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. Jackie in Dallas

    Gee, a Republican and a Hispanic woman. Diversity, indeed. I hope that people in general will give President Elect Obama the credit for at least attempting to live up to THAT campaign promise!

    December 19, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Change - Yeah Left

    Anyone that the Union praises scares the heebie-geebies out of me. The new ruler of the USSA has finally shown his true colors!

    It begs the question of how much the Unions padded his campaign, now doesn't it. Especially given all the union troubles in Chicago.

    December 19, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. karen

    obama has a heart for the people of the united states of america, he doesnot just thinks about himself but about others that's the person we need as our president

    December 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Phil

    I would have liked to have seen a more bipartisan cabinet like Obama said was going to happen.

    December 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Cheryl

    A venture captialist for SBA? Guess Obama knows very little about real small businesses. How about someone who has run a brick and mortor establishment and not some fancy office !!

    December 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Laverne

    President Elect Obama has done a remarkable job in putting his cabinet together in such a short amount of time. He is an intelligent and thoughtful person who has a true vision for this country. He is inheriting more than his share of problems, yet he is so optimistic. He is what America need RIGHT NOW and as long as he continues on the road he is on, he will do just fine. God be with him and his family!

    December 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Once you vote Black

    He picked 2 GOP members, how many did Bush put in place. He picked 9 white people, how many blacks did Bush put into place. He picked a Lesbian from NJ. How many did Bush put in place? He has a Chinaman, did Bush? He has folks from the left, right, middle, ageeable, disagreeable, all he needs now is someone who is blink cripple or crazy. Did Bush do that?

    December 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Brenda C

    Obama needs to start at the White House and stop the pay raise congress just voted to give themselves. In times like this I find it a slap in the face they would even consider a pay raise. I think the pay raise was over $4000 now tell me how that's good for America?

    December 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. gl, Pittsburgh

    Some of you haters will never be happy with any of Obama chooses.

    December 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. RealityKing

    Excellent. Now everyone can line up for a shovel for the temporary road projects..

    December 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Ron Ft. Myers

    If she was praised by labor unions, we're in real trouble. A n approval from them means she is going to further ruin the economy!

    December 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Careful

    @Once you vote Black

    Careful there buddy. "Chinaman" is a derogatory term. I am also impressed with the diversity of his picks and can't wait to see what such a colorful team and do for this country.

    December 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Valerie

    Great, a Labor Secretary that is in bed with the Unions. Oh Yummy!

    December 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Holy Mary

    Nuff respect to Barack!

    December 19, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Steve in Bedford, TX

    Obama could resurrect all the dudes on Mt. Rushmore and throw in Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy and appoint them to cabinet posts and the republicans would not be happy or impressed.

    December 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. VU

    All he is doing is... picking, but the Democratic party's is still the same old Jimmy Carter's, but glad he relies on Bush's Defense Secretary, very wise indeed. Bush has the last laugh. Only time can tell if Obama is the last angel standing, or even savior of the world, especially in foreign policy, as human nature is imperfect and sinful, and everyone has his own ambition, and lust for power and fame. They all are taking advantage of his inexperience, for their own gain and ambition.

    December 19, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Obama supporter that hates unions

    This is a horrid choice for Labor. Unions have pushed the manufacturing jobs out of America as the Union bosses get fat. Unions stole money from me and I want nothing to do with the thieves.

    December 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Phil

    Ron in Ft. are absolutely right. Being praised by labor unions isn't something that is very encouraging. Not in the least! I guess it's time to push that Employee "Free" Choice Act through. Time for the unions to rise to new heights in power again.

    December 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. aliceblue

    To all currently getting up in arm over the appointment of a pro-labor individual to Labor Sec (What a concept!), I have to ask:

    Do you send your children to work in coal mines?

    Are you required to work six days a week for twelve hours with no breaks?

    Have you or someone you care about been injured, maimed for life, or even killed due to dangerous work conditions?

    If the answer to these questions is 'No', then thank a union member.

    December 19, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. NV, NYC

    USA will become a big Los Angeles, thanks to nomination of Solis.

    December 19, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. aware

    ILL gotten gains never bode well PEBO! 😦

    December 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Rae

    I don't understand all you people who are bad-mouthing the unions. People who work need decent wages and benefits. In case you haven't noticed most people aren't doing too well and we have more working poor than ever. You think that is a good thing?

    December 19, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. LIP

    My only concerrn is what is reflected in our current economy.
    Every good job has been exported since Clintons NAFTA pack with the world. Why were jobs exported? They were exported because we can' t be competitive. Why can't we be competitive? Because, we pay our workers too much. Why do we pay them to much? Because of the unions people...because of the unions. So, what do we do? We put someone in place that is probably the most vocal representative for the Unions, that you will ever find.

    December 19, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Matt

    @ RealityKing

    You're the first one we'll bury.

    December 19, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. TJ in Nawlins

    Yeah Cheryl. He can always go and nominate Joe the Plumber.

    Oh wait...

    December 19, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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