WASHINGTON (CNN) - When the phone rings at 3 a.m. in the White House during a crisis, President Barack Obama won't lack for advice. But the question may be whose advice will be the loudest?
Obama's potential national security team looks like an all-star lineup: Sen. Hillary Clinton is on track, sources say, to be secretary of state; Defense Secretary Robert Gates may stay on; and retired Gen. Jim Jones is a leading candidate for national security adviser.
And according to The New York Times, retired Adm. Dennis Blair may be named as director of national intelligence. He did a tour of duty at the CIA, and his expertise is clandestine military operations.
Observers may wonder if so much high-power talent can get along.
"Are there downsides? Sure. When you have people with this much stature, there can be ego clashes," said CNN contributor David Gergen. "Everybody's ego has got to get into the same room ... and in at least one or two of those cases, I'm sure people think that their egos are big enough to fill the room all by themselves."
Clinton has applauded Gates' candor, but early on put him on notice.
"We need a strong secretary of defense - but that doesn't mean strong-headed," Clinton said during Gates' confirmation hearings in 2006.
Watch the debate over Clinton's foreign policy experience
Hillary is the best pick of the lot and she didnt merely have tea she actually voiced serious concerns with leaders and many of them have great respect for her ask Buhtto's husband.
She wold be a nice senator for N.Y, if she cam get herself elected again, without Bills help.
I still believe Bill Richardson would be a better SOS. HC should stay in the Senate where she would do more good.
This team isn't looking like faces of change in Washington. Hopefully, we haven't all fell for some bs. The clinton affiliation sucks for hope of a new future, and Gates seems like J Edgar Hoover. Get them all out of there.
Hillary probably doesn't really want to be Obama's SOS, but will accept it because she knows how much backstabber Bill Richardson SO wanted the job!
This cabinet doesn't match faces of change. Clinton cronies, and JPMorgan, backdoor swindlers and crooked business people. Whatever happened to that investigation into how JPmorgan acquired Bear Stearn? It looks like the same business people as before with lobbyist ties to Big Business. I am extremely disappointed in Barack. We need a real change with some outsiders, not the same insiders that have a strangle-hold on Washington, and ties to Big Business.
Yep, sure. I can see Hillary taking orders now from Obama....
President-Elect Obama's intelligence AND brilliance CANNOT be overlooked nor understated for the "politics" of this election! He knows EXACTLY what team players he needs around him, and I truly believe the "TEAM" he is choosing, including Senator Clinton, will be well grounded, and focused on the BEST each can do for America and for the World! I also feel each will respect President Obama! It's time to move forward and put aside all of the negative remarks about ANY team member that has been chosen or will be chosen in the future! America will be united in the comining months and years under the leadership of President-Elect Obama, and further, we will once again be respected by other World Leaders!
Man, this is going to be a hoot watching Obama's Dream Team destroy each other within the first 6 months.
I would love to see Hillary as Sec of State...anything to get her out of the Senate...
CONTROL FREAKS--everywhere,disaster ahead!!!
I am confused. With the state of our economy; everyone wanting a bailout and the world watching every move that Obama makes, why is it such an issue for Obama to choose people who were successful in the past in lead positions during the Clinton administration? I would be worried if Obama was looking hire people from the Bush Administration. Why must people ridicule Obama's every move? I have every confidence that Obama is doing the best for this country and we need to support him.
I think this is a very good lineup. I agree with those people who feel that these "all-stars" will check their ego's at the door and get things done for this country. I agree with the person who said that Obama is not trying to hire "yes men" like Bush/Cheney did, doesn't mean that this will not work. Go ahead and lead us into the right direction Obama!
Rick, you are soooo correct. These guys will be like kids on a playground fighting over the swing. It will get ugly, and the country will see, and feel the effects of it. Just watch. NOOBAMA, he will destroy this country day after day........
These guys will accomplish nothing other than pointing fingers at each other. You knew that when you voted for Obama. Waiting on "CHANGE".
Picking the best and the brightest is a sign of strength. It shows that Obama is not threatened by having smart people around him. It is quite refreshing to have someone in the White House that is willing to listen and not be inflexible like our current president. I am confident Obama will be able to manage the egos and do some good things for our country.
Oh great! now we get a Clton that doesn't know anything about anyone in this goofs cabinet. That is all we need. This witch will ruin us in the end at 3am!
Just like all of the chatter about Hillary as the vice president nominee, in a few weeks, when someone else is named SOS, we will all realize that the media was had by the Clinton machine yet again.
all i can say change is coming,,,,1 way or another.
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Hillary – it is time to go to work!
You can do it!
Love from Canada!
These people want to keep Hillary Clinton on news, Gov Palin and John Mccain......Get over it!
Hillary needs to acccept the SOS position, after talking to many upper New York people about her failed campaign promises she very well may not be able to win another Senate election.
HAVE YOU NOTICED ALL OF OBAMA'S CHOICES STARTING WITH OBAMA AT THE TOP ARE WELL SPOKEN, EDUCATED AND HAVE A HISTORY OF SUCCESS IN THEIR EXPERT FIELDS. FOR A STARTING PLAN THE GOP NEEDS TO GET SOME WELL EDUCATED PEOPLE ON THEIR SIDE. OTHERWISE WE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO RUN THEM OUT OF TOWN OVER AND OVER AGAIN.