Your Fab Cab

Monday, November 10, 2008

Who is in your fantasy Obama cabinet? Pick anyone! A reminder that the cabinet positions are: Secretary of State; Treasury; Defense; Attorney General; Interior; Agriculture; Commerce; Labor; Health and Human Services; Housing and Urban Development; Transportation; Energy; Education; Veterans Affairs; Homeland Security. Roles such as Fed Chairman and Director of National Intelligence are also considered cabinet-level. (More info here.) NOTE: Try to keep the format simple, like this:
Treasury: Name
Labor: Name
State: Name

Comments [181]

leslie from nyc

ask your guest about these tax reform ideas

1. Tax private equity and hedge fund managers and their income at the highest possible rate; raise the highest rate.

2. Social Security: do not pay out to people earning over $500,000/yr after retirement.
(Perhaps let them consider their payments tax deductable contributions to help the entire country.)

3. Lower the payroll taxes on 95% of workers. To pay for this realignment of funds, raise the payroll tax on workers earning over, say $250,000. For the past 8 years the rich have been given tax breaks and regulatory breaks that allowed them to amass millions. Now it's time for the middle class, whose increased productivity has not been rewarded, to get some breaks.

4. Income tax: increase tax exponentially and on a sliding scale for people earning over $500,000 and raise the rates so that rates go up commensurate with total income. Include stock options and benefits when calculating the total income.

Jan. 06 2009 11:25 AM
Jessi Shockley from Moscow Idaho

State: Hilary Clinton

Defense: Colin Powell

Agriculture: Michael Pollan

Energy: Al Gore

Dec. 08 2008 09:48 PM
Robert from Manhattan

Defense: Bruce G Blair
State: Jimmy Carter
Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Energy: Al Gore
HHS: Howard Dean
Interior: R F Kennedy, jr
Education: Hillary Clinton
Treasury: George Soros

Nov. 29 2008 02:32 PM
Sally from New Rochelle, NY

State: Hilary Clinton
Defense: Colin Powell
Homeland Security: Wesley Clarke
Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Education: Susan Fuhrman
Energy: Al Gore
Health & Human Services: Bill RIchardson

Nov. 27 2008 09:22 PM

NOMINATION:Definitely like the idea of Michael Pollin as advisor for Secretary of Agriculture

How about Rhee(??) New DC Education supervisor for Secretary of Education

Nov. 27 2008 10:41 AM
Graham Saathoff from New York

Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Energy: Al Gore
HHS: Howard Dean
Labor: Ralph Nader
Justice: Lawrence Lessig
State: Samantha Power
Defense: Dennis Kucinich

Nov. 27 2008 10:37 AM
Eric milano from New York, new york

Agriculture: michael pollan

PLEASE!!!!!??? Our nation needs his leadership in this vital area which is at a critical juncture.

Nov. 27 2008 10:20 AM
Janet Jaidi from Bronxville, NY

Hillary Clinton is a hawk and should not be Sec/State.
She should stay in the Senate and work on universal health care. Bill Richardson should be Sec/State. He
is a fair negociator and could work with all sides on a question. He is not an ideologue. He has proven his capabilities as a diplomat and conciliator.

Nov. 20 2008 08:00 PM
David Erwin from NYC

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Nov. 20 2008 12:26 PM
Louise Thibodeau Winhusen from Queens

Treasury-Emma Coleman Jordan

Nov. 19 2008 12:13 AM
Harry Burger from Long Island

New Sec. of Tech - Dr. Langdon Winner, professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He's a PhD in political science who teaches engineers about how to make technology based on desired social impact and how social forces affect technical decisions. He was my professor for multiple classes in college, and I can think of nobody more qualified for such a post.

Nov. 18 2008 11:49 AM
Larry Furman from New Jersey

Surgeon General: Dr. Irwin Redlener
FEMA: Paul Maniscalco
Homeland Security: William Bratton
Treasury: Robert Reisch
EPA: Robert F. Kennedy, JR
Energy: Amory Lovins
Defense: Colin Powell
Ambassador to the UN: Bill Richardson

Nov. 18 2008 09:28 AM
Larry Furman from New Jersey

Surgeon General: Dr. Irwin Redlener
FEMA: Paul Maniscalco
Homeland Security: William Bratton
Treasury: Warren Buffett
EPA: Robert F. Kennedy, JR
Energy: Amory Lovins

Nov. 18 2008 09:20 AM
Bill Day from Nyack NY

Michael Pollan for Sec of Ag - and allow him to consolidate and simplify ag policy and food safety. We need it -- and it's vital to our national security.

Nov. 17 2008 03:20 PM
Perry Davis from Princeton, NJ

State: Bill Richardson

Attorney General: Hillary Clinton

Agriculture: Michael Pollan

Treasury: (Interim) Paul Volcker

Nov. 17 2008 02:58 PM
Ace from Croton on Hudson, NY

Treasury - David Walker or Krugman
State - Bill Richardson
Agriculture/Food - Pollan
EPA - Al Gore
Attorney General - Edwards
Defense - Clark
Education - Kathleen Sebalius
Commerce - Ralph Nader
HUD - Deval Patrick
Surgeon General - Dr. Howard Dean
Supreme Court - Hillary Clinton
UN Ambassador Bill Clinton

Nov. 17 2008 02:32 PM
Sylvia Svitak

Agriculture: Michael Pollan
State or Health: Hilary Clinton
Education: Uri Treisman

Nov. 17 2008 12:39 PM
Joan from Brooklyn

Secretary of State - Richardson
Secretary of Agriculture - Pollen
Secretary of Energy - Gore

Nov. 17 2008 11:51 AM
Matthew Friefeld from Westchester County

State Bill Richardson

Defense Gen'l Wesley Clark

Michael Pollan should be in an advisory position on Ag. and Energy; Al Gore should be in the mix as well.

Bring back the OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT or some reasonable facsimile!!

Nov. 17 2008 11:49 AM
Jon Soroko from Brooklyn, NY

Surgeon General: Irwin Redlener of the Columbia School of Public Health and the Children's Health Fund, author of "Americans at Risk"

Nov. 17 2008 11:29 AM
MKD from New Jersey

Treasury: Joseph Stiglitz or Robert Reich. We need someone who is not from Wall Street.

Nov. 17 2008 11:23 AM
db from nyc

agriculture: M I C H A E L P O L L A N !

Nov. 17 2008 10:57 AM
r. norden from westchester

Bill Richardson-State
Michael Bloomberg-Treasury
Colin Powell-Defense
Hillary Clinton-Attorney General
Andrew Cuomo- HUD
Caroline Kennedy-Education
Al Gore- Energy
Dennis Kucinich - Peace
Jesse Jackson Jr.-Labor
John McCain-Veterans' Affairs
Madeleine Albright-UN
Wesley Clark-Homeland Security
Melinda Gates-Technology
Howard Dean-Health & Human Services
Bill Clinton-Homeland Security
Christie Witman-Interior

Nov. 15 2008 04:18 PM
Ron Raphael from Flatiron district, Manhattan, NYC

Palin for Ambassador to Lichtenstein is very a very good idea- if she doesn't get lost (or, perhaps, that would be for the best).

Whatever is done with this cabinet, keep R%alph Nader off it. We were stuck with W because of him in 2000.

