"I mean, you got the first mainstream
African-American who is articulate and bright and
clean and a nice-looking guy,"
help fight the media
||This page is organized by rank.
The .gov website for each department may be reached by clicking the link
under the pictures.
Click the blue secretary name
for additional information.
Who Runs Government
Profiles of the Obama
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton
1947) is the Secretary of State of the United States, and its chief
diplomat. From 2001 to 2008 she was Senator from New York, and
from 1993 to 2001 was First Lady of the United States of America during
the Clinton Administration.
In 2000, Clinton ran for the New
York Senate seat vacated by the Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick
Moynihan. Backed by the White House, she obtained the Democratic
nomination for this Senate seat, and then won easily against Republican
Rick Lazio (who entered the race when Rudy Giuliani withdrew). She
ran for the 2008 Democratic Presidential Candidacy, winning more
primaries than any female politician in American history. On June
7th, 2008 she conceded defeat to Barack Obama after a closely challenged
campaign, although she did not release her delegates until the
Timothy F. Geithner
|Obama's tarnished selection for Treasury
connected to Obama through their parents.
Peter F. Geithner, is the director of the Asia program at the Ford
Foundation in New York. During the early 1980s, Peter Geithner
oversaw the Ford Foundation's microfinance programs in Indonesia being
developed by Ann Dunham-Soetoro, mother of President-elect Barack Obama,
and they met in person at least once.
Mr. Geithner’s father was
head of the philanthropy’s Asia grant making for a period in the early
1980s and oversaw the work of Mr. Obama’s mother, who developed the
organization’s microfinance programs in Indonesia.
vetting process, it was discovered that Geithner failed to pay his 1099,
self-employment, taxes during the years he worked at the International
Monetary Fund, making him uniquely qualified to direct Obama's
election-scam that gives billions of dollars in "income tax rebates" to
people who never paid any income taxes.
Documents released by the
Senate Finance Committee strongly suggest that Geithner knew, or should
have known, what he was doing when he did not pay his 1099 taxes in
2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. After his failure to pay was
discovered, first by the IRS and later during the vetting process,
Geithner paid the federal government a total of $42,702 in taxes and
The Obama transition team argues that Geithner simply
||Robert M. Gates
Dr. Robert M. Gates was sworn in on December 18, 2006, as the 22nd
Secretary of Defense. Dr. Gates is the only Secretary of
Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a
newly elected Barack Obama.
Before entering his present post, Dr. Gates was the President of
Texas A&M University, the nation's seventh largest university.
Prior to assuming the Texas A&M presidency, on August 1, 2002, he
served as Interim Dean of the George Bush School of Government and
Public Service at Texas A&M from 1999 to 2001.
Secretary Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and
spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional. During
that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security
Council, The White House, serving four presidents of both political
Dr. Gates served as Director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until
1993. He is the only career officer in CIA's history to rise from
entry-level employee to Director. He served as Deputy Director
of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as Assistant to the
President and Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House
from January 20, 1989, until November 6, 1991, for President George
Secretary Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the
Presidential Citizens Medal, has twice received the National
Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times
received CIA's highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.
|Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. (born January 21, 1951) is
the 82nd and current Attorney General of the United States and the first
African American to hold the position. Holder previously served as
a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, United States
Attorney, Deputy Attorney General of the United States and worked at the
law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He was senior
legal advisor to then-Senator Barack Obama during Obama's presidential
campaign and one of three members of Obama's vice-presidential selection
And this guy has a history.
||Kenneth L. Salazar
||Thomas J. Vilsack
||Gary F. Locke
||Hilda L. Solis
|As a Democratic governor in red-state Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius
has vetoed several bills that would modestly restrict abortion.
She supports late-term abortion. She's socialized and taken money
from well-known abortion extremists, and she has been unofficially
ostracized from the Catholic Church for her stance. But you'd have
to go out of your way to learn much about that from the news reports
that followed the Feb. 28
announcement that Obama planned to nominate her as Secretary of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This is a position
that controls a $700 billion budget and, according to the New York
Times, "would have considerable influence over government policy on
Sebelius' association with Planned Parenthood, the
nation's largest abortion provider. In May 2007, Sebelius spoke at a
fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. The
chapter's summer 2007 newsletter related:
Friends of Planned
Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri gathered Tuesday, May 15th for a
truly star-studded affair. "I've Got Rhythm, I've Got Rights" showcased
two champions of our cause, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and PPFA
National President, Cecile Richards.
