posted on Dec, 9 2004 @ 10:29 AM
The mass departure from President Bush’s cabinet appears to be over. Bush ended the speculation whether he would replace any more members of his
cabinet by announcing that the remaining members would stay. There are still a few positions to fill; replacing members who have resigned, but for now
it appears that the exodus is over.
US President George W. Bush has asked the secretaries of the Transportation, Labor, Interior and Housing departments to remain and they have all
agreed, completing decisions about which cabinet members will stay for his second term.
Mr Bush spoke with the four cabinet secretaries - Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Housing and Urban
Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao - to secure their decisions to remain in the cabinet, White House press
secretary Scott McClellan said.
The amount of changeover in Mr Bush's Cabinet is on the high side for a second-term president. Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan saw seven
cabinet seats change hands after they won new terms, President Richard Nixon nine and Presidents Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson four each.
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Why did this happen in the first place? If the Bush cabinet was a cohesive and well chosen group there would not be an issue. Some loss was to be
expected but this is a little much.
I believe that this is a symptom of a bigger problem within this administration. There appears to be a clash of personalities or ideologies and I
think that it is safe to assume that judging from the numbers; the problem may lie in Bush’s agenda.