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Obama officially signs Cabinet nominations

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Minutes after his inauguration speech Monday, President Barack Obama signed documents officially submitting top administration nominations to the Senate.

Obama affirmed the nominations of John Brennan to be CIA director, former Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state and Jack Lew for treasury secretary.

Obama also signed a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration. The proclamation is entitled "National Day of Hope and Resolve, 2013."

"I'm proclaiming peace on Earth and goodwill towards men," Obama quipped as he signed the document.

Obama signed the documents at a traditional inauguration day ceremony in the Capitol's President's Room, a small ornate room near the Senate chamber where presidents historically conducted business. Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic and Republican congressional leaders attended the short, light-hearted ceremony.

President Ronald Reagan established the tradition of visiting the room after taking the oath of office to sign documents and pose for photographs.

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