President-Elect Barack Obama acknowledged in a 60 Minutes interview, Republicans will make up a part of his cabinet. Monday, the President-Elect met with former Oval Office rival Republican, John McCain.
The President-Elect is taking a page out of the history books, particularly from the pages of Abraham Lincoln and his efforts to unify with political opponents. Lincoln appointed a number of political enemies to fill cabinet posts. President-Elect Obama finds the Lincoln approach helpful. During the 60 Minutes interview, Obama used the words “wisdom” and “humility” when referring to the Lincoln approach. Dr. Martha Joynt Kumar of Towson University believes any political rivals must have an expertise in the field they are appointed to lead.
Should the President-Elect rely on his own judgments for appointments or look to the past as a guide? Who should Obama pick for cabinet posts?