(CNN) — Barack Obama will have nearly named his entire Cabinet by Christmas, a top aide to the President-elect's transition team said.
John Podesta, a former chief of staff for President Clinton, told Bloomberg News' Al Hunt "virtually the whole Cabinet" will be in place by the end of the year.
Earlier this week President-elect Obama announced he was nominating New York Fed chairman Timothy Geithner to be his Treasury Secretary. He has also reportedly settled on Sen. Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for Commerce Secretary, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security Secretary, former Sen. Tom Daschle for Heath and Human Services Secretary, and Eric Holder for Attorney General. Obama also reportedly favors keeping Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his current position.
Though Gates currently appears to be the only Republican set to hold a leading cabinet post under Obama, Podesta said there will be "multiple Republicans" in the administration.
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Michael November 28th, 2008 8:39 pm ET
Stop bashing Obama's change. This is like a Catch-22, He'll get criticized for picking people who have ZERO experience but hey, they're fresh faces. Or he picks people with experience who have the talents to get us out of the Republican-involved mess, but they aren't fresh faces. So what if we've seen them before? Just shut it and let Pres-Elect Obama do his job. (Hell, he hasn't even been inaugurated yet!)