Both Cecile and
Governor Sebelius spoke passionately about the challenges Planned
Parenthood faces, specifically citing the more than 240 "uninvited
guests" lining the streets of the Jazz District. Governor Sebelius
walked right through these unpleasant protestors and didn't miss a beat.
In fact, both women mentioned in their remarks how meaningful it is for
supporters to experience first hand what PPKM staff and thousands of
women trying to access health care must deal with on a regular basis.
It was only Bill O'Reilly on Fox News who discussed Sebelius' record
on March 2. He reported:
[T]he governor is a controversial
choice because she has opposed most restrictions on abortions even late
term. And the archbishop from Kansas Joseph Naumann suggested she
refrain from receiving communion as the governor's Catholic. Well,
she came to our attention after accepting campaign money from George
Tiller, known as Tiller, the baby killer. He's currently charged
with a variety of crimes centering on his abortion practice. He
aborts babies at any time for just about any reason if you pay him
Even absent the abortion controversy, the nomination to
Health and Human Services Secretary of someone who declined to address
such basic issues in her own state should be news.
||Shaun L.S. Donovan
||Raymond L. LaHood
||Eric K. Shinseki
|The Daily Mail blogs
on the mad bomber who came within seconds of blowing up Flight 253
headed to Detroit. What does the Obama's chief of Homeland
Security plan on doing to prevent a repeat?
Nothing -- Janet
Napolitano said: "The system worked" -- she really, really said
||The following positions have the status of
the inexperienced Leon Panetta, former congressman and Clinton White
House chief of staff, to take over the Central Intelligence Agency, an
organization that Obama criticized during the campaign for using
interrogation methods he decried as "torture."
chief qualification is bloviating against torture, has a reputation in
Washington as a competent manager with strong background in budget
issues. He has absolutely no hands-on intelligence experience.
If confirmed by the Senate, a kindler, gentler CIA Director will take
control of the agency most directly responsible for hunting senior Al
Qaeda leaders around the globe.
Obama's public relations people
at the Associated Press
that Obama is sending an unequivocal message that
controversial policies approving harsh interrogations, waterboarding and
extraordinary renditions -- the secret transfer of prisoners to other
governments with a history of torture -- and "warrantless wiretapping"
are over-- the policy of "hug a terrorist today" is here.
an internal list of former and current CIA officials who had impressive
administrative credentials, Panetta was selected, in large part, because
he comes from outside the intelligence world.
Part of Panetta's
outside world is his
[IPS], described by Brian Crozier,
director of the London-based Institute for the Study of Conflict, as
"...the perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be
resisted if they were to originate openly from the KGB."
is described as a Washinton-based "Think Factory", which helped train
extremist who incite violence in the United States and whose educational
research serves as a cover for intrigue and political agitation" (FBI
file 175-398). Another description given is that the "IPS
apparently exercises considerable influence in the New Left Movement and
may have as its goal the destruction of the United States Government." Obama's choice for CIA Director is a member.
||Chair Christina Romer
||Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
||Director Peter R. Orszag
||U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk
|The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations,
the United States' goals at the United Nations are four-fold.
"Strengthening the capacity of the organization to engage effectively in
peace operations at a time when the burdens and challenges placed on
the institution are greater than ever. Advancing our national and
collective agenda to address
climate change and the challenges of
non-proliferation are two other important objectives. And
putting the United States at the center of international efforts to
support poverty reduction, development, fighting disease and achieving
Millennium Development Goals."
Chief of Staff
-- Rahm Emanuel (nickname "Rahmbo") is the middle
son of a well-off Jewish family from Chicago, and an absolute dick
to everyone. He studied ballet and then went to Sarah Lawrence
and became a political fundraiser. He was one of the original
fabled "War Room" members of the '92 Clinton Campaign and served in
the White House til '98, when he left to become an investment banker
(millionaire) and teach at Northwestern.
||Other key appointments
|| Larry Summers
|Obama's chief economic adviser, Larry Summers,
received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees last year
from firms that have direct financial interests before the government or
are intimately involved in the White House's bank relief programs.
