Barack Obama promised the voters change but has started his by naming several Washington insiders to top posts.
By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer
Obama is enlisting former Senate leader Tom Daschle as his . , a well-known Washington personality, seemed more likely than ever to be his secretary of state. Clinton is deciding whether to take that post as America’s top diplomat, her associates said Wednesday
Obama is ready to announce that his attorney general will be Eric Holder, the Justice Department’s No. 2 when Clinton’s husband was president. Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff, is another veteran of the Clinton White House.
Daschle’s selection to head the Justice departments. But the health post could be more important in an Obama administration than in some others, making Daschle a key player in helping steer the president-elect’s promised health care reforms.— confirmed Wednesday but not yet announced — isn’t at the same level of Cabinet prestige as the top spots at the State and
Daschle could push Obama for quick action on health care reform next year, if he follows his own advice.
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, left, followed by current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, smiles on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic officials say Daschle has accepted President-elect Barack Obama’s offer to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File )