Cohen: Gore for Secretary of State

Columnist lists his picks for Obama's cabinet
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 11, 2008 11:06 AM CST
Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore speaks at the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Kevin Sanders)
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(Newser) – If Barack Obama wants to make good on his promise of change, he should start by nominating Al Gore for secretary of state, Richard Cohen suggests in the Washington Post. Earth’s “custodian” has worlds of government experience—and “can you imagine a bolder statement about a new direction when it comes to global warming and the general care of our abused planet?”

Follow that pick with Lawrence Summers for Treasury, Cohen writes: “Summers can be an outstanding social klutz, but a deep recession is not a tea party. He has the tools.” And finally, Obama should make a statement by making education secretary an inner-Cabinet post and installing in it Joel Klein, who left his high-paying private sector work to fix New York’s public schools.