Nov. 14 2008 10:27 PM
Len from Meyersville

Agriculture: Michael Pollon

Nov. 14 2008 05:45 PM
ck from nj

State:Hillary Clinton
Defense:Colin Powell
Attorney General:Bill Richardson
Dept of Energy:Al Gore or T.Boone Pickens
EPA:Al Gore or T.Boone Pickens
Technology:Bill Gates
HUD:John Edwards
National Security Advisor:Susan Rice
Treasury:Warren Buffet
Education:Caroline Kennedy
Health and Human Services:Howard Dean
Interior:Robert Kennedy Jr.
Agriculture:Michael Pollan
Labor:Linda Chavez-Thompson
Veteran Affairs:Jimmy Carter

Nov. 14 2008 01:47 PM
c from from queens

state-leon panetta deputy- george mitchell under sec. of state- lincoln chaffee under sec. of state- floyd flake defense- sam nunn under sec.of defense- anthony zinni fda- ralph nader

Nov. 14 2008 12:54 PM
Brinton Baker from Accord, NY

Sec. of Treasury: Shelia Blair ( Chair of FDIC) or Joseph Stiglitz
Education: Geoffrey Canada
EPA: Al Gore
Defense: Scott Ritter
CIA: Richard Clarke
Interior: RFK jr.
Attorney General: Michael Ratner Center for Constitutional Rights

Nov. 14 2008 12:40 PM

state: nancy pelosi
def: END, or wes clark
peace (new!): dennis kucinich
treasury: robert reich? bernie sanders?
atty general: ramsey clark

Nov. 14 2008 10:39 AM

Labor: Gov Jennifer Granholm, MI (lame duck, w/a Dem L.Gov.)
State: Gov Richardson (1st choice) or Senator Clinton
Health & Human Services: Senator Clinton
Interior or EPA: RJK Jr
Vets Affairs: John Soltz, of VoteVets
Treasury: Paul Krugman
Commerce: Mike Bloomberg
Education: someone with a Montessori approach (works well in public education, believe it or not).
Defense: John Kerry
FEMA: Jessie Jackson Jr.

Nov. 14 2008 10:14 AM
Merrill R. Frank from Jackson Heights

Transportation Sec.

Earl Blumenauer Member of Congress from Portland Oregon. Head of the House Bike Caucus.

Was instrumental in getting a light rail extension in downtown Portland while the Feds(current administration) just wanted to pay for BRT.

Nov. 14 2008 01:18 AM
Steve from New Jersey

For State: Susan Rice, Obama's foreign policy adviser - because after four years of the werong Dr. Rice, it's time to bring in the right one!

For Treasury: any economic reporter or guru (Jane Bryant Quinn, Suze Orman) instead of the tired old bankers who don't know what they're doing.

Attorney General: Laurence Tribe of Harvard.

Labor: Andrew Stern of SEIU.

HUD: Ron Kirk, former mayor of Dallas - or Michael White, former mayor of Cleveland.

Transportation: Thomas Downs, because we need Amtrak up and running with bullet trains.

Homeland Security: Joe Lieberman.

Nov. 13 2008 10:22 PM
Orrie from Port Washington, NY

I don't think Obama should nominate members of the Senate or the House of of Representatives unless there is absolutely no one else as good or better. He's going to need all the intelligent, capabile Congressional support he can get.

Richard Holbrooke - Secretary of State

Laurence Tribe - Supreme Court

Education - Jeffrey Canada
Transportation - Janette Sadik-Khan. In fact, I can't think of another candidate with such a fresh and smart view of transportation.

Defense - Colin Powell, but definitely not for State.

Nov. 13 2008 08:13 PM
Jackie Goodrich from Brooklyn

For Secretary of the Treasury: Brooksley Born, head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the federal agency that regulates options and futures trading). She "was the oracle whose warnings about the dangerous
boom in derivatives trading just might have averted the calamitous bust now engulfing the US and global markets. Instead she was
met with scorn, condescension and outright anger by former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and his deputy Lawrence Summers."
--from "Greenspan, Rubin and Summers," by Katrina vanden Heuvel, Posted October 11, 2008.

Nov. 13 2008 04:30 PM

State: Richard Holbrooke
Treasury: Geithner
Homeland Security: Tom Kean, Sr.
Energy: Rep. Rush Holt (D.-NJ) - (9 years as Asst. Director of Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Arms Control Expert at State, 10 years in the House working on Energy-related issues)
Education: Colin Powell
Veterans: Max Cleland
Transportation: Rep. Oberstar
Labor: Fmr. Sen. John Breaux (Despite some lobbying experience since leaving the US Senate)
Commerce: Gov. Jon Corzine (I know that he has been vetted for Treasury but he might strengthen this department with his knowledge and abilities)

Nov. 13 2008 04:04 PM

P B. Obama
VP J. Biden
Speaker N. Pelosi
Sen Pro Tem E. Kennedy
Sen Maj H. Clinton (incumbent D senate)
State Bill Richardson
Treas Bill Bradley
Defense Sam Nunn
AG Patrick Fitzgerald
Int Mark Tercek (Nature Conservancy)
Agrc Jim Hightower
Comm Laura Tyson
Labor Ridhard Gephardt
Health John Kitzhaber
HUD William McDonough
Transport Nick Rahall incumbent D congress)
Energy Amory Lovins
Educ Arne Duncan
VA Tammy Duckworth
Homeland Arnold Schwarzenegger
Nat Int Gary Hart
NSA Wesley Clark
CIA Richard Clarke
FBI William Bratton
Drug Patty Murray (incumbent D senate?)
EPA Christine Gregoire
FCC Lawrence Lessig
FDA Anthony Fauci
FEMA Mary Landrieu
FedRes Bernanke (incumbent)
EQ Robert Kennedy Jr
CPSC Mark Green
Humanit Maya Angelou
OMB Michael Bloomberg
Science Ad John Holdren (tie)
NASA Neil de Grass Tyson
NOAA Paul Sandifer
SocialSec Marion Edelman
Trade Rep Jeffrey Sachs
UN B. Clinton
ChiefStaff Daschle
WorldBank Herman Daly
Techno Ray Kurzweil

Nov. 13 2008 02:30 PM
mc from Brooklyn

State: I like Bill Richardson for this.

Defense: Wesley Clarke

Attorney General: Take a chance on Eliot Spitzer.

Treasury: Paul Krugman would be great.

Veterans' Affairs: Tammy Duckworth or Max Cleland


Education: Rudy Crew (NOT NOT NOT Joel Klein!!!)

Interior: Lincoln Chaffee

HHS: Maybe Howard Dean would finally find his groove here.

Ambassador to the UN: Samantha Power

National Security Advisor: Susan Rice

Leave the Democratic senators in the Senate. We need them there.

Nov. 13 2008 01:49 PM
Roberta Honig from Brooklyn

Treasury - Gretchen Morgenson of the NY Times; or one of his economic advisors.

Nov. 13 2008 12:00 PM
Tashi from New York City

November 13, 2008

I would like to propose a new Cabinet position:
The Secretary of Peace
For this position I would nominate the Dalai Lama

This idea was first proposed by Dennis Kucinich at a conference at Town Hall (I believe in 2003 or 2004)
The Dalai Lama talked with different panels that were brought together by Tibet House. On the Media Panel were Amy Goodman, Kucinich and Al Sharpton.
Kucinich said that if he became President he would create a Cabinet position for Peace. I think this is a great idea, and that the Dalai Lama would be a perfect candidate for the job.

Nov. 13 2008 11:52 AM
Emily from NYC

Treasury: Paul Volcker
State: Colin Powell
Defense: Robert Clark
Energy: Al Gore
Attorney General:Alan Dershowitz

Nov. 13 2008 11:42 AM

Ag: Michael Pollan! Everyone go to and write him in!

Nov. 13 2008 11:32 AM
Patti from Connecticut

I would like to se4e Colin Powell in charge of veterans' affairs; I would like to see Dr. William Cosby somewhere in an important edeucation spot.

Nov. 13 2008 11:25 AM
Maggie Tobin from Brooklyn

Education :Caroline Kennedy
Defense: Chuck Hegel
HUD:Jimmy Carter
Energy: Boone Pickens or Al Gore
Sec. of State:Bill Clinton
Health:Hillary Clinton
Veterans:Bob Kerry
Treasury:Warren Buffett

Nov. 13 2008 10:58 AM
John Celardo from Fanwood, NJ

Department of Education - William Ayers

Despite his history of radicalism in the 1960s, Ayers is a prominent theorist in primary and secondary education. He’s written many books on educational theory, and is highly qualified for the position. The appointment would be great payback for staying out of the limelight during the campaign.

