Obama continues appointments, Richardson scores

President-elect Obama has continued naming his political appointees and filling his cabinet with many familiar names including Hillary Clinton and now Bill Richardson. So far, maybe surprisingly, most of the choices have been applauded by many Democratic officials as well as many Republicans who feared Obama may be heading to left with his presidency.

Report on Richardson’s appointment from Yahoo News:

CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama selected New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his commerce secretary Wednesday, naming a prominent Hispanic to his new Cabinet and calling him a leading “economic diplomat for America” in troubled times.

Richardson’s nomination brings to three the number of former campaign rivals Obama has welcomed to his team. Joe Biden is the vice president-elect, and Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the next secretary of state, pending confirmation by the Senate.

At a Chicago news conference, Obama praised Richardson’s long resume. He served as United Nations ambassador and energy secretary during the Clinton administration, and he is in his second term as New Mexico’s governor. He also served seven terms in the House of Representatives.

“During his time in state government and Congress, and in two tours of duty in the Cabinet, Bill has seen, from just about every angle, what makes our economy work and what keeps it from working better,” Obama said.

The president-elect seemed in a lighthearted mood as he made the announcement.

Video of the announcement from ABC News:

Meanwhile, despite the fact that President-elect Obama has named the most diverse cabinet in history, some critics are calling on him to make it even more so. The report on that from Yahoo News as well:

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama, soon to be the first black U.S. president, is on the road to making good his pledge to have a Cabinet and White House staff that are among most diverse ever, although some supporters are asking him to go even further. He added to the minority representation at the top of his administration Wednesday when he named New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Hispanic, as Commerce Secretary.

But some Latinos are grumbling it is not enough after all the support they gave him in the campaign, and gays and Asian-Americans are pushing for some representation in remaining Cabinet announcements. But overall Obama is allaying some early concerns that a black president wouldn’t need to put so much importance on diversity of those working under him.

“The question was: Because he’s black, how much pressure would he feel to be more traditional with appointments?” said Jamal Simmons, a Democratic consultant who worked with the Obama campaign. “The leadership of the campaign in the beginning wasn’t very diverse, so there were questions about that. But I don’t hear those questions any more.”

In Obama’s seven Cabinet announcements so far, white men are the minority with two nominations — Timothy Geithner at Treasury and Robert Gates at Defense. Three are women — Janet Napolitano at Homeland Security, Susan Rice as United Nations ambassador and Hillary Rodham Clinton at State.

This simply proves the timeless notion that you can’t please everyone and probably never will. President-elect Obama’s transition has been going fairly smoothly as each of his choices seems to be just as respected as the last.

We’ll see how this trend continues since the honeymoon period is still in full force with the press.

  • Bill Hedges

    Robert Gates appointment was a surprise to me. He was expected to go back to College Station and his position at Texas A & M, Aggieland. The heart of Texas. Home of tradition. Home of oil wells on campus and on high school property. Here when a student gives a fellow student a ride home, you charge $1.00. A tradition that goes back to Depression. You charge more, and you are a out-cast. Just one tradition. I can not see him staying if he thougth Obama would leave Iraq without honor. More Leaders of World War 2 came from here than West point. Father Bush comes here. I feel Gates staying is a good sign. He could not return in shame in my book.

    Next sign is the CIA head. I understand our present one is leaving over fear that Army manual would dictate treatment of jailed terrorist. Which is kiss their butt. Hard to get information with a please. Obama’s left wing donators want this. He has not picked this person yet. Can he make most people happy ? I doubt it. Unless God himself took that position. And that might not due the trick for this job..

    It appears there will be no Windfall profit tax. Or Capital Gains tax increase. Or tax increase for rich. At least for now. The market still swings wildly more days than not. It appears some troubles are coming over spent bail-out money. Add the expectations of the Speaker and Reid, and all the people that want their promises meet.

    I believe Obama will be judged soon when He takes his oath. He wants Congress to have bills ready to sign day one.

