December 19th, 2008
02:27 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama fills out economic team

President-elect Obama formally announced four more Cabinet picks at a press conference Friday.

President-elect Obama formally announced four more Cabinet picks at a press conference Friday.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama nominated U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis for secretary of labor on Friday, a move praised by labor unions. She is a four-term congresswoman from Los Angeles.

He also nominated Republican Rep. Ray LaHood of Illinois as transportation secretary, and venture capitalist Karen Mills to head the Small Business Administration.

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  1. Texas Teacher

    Sounds good to me.... if these folks are not horse show judges, beauty queens, or stupid... it has to be better than what we have had for eight years! That is all I can say!

    December 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    Change – Yeah Left..... you better go back and read your history.... what it was before Unions was not a pretty picture! Any one who is for those "good old days" need to be drug out into the streets and hung up by their thumbs.... like in the "good old days."

    Unions may not be perfect.... they are darned sure better than the days before them! Have a quick read of the "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair, if you can't stand to crack a history book!

    Just a suggestion for all these young whinners about the evils of the Unions...

    December 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. John, Brooklyn, NY

    President-elect Obama has made it clear with his invitation of Rick Warren to participate in the inauguration that LGBT community is not part of his vision of "Change We Can Beleive In."

    The only economic agenda item that would repair his devestated reputation would be to immediately call for employment and housing protection for LGBT Americans equivalent to the protections afforded to other minorities under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    December 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Matt

    @ LIP, who said

    "Why can't we be competitive? Because, we pay our workers too much."

    Wow, that is the funniest crazy talk I've read here all week. Thank you.

    December 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Gordon Shumway

    Putting Hilda Slis in charge of Labor is like putting Bill in charge of the Chicken Ranch. Looking for balance, Obama, balance!

    December 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Larry from RI

    American workers "make too much" because of unions!

    That is the most ignorant and ill-informed statement I have ever heard – and it is followed up with the second most stupid statement – that "American labor can't compete".

    Compete with what? Wages payed to child and slave labor under working conditions that would land any American business owner in prison?
    Compete with countries that have no environmental laws so corporate America can go dump industrial waste in their rivers and poison their children?

    American labor can't compete with that – nor should they!

    December 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Armando

    Can someone please tell me how borrowing and spending will fix the problem if it is what caused it in the first place?

    December 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Ron

    More Chicago politicians. Little Chicago machine at work in thw White House. Talk about change! We got it.

    December 19, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Brenda C

    Congress votes for $4700 pay raise. Good to know the economy is booming.

    December 19, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Maggie from Virginia

    Palin is palling around with drug dealers. Where's the reporting CNN?

    December 19, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Chris

    Jackie in Dallas:

    Obama has the most diverse cabinet in history, among them is FOUR latinos, TWO Republicans, FOUR African Americans, TWO Asian-Americans, FIVE women, and the FIRST openly gay cabinet member.

    If you are going to accuse Obama of not living up to his campaign promises, you might want to do a little research first.

    To all the anti-union bashers – Don't you think it's just a little ironic that you are criticizing unions when you are currently enjoying the 40 hour work week and time off for the upcoming holidays that union activism secured at the expense of their blood and efforts?

    December 19, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. joe smith

    the bailout, while needed in some form, would not even be necessary, if 20% of American drivers who bought foreign cars had bought AMERICAN, this subject would not even be on the table..they will say oh, they make better cars, balonny, the big three have the best lineup of cars in the world; we have become a people without values, and the sence of national pride that continues to make nations great has been lost, perhaps this downturn will re-awaken our sence of nationalism, and wearing American flag stick pins will again be fashionable..

    December 19, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Darla


    December 19, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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