Nov. 13 2008 10:44 AM
David Keegan from Brooklyn

Transportation: Janet Sadik-Khan

Energy: Bill McKibben

Nov. 12 2008 07:57 PM
John Thomas from Ridgewood, NJ

- Robert Reich - Sec. of Labor
- Colin Powell - Sec. of State
- John Stewart (ie. of The Daily Show) - Press Secretary
- Laurence Tribe - next Supreme Court appointment

Nov. 12 2008 05:10 PM
Cheetah from New York

Oops, I meant RFK Jr. for Interior.
And not McCain for Veteran's Affairs

I like someone's suggestion for FDA: Ralph Nader

Good one about Palin for Russian Ambassador!
Homeland Security: Abolish, and replace with Dept. for Peace

Nov. 12 2008 03:27 PM
Cheetah from New York

Interior: JFK, Jr.
UN: Caroline Kennedy
Energy/EPA: Al Gore
A/G: Andrew Cuomo
Defense: Colin Powell or Wesley Clark
State: Hillary Clinton
Veteran's Affairs: John McCain, or Max Cleland
(Unfortunately, I don't think George Soros is a US Citizen, but if he was, I'd recommend him for Treasury).

Nov. 12 2008 01:03 PM
Charles from South Ozone Park

State: Bill Richardson or Susan Rice
Defense (Peace): Dennis Kucinich
Treasury: Joseph Stiglitz
Justice: Lani Guinier
Homeland Security: Abolish
Energy: Al Gore
HUD: Corey Booker
Health and Human Services: Cynthia McKinney
Fed Chairman: Ron Paul
Attorney General: Andrew Cuomo
Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Education: Marian Wright Edelman
Ambassador to UN: Susan Rice or Caroline Kennedy
Commerce: Richard Parsons
Labor: Linda Chavez-Thompson
EPA: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Nov. 11 2008 11:23 PM
Jason Howard from Norwalk,CT

Defense: Colin Powell
State:Bill Clinton
Atty Gen: Richard Blumenthal (CT atty gen)
EPA: Al Gore
Education: Jeffry Canada (Hillary Clinton)
Veterans Affairs: John McCain
Interior: Baron Bail
UN: Bill Richardson
Treasury:George Soros
HUD: Andrew Cuomo
Surgeon General: Howard Dean
NEA: Susan Sarandon
NEH: Mayor Bloomberg
Homeland Security: Dr. Strangelove

Nov. 11 2008 10:07 PM
Norman Bauman from Rockland Co,. NY

Treasury - Paul Krugman

Defense - Colin Powell

State or UN - Madeleine Albright

Energy: Al Gore

Nov. 11 2008 09:59 PM
RA from CT

James Comey at Justice?

Nov. 11 2008 01:55 PM
dave from Brooklyn

Education: Jonathan Kozol (He might not have administrative experience, but he understands - and can communicate - the problems facing public education better than anyone else I can think of.)

Interior: Al Gore
Defense: [sigh] maybe Colin Powell? Can we forgive him?
State: Bill Richardson
Health & Human Services: Howard Dean
Justice: Mario Cuomo (or Andrew)
Labor: can we have Robert Reich again?

Nov. 11 2008 12:08 PM
magnus from Manhattan

Housing Urban Development: Michael Cohen
Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Secretary of State: Samantha Power
Education: Richard Dawkins!

Nov. 11 2008 11:46 AM
Alec from Richmond Hill

State: Richard Clark
Defense: Jack Reed or Colin Powell
Treasury: Joseph Stiglitz
Interior Al Gore, winner of 2000 election
Commerce: Paul Krugman
Trade Representive: Naomi Klein
HHS: Steffie Woolhandler
HUD: Robert Kuttner
Fed Reserve: Sheila Bair
AG: Michael Ratner
Secretary of Culture: Tavis Smiley
Minister of Philosophy: Joseph M. Schwartz, Temple University
Minister of History: Bogdan Denitch, fmr Chair, Sociology, CUNY Grad Center
(hilarious contribution from Josh of Manhattan about Chuck Norris!)

Nov. 11 2008 11:20 AM
paul schwartz from Nyack, NY

Treasury :Michael Bloomberg

State: Hillary Clinton

Defense: Chuck Hagel

EPA: Robert Kennedy Jr.

Homeland Security: Colin Powell

Nov. 11 2008 11:07 AM
Kathleen Myers from New Jersey

Energy: Bill Nye the Science Guy or Ed Beagley Jr.
Defense: Collin Powell
FEMA: Ralph Nader
Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Sec. of State: Hillary Clinton or Bill Clinton
DEP: Al Gore
EPA: Robert Kennedy Jr.
Education: Mrs. H.W. Bush
Treasury: Warren Buffet
Housing & Dev. Jimmy Carter

That is all I can think of right now. I really enjoy the sstation. Keep on Keepin on!

Nov. 11 2008 10:39 AM
MoNYC from Sunnyside

State: Bill Richardson

Energy or Interior: Al Gore

Stay Away from: Joel Klein; Antonio Villaraigosa

Defense: Colin Powell or Wesley Clarke

Treasury: Warren Buffett or Paul Krugman

Nov. 11 2008 10:20 AM
Derek from Inwood, NYC

Just two, with an eye toward Democratic replacements in the Senate (since their states have Democrats as governor):

Veterans Affairs: Susan Collins
Atty General: Arlen Specter

Nov. 11 2008 10:19 AM
Yoichi Hariguchi from Sunnyvale, CA

Attorney General: Vincent Bugliosi
Treasury : Joseph Stiglitz
State: General Wesley Clark
Defense: Robert Gates
Health: Tom Daschle
Homeland Security: Richard Clarke
Commerce: Elizabeth Warren
Veterans Affairs: Tammy Duckworth
Education: Michael Moore

Nov. 10 2008 07:16 PM
Kai Salmela from Brooklyn, NY

Treasury: Robert Reich
State: Bill Richardson
Transportation: Jim Oberstar
Health: Howard Dean
Defense: Chuck Hagel
Energy: Al Gore
Supreme Court Justice: Hilary Clinton
Veterans Affairs: Jim Webb or John McCain
Agriculture: Jimmy Carter
Commerce: Michael Bloomberg

Nov. 10 2008 06:24 PM

It's funny seeing these picks of John McCain for Veteran Affairs - you people do know he is ranked low among nearly all veteran advocacy groups?

Secretary of State: Ralph Nader

Secretary of the Treasury: Ron Paul

Secretary of Defense: Noam Chomsky

Attorney General: Patrick Fitzgerald

Secretary of Energy: Dean Kamen

Nov. 10 2008 04:18 PM
Alan KLOTZ from Manhattan

State: George Mitchell ( Northern Ireland )or Richard Holbrook ( Bosnia ) Successfully experienced.

Treasury: Bloomberg Again succeeded twice saving NYC

Education:Geoffrey Canada

Defense: Gates for a while then Bill Webb

Majority Leader: Hillary she could get it done. How does that job get filled?

Nov. 10 2008 03:58 PM
Scott from Highland Park, NJ

State: Bill Richardson

Defense: Wesley Clark

DNI: Richard Clarke


Treasury: Paul Krugman (absolutely not Larry Summers)

Justice: John Edwards

Agriculture: Michael Pollan

Health and Human Services:

Education: Jonathan Kozol

Commerce: Robert Rubin

HUD: Jimmy Carter

Interior: Al Gore

Homeland Security: Break up

EPA: Robert Kennedy Jr.

