The Cabinet is “a creation of custom and tradition dating back to George Washington’s administration, functions at the pleasure of the President.”
It includes the Vice President and the heads of the executive departments, which usually are called Secretaries. Those departments carry out government policies that ensure the functioning of our government. During George Washington’s Presidency, there were only four Cabinet members: Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury, Secretary of War, and Attorney General. Today, under Barak Obama’s Presidency there are sixteen cabinet members
Cabinet members are similar to European ministers who form any given government. Additionally, President Barack Obama has accorded Cabinet-level rank to seven other administrators.