Obama’s Cabinet: Goodbye Clinton, Geithner, Carney as new names top lists

Sounds to me like Obama is now going to clean house! Be sure to check the Related Articles section at the end for more info on this topic. ~J

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference with the Croatian president after their meetings at the presidency in Zagreb October 31, 2012. NATO member Croatia will join the 27-nation EU next year. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool (CROATIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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Come January, the Obama administration will begin again, and a number of people whose names and faces have grown familiar the past four years will leave the public realm for other livelihoods.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and press secretary Jay Carney are preparing for departure. Many also expect Attorney General Eric Holder to be considering an exit.

Foreign Policy

Clinton’s position is perhaps most visible. Her management of the department and leadership of America’s global diplomacy have won praise from Republicans and Democrats, and the former New York senator and first lady is thought by many to be the most popular member of Obama’s Cabinet.

Foreign policy experts see her departure as leaving a gap, because significant problems remain: Iran’s suspected ambitions to develop nuclear weapons; violent civil war in Syria; continued fallout from the “Arab spring”; and continuing conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan among them. New challenges include China’s slowing economy, coupled with its increasing aggressive response to territorial disputes.

So whose names are being talked about to take over State?

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who leads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has emerged as a favorite. Kerry’s major strength is deep and longstanding experience on most vital foreign policy issues; he would also likely win easy confirmation by colleagues. But unlike his predecessor, Kerry may struggle to be welcomed into Obama’s inner circle.

Kerry’s most-cited rival is Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who, unlike Kerry, already has “inner circle” credentials. She has worked daily for years alongside diplomats from America’s allies and foes. However, her controversial role in explaining the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack to the public could prompt a difficult confirmation process. Some Republican aides are already saying privately she shouldn’t get the job.

It’s also possible a Republican might come forward. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman worked for Obama as ambassador to China before returning to make a failed bid for the presidency. One senior Republican foreign-policy hand describes his work in Beijing as “superb, top-rate.”

There’s always a chance of promotion from within, such as Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. But what about an outsider? Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott held Burns’ job under President Bill Clinton.

Another possibility: Nick Burns, who managed policy on Iran’s nuclear ambitions under President George W. Bush. Burns publicly praised Obama’s handling of the issue.

It’s not known yet whether Defense Secretary Leon Panetta plans to leave. But if he does, two front-runners are being mentioned for the job: His deputy, Ashton Carter, and Michele Flournoy, a former undersecretary at the Pentagon. Another possibility, though somewhat unlikely, might be retired independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

Speculation in Washington also suggested Director of National Intelligence James Clapper might be seeking an exit. He hasn’t said he will leave, but if he does, Flournoy is a possible replacement. CIA Director David Petraeus was also mentioned, but news on Friday of his resignation of his position due to an extramarital affair will likely take him off the list. Petraeus, in turn, will be replaced by acting director Michael Morell.

Domestic Affairs

With the economy still lackadaisical, and in light of Obama’s campaign promises to hasten a more tangible recovery, picking a replacement for outgoing Treasury Secretary Geithner will be crucial.

So far those mentioned as potential successors include two Clinton administration veterans: Clinton chief of staff Erskine Bowles and current White House chief of staff Jack Lew. In the coming weeks, Lew will face a big test in talks with Republicans centered on the “fiscal cliff.” Bowles’ credentials, though, would send a message that debt reduction is a priority.

What about a Republican? Robert Zoellick has served as World Bank president, U.S. trade representative and deputy secretary of state. When he was appointed adviser to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the amount of backlash from hard-line conservatives reminded everyone that he might have had a bit more luck joining the other team.

Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs Lael Brainard isn’t at the top of many lists, but some insiders say she would have a lot of heads nodding their approval on Capitol Hill and overseas.

Finally, a long-shot—but not out of the question: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

With so many large-scale compromises to be reached on both foreign and domestic fronts, it remains to be seen how many Cabinet appointments may serve as gestures from the Obama administration to Republican opposition that still holds power in the House.

—With additional reporting from Brendan James in New York.

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17 Responses to Obama’s Cabinet: Goodbye Clinton, Geithner, Carney as new names top lists

  1. Ana says:

    okay Jean – you have my curiousity up now! what exactly do you mean ‘Give me the plan, and I can make it happen – but I need the plan?” are you holding out on us?


    • Jean says:

      What I meant was that I’m not good at figuring things out, but if you give me a plan; that is, tell me what you want me to do, I can get it done. I wish I were holding out on you:) Hugs, ~Jean

  2. Roberto says:

    Dancing on a tightrope is not the easiest thing to do….

    What we, the people need to do to get us out of the mess that criminals and traitors have gotten us into is to write our own legislation and put it on the ballot as referendums.
    Impeach the poilticians who attempt to block it.

    Start with things most people can agree on:

    Overturn Citizens United.

    Return to paper votes No voting machines.

    Remove all draconian voter suppression techniques.

    Cancel NDAA.

    Empty the prisons of all those who never harmed anyone, they just broke draconian laws and codes and are not forced into slave labor

    Dissolve the FED after they cancel their preposterous debt.