Transportation: Michael Bloomberg

Veterans Affairs: Max Cleland

Labor: Barbara Ehrenreich

Indian Affairs: Winona LaDuke

Ambassador to the UN: Samantha Power

Surgeon General: Howard Dean

FDA: Ralph Nader

Nov. 10 2008 02:24 PM
Dale from Chelsea

I'm so glad people have suggested Paul Krugman for Treasury Secretary. He was smart enough before he got a Nobel!

Nov. 10 2008 12:42 PM
Claudia from Westfield, NJ

Dept of Peace and Nonviolence: Samantha Power, George Mitchell or Dennis Ross

(Kudos to Dennis Kucinich for championing the legislation (HR 808) to create the DoP but he is not the right person for the role.

Nov. 10 2008 11:55 AM
George Clinton from Interplanetary Funkways

Reverend Ike-Secretary of the Treasure
Richard Pryor-Minister of Education
Stevie Wonder-Secretary of Fine Arts
And Miss Aretha Franklin-The First Lady

Are you out there, C.C.?
A chocolate city is no dream.
It's my piece of the rock and I dig you, C.C.
God bless Chocolate City and it's vanilla suburbs!
Can y'all get to that?

Nov. 10 2008 11:43 AM
LeeNYC from NYC

TREASURY SECRETARY: Sheila Bair, current head of FDIC

Robert Kuttner made a compelling case for her: she's a Republican who has been critical of the bailout for Wall Street and worked to prevent foreclosures.

Nov. 10 2008 11:41 AM
H from New Jersey

Education: John Mc Whorter

Nov. 10 2008 11:20 AM
Lori from New Jersey

McCain is a TERRIBLE choice for Veteran's Affairs.

Although he is a veteran and former POW, his voting record on behalf of veteran's issues is dismal. It's so bad that the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) recently rated him only 20% in favor of veteran's issues. And just last month the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a "D" on their grading scale that looked at 10 key military/veteran's issues.

A much better choice would be Colin Powell and this is an appointment that he might be more open to accepting.

Nov. 10 2008 10:52 AM
Abby from Westchester

Sec of State: Hillary Clinton
Defense: David Petraeus
Energy: Al Gore
Treasury: Mayor Bloomberg
HUD: Valerie Jarett
Fed Chairman: Any qualified financial expert who has not profited from hedge funds, derivatives, or mortgage bundling...

Nov. 10 2008 10:42 AM
Merry Neisner from nyc

Hillary not for Supreme Court.

In her early years as a Senator, didn't she co-sponsor a bill for a flag burning amendment to the Constitution?

Nov. 10 2008 10:34 AM
Tamara Glenny from Brooklyn, NY

I second Michael Pollan for Agriculture!

Nov. 10 2008 10:33 AM
antonio from park slope

samantha power: secretary of state
denis kucinich: head of department of peace
al gore: energy czar
howard dean: health secretary - considering it was his 50 state strategy was what got obama elected, he really should get some recognition..

Nov. 10 2008 10:33 AM
Falcon from Bronx, New York

Definitely not Joel Klein for Education Secretary!! Rudy Crew, Linda Darling Hammond, Diane Ravitch, James Hunt - ANYONE but Klein.

Nov. 10 2008 10:32 AM
James from Brooklyn

How about Jeffrey Sachs at Treasury Secy

Nov. 10 2008 10:32 AM
LeoinNYC from Soho

98 - Amelia - Great list!

Nov. 10 2008 10:29 AM
Virginia Nadel from Chatham, NJ

Secretary of State: Colin Powell

Next New Supreme Court Justice: Hillary Clinton

Nov. 10 2008 10:28 AM
Martina Clark from Brooklyn

AIDS Czar could be Helene Gayle - an African-American woman who has tremendous international experience as well as having been at the CDC and Gates Foundation - she could finally get a national AIDS programme running for the USA. Someone of substance in this position could really shift the epidemic globally.

Nov. 10 2008 10:27 AM

Sarah Palin as Ambassador to Russia,

Nov. 10 2008 10:26 AM
stanley dorn from g village

William Greider for Treas.

Nov. 10 2008 10:24 AM
Joe Corrao from Brooklyn

Ron Paul Fed boss...then he can abolish the Fed and save the country...

Nov. 10 2008 10:23 AM
j from nyc

sec. of treasury/commerce - david walker, formerly of GAO.
since bloomberg is running for a 3rd term here, no sec of treas, but david walker has been talking about the creadit problem for years.

and for fda, david kessler, again. definitely, or atleast health.

Nov. 10 2008 10:23 AM

Education: Jonathan Kozol
Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Sec. of State: Bill Richardson
HUD: Corey Booker
Attorney General: Susan Herman (new head of ACLU, yay!!!)
Homeland Security: Claire McCaskill
Defense: Chuck Hagel
Labor: Barbara Ehrenreich
Health: Howard Dean
Poet Laureate: Cornel West

Nov. 10 2008 10:21 AM
Eric Kelly from New York

Education: not Klein

Education: not Klein

Education: not Klein

Education: not Klein

Defense: McCain

CENTCOM: not Petreus

Nov. 10 2008 10:21 AM
Claudia from Westfield, NJ

Dept. of Peace and Nonviolence: George Mitchell or Dennis Ross (NOT Dennis Kucinich- he should be congratulated for sponsoring the Bill - most recently HR 808- to create a US Dept of Peace, but he does not appear to have to skills to be in the role)

Nov. 10 2008 10:21 AM
acq from Manhattan

Sec. of State: Joseph Biden

Nov. 10 2008 10:20 AM
Owen from Rochester

OK, maybe Carter could be a goodwill ambassador. Ooh, and another one:

Health and Human Services: Paul Farmer

Nov. 10 2008 10:20 AM

State: Fareed Zakaria

Nov. 10 2008 10:19 AM
LeoinNYC from Soho

NO LARRY SUMMERS - How about bringing back Paul O'Neill?

Nov. 10 2008 10:19 AM
Owen from Rochester

Energy: Vann Jones or Majora Carter
Labor: Robert Reich
Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Treasury: Paul Krugman
State: Jimmy Carter (unless he's in bad health)

Nov. 10 2008 10:18 AM
JG from NYC

Do NOT NOT NOT appoint Joel Klein as Secertary of Education!!!!

Nov. 10 2008 10:18 AM
LeoinNYC from Soho

Education: Geoffrey Canada
And put Majora Carter somewhere!

Nov. 10 2008 10:17 AM

Education: Jonathan Kozol
Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Sec. of State: Bill Richardson
HUD: Corey Booker
Attorney General: Susan Herman (new head of ACLU, yay!!!)
Homeland Security: Claire McCaskill
Defense: Chuck Hagel
Labor: Barbara Ehrenreich
Health: Howard Dean
Poet Laureate: Cornel West

Nov. 10 2008 10:16 AM
William Stamper from Brooklyn

Treasury: Paul Krugman

Agriculture: Michael Pollan

State: Samantha Power

Defense: Colin Powell

Education: Wendy Koop

Nov. 10 2008 10:15 AM
Art from Brooklyn

Secretary of State: Gore Vidal, erudition and history being the foundation of diplomacy

Treasury: Dennis Kucinich, be the progressive you want to be Barack

Defense: With a hatchet, Barbara Lee

Attorney General: Barney Frank

EPA: Al Gore

Energy: Sen Feingold

Education: Hilary Clinton

Nov. 10 2008 10:15 AM
LeoinNYC from Soho

New Position: Secretary for Climate Control and Innovation - Steve Jobs

Yes Pollan for Ag. Sec. (will never happen though)

Keep Gates at Defence

Nov. 10 2008 10:14 AM
Mangus from Manhattan

State: Les Aspin (still around?)
Energy: Al Gore
Labor: Tom Harkin
Treasury: Bloomberg
Veterans: McCain
Attorney General: Dukakis!

