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Obama criticizes Bush as he unveils Agriculture and Interior picks

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In announcing his choices to run the Agriculture and Interior Departments, President-elect Barack Obama was sharply critical of the Bush administration’s land management policies.

Obama unveiled his choice of former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to head the Agriculture Department and Colorado Senator Ken Salazar to run the Interior Department on the same day Time Magazine unsurprisingly named the president-elect as its person of the year.

Both nominees have reputations as political centrists.

Cabinet building before Christmas

The announcements came at a press conference in Chicago’s Drake Hotel.  It was Obama’s third meeting with the media in as many days, as the president-elect moves to complete his cabinet before an expected departure this weekend for a family Christmas vacation in Hawaii.

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