November 13th, 2008
11:28 AM ET

Want to work in Obama's cabinet? Take this questionnaire...

Read the 7-page questionnaire sent by the Office of President Elect Obama here:
Read the 7-page questionnaire sent by the Office of President Elect Obama here:

Suzanne Malveaux | BIO
CNN White House Correspondent

I just received the 7-page questionnaire being sent by the Office of President Elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high ranking jobs.

It includes 63 questions to be completed...

covering everything from info on family members, Facebook pages, hired help, links to Fannie, Freddie, AIG and other troubled banks, lawsuits, gifts, resumes, loans, blogs, etc....

Click on the questionnaire for more

Filed under: Barack Obama • Raw Politics • Suzanne Malveaux
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. cameragirl

    I agree with Hawaii and Wayne. It seems like a smart move. Besides, the more prestigious the job and the more important the job, the more information is needed. I have had an 8 page application to complete. It is not a big deal. Shame on the person who mentioned the Patriot Act in comparison. The Obama administration is ASKING for this information, not DEMANDING it or WIRE TAPPING to get it. 😉

    November 13, 2008 at 8:13 pm |
  2. MyHumbleOpinion

    It was a fantastic read...finally someone who knows how to run a business. Start with the basics, build a strong foundation, then success can follow.

    The CIA web site lists the U.S. population as 303,824,640 (July 2008 est.)

    Correct me if I am wrong but doesn't that say 303 Million? OK...The TARP bailout of $760 Billion or twice that amount divided by 303 Million...hmmm...you see where I am going? Wouldn't it simply be cheaper and a whole lot more fun for everyone starving out here to receive from the government a mere 2-3 million?

    I hearby promise to be accountable for my 2-3 million,

    CEO of my own Domain

    November 13, 2008 at 7:46 pm |
  3. HawaiiGal

    This application is a very responsibly worded questionaire. The Obama team needs to be up and running as soon as possible. Therefore they cannot afford to have time wasted with embarassing revelations from investigations into the backgrounds of nominees for important positions. This application is the first step in weeding out those whose backgrounds would preclude them from serving. It is unfortuante that all politicians and appointees do not have to answer a similar questionaire and publish them on a website.

    I applaud the Obama transition team for doing their due diligence.

    November 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm |
  4. Kim

    I've had a very boring life thus far. No illegal activity, college education – which I paid for, no large loans, no bonuses or "gifts" from employers.... I just may qualify.

    November 13, 2008 at 7:42 pm |
  5. maxine

    I worked in a job that I had a back ground check, finger printed, credit checked, drug tested and some of the questions on this questionaire were also on my application. So I don't see what the big deal is. What job did I have that asked all these questions, high security; maybe...I worked at a casino. So if you have nothing to hide who cares what kind of questions are asked if you want the job.

    November 13, 2008 at 7:15 pm |
  6. Larry

    Does Obama's 'NO' to lobbyists apply to lobbyists that lobby members of congress? Are members of congress, in a way, just elected lobbyists?

    November 13, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  7. George Dauth

    Sounds like gun owners need not apply.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  8. Wayne from Fullerton, CA

    For those of you that doubt whether Obama has answered these questions I ask you:
    Where have you been the last two years?
    His interview was conducted by the media and the Rovian republicans over and over and over and over etc. etc. etc.
    When you have been accused of paling around with terrorists because you of aquaintences from twenty years ago, you'd be careful too.
    I doubt they are asking these questions so much as to eliminate applicants from the position..., they just don't want any surprises later. Smart move if you ask me.

    November 13, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  9. Dana Stewart

    Well, we can't have any one of high rank appointed that could possibly embarass the President-elect. Please. There's no one in DC that can pass this litmus test.

    Maybe Obama should look for somebody from Wasilla?

    November 13, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  10. Sandra

    Wow, good thing Obama is president, he wouldn't be able to get a job he is taking resumes on!!

    November 13, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  11. Mary Jean from S.C.

    I printed the questionnaire and think everybody in government and most jobs should answer the same questions. It would eliminate some of the problems of the present and past. I plan to answer all 63 questions and see what happens because I saw nothing in the questions that would disqualify me. I have a clean background and have worked for federal and state government and non profits and the media. Would being a journalist be a problem?

    November 13, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  12. Joyce

    I can't believe this is for real. Someone made it up.

    November 13, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  13. Julie San Diego, CA

    I'm all for disclosure.

    Get it all out on the table before it causes a problem.

    By the way, ordinary citizens have to provide many of these things to potential employers when seeking a job.

    For an office of that height, these requirements are not unreasonable. I remember back in the day, as a young female engineer, being asked to take a drug test (urine) as a pre-condition to employment.

    I took it and passed – not surprising as my only addiction is caffeine. I questioned my male counterparts who said they weren't requested to take it.

    This was back when companies had generous (paid) pregnancy leaves; this company offered full pay for 6 months.

    You guessed it. The "drug" test was a pregnancy test.

    Applicants to the Obama team can quit whining, they don't have to pee in a cup.

    November 13, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  14. Renee

    I read some of the questions and realized that we, the American people, know little to nothing about Obama except for yes, we can.

    Let's see can you or Wolf or Anderson get these answers from him? Trust me. I am not holding my breath.

    Meanwhile though the Obama Transition Foundation now wants to pull a credit report and have an applicant answer the questions. Because yes, they can when unemployment in near 8% and climbing. And some of the liberals on this blog think Bush overstepped with the American Patriot's Act? You haven't seen anything yet.

    November 13, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  15. Ruth

    I don't see it as an unreasonable questionaire for those types of high official jobs. It's a character reference and also a protection for the Government should any issues be exploited. The only problem that they may have is "Who can have the perfect record?". It's not humanly possible. LOL.. The benefit however is the Govternment have the right people for the the job without being swayed by their own agenda. In politics though, who doesn't have one?

    November 13, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  16. Christina Pope

    I wonder if Obama has answered all these questions

    November 13, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  17. jt

    Questions that even Obama can not probably answere. It seems like it is easier to be president than getting a job.

    November 13, 2008 at 12:40 pm |
  18. proofpositivity

    That is one wordy resume.

    November 13, 2008 at 12:34 pm |
  19. julia nusbaum

    wow. and i thought the oregon teachers standards and practices commission were sticklers. lord have mercy.

    November 13, 2008 at 12:02 pm |
  20. Joanne, Syracuse, NY

    The questionnaire does not ask any information that would be irrelevant. I would suspect that both private and public sector employers would need to know this information.

    In light of the special interests that have been truly a plague to the middle class, it is only fair to ask about affiliations with any or all of those that may bias the employee/employer relationship.

    November 13, 2008 at 11:57 am |
  21. k_michael

    Cabinet position, heck, I'm still trying to find out whether there are any VOLUNTEER opportunities via the intenet ("televolunteering") for people with information analysis, linguistic, and computer skills =;-)

    November 13, 2008 at 11:56 am |
  22. Cindy

    AWW...this is funny! So now Obama is accepting resumes huh!? Well if he is not wanting anyone that has links to Fannie or Freddie or anyone that got us into this mess then he will have slim pickin's to choose from! They all have their hands dirty.


    November 13, 2008 at 11:52 am |
  23. William Courtland

    Does it ask about any hypnotic relationships with Iraq?

    So you have a President often subject to media infusion. You have a congress of representatives, set and protected from hypnosis by district apportionment which checks the executive powers.

    Who's war is this?

    Is it the America Citizen's or the global hypnotists?

    November 13, 2008 at 11:42 am |