Nov. 10 2008 10:14 AM

Michael Pollan is so knowledgeable, but he should be an adviser to the secretary of ag, who should be someone with some experience with sustainable agriculture, and an interest in changing the broken system we have now, but who has government level experience in getting things done (but not lining his/her pockets with lobbying money). and NOT Tom Vilsack, he is cooperate AG all the way.

Michael Pollan should definitely be invited to consult on the garden that should be placed on the White House lawn.

Nov. 10 2008 10:13 AM
maya from Jersey City, NJ

State: Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton or
Colin Powell
EPA: Al Gore
Defense: Colin Powell or Jim Webb
Interior: Al Gore
Energy: Al Gore
U.N. Amb: Richardson
Labor: Robert Reich
Homeland Security: Richard Clark

Nov. 10 2008 10:13 AM
Christopher Crowe from Ridgewood, New York

State: John Kerry
Defense: Wesley Clarke
Treasury: Michale Bloomberg
Transportation: Janette Sadik-Khan
Education: Colin Powell
VA: John McCain
HUD: Jimmy Carter
EPA: Al Gore

Nov. 10 2008 10:13 AM
RJ from Prospect Hts

Secty of Treasury: Joseph Stiglitz

Nov. 10 2008 10:09 AM
Todd Broockerd from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

treasury: soros

defense: wesley clark

secretary of state: bill richardson

energy: tom friedman

agriculture: michael pollan

Nov. 10 2008 10:07 AM
anni from UWS Manhattan

Education: ANYONE BUT JOEL KLEIN. How did that rumor get started anyway? Would be unthinkable.

Nov. 10 2008 10:06 AM
Tricia from New York

Sec State: Patricia DeGennaro

Nov. 10 2008 10:04 AM
Curious from Montvale, NJ

Conspicuous by his absence: Paul Krugman

Why do you think he’s not among President-Elect Obama’s Economics Brain Trust? I know he was a strong Hillary supporter, but many of those in the economic inner circle are Friends of Bill. Why not include the advice of this Nobel laureate, too?

Nov. 10 2008 09:47 AM
Dave from North NJ

Commerce - Ray Anderson of Interface Inc.

Nov. 10 2008 09:45 AM
Hugh from Crown Heights

Attorney General: Richard Falk, Prof. Emeritus at Princeton.

Treasury: Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate

Education: Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund

State: Ronald Dworkin, Prof. Oxford & NYU

Defense: Colin Powell

Labor: Ralph Nader

Nov. 10 2008 09:42 AM
emily from ny

oh yes
defense - powell

Nov. 10 2008 09:39 AM
Andrew Wolf from Bronx

Diane Ravitch for Secretary of Education

She is totally non-partisan having been Asst Secy of Education for the first Pres. Bush and an appointee of Pres. Clinton to the National Assessment Governing Board. She is a fellow of both the liberal Brookings Institution and the conservative Hoover Institution.

She believes in high standards, and no gimmicks.

Nov. 10 2008 09:37 AM
emily from ny

agriculture - pollan

Nov. 10 2008 09:33 AM

treasurery: jamie dimen
state: bill richardson
defense: collin powell
energy: al gore
attorney general: hillary clinton
veteran affairs: bob dole
hud: the author of "pursuit of happyness"(i forgot his name)
ambassador to lichtenstein: sarah palin

Nov. 10 2008 09:30 AM
james from nyc

Dept of --

Treasury: George Soros (he knows how to get us out of chinese debt)

Interior: Majora Carter (she will save the land)

Press Secretary: Steven Colbert (people will listen)

Homeland Security: abolished (stupid waste of money)

Defense: Colin Powell (give a brother a second chance)

State: Mitt Romney (keep your friends close, enemies closer)

Energy: Al Gore (put his money where his mouth his)

Nov. 10 2008 08:43 AM
Dassa from Brooklyn

Treasury: Warren Buffett

Nov. 10 2008 08:22 AM
Prairie from New Jersey

One truly hostile post from Sunset Park above, and an awful lot of mainstream thinking.

All those who supported the invasion of Iraq need to be "off the table" (and certainly not in the new cabinet). When the American people (and people throughout the world) who marched against the invasion on Feb 15, 2003 knew that Iraq wasn't a threat, and these folks claim to have been hoodwinked by Bush (and Powell must have had a gun to his head that made him lie to the UN?), these are clearly not people who should have any power in this government. Too many of them have colluded in the past 8 years of destruction.

[[BL Moderator Writes: Okay. Any specific suggestions of who should be in the cabinet, then?]]

Nov. 10 2008 08:13 AM
Irene Lynch from Colts Neck NJ

I forgot:

Department of Culture: Julian Bond


Nov. 10 2008 08:12 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Secretary of Anti-Semitism: Jimmy Carter

Secretary of Apartheid Against Gays and Lesbians: Obama himself

Secretary of Global Warning Without Scientific Proof: Al Gore

Secretary of Keeping Israel Out of the News Until After Election Day: The New York Times

Nov. 10 2008 07:53 AM
Kathleen Newton

Treasury: Paul Krugman
State: Chuck Hagel
Defense: Jim Webb or Colin Powell
Either could be in charge of Veterans affairs
Energy: Gore
HUD: Hillary Clinton
Homeland Security: Richard Clark

Nov. 09 2008 10:19 PM
Irene Lynch from Colts Neck NJ

A Simplified Cabinet ala JFK:
Department of State: Dennis Kucinich
Department of Treasury: Katherine S Newman, Princeton
Department of Defense: Condoleezza Rice
Department of the Armed Services: Daniel Akaka
Department of Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Department of Communication: Noam Chomsky
Department of Interior: Mary Landrieu
Department of Agriculture: Dr. John Keith Hatch
Department of Labor: Andrew Cuomo
Department of Health, Education & Welfare: Barbara Lee

Nov. 09 2008 09:33 PM
Anna Potempska from Staten Island, NY

State - B. Richardson
Treasury - P. Krugman
Justice - L. Guinier
Education - J. Kozol
Defense - C. Hagel
HUD - B. Ehrenreich
Health - H. Dean
Homeland Security - R. Clark
Energy - A. Gore
Interior - R. Kennedy, Jr
PEACE - D. Kucinich

Nov. 09 2008 09:10 PM
Gerard Cortinez from New York City

Agriculture: Charles W. Stenholm, former top Democrat, House Agriculture Committee
Attorney General: Eric H. Holder Jr., Partner at Covington and Burling
Commerce: Austan Goolsbee, University of Chicago economics professor
Defense: Jack Reed, Senator from Rhode Island
Education: Janet Napolitano, Governor of Arizona
Energy: Ernest J. Moniz, MIT physicist
Health & Human Services: Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of Kansas
Homeland Security: Raymond W. Kelley, NYC police commissioner
HUD: Shirley Franklin, Mayor of Atlanta
Interior: Jay Inslee, Congressman from Washington
Labor: Linda Chavez-Thompson, Former AFL-CIO executive vice president
State: Susan E. Rice, Obama campaign's senior foreign policy adviser
Transportation: Steve Heminger, Executive director of the San Francisco Bay area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Treasury: Timothy F. Geithner, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
VA: Tammy Duckworth, Director of the Illinois Veterans Affairs Department
EPA: Kathleen McGinty, Former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Management & Budget Director: Peter R. Orszag, Congressional Budget Office director
U.S. Trade: Lael Brainard, Brookings Institution VP
UN: Caroline Kennedy, attorney, editor, and writer

Nov. 09 2008 09:09 PM
Connie from manhattan

Harold Koh (look him up, guys) -- Supreme Court or Attorney General.

David Kessler, former FDA head -- Surgeon General.

