I think my favorite cabinet member is former Texas governor, Rick Perry, picked to be secretary of the Energy Department. Interestingly, as a candidate for president himself, Perry promised to eliminate the Department of Energy. During his confirmation hearing, however, Perry stated that "My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking. In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination." In other words, when Perry said that he would eliminate the Department of Energy, he didn't know what the Energy Department actually did. Perry has since learned, probably to his surprise, that he is now responsible for our nation's nuclear weapons and power plants.