November 30th, 2008
12:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to unveil national security team Monday

Sources say President-elect Obama will nominate Sen. Clinton as his secretary of state.

Sources say President-elect Obama will nominate Sen. Clinton as his secretary of state.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama will officially nominate members of his national security team at an event Monday morning, including Sen. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, according to two officials.

The Obama transition team announced Sunday that Obama will unveil the full team at a press conference at the Chicago Hilton around 10 a.m. ET.

CNN and will carry the event live.

The officials said Obama is also expected to finally confirm that he is keeping Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his current post, and plans to name retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones as his National Security Adviser at the White House.

Watch: Ed Henry discusses the security team rollout

Also, two sources close to the transition said Obama will nominate Susan Rice as United Nations ambassador, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security secretary and Eric Holder as Attorney General.

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  1. Barbara in NC

    Why bother – the brilliance of CNN (again – sarcastically) has already made the decisions and has the people basically installed – according to Blitzer, et al.

    November 30, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Walt, Belton,TX

    Well, at least Clinton and Obama will be on equal footing in the diplomatic arena. Neither has any experience and both are loaded with charisma (or something)..............................

    November 30, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Rachel

    Good luck Hillary. Nice picture of her CNN.

    November 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Barbara Campbell

    Let's hope Senator Clinton is better at international diplomacy than she was at diplomatic relations inside her primary election campaign.

    November 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Flash Gorden /-\

    I can truly applaud Obama and his team for moving the Americans forward out of the dark ages they have been subjected to with the current administration! All the eyes of the world are looking to meet with the new leader and erase the downfalls and separation that has come from the White House again and again throughout the world. It is time to reverse the backwards flow of time and look towards a new enlightened period for the hopes of ALL mankind. Come back to the table and shed the old "cowboy-you're either with us or against us" philosophy.

    November 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Janey

    Why are Democrats still attacking McCain/Palin? I read that Obama won the electoral votes! Maybe they should all concentrate on their "new Pres-elect" and forget about republican-bashing until 2011. You should not have to "watch his back" as you so often say. He has high-paid people to do that! McCain will probably not run again, unfortunately. Pleas leave this American Hero alone–although he would say–"that is why I fought for America–so Americans could have Free Speech" You Dems savaged Pres Bush for 8 long years–time for you to have a taste of your own medicine-Cheers and God Bless America.

    November 30, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. GARY

    Go get em HRC.

    November 30, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. ET from Omaha

    Conpetence, Dynamism, experience and Result.
    Wow koudous OBAMA. To the universal criticizers and the NAY sayers: just SHUT THE HELL UP.
    You will see the light at the end of the tunnel when this country is back on the right track. Oh I forgot the will always search for something to criticize him on. Shame on you.

    November 30, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |

    She is a monster. Let the truth be told. And why is he considering her for ANYTHING??

    November 30, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Rural CA

    Congratulations to Hilary on a well-deserved appointment!

    November 30, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. peter

    obama's "A team " is in the making. I'm a canadian and I wish we had a man like him to lead our country.

    November 30, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    CHANGE! We can't believe in. Thanks Obama for putting the Clintoons back in the W.H. under your name of course.

    November 30, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Nathaniel

    good move!

    November 30, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Simmy

    God bless you President-Elect Obama, VP Biden and ALL Cabinet, Staff!

    We are pleased with all that you are doing, and stand by ALL of your choices!

    Keep up the great work; you're headed for greatness!

    Our prayers will continue!

    November 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. GRao

    What a waste. I contributed money for her campaign. Driven miles to hear her. She lost the nomination, that is ok. I did not believe then that she would directly enter into Mr. Obama's trap & tricks. I feel both Clintons lost their self respect. I look farward to Sara Palin 2012.

    November 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. FL for Obama

    Bravo! A full-powered, balanced, intelligent, and strong team. That's MY President-Elect!

    November 30, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Yelena

    If Senator Clinton wants to abandon her constituents in New York to join the administration then let her leave. It does not make any difference whether Hillary has been a senator from New York or not. She has been preaching the health care reform during her campaign but failed to reform the health care in the state of New York (her own backyard). Clinton overpromised but never delivered. Senator Clinton has obligations, commitments and responsibilities before her constituents. When you start doing something you finish it before starting something else. By accepting the position, Hillary was being selfish and put her personal career above the welfare and well-being of her constituents.

    November 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Ray from NY

    Wow!! now that looks like a great team to me, All of the criticizm will come i know but it looks like PE Obam knows exactly what he is doing, HRC will make a great SoS and the others are definitely a good choice. TY PE Obama for thoughtful insight and decisions already jan 20th cannot get here soon enough!!

    November 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Dennis

    I congratulate the President-Elect on his decision to retain Robert Gates as Defense Secretary and in doing so, for his acknowledgement that the Bush strategy in Iraq has been a success. It's taken awhile for Obama to admit that he was wrong about Iraq, but better late than never.

    November 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hillary Clinton is by far the best of the best for Secretary of State.

    November 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. carol

    Looking forward to Monday to know who Obama's security team will be, it looks as if he has a good team so far from what we've seen.
    All we need now is Jan 20th to come so he can get all his team working to get this country back on track again....I doubt all his choices will please a lot of people, but as long as they work for the country that's all I'm concerned about.
    I do think the country will see a definite change once Obama has free rein to implement his plans.....will it be quick and easy, I don't think so but I am prepared to give him a chance and I hope those who didn't vote for him will do the same.

    November 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Klaus

    Janet Napolitano will be our first female president.

    November 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Susan

    This is a good team – experienced, intelligent – good thing, too, with all the trouble brewing around the world. I think HRC will be an outstanding Secretary of State – all you doubters, just watch and see.

    November 30, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. chuck

    Hillary deserves the position.She gave her ALL for the Democratic Party and Barack Obama. Thanks you Hillary and congratulations.

    November 30, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. SLB

    I am so disheartened by this choice for Secretary of State. President-Elect Obama should not have to make any concessions or conciliatory gestures toward Hillary Clinton. She comes with her own baggage and that of her husband.

    Well, onward and upward. However, I hope this doesn't come back to bite him when she peels off like an onion skin to jockey for favor and position in a 2012 run for the presidency. I didn't vote for her in the primaries and I won't ever vote for her for anything. She's a pit viper and she won't be able to shield her true nature during her tenure in the Obama presidency.

    November 30, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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