Obama eyes Clinton appointees, new blood for Cabinet
President-elect Barack Obama isn?t taking too much time to savor his victory. He and his transition advisors are getting down to the important job of selecting key Cabinet positions for the new administration.
Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D), who played a key role in the Democrats? 2006 midterm election victory, has accepted the position of White House chief of staff.
Possible candidates for treasury secretary include Timothy Geithner, the president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Larry Summers, who served in the position under President Bill Clinton, and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D).
Possible secretary of state contenders include Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). However, Lugar has reportedly expressed his disinterest. Reports also indicate Obama may keep Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the job.
Top intelligence officers gave Obama his first top secret briefing in Chicago Thursday. President Bush pledged full cooperation for a seamless transition to an Obama administration given the challenges and issues of importance facing the next president.
Obama is scheduled to meet with his economic team Friday. President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will host the Obamas at the White House Monday.