President-elect Richard M. Nixon presented his cabinet selections to the American public Wednesday night (December?
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.