Opinion: Biden's cabinet picks send a clear message
November 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
US President-elect Joe Biden talks to the media outside the Queen theatre after announcing the new members of his cabinet during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 24, 2020. - US President-elect Joe Biden introduced November 24, 2020 a seasoned national security team he said was prepared to resume US leadership of the world after the departure of President Donald Trump. "It's a team that will keep our country and our people safe and secure," Biden said, introducing his picks for secretary of state, national security advisor, intelligence chief, and other key cabinet jobs"It's a team that reflects the fact that America is back. Ready to lead the world, not retreat from it," Biden said. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
With each cabinet pick, President-elect Joe Biden has conveyed the same message -- government experience will matter in this administration, writes Julian Zelizer. Thus far, Biden has put forward an impressive team of advisers with resumes that offer a stark contrast to what we have seen in the past four years.
(CNN)With each cabinet pick, President-elect Joe Biden has conveyed the same message -- government experience will matter in this administration.
Biden has also nominated other experienced officials like Antony Blinken and Jake Sullivan -- both of whom worked on the most pressing foreign policy issues under the Obama administration -- as secretary of state and national security adviser, respectively.
For director of national intelligence, Biden has picked Avril Haines, who was the deputy national security adviser under President Obama.
And Ron Klain, who boasts decades of experience in government, will join the Biden administration as chief of staff.
The fact that Biden, who spent more than three decades in the Senate before serving as vice president, won the election with the backing of more than 80 million voters, shows that the American people were ready to see someone with a deep background in government back in the Oval Office.
His administration included only a handful of people who could be considered government veterans (Secretary of State Mike Pompeo being one of them, and even he had comparatively paltry experience, having only entered Washington in 2010 as a Tea Party outsider).
Just as he has exposed so many other problems in our political system, President Trump -- through his many failings on the job -- has revealed the importance of experience and expertise when it comes to the highest office in the land.