Obama Taps Castro For HUD, Donovan For OMB

May 26, 2014 by  

Obama Taps Castro For HUD, Donovan For OMB, President Barack Obama nominated San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be his next secretary of Housing and Urban Development on Friday, a move that comes as part of a wider cabinet shakeup and has stepped up interest in the rising Democratic star.

The 39-year old, three-term mayor first gained national recognition when he delivered the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention – the first Hispanic to do so.

In announcing Castro, Obama noted that the first time Americans were introduced to him was when “they saw this young guy, pretty good speaker, not bad looking” at the convention.

Alluding to the fact that Obama’s biographical story is similar – he gave the 2004 keynote address – the President jokingly said his reaction to the speech was “That’s not bad.”

Castro said at the White House that the opportunity was an “honor” and a “blessing.”

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