    I have heard all the ex-Clinton picks is sign of Obama’s insecurity. That he is showing signs of being a third term Bush. Maybe he made promises just to get elected. Maybe the secrets given him has changed his belief. I have no answers yet. His success is important for America.

    My heart was broke when Hillary said “God bless Obama” when she accepted nonimation, but did not say “and God bless America.” I hope she forgot because she was nervous. I don’t know.

  • Babs

    I think it’s a little comical about Richardson’s appointment. First he wanted the VP slot, then he wanted Sec. of State. Finally obama threw him a bone with the commerce appointment. I’d have to say thanks, but no thanks, but then I’ve probably got more pride than Richardson. We’ll see if he passes. They were showing the clip yesterday over and over of Sen. Byrd telling Richardson he would never be approved by Senate for any position again.

    Bill, maybe Gates thinks he will have enough influence in the position to stop obama from doing something stupid. That’s my hope, at least.

  • Bill Hedges


    I have been gone from College Station for years. The General from 1st Iraq War was to teach there. Am not sure if he took the job . He has a name I can not spell. His father was detective for Lindburg baby case.

    There is so much American pride in this University. Yes Gates must believe he can do good for his Country.

  • Christopher Schwinger

    Bill wrote: “My heart was broke when Hillary said “God bless Obama” when she accepted nonimation, but did not say “and God bless America.” I hope she forgot because she was nervous. I don’t know.”

    I think it shows what matters to Hillary Clinton.

  • Bill Hedges


    Yes…. you are right. ME ME ME. It’s the other guy that has the problem. Self serving logic. I saw recently that many school students think cheating is ok and they are smart. The end justisfies the means. I deserve big paycheck because I showed up for work

    Been a long time since I heard the ” God Bless” term

    Sad.. Glad you remembered

  • God bless America, and no place else!

  • Bill Hedges

    Donald Trump on Greta is aganist Big 3 bail out. Says bankruptcy not that bad. Airline company did well in bankruptcy. He has filed chapter 11.

    Says corrumption in bail out money. A major bank spent $6 billion to buy bank in China. Great restriction on bail out money Congress. Donald said “what restrictions”

  • D.D.Mao

    Hmmm………..Sarah Palin gets ragged on for her wardrobe but NOT SQUAT is said about Richardsons FREE airplane rides.

  • Babs

    The Donald should know – he’s filed 3 times. *L*

    Richardson’s in the obama tank, D.D.Mao, what did you expect? 😉

  • D.D.Mao

    Bab’s…..LOL…Hey I’m a conservative I expected this.As I said before we need to hold Obama and the Dem’s feet to the fire and point out every inconsistency.

  • Babs

    I think there’s going to be quite a few inconsistencies arise for obama out of this Blago deal. Too bad it didn’t happen BEFORE the election.

  • D.D.Mao

    Babs…………Hey the American public didn’t go into this past election blindly.They were told for months about the Dali Bamas friends and lack of experience but decided to ignore it.Now the chickens come home to roost as one of his friends and mentors said.

  • Bill Hedges

    Maybe Obama’s supporters did go in blindly. Many did not believe what they were told. I see no Obama supporters here speaking up. Only conservatives. And election is over a month away. Chicago politicians in Obama’s elect government. Main news media fail to mention Il. Govenor is Democrat. But mentions party when Republican.

    Forget America is broke, we will have National health care. So says Obama. Looking forward to Canadian level care. America must help the ill cross the Mexican boarder.

  • DDMao

    WELLLL here’s an interesting piece. Now that Bill Richardson is up for Commerce Secretary it has been rumored that Val Kilmer is being approached to run for Governor of New Mexico.He was seen recently at a University of New Mexico vs Oral Roberts basketball game along with Joe Thompson(lobbist and former state Rep.)and Jerry Peters(major Santa Fe businessesman)both who are very close to Richardson.So possiblly we can have Batman and Mr. Freeze sitting across from one another at a future Governors meeting.

  • Not sure how pointing out inconsistencies and dislikes make much of a difference on politics and policy.

