“A list of women, similarly divided between candidates for Cabinet/Deputy and other senior level positions” was also attached.
The lists show that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also considered to be secretary of health and human services.
Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state under former President George W. Bush, was considered for the post of secretary of education.
A Nov. 4, 2008 email — the day Obama was being elected — urged him not to appear with Bush at an upcoming G-20 summit.
“Attendance alongside President Bush will create an extremely awkward situation. If you attempt to disassociate yourself from his positions, you will be subject to criticism for projecting a divided United States to the rest of the world,” it read.
“But if you adopt a more reserved posture, you will be associated not only with his policies, but also with his very tenuous global standing,” it added.