 28, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Beth

    If Obama really wants to promote unity, he'll appoint McCain to a position. I was hoping he would have done so already.

    November 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Rick

    Judging by the cabinet and underlings so far, the Palestinian holocaust won't be ending anytime soon. Unless of course the final solution Israel is proceeding with accelerates. American media would ignore that as well.

    November 28, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. lip

    This is really getting interesting. Most all of these picks could have just as well been picked by McCain. This is so close to center that those 60,000,000 people that voted for Obama must be wondering when they pulled the bait and switch. Republicans should be reasonably happy with these results.

    November 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. B

    Someone stop Mayor Bloomberg from increasing fares on buses and subways.

    November 28, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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