Update: President Obama made the announcement officially nominating Julián Castro for Housing and Urban Development secretary and Shaun Donovan for budget director shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Speaking first of Donovan, Obama said that "every member of my cabinet had a tough job in front of them, and few had a tougher job than Shaun Donovan," noting his response to both the housing crisis and Hurricane Sandy. "When you’re good at your job, people always want you do to even more," the president said, and highlighted Donovan's "reputation as a great manager, a fiscally responsible leader."
Moving on to Castro, whom he introduced as "another all-star who’s done a fantastic job in San Antonio over the past 5 years," Obama remarked on Castro's speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and his role as mayor of San Antonio, where he's worked at "revitalizing one of our most wonderful cities" and "become a leader in housing and economic development."
Obama said that he hoped both confirmations would go through the Senate "without games or without delay."
Donovan and Castro followed the presidents remarks with brief statements of their own. Donovan praised the OMB for being one of the "most critical" offices in government and a place where his "love of spreadsheets will finally be embraced." Castro said as HUD director he will work to "ensure we do housing right, and because of it, more Americans achieve their dreams."