Obama has been planning his second term in office for months. He has lists of people to promote, nominate and demote as he begins his second term as president, but he must first finalize his cabinet.
The Cabinet includes Vice President and the heads of fifteen executive departments –the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.
Below (in the picture) are the names and positions of Obama’s current cabinet.
However, the Obama administration is looking to find spots in the cabinent for: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and outgoing North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad and is looking to hire new minds to advise the president.
Geithner, the current secretary of treasury, could be replaced by either Erskine Bowles or Rodger Altman, the deputy at Treasury under Clinton. The Commerce position has been held by an acting secretary since Bryson resigned. The U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk or the Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochberg are the two leading options for the Secretary of Commerce position. Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador, and John Kerry, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, are looking to replace Clinton as the Secretary of State. If Donilon, the National Security Advisor, leaves either it seems Tony Blinken, Joe Biden’s national security advisor will move over. This list goes on and on.
There are so many posibilities as to who Obama will ultimately choose, so until the names of the Cabinet members are officially announced, gossip will continue to fill the streets of D.C.
Below is a picture of the current Cabinet. In a couple months these government officials may maintain their position, switch seats or be replaced by new minds, but whatever decisions Obama makes regarding his Cabinet will greatly effect his efficiency and ability as president.
For now, Obama may be popping some champagne and celebrating his re-election, but when he returns to D.C. he will have major decisions to face and a well selected Cabinet will make his presidency much more efficient.