The President's Cabinet

How can one person possibly know everything that he needs to know to be in charge of a whole country? The answer is - he can't. That is why each new president takes on one very important task before his inauguration day. That task is choosing his cabinet.

The president's cabinet is a group of advisors. One is chosen for each area that the president needs to know about.

George Washington chose a cabinet. He chose four advisors. He chose a Secretary of State to advise him on foreign affairs. He chose a Secretary of the Treasury for advice on money matters. He chose a Secretary of War for military advice. Finally, for legal advice, he chose an Attorney General.

Today, presidents still fill the same four cabinet positions. Instead of Secretary of War, they name a Secretary of Defense. The other three are just the same as in Washington's time. Modern presidents also choose additional cabinet officials.

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