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Getting the Band Together

President-elect Barack Obama is beginning to create his cabinet and assess roles within the upcoming administration.


While some familiar faces from his campaign are certainly popping up, everyone else interested in working for the new president will have a pretty hefty vetting process. Who are the latest picks? Why did Obama choose them and who is likely to fill the remaining openings?

Back in October, attorney general pick Eric Holder spoke with NPR about what he sees as priorities for the new administration.

"'When you look at the other issues that I think the next president is going to have to deal with, chief among them is going to be trying to revitalize and remake a Justice Department that has been really sullied in the last four, eight years or so by people who tried to politicize.'"


But Holder's pardon of financier Marc Rich during his years with the Clinton administration may be a sore spot. In February 2001, NewsHour talked to experts about Holder's controversial decision.

Obama's pick for Health and Human Services secretary is a familiar face -Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Daschle was front and center for most of Obama's campaign, and Frontline's The Choice portrayed him as having a major role in placing Obama in the position to run for president after he arrived in the Senate in 2004.

"I argued that windows of opportunity for running for the presidency close quickly. And that he shouldn't assume, if he passes up this window, that there will be another," Daschle said.


Will Sen. Hillary Clinton be tapped for Secretary of State? What would your Obama administration dream team look like?

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