February 25th, 2009
11:34 AM ET
13 years ago

Take Three for President Obama

WASHINGTON (CNN) - You know the old saying: “If at first you don’t succeed...you’re probably trying to pick a Commerce Secretary.”

The President today nominated former Washington State Gov. Gary Locke to lead the Commerce Department. And at the beginning of his comments, Obama made light of the fact that this is take three in his quest to fill the post.

"Now, I'm sure it's not lost on anyone that we've tried this a couple of times, but I'm a big believer in keeping at something until you get it right," said Obama at today's announcement.

The President's first choice for Commerce Secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, bowed out on January 5, citing the distraction of a federal investigation into ties to a company that has done business with his state. Democratic officials told CNN the investigation involves a California company that won municipal bond business in New Mexico after contributing money to various Richardson causes.

Obama's second pick, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, cited "irresolvable conflicts" with the administration over the economic recovery bill when he withdrew his name from consideration on February 12.

Now the president’s counting on the wisdom of another old proverb: “Third cabinet pick’s the charm.”

Filed under: Gary Locke • President Obama
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Has he paid his taxes? Any skeletons in his closet? He had better be squeeky clean!!!

    We'll soon find out!....Stay tuned

    February 25, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Mari

    That's too bad that Judd Gregg withdrew, I suspect that the far-right got to him and warned him against taking this appointment! Shame.

    Gary Locke is brilliant and will be a great Sec. of Commerce.

    Yes, third try is a charm.

    February 25, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. its about time

    God I hope he has Paid his taxes!!!

    February 25, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. shoegazer

    Third time lucky?

    February 25, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. pete

    How much in back taxes does he owe?

    February 25, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |

    BAMBI,,,,,,,,,DID,,,,,,,,,,,YOU,,,,,,,TURBO,,,,,,,TAX,,,,,,,,,,THIS,,,,,,,,,,,,ONE ? ?

    February 25, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Tom, Cary, NC

    If this was Bush, the press would be saying how stupid he is, for not knowing every detail of an appointee's life and positions before suggesting him.... but, because it is a Democrat, its an 'oops'. For once the press got it right – darn shame they can't treat a Republican fairly too.

    February 25, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. jj

    Look, every Democrat ought to be "pleased as punch" (thanks HHH) that the ReThugs have eaten their mental seed corn. The spring is here, the ground is dry and they have nothing to plant in terms of policy. Obama has not only taken the high ground politically, he has forced them back to their caves to eat worms and pound sand. Bobby J. should have stayed quiet and sulked like a good neo-con, instead, he comes on the air after one of Obama"s better speeches and sounds like some former police detective now teaching woodshop to eighth graders. No ideas, no solutions and only a craven need to help the rich folks maintain their phony status. As they say down in the bayou "that dog won"t hunt."

    February 25, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. aware


    The Empire of Economic Globalization is the name of Obama's game! And the empire will need an emperor! 🙁

    Obama is all schmoozing obfuscation meant to titillate your imagination and fog his questionable substance!

    Will people bow down to the one who captures their imagination? History proves they do! 🙁

    February 25, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. daniel cabrera




    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, Indiana

    February 25, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Meredith

    I'm all for On The Job training, but I was always taught: Three strikes and you're out.

    February 25, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. arithmetic is liberal


    Rexall is having sale on tin foil.

    Just in case you feel you need another hat.

    February 25, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Frostlanta

    I need everyone to go to twentyfivedollarbill.com so we can get Barak Obama on the twenty five dollar bill.

    February 25, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. obama-mama

    @aware....It's going to be ok. He's your emperor too...

    February 25, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Bob from Michigan

    What about the rogue country , Pakistan????

    Are we STILL wasting money on those baasturds?? Bush was the BIGGEST mouron on the face of the earth to waste billions on them and look what they did !!! They (the so called non state actors!!) increased our ever increasing Trade deficit with China by buying arms and ammo??

    Don't tell me this one is also Take for Three!!!

    February 25, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Leslie Somerville

    Way to go Gary–good, honorable man from Seattle.
    This family man is perfect for the job.


    February 25, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Alan

    Ya'll quit picking on Obama. You know it is getting hard for him to find a democrat that has paid their taxes.

    They want you and I to pay with them being exempt, but the American people were too stupid to see through all of this during the election.

    Now we will pay for our mistake!

    February 25, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |


    February 25, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |

    the american illution of a great cabinet will be 'now you see them and
    soon we won't' .....It looks that Pres Obama doen't need anyone but
    himself....he will heal all with the speeches.....


    February 25, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |

    What i'm saying is that Pres Obama can run the country "SOLO"
    no cabinet, no congress ..America just needs his speeches on and on.....................................................and all will ....well..!!

    February 25, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Tulsa

    lol.... Boy, "aware", You've obviously been listening to too much Rush!

    Our president has more substance in his pinky than you or any other Republican ever has or will.

    Give it up loser.

    February 25, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |

    Pres Obama only needs CNN to show his speeches again and again

    Who needs a cabinet to get in the way...?


    February 25, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |

    Well Cnn have it your way ...so much for free speech.....

    February 25, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. texas teacher

    Oh, come on, Aware... can the nonsense... no one is listening but your fat cat rich buggers out there! The rest of us are just sick of your republican rhetoric that is out of date and tried and failed! Get out of the way as Obama tries to right your disgusting wrongs!

    February 25, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    @ aware, who said "Will people bow down to the one who captures their imagination? History proves they do! "

    Yup, that's why Captain Kangaroo was such a successful politician. Idiot.

    February 25, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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