The Cabinet

Who will be the people helping President-elect Obama lead the country.

In the three weeks following the election, most of the news surrounding President-elect Obama (other than the potential First Puppy) is who will be serving as his advisors and in his cabinet. 

A major theme of Mr. Obama's campaign was to bring change to Washington D.C., and more specifically, to the government.  So is it ironic or intelligent that many of the presumed cabinet choices are Washington insiders?

Hillary Clinton may become the Secretary of State.  The likely choice for the Attorney General served as Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton White House. Tom Daschle was a party leader among senate democrats while he was in office, and he may become the secretary of Health and Human Services.  These are people who don't embody bringing change to Washington.

However, they bring experience.  Is that better?  Does it matter?


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  • by Disgusted! Location: NC on Nov 29, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    Why not, Mickey Mouse, Goofey, Pooh, Foghorn Leghorn, Tweety, Roadrunner, and Donald Duck apply? they seem as capable to me and have been in their office and limelite just as long!!!
  • by Mike Location: Washington on Nov 27, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    You bring up a great point that I have wrestled with since the election. When I first heard the names surfacing as posibble appointees, I was a bit nervous. However, when you hear the likes of Pat Buchanan giving credit to President-elect Obama's picks, that's when I take notice. If we want the effective change talked about during the campaign, we must consider that the government, as it is currently set up, is a massive operation. To bring about change that is effective in dealing with the myriad of issues we now face requires the best and brightest of those who have not only the intellectual capacity to define a course for the future, but the experience of how to get us there. The spectrum of experience of the folks mentioned so far in this transition period will bring a sobering and balanced perspective to a White House which has run amok with hard core ideologues for the past 8 years. Watch for the National Security announcements this week and see what I mean.
  • by Teresa Location: Farmville on Nov 26, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    I think what the president elect is doing is ensuring people that the country will remain stable while making changes. We can not judge now. He is not in the "white house". By the looks of it so far, he is doing great. I believe some will have a lot to say no matter what but watch this intelligent man handle his business. He will go down as the best president that ever lived. He knows what he is doing. I bet Sarah Palin would have had a bunch of soccer moms and joe six packs in her cabinet. Oh yes don't forget all the mavericks. Give the man a chance. If somethings are not broke why change. Looks like with a big mess, we would be more patient with the clean-up. You have to start anything with a good foundation.

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