(VIDEO) Obama Names Richardson as Commerce Secretary

President-elect Barack Obama named Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico as his choice for secretary of commerce on Wednesday, pointedly denying that the job was a “consolation prize” for the two-time cabinet officer who had been considered a candidate for secretary of state.

“I think it was a mistake for him to get rid of it,” Mr. Obama said as Mr. Richardson looked on with a grin. “I think that whole Western, rugged look was really working for him.”

In addition, Mr. Obama — who has filled about half of his cabinet and White House staff jobs — said that by the time he was done his administration would be seen as among the most diverse ever put together.

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