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***Update 11/5***Rumors are flying about President-Elect Obama possible cabinet picks and Colin Powell's name keeps popping up. The Politico has a story about the "stars" who may be planned for Obama's cabinet.
Obama's transition planners are weighing several other celebrity-level political stars for Cabinet posts, including retired Gen. Colin L. Powell for secretary of defense or education, the officials said.
Colin Powell's recent endorsement of Barack Obama has fueled talks that the he may be Obama's Secretary of Defense or fill some other capacity in an Obama administration. Powell had been slightly disgraced following his time as Bush's Secretary of State, being a major force in selling the Iraq war to the United Nations, but his popularity remains high.
Obama himself has also said that Powell will have a place in his administration:
"He will have a role as one of my advisers," Barack Obama said on NBC's Today in an interview aired Monday, a day after Powell, a four-star general and President Bush's former secretary of state, endorsed him.
"Whether he wants to take a formal role, whether that's a good fit for him, is something we'd have to discuss," Obama said.