President-elect Richard M. Nixon presented his cabinet selections to the American public Wednesday night (December?
MS Cabinet appointees in room
MS William P. Rogers - State
MS David M. Kennedy - Treasury
MS Melvin R. Laird - Defense
MS John N. Mitchell - Attorney General
MS Winton M. Blount - Postmaster General
MS Walter J. Hickel - Interior
MS Clifford M. Hardin - Agriculture
MS Maurice H. Stans - Commerce
MCU George P. Shultz - Labor
MS Robert H. Finch - Health, Education, Welfare
MS George W. Romney - Housing & Urban Affairs
MS John A. Volpe - Transportation
TRANSCRIPT: "I think all of the men that I have selected have the potential for great leadership.
"They are as convinced as I am that great as our problems are in American and the world they can and must be solved, that we can bring peace and keep the peace in these next four years, that we can bring our people together at home and bring law and order with justice, something every American wants, and that we can have a new era of progress, progress without inflation.
"All of these are difficult objectives to achieve but the new men coming into the government - I can assure you - will do everything that they can to achieve them."
EDITORS NOTE: THE VOICE HEARD OVER THE PICTURES OF THE CABINET MEMBERS IN NOT THAT OF MR. NIXON. MR. NIXON'S VOICE IS HEARD ONLY WHERE HE APPEARS ON FILM.
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Background: President-elect Richard M. Nixon presented his cabinet selections to the American public Wednesday night (December 11) in an unprecedented television broadcast. The unveiling took place in a Washington a number of men previously selected by Mr. Nixon as White House consultants and advisers.
No Democrats, Negroes, Jews or women were appointed to the cabinet. Only a few of the men are familiar to the American public, and only one, Governor George Romney of Michigan, is known fairly well outside of the United States. All of the men are generally regarded as moderates on social and foreign problems. In his introduction, Mr. Nixon described them as "new men with new ideas." In praising their achievements, he said he had looked beyond their accomplishments in public and private life to their capacity for leadership. In speaking of them individually, he frequently used the words "extra dimension:"...an extra dimension which is the difference between good leadership and superior or even great leadership."
Although it is usually only a formality, all of the appointees must be confirmed by the Senate.