    Then again everyone has their own idea of how to have fun with their life. 🙂

  • Bill Hedges

    D.D. MAO

    Very interesting..Keep up the good reporting.

  • Bill Hedges

    “inconsistencies” of what a politican says & does is very important. If citizens can not believe what a politicans says, America is a goner. I do not want a Flem Flam politicians in office. Someone who will say anything to get into office, then do as they please. “Actions speak louder than words.”

  • How many politicians lack inconsistencies?


    How many times have pointing out inconsistencies lead to reappointment of a politician, or has it change policy, legislature, or anything else for that matter.

    It was said on this thread that Americans were forewarned and yet still went ahead and voted for Obama.

  • Bill Hedges

    “Not sure how pointing out inconsistencies and dislikes make much of a difference on politics and policy.”

    Since so many people are happy with this, then why want to change it ? Waste of time.

    Maybe Lincoln should have given up on 13th Amendment. Civil War was the bloodist war in our history. Maybe nothing is worth trying to change ? After all, he was killed for it

  • I never said that nothing is worth trying to change.

    I just don’t see how complaining brings about change. I always thought action was necessary.

  • It’s like the Sean Hannity affect. Let’s try and play “Defamation of Character” and see if that works. Obviously not, because Hannity’s America has played a great game of smearing, yet Obama got elected anyway.

  • Obama’s website sends out emails regularly urging people to set up events in the homes of Obama supporters.

    These events are to create and implement action plans.

    It allows you to type in your zip code to see how many of these get together’s are in your area and RSVP for them, and likewise allows you to post your events.

    To me, this is likely the best way to bring about change, by developing plans of action and actually going out and implementing them.

    Perhaps those who are against Obama and any other politician should follow Obama’s idea, and perhaps they can change the things that they disagree with.

    Just a thought.

  • Bill Hedges

    D.D. MAO

    Bail out to Big 3 gives government priority over previous secured private debt. I would not give credit, as a supplier, to Big 3 under these conditions.

    Secured loans appears useless. Begining of the end of our system. Banks must wonder how safe it is to loan to anybody.

  • Bill Hedges

    “I just don’t see how complaining brings about change. I always thought action was necessary.”

    Complaining leads to change. As majoriy unites Congress listens or voted out of office. Factor in recent election.

  • ok, I guess.

  • Bill Hedges

    “It’s like the Sean Hannity affect. Let’s try and play “Defamation of Character” and see if that works.”


    “A false statement that injures someone’s reputation and exposes him to public contempt, hatred, ridicule, or condemnation. If the false statement is published in print or through broadcast media, such as radio or TV, it is called libel. If it is only spoken, it is called slander.”

    What false statement did Hannity make ?

  • DDMao

    Bill………….The banks started wondering about how safe it is to loaning money out when Congress passed this law which got us in to this housing mess back in the 1990’s.Now that the government is in the auto making business I’m wondering if they had to give up any emission standards to the Big 3 so they can sell more cars? That would go over real big with Obamas wacko enviromental backers eh?
    I enjopyed your views expressed in the last six post of yours.

  • DDMao

    Change for the Liberal Left comes not through the ballot box nor the legislative process but through the court system where if you find the right judge he can make his own laws and overturn anything.There doesn’t seem to be much change with the Choosen One so far since most of his cabinet is made up of Clinton retreads and liberals.
    The left is finding out that elections have consequnces and not everything they wanted from the Messiah is going to come to pass thus the reason to bring out inconsistencies.Or as the Liberals have been telling us for the past 4 years “Dissent is Patriotic”.

  • Bill Hedges

    D.D. MAO

    Thanks. I agree with you too.

    Although Clinton did not start sub prime, he accellerated it with Franks fueing the fires with massive amount of bad loan money using Fanny and Freddy.. With Acorn pushing with congressional donations and their almost black-mail tactics against Congress and banks. And Democrats feeding our dollars to Acorn. Ending with our mess and our President-elect.

    i EXPECT NO EMMISSIONS SLACK. The Speaker knows of no climate cycles. To her, cimate warming began when the ice melted from the middle of the United State centuries ago.. She ignores the colder oceans and colder temperatures of recent years. Her response is to use term GLOBAL CHANGE.