Nov. 09 2008 07:26 PM
Ron Raphael from Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC

New and ,perhaps, most important, is the
Secretary of Pets- Malia and Sasha Obama
" " State- John Kerry
" " Defense-Colin Powell
" " Treasury-More than one is needed, so we'll call it the Trilogy of the treasury and nominate Sommers, Buffet and Bernanke

Secretary of Education- Joel Klein
" " Energy- Al Gore
" " Health and Human Svcs.-H. Clinton
" " Labor- John Edwards
" " Transportation- Sen. Olympia Snowe
" " Homeland Security Bill Clinton
" " Veterans Affairs- Jim Webb
" " Housing and Urban Development-
Sen. Chris Dodd
" " Environmental Protection-Robert
" " Attorney General- Andrew Cuomo
" " Surgeon General- Howard Dean
Ambassador to the U.N.- Jimmy Carter

COMMUNICATION is the name of the game- not comeraderie.After all, Tinker to Evers to Chance was a great double play combination, though they had a great dislike towards each other, They, however, did COMMUNICATE.

Nov. 09 2008 06:43 PM
Micheal LeVine from Port Jefferson NY

Energy: Al Gore

Health & Human Services: Hillary Clinton

Ambassador to the UN: Colin Powell

Nov. 09 2008 05:05 PM
Stanley McBarnette from New York

Commerce - Michael Bloomberg
Defense - Colin Powell
Education - Ruth J. Simmons
Energy - T. Boone Pickett
Housing and Urban Development - Andrew Cuomo
Labor - Linda Chavez-Thompson
State - Bill Richardson
Treasury - Warren Buffett
Environmental Protection Agency - Al Gore
Ambassador to the United Nations - Caroline Kennedy
HHS - Hillary Clinton
Interior - Robt F Kennedy Jr.

Nov. 09 2008 04:58 PM
Jennifer Naylor from Glen Cove, NY

State: Samantha Power

Defense: Hillary Clinton

Energy: Al Gore [make high level]

Treasury: Tim Geithner / Janet Yellin

Justice: Janet Napolitano

Agriculture: Michael Pollan

Education: Randi Weingarten

Health and Human Services: Karen Bass

Commerce: Mark Warner

HUD: Corey Booker

Interior: Larry Rockefeller

EPA: Robert Kennedy Jr.

Veterans: Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer (Ret.)

Ambassador to the UN: Caroline Kennedy

Surgeon General: Howard Dean

Nov. 09 2008 04:22 PM
ellen carton from nyc

Secretary of Agriculture: Michael Pollan

Nov. 09 2008 03:55 PM
Prairie from New Jersey

State: Seymour Hersch

Treasury: Hazel Henderson

Defense: Dennis Kucinich (change name to peace)

Attorney General: Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Interior: David Orr

Agriculture: LaDonna Redmond

Commerce: Paul Hawkin

Labor: Van Jones

Health and Human Services: Cynthia McKinney

Housing and Urban Development: Majora Carter

Energy: Amory Lovins

Education: Marion Wright Edleman

Veterans Affairs: Nancy Lessin of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) or Ron Kovic

Homeland Security: Paul Stametz

Nov. 09 2008 12:52 PM
Jane and Scott from Lower East Side, Manhattan

Secretary of State: Bill Richardson
Treasury: Warren Buffet
Defense: Chuck Hagel
Attorney General: Kathleen Sebelius
Interior: Janet Napolitano
Agriculture: Brian Schweitzer
Commerce: George Sorros
Labor: Paul Volcker
Health and Human Services: Caroline Kennedy
Housing and Urban Development: Jimmy Carter
Transportation:Ed Rendell
Energy: Al Gore
Education: Duval Patrick
Veterans Affairs: Colin Powell
Homeland Security: John Kerry
Fed Chairman: Jon Corzine
Director of National Intelligence: Sarah Palin, *WINK*

Nov. 09 2008 12:03 PM
Paul Barnes from Manhattan

Treasury: Paul Krugman
Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Peace (new department): Colin Powell
Health: Hillary Clinton
Homeland Security: Sarah Palin (this is a joke)

Nov. 09 2008 11:29 AM
Zach from New York

State: Bill Richardson
Treasury: Tim Geithner
Defense: Robert Gates

Nov. 09 2008 11:23 AM
Fritz from New York

Treasury: Jeffrey Sachs

Fed chairman: Joseph Stiglitz

Nov. 09 2008 11:13 AM

Agriculture: Denise O'Brien, who almost won for this position in Iowa

EPA: Al Gore

Energy: Van Jones

Education: Anyone EXCEPT Joel Klein

Nov. 09 2008 10:08 AM
John Lippincott from Wesley HIlls, NY

Energy Secretary: Amory Lovins
Dept of Consumer Affairs (new position): Ralph Nader
Dept of Agriculture: Michael Pollan
EPA: Al Gore
Dept of Peace: Dennis Kucinich
Homeland Security: Richard Clarke
Secretary of State: Samantha Power
Secretary of Defense: Wesley Clark
Labor: Bernie Sanders
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Jeffrey Sachs
Ambassador to the UN Bill Clinton
Supreme court: Lawrence Tribe

Nov. 09 2008 08:47 AM
C. M. Ashley from Lower Manhattan

Secretary of State: Angela Davis

Treasury: Robin Blackburn

Defense – now Dept. of Peace: Cornell West & Rashid Khalidi

Attorney General: Michael Ratner

Interior: Leonard Peltier

Agriculture: Alice Waters

Commerce: Edward Gresser

Labor: Bertha Lewis

Health and Human Services: Denis Rivera

Housing and Urban Development: Mike Davis

Transportation: Anatanas Mockus

Energy: Don Thoza

Education: Michele Obama

Veterans Affairs: Adam Kokesh

Homeland Security: eliminate

Fed Chairman: Doug Henwood

Director of National Intelligence: Noam Chomsky

Surgeon General: Attaher Maiga

Nov. 09 2008 01:11 AM
benjoya from Brooklyn

rudy crew good too!

Nov. 08 2008 10:37 PM
rebecca from brooklyn

Treasury: Paul Krugman (no more wall street guys) Volker 2nd choice

Energy: Van Jones, Al Gore

Education: Howard Gardner -- Anyone but Joel KLEIN

Secretary of state: Dennis Ross, Bill Clinton 2nd choice

Supreme court: Lawrence Tribe (Obama's teacher)

Attorney General: lani guinier

Secretary of Labor: Barney Frank

Nov. 08 2008 10:31 PM
Dave Miller from Somerset, NJ

Defense Collin Powell

Environment Al Gore

Agriculture someone from Rodale Institute

HUD Jimmy Carter

Education Caroline Kennedy

ATF Morton Downey Jr (lol)

Health Sarah Pallin (lol she deserves it)

Treasury Mayor Bloomberg or Warren Buffet

Labor Ross Perot

Veteran John McCain

Ambassadors Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg

Energy someone from Union of Concerned Scientists

State Henry Kissinger

Attorney General Hillary Clinton

Surgeon General Dr. Howard Dean

Nutrition Gary Null

Peace (new) Dennis Kucinich

Transportation Ralph Nader

Homeland Alice Walker

Science and Technology - Ray Bradbury or bring back Isaac Asimov

Consumer Protection someone from Consumers Union

Culture (new) Stevie Wonder

Civil Rights (new) Maya Angelou

Immigration (new) John Edwards

Interior H. Dale Hall

Ambassador to the UN Bill Clinton

Nov. 08 2008 10:08 PM
C. Wicker from New York

Education: Anyone EXCEPT Joel Klein (e.g., Rudy Crew, Diane Ravitch, Sandra Stotsky)

Nov. 08 2008 09:25 PM
Smokey from LES

Energy - Amory Lovins

Nov. 08 2008 02:27 PM

Treasury: Mayor Bloomberg

Defense: Colin Powell

Energy: T. Boone Pickens

Homeland Security: OBSOLETE

HUD: Jimmy Carter

State: Bill Richardson

Veterans Affairs: John McCain

Nov. 08 2008 02:12 PM
benjoya from Brooklyn

Secretary of State- Bill Richardson

Secretary of Defense- Chuck Hagel

Attorney General- John Kerry (making Feingold chair of the foreign relations committee -- hooray! on second thought, why not just make feingold AG?)

