November 18th, 2008
05:12 PM ET
6 years ago

Sources: Obama chooses Eric Holder to be Attorney General

CNN has learned that President-elect Obama offered the position of Attorney General to Eric Holder, a veteran of the Clinton administration.
CNN has learned that President-elect Obama offered the position of Attorney General to Eric Holder, a veteran of the Clinton administration.

(CNN) –Sources tell CNN’s Ed Henry and John King Barack Obama has chosen Eric Holder as his nominee for Attorney General.

Holder has accepted the position but must still undergo a vetting process by the Obama transition team.

If confirmed, Holder will become the first African-American to hold the position.

He served as deputy attorney general under Bill Clinton

Newsweek first reported the story.

soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Kay

    Yes.......its a new dawn.............

    November 18, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Change you can believe in?

    Looks like those who voted for Obama voted for Clinton III.
    If I would have known Obama was going to choose all of former Clinton aides, I would have voted for Hillary!

    November 18, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Ellen in Ohio

    Another Democrat (and another leftover from the Clintons). Where's the "bipartisan administration" he kept talking about having?

    November 18, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Peter (CA)

    And here are the right-wingers foaming at the mouth...
    If he chose neophytes you would complain that the nominees would not know anything about the job.
    He chooses experienced people and now, there isn't enough "change". He is not choosing his own personal lawyer, he is choosing the Attorney General....the highest representative of law in the country.
    Should he not choose someone who can do the job?

    November 18, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    NO MORE "VERTERANS" FROM THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION!!!! I know GWB picked a bunch of reaganites...but please....

    November 18, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Amber

    (CNN) –Sources tell CNN’s Ed Henry and John
    King Barack Obama has chosen Eric Holder as his
    nominee for Attorney General.

    Am I the only one who thinks the coincidental word spacing in this Political Ticker article borders on hilarious?

    Also, congrats to Mr. Holder.

    November 18, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. John

    Yeah this is change. were moving right back in time. 8 years ago to the clinton era one man at a time. Obama is proving he has no Idea what he is doing, and needs those who did it already to show him the ropes.
    So this is change. We already had this administration in. Going back to those years in politics is no better than being in the one we are now. Same ole washington bull.. You have all been B.S'd

    November 18, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Skeeve

    What exactly wrong with Clinton people? Do you expect him to hire Bush people? Clinton's people left this country with budget surplus, prospering economy and effective foreign policy, I wish republicans could boast the same.

    November 18, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Michele Holder

    This guy is family to my family in Barbados! Another Holder doing great things!

    November 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Thomas B.

    It's curious that he can announce that he is picking his friend Eric before he finishes vetting but that he wouldn't extend that courtesy to Senator Clinton. It seems like he is drawing out the Clinton appointment just to torture Bill – go ahead and name Hillary and get on with it. PS I think they should let the car manufacturers go into Bankruptcy because they will never be viable with all their union and dealership contracts and obligations no matter how inovative they agree to be – just have keep at least one manufacturer up and running so they can make emergency equipment if needed for national security. Switching back to the cabinet so far I think it should look like this: Eric for Attorney General – Hillary for Sec of State – Colin Powell -I can't decide if he should be Sec of Defense or Sec of Education since he's been doing educational work lately.

    November 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Diane M of Los Angeles, CA

    WOO-WOO!

    ERIC WILL MAKE A FINE AG. AND HAS BEEN WITH OBAMA FOR A VERY LONG TIME, EVEN SELECTING BIDEN AS VP!

    November 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Stephanie from FL

    Good choice, I hope he (and the rest of Obama's administration) does well. :)

    November 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Tomkat in Seattle

    Gen. Wesley Clarke for Sec. of Defense!
    M2C

    -Tomkat-

    November 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. oscar dossou yovo

    great choice for barack holder is a very stedy person and very dicipline and he will help the obama adm

    November 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. dave

    changity-change-change-change

    November 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    Oh, give me a break. CHANGE does not necessarily mean change in people but a CHANGE in policy and how Washington works is REAL CHANGE! Geez, you people need to lay off.

    November 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Mike in Ca

    I suspect most of the people commenting negatively were not Obama supporters. Just because soemone worked in some capacity in the Clinton Administration does'nt make them a "Clinton" person.

    Change comes from Obama and the strtegy and policy he sets, and others carry out. Not the other way around.

    November 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Warren Moon - Ex NFL QB

    Hey, he looks like me.

    November 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Nelson

    Funny how all you clowns dumping on Obama for choosing "qualified" folks always look for a way to complain. I'm sure that you're all the same "smart" ones that voted for Bush twice and wanted Palin in office. Guess what? ..now that we've had it your way for 8 years...give someone else a chance since you're picks clearly are always wrong!

    November 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Dennis in Chicagoland

    To Folks Whining About "No Change":

    One Strategy: Pick experienced people, and the only way to get experience is to have been part of some other administration at some other time.

    Other Strategy: Go to Alaska and pick a maverick.

    For me, Obama's choices make sense so far...

    November 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    If he didn't pick someone with experience – i.e. from the Clinton administration, you'd all be criticizing Obama for not having experience and not picking people with -- experience.

    So, you will criticize Obama no matter who he chooses, which is why I can ignore your criticism, sit back, drink my latte, and enjoy life. It is great to be an American. A real American with a president in whom I can take pride.

    November 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. todd

    a good taxi driver knows his way around DC too.. doesn't mean he qualifies to be the AG

    November 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Steve L New Jersey

    Good choice. If McCain had won, he'd being picking Bush people. Gobama.

    November 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Patriot from ATL GA

    I've read up on him – he's a capable choice. Congrates! Looks like Obama is going for the best team ever. Let's get to work!

    November 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. IowaMom

    Just because it may be some of the same people so far does not mean it's going to be the same policies people. They may have worked in a Clinton administration, but this will be an Obama administration and I am quite sure he will run things differently than Billy did.

    November 18, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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