The White House released late Friday the personal financial
disclosure forms of many high-ranking administration officials.
The document provided for Summers, who serves as one of the president's
closest confidants, underscores just how close some of these officials
are to the industry over which they now have oversight. Among the
firms that paid Summers large amounts in speaking fees include J.P.
Morgan Chase. That bank offered the former Harvard president and
Treasury Secretary $67,500 for a February 1, 2008 engagement. It
has received $25 billion in government bailout funds. Citigroup,
which has received $50 billion in taxpayer help, paid Summers $45,000
for a speech in March 2008 and another $54,000 for a speech that May.
Goldman Sachs, which has received $10 million in bailout funds, paid
Summers $135,000 for a speech on April 16, 2008 and another $67,500 for
a speech on June 18, 2008.
Summers also received about $5.2
million over the past year in salary from the major hedge fund D.E.
Shaw. The speech payments will undoubtedly raise questions as to
the impartiality of the economic advice Summers is providing to the
president. Already viewed as too favorably disposed to Wall Street
interests, the lavish payments for speeches will provide further fodder
for those who think the administration has been forgiving in their
approach to the banking industry.
|Last year Zbigniew Brzezinski, adviser to former US president Jimmy
Carter, described the Bush administration's policy of maintaining the
option of military action against Iran as "counterproductive," and
recently, he said, that scrapping the missile defense of our Eastern
European allies was the right thing to do.
In a little noticed
interview with the Daily Beast, Brzezinski, who is known to be
anti-Israel, suggests that Obama do more than just refuse to support an
Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites -- he is recommending that Obama
must give the order to shoot down Israeli aircraft as they cross Iraqi
DB: How aggressive can Obama be in
insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in
America’s worst interest?
Brzezinski: We are not
exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace
in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?
What if they fly over anyway?
Brzezinski: Well, we have
to be serious about denying them that right. That means a
denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you
go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back
or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in
The Weekly Standard
adds: Contrary to Brezinski's half-hearted disclaimer that no one
wishes for such an outcome, there are plenty on the left who would
delight in a pitched battle between the United States and Israel.
Democrats in Congress routinely support resolutions affirming Israel's
right to take whatever steps it deems necessary to assure its own
national defense. And Obama has at least paid lip service to the
concept. But hostility to Israel among the rank and file is very
real on the left -- and among "realists."
So conjure the image --
the Obama administration sending U.S. aircraft up to protect Iran's
airspace and it's nuclear installations from an attack by a democracy
that is one of America's closest allies. Unfortunately, this may
not be so hard to imagine in Israel, where the number of people who
believe Obama is pro-Israel is at just 4 percent -- and falling.
And given Obama's (literally) submissive posture to the Saudis, his
indulgence of the Iranians, and his simultaneously hard-line approach to
Israel, it seems even some of Obama's supporters can savor the
possibility of a "reverse Liberty."
|| Harold Koh
selection of jurist and self-described "activist" Harold Koh to become
the State Department’s top legal advisor must be judged a
Until recently, Koh served as the head of Yale
Law School. In that prominent and influential position, he offered
opinions reflecting his staunch "transnationalist" views -- that is, Koh
believes that distinctions between U.S. law and international law should
be eliminated -- inevitably in favor of the latter’s latest anti-American
whims. According to his writings, Harold Koh thinks it is "appropriate
for the Supreme Court to construe our Constitution in light of foreign
and international law" when "American legal rules seem to parallel those
of other nations;" when "foreign courts have applied standards roughly
comparable to our own constitutional standards in roughly comparable
circumstances;" and "when a U.S. constitutional concept, by its own
terms, implicitly refers to a community standard."
premises are highly controversial. The Center for Security Policy’s
Frank Gaffney Jr. observes that, in effect, Koh "favors U.S. submission
to the International Criminal Court." According to Gaffney, Koh
"has been an unalloyed enthusiast" for the "lawfare" being practiced abroad
by provocateurs like Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, who wants to
prosecute former Bush advisors for allegedly permitting "torture" at
Guantanamo Bay prison.