Treasury-Joseph Stiglitz

Veteran Affairs- Tammy Duckworth (although blagoyevich might appoint her to obama's senate seat.)

Sec. of Education - Ramon Cortines

Nov. 08 2008 02:06 PM
Blane Friest from Jersey City, NJ

Agriculture: Michael Pollan

Nov. 08 2008 08:42 AM
Rona Boyer from Mahopac, NY

Secretary of State: Richard Holbrook
Secretary of the Treasury: Lawrence Summers
Secretary of Defense: Chuck Hagel
Attorney General: John Kerry
Secretary of the Interior: Brian Schweitzer
Secretary of Agriculture: Tom Dashel
Secretary of Commerce: Michael Bloomberg
Secretary of Labor: Dick Gephart
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Hillary Clinton
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Bernie Sanders
Secretary of Transportation: Astrid Glynn
Secretary of Energy: Bill Richardson
Secretary of Education: Chris Dodd
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Max Cleeland
Secretary of Homeland Security: Richard Clark
EPA: Robert Kennedy, Jr.
UN Ambassador: Caroline Kennedy
Ambassador on the Environment and Climate Change: Al Gore
Surgeon General Howard Dean

Nov. 08 2008 07:16 AM
Myriam F. from Ithaca, NY

Secretary of State: Bill Richardson

Secretary of the Treasury: Laura Tyson or Paul Krugman (He could also serve as senior economic adviser--we definitely need him in this admin. in some capacity)

Secretary of Defense: Wesley Clark or Colin Powell

Sc'y of Commerce: Robert Zoellick

Attorney General: John Edwards

Secretary of Education: Dr. Michael W. Apple, an educator (NOT General Powell, or anyone else without expertise in education.)

US Surgeon General: Dr. Howard Dean

Secretary of HUD: Valerie Jarrett

US EPA: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Sec'y of Culture (New position): Ted Kooser

Nov. 08 2008 05:11 AM
George from Bay Ridge

Secretary of State: Susan Rice
National Security Advisor: Max Boot
Attorney General: Laurence Lessig
White House Counsel: Eric Holder
Secretary of Defense: Scott Gration
Secretary of Treasure: Jack Sparrow
Secretary of Treasury: David Cutler
Secretary of Energy: George Pataki
Secretary of Homeland Security: Charlie Dent
Secretary of Agriculture: Jeff Fortenberry
Secretary of HUD: Henry Cuellar
Secretary of Education: Michelle Rhee

Nov. 08 2008 04:24 AM
Hope for Change from New York

An Obama Administration would include Cabinet Secretaries as well as a brain trust of special advisors who develop theory and policy that represents an interdisciplinary approach to the direction of government and society.

Secretary of State: Richard Holbrooke

National Security Advisor: Samantha Power

Secretary of the Treasury: Lawrence Summers

Special Economic Advisor: Paul Krugman

Secretary of Defense: Chuck Hagel

Attorney General: Janet Napolitano

Special Constitutional Advisor: Anthony Lewis

Special International Envoy on the Environment and Climate Change: Al Gore

Head of the Environmental Protection Agency: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Secretary of the Interior: Bill Richardson

Secretary of Agriculture: Tom Vilsack

Secretary of Commerce: Laura D'Andrea Tyson

Secretary of Labor: Harold Ford

Secretary of Health and Human Services: Jeffrey Sachs

Surgeon General: Dr. Howard Dean

Secretary of HUD: Valerie Jarrett

Secretary of Transportation: Thomas Keane

Secretary of Energy: Carol Brauner

Special Advisor on Energy: T. Boone Pickens

Secretary of Education: Caroline Kennedy

Secretary of Veterans Affairs:Tammy Duckworth

Secretary of Homeland Security: William Bratton

Head of National Endowment for the Arts: Fred Plotkin

Head of National Endowment for the Humanities: Toni Morrison

First Nominee to the Supreme Court: Hillary Clinton

Ambassador the the United Nations: Gary Hart

International Ambassador of Goodwill: Oprah Winfrey

Nov. 08 2008 02:37 AM
John Reuter from Sandpoint, ID

State: Samantha Power
Treasury: Warren Buffett
Defense: Robert Gates
Attorney General: Patrick Fitzgerald
Interior: Brian Schweitzer
Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Commerce: Olympia Snowe
Labor: Bernie Sanders
Health and Human Services: John Kitzhaber
Housing and Urban Development: Michael Bloomberg
Transportation: Christopher Alexander
Energy (and the Environment): Arnold Schwarzenegger
Education: Michelle Rhee
Veterans Affairs: Chuck Hagel
Homeland Security: Eliminate the position

Nov. 07 2008 11:38 PM

Education: Geoffrey Canada

Homeland Security: Bruce Schneier

Nov. 07 2008 10:33 PM
Susan from New Jersey

Secretary of State: Bill Richardson
Secretary of the Treasury: Paul Volker (but most importantly – anyone but Summers)
Secretary of Defense: Wesley Clark
Attorney General: Andrew Cuomo (or Hillary Clinton – but better as supreme court nominee)
Secretary of the Interior: Jay Inslee
Secretary of Agriculture: Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Commerce: Ed Rendell
Secretary of Labor: Andrew Stern
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Howard Dean
Secretary of HUD: Valerie Jarrett
Secretary of Transportation: Jim Oberstar
Secretary of Energy: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Secretary of Education: David C. Berliner
Secretary of Veteran Affairs: Jim Webb
Secretary of Homeland Security: Tom Kean

Nov. 07 2008 09:11 PM
Michael Brady from New Jersey

Secretary of State: Samantha Power
Secretary of the Treasury: Warren Buffet
Secretary of Defense: Wesley Clark
Attorney General: Hillary Clinton
Secretary of the Interior: Jay Inslee
Secretary of Agriculture: Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Commerce: Jared Bernstein
Secretary of Labor: Andrew Stern
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Susan Bodnar-Deren
Secretary of HUD: Valerie Jarrett
Secretary of Transportation: Jim Oberstar
Secretary of Energy: Bill Richardson
Secretary of Education: Kathleen McCartney
Secretary of Veteran Affairs: Jim Webb
Secretary of Homeland Security: Eliminate the position OR Russ Feingold

Nov. 07 2008 08:06 PM
Melissa from Hoboken

Treasury: Paul Volcker/Joseph Stiglitz (anybody but Summers or Rubin. See why:

Nov. 07 2008 06:24 PM
Bill from Astoria, NY

State--Bill Richardson
Treasury--Laura D'Andrea Tyson
Defense--Richard Danzig
Justice--Eric Holder
Interior--RFK, Jr.
Agriculture--Tom Vilsack
Commerce--Dan Tarullo
Labor--David Bonior
HHS--David Blumenthal
Energy--Brian Schweitzer
Education--Joel Klein
Homeland Security--Richard Clarke

NSC--Susan Rice

Nov. 07 2008 05:55 PM
Jane from Brooklyn

Paul Krugman HAS TO BE Treasury Secretary or at least a Senior Economic Advisor.
Al Gore for Environment
Hillary Clinton for Health Care Initiative
Caroline Kennedy for Public Education
Coleen Powel for Defense

Nov. 07 2008 04:39 PM
Troy from NJ from NJ

Elliot Spitzer for AG or other top Justice job. His public policies are impeccable; the need for his straightforward enforcement policies have never been stronger. His private life has nothing to do what he is being asked to do for the country.

