Obama’s dream team faces its first test on Tuesday as the Senate holds confirmation hearings for Hillary Clinton and several other Cabinet picks.
The hearings will provide a sneak peak at relations between the Obama administration and Congress. Obama’s fellow Democrats control both chambers, but that’s no guarantee of smooth sailing.
Clinton, nominated for Secretary of State, will have to answer some pointed questions about hubby Bill’s globe-trotting activities, but observers expect her to win confirmation easily. The fun begins at 9:30 EST.
Also on the hot seat today: Energy Secretary nominee Steven Chu; Education Secretary nominee Arne Duncan; Housing and Urban Development Secretary nominee Shaun Donovan; and Peter Orszag, nominated to head the Office of Management and Budget.
Meanwhile, George W. Bush is still president. He holds his last Cabinet meeting today and will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Australian Prime Minister John Howard.