Indeed, Koh himself has promised to
dismantle many of the national security policies put in place by the
Bush administration as part of the ongoing War on Terror. Lamenting
America’s "obsessive focus on the War on Terror," Koh proposes to
replace it with what he calls a "global human rights policy." According
to Koh, this means that "[W]e need to stop pushing for double standards
in human rights. If we believe that human rights are universal, we
must respect them, even for suspected terrorists.... And as a matter of
universal principle, we must give all detainees basic humane treatment,
however heinous they may be."
As these views suggest, Koh views
terrorism not as a form of warfare that warrants a military response,
but rather as a legal matter to be addressed in a courtroom. He
maintains that even if the actual perpetrators of 9/11 were to have been
somehow captured alive, insisting that "the United States must try, not
lynch, them to promote four legal values higher than vengeance: holding
them accountable for their crimes against humanity; telling the world
the truth about those crimes; reaffirming that such acts violate all
norms of civilized society; and demonstrating that law-abiding
societies, unlike terrorists, respect human rights by channeling
retribution into criminal punishment for even the most heinous outlaws."
In keeping with his view that terrorists deserve every legal
privilege, Koh argues that they must be tried in civilian courts rather
than military tribunals. Tellingly, Koh believes that the great virtue
of civilian trials is that they stand a better chance of winning the
approval of the international community. "The strongest argument against
military commissions is not legal, but political," he has written.
"Military commissions create the impression of kangaroo courts, not
legitimate accountability mechanisms.… To truly win a global war
against terrorism, the U.S. must not only apply, but also be universally
seen to be applying, credible justice. Credible justice for
international crimes demands tribunals that are fair and impartial both
in fact and in appearance. By their very nature, military tribunals fail
here . . .
|| Charles "Chas" Freeman
National Intelligence Council
|Obama has named Charles "Chas" Freeman,
the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War, to
head the U.S. National Intelligence Council. The NIC is a
crucial component of the U.S. intelligence apparatus, serving as the
center for midterm and long-term strategic thinking within the American
intelligence community. It provides intelligence briefs for Obama
and key U.S. agencies and produces reports that help determine American
policy on crucial issues, such as Iran's nuclear program.
works for Chinese government and his company's deals were seen as
attempt to expand communist nation's influence
Freeman is on the
board of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, or CNOOC, which in
2005 tried to purchase the ninth largest oil firm in the U.S. while he
was a member. The merger was halted following bipartisan
congressional opposition amid fears the deal would harm American
national security interests.
Freeman has served on the board of
CNOOC since 2004. He also founded a pro-China organization, the
U.S.-China Policy Foundation, which seeks to promote U.S.-China
Freeman did not return WND requests for comment left
with a media representative for his Middle East Policy Council.
CNOOC, the third largest Chinese oil company, focuses on the
exploitation, exploration and development of crude oil and natural gas
offshore of China. Seventy-five percent of the company's shares
are owned by the government of the People's Republic of China.
2005, CNOOC made a staggering, all-cash $18.5 billion offer to buy the
American oil company Unocal, topping an earlier bid by ChevronTexaco.
Immediately, lawmakers and many policy experts, including a broad array
of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, mounted a major opposition
campaign to the bid, urging the Bush administration to have the
Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. determine how the deal would
affect national security.
"This takeover is part of a
Chinese strategy to move very aggressively into acquiring natural
resource assets all over the world to fuel China's continued
growth, because China is relatively resource-poor," Alan Tonelson, a
research fellow with the U.S. Business and Industry Council, told
reporters in 2005. "It's also part of a Chinese campaign
to move, again, very aggressively into the American economy."
stuff on this guy.
John P. Holdren
Obama nominated John P. Holdren as his Science Adviser
last December 20, he
stated "promoting science isn’t just about providing resources" but
"ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by
politics or ideology." In nominating John Holdren, his words could
scarcely have taken a more Orwellian ring.
Some critics have
noted Holdren's penchant for making apocalyptic predictions that never
come to pass, and categorizing all criticism of his alarmist views as
not only wrong but dangerous.
