President Barack Obama (pictured) is weighing replacements for several White House aides and Cabinet members expected to leave before his second term begins, or early in his second term.
Among those expected to leave and some names mentioned as possible replacements (in parentheses):
— Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.; U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman; Deputy Secretary of State William Burns).
— Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. (White House chief of staff Jack Lew; former Bill Clinton chief of staff Erskine Bowles).
— Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. (Ashton Carter, Panetta’s deputy; Michele Flournoy, former Defense Department policy chief).
— White House senior adviser David Plouffe.