Nov. 07 2008 03:31 PM
Gretchen A from Hells Kitchen

State: Bill Richardson
Labor: Dick Gephardt
Environment: Al Gore
Defense: Wesley Clark
Treasury: Bloomburg
AG: - really wished it could have been Spitzer or Edwards before they had affairs

Nov. 07 2008 03:18 PM
Stephen Braunstein from Scarsdale, NY/Lancaster, PA

Secretary of State: Bill Richardson

Treasury: Warren Buffet

Defense: Colin Powell

Nov. 07 2008 02:44 PM
Stephen from Brooklyn

Treasury: Barbara ehrenreich
Federal Reserve: Barbara ehrenreich
Education: Jonthan Schaefer and Olivier Conan
Defense: Russ Feingold or Dennis Kuccinch
State: Mario Cuomo
HUD: Corey Booker
Energy: Richardson
Agriculture: Michael Pollan
Veterans Affairs: Wesley Clark
Commerce: George Soros
EPA: Carl Pope
Health and Human Service: Gary Null
Homeland Security: Al Gore

Nov. 07 2008 02:35 PM
caitlin zaino from Mexico city, mexico

Energy: Al Gore
Treasury: Warren Buffet
State: Hillary clinton
Defense: colin powell

Nov. 07 2008 01:51 PM
Joshua from Manhattan

Secretary of State; Bill Richardson

Treasury; George Soros

Defense; David Petraeus

Attorney General; Andrew Cuomo

Health and Human Services; Dr. Drew (i'm serious)

Energy; Al Gore

Homeland Security: Chuck Norris (ok, this one is just for fun)

Nov. 07 2008 01:49 PM
Julia Stewart from Norwalk, CT

SOS- Richard Clarke
SOD- Wesley Clark
EPA- Robert Kennedy Jr
Treasury- Warren Buffet
NSA- Susan Rice
Energy- Al Gore

Nov. 07 2008 01:38 PM
Michael from NH

EPA: Peter Lehner, current executive director of the NRDC

Nov. 07 2008 12:08 PM
Norman from Bayshore

Treasury: Warren Buffet
Federal Reserve: Paul Volcker
Education: Colin Powell
Defense: Chuck Hagel
State: Hilary Clinton
HUD: Corey Booker
AG: Andrew Cuomo
Energy: Richardson
Agriculture: Jimmy Carter
Veterans Affairs: Wesley Clark
Commerce: George Soros
EPA: Christien Todd Whitman
Health and Human Service: Howard Dean
Homeland Security: John Kerry

Nov. 07 2008 12:04 PM
Brigitte Kingsbury from Maine

Commerce: Sen Snowe (R-Maine)
EPA: Peter Lehner (Director of NRDC)
Energy: Angus King (former Independent Maine Gov.)

Nov. 07 2008 12:00 PM
Michael from NH

EPA: Peter Lehner, current Executive Director of the NRDC

Nov. 07 2008 11:54 AM
Annette Niemtzow

Treasury: Sheila Bair
Education: Colin Powell
State: Susan Rice or Hillary Clinton
Attorney General: Andrew Cuomo
HUD: Robert Kuttner

Nov. 07 2008 11:52 AM
Ken Aptekar from Jackson Heights, NY

How about adding a Secretary of Culture, in recognition of the idea that, rather than merely accessorizing American Life, Culture changes and produces it (e.g., "the pen is mightier than the sword.") A great candidate to recruit: Joan Rosenbaum, currently Director of the Jewish Museum in NYC.

Nov. 07 2008 11:51 AM
Ken Aptekar from Jackson Heights, NY

How about adding a Secretary of Culture, in recognition of the idea that, rather than merely accessorizing American Life, Culture changes and produces it. A great candidate to recruit: Joan Rosenbaum, currently Director of the Jewish Museum in NYC.

Nov. 07 2008 11:46 AM
Eve from Manhattan

Education: Marian Wright Edelman!!!

Attorney General: Cass Sunstein

Interior: Al Gore

Housing and Urban Development: Valerie Jarrett

Homeland Security: Terminate this faux department and the faux cabinet position. It is a bloated mess and should be broken up among State, Defense, National Intelligence, and Interior. Also, the name has terrible echoes of Fascism.

Veterans Affairs: John Kerry (founder of Vietnam Veterans of America, the organization that got Agent Orange investigated; a fact the swiftboaters managed to erase)

Nov. 07 2008 11:44 AM
L Klove from NYC

Transportation - Janette Sadik-Khan

Nov. 07 2008 11:37 AM
CHarles Branch from Hatsings on Hudson, NY

EPA: Peter Lehner (ED of NRDC)

Nov. 07 2008 11:36 AM
michelle from brooklyn

I would love a Dept of Volunteerism that would coordinate both domestic and international needs.

EPA or Dept of Energy- Al Gore
Treasury- Warren Buffet

Nov. 07 2008 11:27 AM
Terrence O'Brien from Staten Island, NY

Treasury: Warren Buffet
Defense: Colin Powell
Energy: David Jhirad
Technology: Eric Schmidt
State: Bill Richardson
Veteran's Affairs: John McCain
Health & Human Services: Howard Dean

Nov. 07 2008 11:18 AM
Griffin from Brooklyn

State: Samantha Power

Defense: Colin Powell

Energy: Al Gore [make high level]

Treasury: Tim Geithner

Justice: Janet Napolitano

Agriculture: Michael Pollan

Education: Randi Weingarten

Commerce: Mark Warner

HUD: Corey Booker

Interior: Larry Rockefeller

EPA: Robert Kennedy Jr.

Veterans Affairs: Max Cleland

Ambassador to the UN: Caroline Kennedy

Surgeon General: Howard Dean

Nov. 07 2008 11:17 AM
Joelle Ballonzoli from Manhattan

Secretary of State: John Kerry
Treasury: Warren Buffet
Defense: Jack Reed
Attorney General: Hillary Clinton
EPA: Robert Kennedy Jr
Labor: Harry Shaitburger
Health and Human Services: Andrew Cuomo
Housing and Urban Development:
Energy: T. Boone Pickens
Education: Joel Klein
Veterans Affairs: Congressman Mhurta
Homeland Security: Ray Kelly
Fed Chairman: keep Benanke

Nov. 07 2008 11:08 AM
Phyllis Wrynn from Brooklyn, NY

The wondrous Dr. Howard Dean: Health and Human Services or Surgeon-General (which he could use as a real bully pulpit) or perhaps head of the new health care initiative.

Dennis Kucinich: Department of Peace (Yes, we really need one!)
Sheila Bair: Treasury (She has been great at FDIC)
Al Gore: Department of Energy (Of course!)
RFK Jr: EPA (He would finally excise the major polluters from our country!)
Michael Pollan: Agriculture (How absolutely brilliant that would be!)

Nov. 07 2008 11:08 AM
arthur from brooklyn, ny

treasury: george soros or robert reich
defense: wesley clark
secretary of state: bill richardson
attorney general: andrew cuomo
tech officer (new position): eric schmidt
energy: al gore
agriculture: michael pollan

Nov. 07 2008 11:03 AM
Amanda Gulla from Chelsea

Secretary of State-Bill Clinton
Secretary of Defense- Colin Powell
Attorney General- Hillary Clinton
Education- Linda Darling-Hammond
Environment- Al Gore
Agriculture- Michael Pollan or Alice Waters
HUD- Jimmy Carter
Treasury-Michael Bloomberg
Veteran Affairs- Tammy Duckworth

Nov. 07 2008 10:55 AM
Michael Whalen from Crown Heights

State: Senator Clinton

Defense: Colin Powell

Energy: Al Gore

Nov. 07 2008 10:54 AM
Marko Pecarevic from Zagreb, Croatia

State: Samantha Power

Defense: Colin Powell

Energy: T.Boone Pickens

Agriculture: Michael Pollan

Environmental protection (new): Al Gore

Nov. 07 2008 10:41 AM
Curt from River Vale, NJ

Just a few: (somewhat tongue in cheek)
Treasury: Mayor Bloomberg
Defense: Colin Powell
Energy: T. Boone Pickens
Homeland Security: delete position
HUD: Jimmy Carter
State: Henry Kissinger
Veterans Affairs: John McCain

Nov. 07 2008 09:50 AM

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