What none has yet noted is that
Holdren is a globalist who has endorsed "surrender of sovereignty" to "a
comprehensive Planetary Regime" that would control all the world's
resources, direct global redistribution of wealth, oversee the
"de-development" of the West, control a World Army and taxation regime,
and enforce world population limits. He has castigated the United
States as "the meanest of wealthy countries," written a justification of
compulsory abortion for American women, advocated drastically lowering
the U.S. standard of living, and left the door open to trying global
warming "deniers" for crimes against humanity. Such is Obama's
idea of a clear-headed adviser on matters of scientific policy.
named his longtime friend and supporter Valerie Jarrett to be
his White House senior adviser.
Jarrett, who hired Michelle Obama for a job in the Chicago mayor's
office years ago, is one of the president-elect's closest friends and
advisers. Her name has been floated for several top administration
jobs. But Obama settled on the senior adviser role, said a person
close to the president-elect and willing to speak only on background
because the decision has not been officially announced.
A White House senior adviser can handle a range of duties. President
George W. Bush's top political aide Karl Rove held the title in the
|| Jon Favreau
|Behind a president defined more by his oratory than
any political figure in a generation is
chief speechwriter Jon Favreau, whose work with
Obama began soon after the Illinois senator arrived in Washington four
years ago and who knows the president's ideas and rhythms so well that
Obama has called him a mind-reader.
Throughout the grueling,
nearly two-year-long presidential campaign, Favreau lived a life of
constant deadlines and caffeine-fueled nights, carrying Obama's 1995
autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," and committing to memory the
2004 Democratic convention speech that introduced Obama to the country.
He now works one floor below the president, in a basement office in the
Favreau, or "Favs" to his friends and co-workers, is
the second-youngest person ever to work as chief White House
At College of the Holy Cross, a Jesuit school in
Worcester, Mass., Favreau founded a volunteer project to provide support
to welfare recipients, spent a semester in Washington as an intern for
Kerry and delivered the valedictory address.
After starting on
Kerry's presidential campaign as a press assistant whose
responsibilities included handling news clippings, he landed a job on
the speechwriting staff in a moment of upheaval, based on the strength
of his college valedictory address. Future Obama press secretary Robert
Gibbs, who was on Kerry's staff, later set up a lunch meeting between
Obama and Favreau shortly after the Illinois senator arrived in
Disappointed and exhausted after Kerry's loss,
Favreau was thinking about going to law school or trying his hand at
screenwriting, said several associates.
"I remember him calling
me after the lunch," Porter said. "He said, 'I'm staying here. This
guy's the real deal.' "
selected Gregory Craig, a presidential assassin’s lawyer, as
White House counsel.
Craig has plenty of experience in politics
as well as the courtroom, having served as Bill Clinton’s legal counsel
during the impeachment hearings. Craig flipped from Hillary
Clinton to Barack Obama early in the primaries, and Obama has repaid his
support -- but Craig’s caseload will raise a few eyebrows:
Besides defending Clinton through the impeachment process, an effort
that Craig lost, who else had the benefit of Craig’s counsel?
John Hinckley, Jr. -- Craig presented and won the insanity defense that
allows Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin to spend weekends with his
Elian Gonzalez’s father -- Craig represented the
father who demanded the return of his son after his estranged wife died
trying to take Elian to freedom. Most people saw this as a
thinly-veiled publicity stunt from Fidel Castro, attempting to embarrass
the US. The dispute got resolved when Janet Reno ordered an armed
assault on the house where Elian’s family in the US provided him a home.
Kofi Annan -- The former Secretary-General of the UN hired Craig
to defend his interests in the Volcker Commission probe of the
Oil-for-Food scandal, which put billions of dollars into Saddam
Hussein’s pockets while providing cash for Annan’s son, his deputies,
and some allege Annan himself.
Pedro Gonzalez Pinzon (Active
client) -- A Panamanian legislator wanted for murdering an American
soldier in 1992. The Dallas Morning News demanded that Obama force
Craig to drop the case during the campaign, but no report of whether he
did is easily available.
I doubt that any President has selected
the defender of a presidential assassin as White House Counsel before
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