    Force the criminals to refund all our money that was paid to service an illegal debt

    Cancel all debt owed to banks.

    Release the clean energy technology discovered by Nikola Tesla

    Stop all drilling for oil and all atomic plants and coal burning

    Prosecute the real criminals for war crimes.

    Reveal and utilize the trillions of $s in funds being hidden in CAFR accounts.

    Expose the real history of our planet.

    That’s a good start…

    • Jean says:

      Roberto, this last is sooo important! There it is! I only have a couple problems: how do we establish a new government? Iceland did it using social media, basically their phones, but their country is only a little over 320,000. Greece is going to have to do it – and they are over 11 million people. How are we going to do it here in this country? I know there is a way. . . but I’m never good at seeing those things. Give me the plan, and I can make it happen, but I need the plan. . . Any thoughts on this?


  3. byron says:

    Hilary’s crowning glory to her state department was pushing the UN gun treaty through and her and Oboma signed it while hurricane Sandy was destroying the North East. She is now on a very exclusive list of war criminals that killed thousands of Libyan people to be prosecuted at the Hague she is a real American. How can anyone judge a person that we know almost nothing about and can’t keep campaign promisses to be doing something good for a change is beyond me. The Galactic federation who ever they are,likes him so he must be good. I have no problem judging a man for his deeds, but have difficulty judging a man by what some think he will do in the future.

  4. arunja says:

    Just do some research on those who are mentioned to fill the vacancies…..that will give you a clearer picture as to where things are heading.

    It’s still too early to hang up your hat, it seems : )

    • Jean says:

      Yes, we don’t now yet, who will actually fill these vacancies and who is floating the names. Also, until the cabal has been brought down financially, I have every reason to believe things will continue as before. . . but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other plans afoot :) Hugs, ~Jean

  5. Margo says:

    Should be:
    1. Clinton – PRISON / 2. Geithner – PRISON / 3. Holder – PRISON (along with ALL ill gotten gains returned to the people) Just saying….

  6. ExtrovertedOne says:

    I agree with you, Alex. I don’t trust Obama, either. After he signed the NDAA into law, that clinched it for me as to just how bad Obama is. Now, one thing that you should remember is Obama being re-elected was not necessarily a (completely) bad thing. As I was reminded on another web site, Obama will only continue bringing this country closer and closer to economic collapse. Keep in mind, we have to have an economic collapse to allow the new system to start. I just had an ah-hah moment, of sorts. We, not too long ago, heard of all of those big wigs in England committing suicide, then we hear of Petraeus resigning, now, we hear that Clinton, Geither, and Carney and possibly Holder are leaving their positions? Does anyone else notice the rats fleeing the sinking ship, or is it just me? They may know that something BIG is coming (December 21st is only 41 days away). It just seems obvious to me, anyway, that all of these people are getting out before they get the cuffs slapped on them.

    • Jean says:

      Didn’t he sign the NDAA with the provision: not on his watch? Maybe that was all the statement he felt he could make at that time. Hugs, ~Jean

    • DrinkDeep says:

      Clinton and Geithner announced quite a while ago that they wouldn’t be around for a 2nd term – Carney is no surprise (who would want That job??) and for some reason the media is falling all over themselves trying to maintain Petreaus’ reputation, so I’m expecting him back in the middle east before long?

      I’m willing to bet there are others who were just hanging on until they (thought they would) lose the election, and another four years doesn’t sound so great. I think I’d take the money and run – open a private business or something and get the hell out of Dodge.

  7. Alex says:

    Obama clean house? If Kerry is being talked about or Susan Rice then here comes the new boss same as the old boss. Time to face it. We are not going to see any change from the Obama administration, nor would we from Romney. All data indicates Obama is an NWO neocon just working for a different set of cabalists. We need a third party constitutional liberty minded individuals to take the stand. Obama was funded by JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. Obama won the election. He is one of them. We are screwed until people wake up and stop letting the Cabal steam roll you. Obama is not your savior, he is an appeasement to the minority, he is representative of hope and change but will only disapoinT and offer more of the same. You will see in time this is absolutely the case when in 6 months from now we are wondering where ET is as we pay 5 dollar a gallon gas at the pump, we stuff GMO in our faces as we watch the NWO carve up Iran and begin a kabuki cold war with China. Maybe just maybe by then enough steeple will wake up in time to demand a constitutionally minded patriot who believes in Liberty over Tyranny as our forefathers fought so bitterly for against the Crown Dictators of England and Europe.

    • Jordo says:

      Obama was funded by Sachs and Chase in his 2008 election, but when things didn’t go their complete way over the next four years you can see both of those companies but all their money behind their man Romney. (Funny to see the stock markets slip a day after Obama won, u mad Wall Street?) I dont know where you get “all your data”.

      Remember, Obama is doing as much as he can without going to way of Kennedy, and he and his family have already been threatened with their lives. If Obama dies, surely that will allow a true Zionist to take office in total support of Israel. I applaud Obama for standing up to Israel and hanging Netanyahu out to dry. Put your thinking cap on buddy.

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