Bill Clinton to Release Names of Library and Foundation Donors

Chris Cillizza has the details:

Former President Bill Clinton has agreed to make public 200,000 donors to his presidential library and foundation as part of an agreement with President-elect Barack Obama's transition team designed to allow his wife -- Hillary Rodham Clinton -- to be named Secretary of State, according to two sources familiar with the arrangement.

The former president has also agreed to allow the State Department and, potentially, the White House, to vet his personal business interests and speeches so as to avoid potential conflicts of interest, according to transition officials.


With that potentially sticky-wicket now a non-issue, the nomination of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State appears to be on a glide path.

This news should presumably mean that Barack Obama will now have in place his nominees for the four big departments, State, Treasury, Defense and Justice, a fairly diverse group that includes people of both parties, of both sexes, and of more than one racial background. But even more than the categories in which these nominees and presumptive nominees could be designated, this group conveys a strength that underscores Obama's determination to usher in a period of effective governance. While the rest of Obama's Cabinet remains to be fleshed out, the early indicators suggest that Obama will have one of the most respected and accomplished cabinets we have seen in some time. In other words, though I might not have assembled the exact same team, it does seem to have the trappings of an effective Cabinet.

Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, secretary of state (all tags)



on discussion of the cabinet

any ideas who education is going to be?  any good choices out there?  

by Doug Tuttle 2008-11-29 08:26PM | 0 recs
Re: on discussion of the cabinet

Speculation includes Colin Powell, Congressman George Miller, former Senator David Boren, former Governor Tom Kean and NYC School Chancellor Joe Klein.

by RJEvans 2008-11-29 09:58PM | 0 recs
Re: on discussion of the cabinet

The only reason to bring in Joe Klein would be to break the teacher's union.

by Jess81 2008-11-30 05:04AM | 0 recs
Re: on discussion of the cabinet

I think Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is considered a likely possibility as well.

by Obamaphile 2008-11-30 06:05AM | 0 recs
Re: on discussion of the cabinet

Gov Sebelius should get Labor imo.

by YourConcernsAreNoted 2008-11-30 08:05AM | 0 recs
Hopes it's not Miller unless he

has changed his tune on NCLB.

by Jjc2008 2008-11-30 08:29AM | 0 recs
Re: on discussion of the cabinet

Howard Dean has also been mentioned, too.

by TheUnknown285 2008-11-29 10:05PM | 0 recs
splashy cabinet

I am happy with many of the selections to the cabinet (for what it is worth), but so many of these figures are "high profile" that I fear there are a lot of prima donnas in search of a spotlight.  And I am not picking on Mrs. Clinton.  There are several politicos here who have therir siights raised high.  I just wonder if these high profile people will all be able to put their political ambitions to the side and do the jobs that are in desperate need of being done after eight years of ineptitude.

My thought is that a few more bureaucrats who have been on the job for years and know the ins and outs of the departments may be better positioned to fix the flaws in the system rather than politicians with high personal ambitions.

by candideinnc 2008-11-30 04:25AM | 0 recs
Head Explosion Alert

Neocons, pseudo progressives (Arianna, Matthews), and libertarians will be unable to control their CDS tomorrow.  Could be entertaining on the blogs.

by Jjc2008 2008-11-30 08:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Head Explosion Alert

Is Arianna a Neocon...I did not know that (I'm not being sarcastic).....thanks for any info you can give me. Matthews runs hot and cold...he does what his masters at GE_NBC tell him to do. This year they decided to be in the groove for Democrats (go figure -- GE has lost so much market cap they are ready to do business with their eternal enemy the Democrats). But remember in 2004 how prissy that guy was toward John Kerry. But if GE_NBC paid me $5 million a year like he gets, I would say any f*cking thing that they wanted me to say....

by hddun2008 2008-11-30 06:13PM | 0 recs
Clinton haters,

are you happy now? Will you shut up about them needed to be vetted for anything ever again?

by Lakrosse 2008-11-30 09:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Clinton haters,

To be fair they should have the decency to publicly show the records before she actually ran for office, but this is a good step and now it is time for Bush to disclose his donor list as well.  

This is a tradition I will like to see eliminated.

by hocuspocus 2008-11-30 12:24PM | 0 recs


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