President Elect Barack Obama has nominated CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta as United States Surgeon General. What a great idea, appoint a political outsider who is easily recognizable and that Americans seem to trust.
Which got me thinking maybe all the presidential nominees should be celebrities?
So here's my list Mr. President it's not too late to make history and give a job to a number of Hollywood A listers.
Director of National Intelligence: Kiefer Sutherland
One name Kiefer Sutherland. Mr. Sutherland as Jack Bauer has been CTU's man with a plan, with an excellent ability to see what no one else can see, and know what no one else knows. Loyal, creative and never one to hold back blowing away the bad guys, he would be the perfect man to develop an alternative to water boarding, mainly knee capping.
Secretary of State: Bono
U-2's front man has spent his political capital and the last dozen years bringing together peace makers and deal makers, while "Sunday Bloody Sunday," might hold true as a reminder that peace is better than war, having a global celebrity who knows How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb isn't a bad idea either.
Secretary of the Treasury: Jim Cramer
Who better to replace the current Secretary of the Treasury crazy guy Henry Paulson, than even crazier Jim Cramer of CNBC's Mad Money, lets hope Jim can help the Treasury make back the money Paulson has been handing out to Corporate America by the Billions!
Secretary of Defense: Warren Sapp
Retired NFL Defensive Tackle Warren Sapp may be better known for his Dancing with the Stars gig and a huge non football following but the 7 time Pro Bowl selectee and Super Bowl Champion(XXXVII)knows DE-FENCE!
Attorney General: Judith Sheindlin
AKA Judge Judy, a former New York family court judge who doesn't hold back when she sees a crook, con-man or liar in her court room.
Secretary of the Interior: Steve Irwin
Steve Irwin the crocodile hunter. Wait he's dead, I think it was a hunting accident with Dick Cheney.
Secretary of Agriculture: Willie Nelson
If there is one department of the US Government that needs some aid its farmers and Farm Aid is Willie Nelson.
Secretary of Commerce: Billy Mays
Who better to start pushing American products that TV pitchman Billy Mays? This amped up carnival hawker could sell snow to Eskimos and sand to Arabs.
Secretary of Labor: Mike Rowe
If you've got a Dirty Job, who other than the Discovery Channel's Mike Rowe has the broad range of experience to understand what real work is all about?
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Huge Laurie
No one can cut through the BS like Dr. Gregory House, so Hugh Laurie will take over as long as he doesn't use his British accent and hit anyone with his trademark cane.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Oprah Winfrey
Oprah's got a new favorite thing she's going to build a house for everyone!
Secretary of Transportation: Jimmie Johnson
If the idea is to get from point A to point B fast, we need NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson.
Secretary of Energy: Richard Simmons
No one can argue that we need to kick start our energy resources and for that we turn to hyper active hyper nutcase Richard Simmons, just remember America the sooner we kick the energy habit the sooner we can stop the Richard Simmons public service announcements.
Secretary of Education: Kermit and Frog and Miss Piggy
Sure Margaret Spelling Bush's Sec of Ed seemed like a good choice but if BLOGS and News on the web is any indication, Americans need to get back to basics so Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will share this joint position along with the letters A, B and C!
Secretary of Veterans: Tom Hanks
No one says "I relate to vets", like Tom Hanks, from Saving Private Ryan to Forrest Gump, Mr. Hanks has always portrayed our veterans fairly. If need be he can get his good buddy Steven Spielberg to help fix up some VA hospitals and cut through the red tape, after all government is like a box of chocolates, there is always a few nuts in the house.
Secretary of Homeland Security: Clint Eastwood
There is only once choice, Clint Eastwood. From the current "Get off my lawn" to "Go ahead make my day" no one says don't mess with me like the Mr. Eastwood.
So there you have Mr. President, your "A" list of nominations for public service.
God Bless America and God Bless Hollywood!