Obama Cabinet: Mix of Star Power, Brain Power, and Political Muscle

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 24, 2008 7:56am

One Obama adviser told me the Obama cabinet is shooting for a combination of Team of Rivals and The Best and the Brightest, the David Halberstam book about the incoming Kennedy administration.

Look at the range of people that Obama is considering for his cabinet.

Hillary Clinton for State, a former first lady and his former rival.

Bill Richardson for Commerce, a former energy secretary, a former U.N. Ambassador and Governor of New Mexico.

Tom Daschle, the former Senate Majority Leader, coming in as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

We have not seen this kind of combination of star power, brain power, and political muscle this early in a cabinet in our lifetimes.   

–George Stephanopoulos

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