Goolsbee, Austan D. USA Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a member of the Skull and Bones Society as were John Kerry and George W Bush. He has been an Obama advisor since 2004. He was Chairman if Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors. He quit advising Obama because he can see where this economy is going.
John Kerry admitting his membership:
– US Senate approves John Kerry as secretary of state (BBC News, Jan 29, 2013):
The US Senate has approved Senator John Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state, after he was backed unanimously by the foreign relations committee.
His confirmation after a 94-3 vote was met with applause on the Senate floor.
President Barack Obama chose the Massachusetts Democrat to succeed Hillary Clinton, who is stepping down after four years, as his top diplomat.
A Vietnam veteran and senator since 1985, Sen Kerry was the Democratic presidential candidate in 2004.
Sen Kerry, 69, first came to national attention as part of his involvement with Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
He served on the Senate foreign relations committee himself for 28 years, and chaired it for four.
His nomination is part of Mr Obama’s second-term cabinet reshuffle.
Sen Kerry was put forward after the US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, withdrew from consideration in December.
Republicans had fiercely criticised her response to last September’s deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Former Senator Chuck Hagel, Mr Obama’s pick for secretary of defense, will face a confirmation hearing later this week.