After his overwhelming victory in the 2008 general election, President-elect Barack Obama wasted no time in announcing his official cabinet members. Hoping to easy the insecurities of Americans, Barack announced of his star-studded cabinet nominations within one month of his victory, becoming the fastest assembled presidential-cabinet in American history. For many these new-faces are more than welcomed, but still some question weather this can bring the change and bi-partisan effort that his campaign promised. And with a strongly democratic cabinet, the chance of a great bi-partisan effort becomes more unlikely. But even with a uniformly liberal cabinet, these headstrong politicians are sure to have different agendas. Many speculate weather this “dream team” of officials will be able to come together at all. Surely in the years ahead, Obama will be tested by the conflicts of his cabinet. Yet, he assures the American people this is a new dawn in American history, and the path to change is one of unity.
Chief of Staff: Rahm Emanuel (Dem.)
Position: The second highest-ranking member of the president’s executive staff and senior aide to the president. Currently held by Joshua B. Bolten.
Experience: Served as senior advisor to president Clinton. In 2003, became senator of Illinois and has since gained the position of Chairmen of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton (Dem.)
Position: Head of the Department of State and foreign policy matters. Currently held by Condoleezza Rice.
Experience: Former first lady and 2 term Senator of New York. As senator, she currently serves in four committee’s, the Armed Services Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging.
Attorney General: Eric Holder (Dem.)
Position: Head of the Department of justice and the chief law enforcement officer and lawyer of the U.S. government. Currently held by Michael Mukasey.
Experience: Former Judge of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, United States Attorney, and Deputy Attorney General of the United States.
Secretary of Treasury: Timothy F. Geithner (Dem.)
Position: Head of the Department of Treasury and national finance and monetary concerns. Currently held by Henry Paulson
Experience: Two years as Secretary of International Affairs in the Department of Treasury. President and chief executive of Federal Reserves Band of New York since November 2003.
Secretary of Defense: Robert Gates (Ind.)
Position: Head of the Department of Defense and coordinator of all national security and military matters. Major tenant of the Pentagon. Current held by Robert Gates.
Experience: 27 years as an intelligence professional in the CIA, 9 years on the National Security Council, and has served as Secretary of Defense since 2006.
U.N. Ambassador: Susan Rice (Dem.)
Position: The United States representative in the United Nations general assembly and the United Nations Security Council. Currently held by Zalmay Khalilzad.
Experience: Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and served on the National Security Council.
Secretary of Homeland Security: Janet Napolitano
Position: Head of the Department of Homeland Security and all matters concerning American homeland and citizen safety. Currently held by: Michael Chertoff (Dem.)
Experience: Former Current Governor of Arizona and member of Obama’s transition team and former Attorney General of Arizona.
Secretary of Commerce: Bill Richardson (Dem.)
Position: Head of the Department of Commerce and matters concerning business and industry. Currently held by Carlos Gutierrrez
Experience: Current Governor of Mexico, former United States U.N. Ambassador and U.S. Secretary of Energy.
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Tom Daschle (Dem.)
Position: Head of the United States Department of Health and Human Services including education, welfare, and livelihood. Currently held by: Mike Leavitt
Experience: Former Representative and Senator of South Dakota.
Director of Office of Management and Budget: Peter R. Orszag (Dem.)
Position: Advises the White House of federal agencies activities, budget, management, and policy.
Experience: Former director the Congressional Budget Office. Served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Senior Economist on the Council of Economic Advisors.