Obama announces 15 recess appointments, scolds GOP

President Barack Obama speaks about financial reform, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

March 27, 2010 1:21:13 PM PDT
Fed up with waiting, President Barack Obama announced Saturday he would bypass a vacationing Senate and name 15 people to key administration jobs, wielding for the first time the blunt political tool known as the recess appointment.