The Senate got to work after the ceremony today, confirming a handful of his appointees.

By unanimous consent, the Senate has just confirmed Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy; Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education; Janet Napolitano, for Homeland Security, Peter Orszag as Director of the office of Management and Budget; Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior; Eric K. Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture.

While they’re not the most glamorous positions of the new cabinet, at least it’s a start.  Hillary Clinton, the most high profile nominee of the Obama cabinet, is being held up in the Senate by Texas senator John Cornyn, who still has concerns regarding former president Bill Clinton’s international dealings.