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President Obama's Cabinet: Who's in, Who's Out?

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: cabinet members, Obama, government, elections, democrats, politics )

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While only Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made clear she plans to leave early in the Obama second term, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has also clearly suggested he is on his way out, and Attorney General Eric Holder has been noncommittal of late

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. (0)
Monday November 12, 2012, 3:10 pm
Any comments about why Obama cannot hold a cabinet together for a second term?

Carrie B. (316)
Monday November 12, 2012, 4:10 pm
Allan, I don't agree with your assessment about "holding a cabinet together". Perhaps you should read the article. "While those inner Cabinet jobs will draw the lion’s share of attention, it’s likely there will be more turnover in secondary Cabinet positions too, if for no other reason than the Obama Cabinet has seen historically low levels of turnover in the first term. One example: The Commerce Department has lacked a top official since the resignation of John Bryson following a car accident in June. "

Your dislike of our president is over shadowing the facts.

Also, have you taken a good look at Hilary Clinton lately? She has done an amazing job as Secretary of State, and aged about ten years doing it. Her hard work for the past four years is a credit to her as well as President Obama. Time for her to get on with the rest of her life, which I have no doubt has much to offer this country as well as her family.

Monday November 12, 2012, 4:18 pm
I agree with your comments, Carrie. There is also a link in the story to an article that states that Obama "holds the fourth lowest departure rate of cabinet department heads out of 23 administrations since FDR."
Of course, there will be anti-Obama people who will continue to negatively spin any degree of cabinet turnover, but they are conveniently ignoring the facts.... Not a surprise.

Myraida Diaz (135)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7:56 am
If Hillary is leaving, I need to say Thank You for her good intentions and for this before she leaves. Now we need to push to make it a reality. If you love animals, you will like this news.

Terrie Williams (784)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:04 am
I would love to see Elliot Spitzer replace Eric Holder as AG!!!! He'd go after the criminal banksters/Wall Street thugs who caused all this economic mess. Replace the poodle with a pit bull LOL. He'd get results. (That is not meant as a slam to poodles BTW)

Barbara DeFratis (23)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:25 am
Well, Actually, Ms. Hilary Clinton leaving is Old News, since Bill Clinton Said that would happen years ago when he was on The View, the reason that was given--as I recall, was that after being in public service for so long, she needs a break--a.k.a. rest & relaxation.

Susan T. (14)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 12:31 pm
I agree with most of you, especially in re: the opposition of Obama is still in "running" form. They will make mountains out of any mole hill. Many people have commented that Ms. Clinton would be a likely candidate for Pres in '16, but she has said many times she's NOT INTERESTED. AND... I don't blame her! She can see what the Repubs. are willing to do to get control of this country. We still need to get the " tea baggersrs" out of the government, period. No Dem. is willing to put up with their shenagans. It is my personal opinion that they are the true dividers of this country. Not race, gender, religion nor immigrants. We have had all these issues since the sixties and seventies and they were going along well until they made their move to become the "religious right", of which they are neither.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 1:26 pm
Interesting Post--thanks.

Khadija O (3)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 1:44 pm
Aww....will miss Mrs Clinton.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 1:45 pm
He should clean house of all the pro-business types and put people and environmentally-friendly appointments in.

Roseann d. (178)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 1:48 pm
I agree Robert. Salazar should go too. Robert Kennedy Jr. would be an excellent replacement.

Roseann d. (178)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 1:49 pm
Americans should also get to vote on cabinet positions to have the government we really want.

Carrie B. (316)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 2:01 pm
Sorry Roseann, but I do not agree about voting on cabinet positions. Most of us just don't know enough to make a really informed decision.

Deborah W. (6)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 2:19 pm
No surprise Hilliary will leave early-on. Bill has carried the bags and so done his part to keep the party's hold on the White House until her run and a second go at the Presidency (according to Edward Klein something he's been pushing as HIS last chance to come back, due to age and health).

. (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 2:56 pm
Carrie: Who in a cabinet leaves during a term in office? I know this was in the article, and you repeated it, but, it still does not make any sense.
Ford, Reagan, and both Bushs kept their Sec. of State.
Susan T: Hillary Clinton is physically and emotionally spent. Have you seen recent pictures of her? This has nothing to do with the GOP, it has to do with trying to put out diplomatic fires, doing her best on environmental issues while getting no help from Salazar, or the UN.
Yes, I am no fan of Obama's, but I didn't see him clock many diplomatic miles- not as many as his wife.

Carrie B. (316)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 3:07 pm
Allan, please read the article. Obama has had fewer resignations than most!

Ann Breeden (65)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 5:49 pm
Very interesting. One thing we do need is an environmentally friendly, animal loving Department of the Interior Secretary.

moAWAY b. (61)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 12:50 pm
I agree with Susan T. ..."We still need to get the " tea baggers" out of the government, .... they are the true dividers of this country."

Lois Jordan (60)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 3:19 pm
I loved Terrie's suggestion for Eliot Spitzer, and I second her motion. I'm also drooling over Roseann's suggestion of Robert Kennedy, Jr.---that would be a brilliant move and really satisfy the base. I think there will be other "surprises" coming, not mentioned in the article, of course. I look forward to some real progression on Obama's part to shift left and earn that Nobel he displays. I hope I'm not foolish to have even more hope in this 2nd term than I did when he first took office.
One good sign is that now Obama's defending those he appointed--regarding the case of Susan Rice. I remember how mortified I was when he allowed various members of the GOP and FuxNoise to vilify previous White House staff, and they resigned with Obama's Van Jones.

Thomas P. (468)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 2:30 pm
Thanks. Eliot Spitzer, really? Those of us that live in New York would rather see him out of gov't. Let's not forget that this man advocated for incarcerating call girls during the same time he used the services of them. I don't agree with incarcerating call girls, and it is repugnant that someone who utilizes the services of one would want to. Spitzer made many changes as Gov that are very pro BIG business (including workers comp laws, for ex.). He is not the friend of the consumer that some may think. President Obama can do MUCH better than Eliot Spitzer.
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