    Wait till we lose 25 % of America’s oil. That will occur when Alaska’s pipeline has not got enough oil to keep oil flowing. Of course oil price must be high to support alternative energy. Pickens stopped his wind mills for about a year, when he said oil would be high again. Too cheap now.

    Obama will surely change Bush’s bail out plan. Democrats split on Car bail out but blamed Repubicans, a favorite trick of theirs. Now if public dislike, they can blame Bush. Obama plays watch and see. Then makes his decisions with perfect public opionion view. A real Flem Flam Man.

    I like Sean. When he makes statements he provides evidence. A false statement or “Defamation of Character” is not something Sean does.

  • Bill Hedges


    So true.
    “Roe vs Wade” is perfect example of Courts re-writng the law, acting in the capacity of Congress. Can Supreme court be impeached ? Court job would have made law unconstitutional

    I look forward to see what Flem Flam Man does to our jail in Cuba. And to those there that pled guilty. And his plan not to leave Iraq this coming year (wait, he changed his mind already)

    With Obama gainig the knowledge that Bush has, Obama is headng down the path of being a 3rd term Bush. Too sweet.

  • Bill Hedges

    I meant to say the law that Supreme Court was ruling on should have been ruled unconstitutional instead of being re-written into present day ” Roe vs Wade “. Then Congress could do their job of changing the uncconstitutional law if they wished.

  • DDMao

    Now don’t get me wrong I have disagreed with Bush on many things and made a point of bringing them out(before I joined this site).Some of them were the port deal,”No child left behind law”,adding to the Medicare budget instead of trying to solve it,Harriet Meires as Supreme Court judge,campaign finance reform and of course spending like a sober liberal.I feel he’s a huge disappointment but not for the same reasons the liberal left thinks he is.He is painted as a Conservative by the media and this is a distortion of the truth.His Big Government conservatism is not what conservatism is intended to be.The last thing this counrty needs is another Bush anywhere near 1600 Penn. ave.

  • DDMao

    Bill……..I haven’t heard about Pickens stopping his windmills.Did you read where Pelosi and her husband have invested over $100,000 in Pickens plan? No wonder she doesn’t want any drilling for oil off shore or anywhere else.
    As you said the Messiah didn’t say a heck of a lot during the auto bailout issue.But don’t be surprised if when the Democrats take over in January they renogiate the bailout in the Big 3’s favor.
    I enjoy listening to Sean but lean more toward Rush and the “G” man.

  • Bill Hedges


    Please excuss my constant reference to “3rd term Bush”. I am of course referring to Obama’s favorite saying doing campaingn. I enjoy using the irony against Obama. I do not agree with Bush all the time or disaree with Obama all the time.

    News flash. Il. Govenor has pardoned 22.

  • Bill Hedges

    Rush goes a little too far for me. I look forward to Hannity without Colmes, Hucabee, and O’Reilly. Who is “G” man ? Gerado ?

  • DDMao

    Bill……..I know what you mean about Hannity without Colmes. their show seems to be a shouting match at times.The “G” man is G Gorden Liddy.
    I understood perfectly what you were refering to with the “3rd term” phrase.
    Wow I’ll have to look for more info on that pardon story you mentioned.

  • Bill Hedges

    The pardons was a news flash. Should be on O’Reilly

    I like Glen Beck and will watch more of him when he comes to Fox news.

    At times I have watched Gorden Liddy and liked him. I remember his background and he seemed to be a honorable stand-up guy. A no excusses kind of guy

  • Bill Hedges

    Associated Press – December 19, 2008 7:14 PM ET

    “Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s office says the Democrat has decided to pardon 22 people. Aides would not provide any information about why he granted the pardons or what crimes the people were accused of committing”

    Here is what I found