The cabinet? Isn't that where the president keeps his clothes? Well, yes, but I was referring to a different type of cabinet.
The Cabinet is actually not part of the constitution. It is something that George Washington started when he met with three others regularly for advice. Since then, the number of cabinet members has grown significantly. The number of department heads alone is 14!
Nowadays, the members rarely all meet at once. It's usually more efficient for the department heads to meet with the president alone instead of at the meetings, where there are so many other issues being discussed.
Some presidents had cabinets, but chose to get advice from friends instead. These little alternate groups occasional became known by other names, such as:
- Andrew Jackson - "The Kitchen Cabinet"
- Franklin D. Roosevelt - "The Brain Trust"
- John F. Kennedy - "The Irish Mafia"
- Richard Nixon - Henry Kissenger (one guy)
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