Who Should be Secretary of State ?
President Elect Obama has promised that his cabinet will be bi partisan, that he will govern from the middle and listen to everyone’s opinion. He has not yet named anyone for any of the cabinet posts, but names are being floated around. Which ones would you like to see, or not see, as Secretary of State in the next administration ?
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who lost to President Bush in 2004. He has been elected to five terms in the Senate and has been on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for over 20 years. Would he or would he not make a good Secretary of State ?
Susan Rice is another name being put forth as a possible Secretary of State. She served as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and was on the Nation Security Council during the Clinton administration. She was also an advisor on National Security to the Kerry Presidential campaign.
Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico. Richardson served as Energy Secretary and UN Ambassador during the Clinton Administration. Is this enough experience to be Secretary of State ?
Republican Senator Dick Lugar. Senator Lugar has been in the Senate since 1976. He is currently the Republican leader on the Foreign Relations committee and has worked with Senator Obama on bills in the past.
Former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn. During his time in the Senate, he was chairman of the Armed Services Committee and reached across the aisle to work on bills with Senator Lugar. Currently, he is a co chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
Colin Powell has been mentioned, but he has said he is not looking to be in the cabinet.
Now, these are not coming from the President Elect’s office. They are keeping quiet about who they are considering. It could be one of these, or he could have someone entirely different in mind. He needs to fill a total of 1700 positions in a very short time. And about 800 need to be filled immediately after inauguration. A President Elect has about 70 days to get his administration structured and ready to operate. It is a big job just getting started.
Do you like any of these or is there someone else you would like to see ? Make your guess. You could be more right than the experts are. The Secretary of State is forth the line of secession to the Presidency. After the Vice President, Speaker of the House and President Pro Tem of the Senate.