Also, no House has ever tried to hold the president himself—commander in chief of the U.S. Army—or a cabinet officer.
For all that, Reno was the one cabinet member who stayed for the entire run of the Clinton administration.
They see Obama's decidedly centrist cabinet as a betrayal of his beliefs and his base.
Herman Cain promised not to appoint any Muslims who want to kill Americans to his cabinet.
The 60 placemats given as the queen attended a cabinet meeting today will probably be just as useful.
The younger members of the cabinet agreed to leave the decision to Morley.
But the most characteristic display of all is the "cabinet."
They like her whimsically, if you will, and somewhat as a virtuoso dotes upon his cabinet.
He was a member of the cabinet, but not of the House of Commons.
The usual formality of searching the room and examining the fastenings having been gone through, Miss Cook entered the cabinet.
1540s, "secret storehouse, treasure chamber," from Middle French cabinet "small room" (16c.), diminutive of Old French cabane "cabin" (see cabin); perhaps influenced by (or rather, from) Italian gabbinetto, diminutive of gabbia, from Latin cavea "stall, stoop, cage, den for animals" (see cave (n.)).
Meaning "case for safe-keeping" (of papers, liquor, etc.) is from 1540s, gradually shading to mean a piece of furniture that does this. Sense of "private room where advisors meet" (c.1600) led to modern political meaning (1640s); perhaps originally short for cabinet council (1630s); cf. board (n.1) in its evolution from place where some group meets to the word for the group that meets there.
A select group of officials who advise the head of government. In nations governed by parliaments, such as Britain, the members of the cabinet typically have seats in parliament. (Compare cabinet under “American Politics.”)
A group of presidential advisers, composed of the heads of the fourteen government departments (the secretaries of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of the Interior, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the attorney general (head of the Department of Justice) — all of whom are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate) and a few other select government officials. Theoretically, the cabinet is charged with debating major policy issues and recommending action by the executive branch; the actual influence of the cabinet, however, is limited by competition from other advisory staffs.