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An inside look at the Cabinet

By Ed O'Keefe

The latest White House video production shares behind-the-scenes details about President Obama's Cabinet.

Currently 25 people sit around the large conference table in the Cabinet Room when the group meets at least once every two months.

Secretaries seated closest to the president run older Cabinet-level agencies or departments, meaning that Commerce Secretary Gary Locke sits closer to the president than Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Beyond the heads of the 15 executive agencies, presidents can name other government officials to the Cabinet at their discretion. Obama has elevated the U.S. trade representative, director of the Office of Management and Budget and EPA administrator, among others.

Arguably one of the best perks of being a Cabinet secretary? You can buy your Cabinet Room chair from the government when your tenure ends. Worst? You must leave your BlackBerry outside the Cabinet Room before entering the meeting.

The video stars White House Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu, a former classmate of Obama who interacts daily with the secretaries and their aides and pulls together the details of Cabinet meetings. (And -- best of all -- he's a self-professed fan and daily reader of The Federal Eye!)

Watch the video above as Lu, his staff and colleagues pull together the most recent meeting of the Obama Cabinet.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Administration  
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