November 30th, 2008
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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. Annie, Atlanta

    Although I am a Hillary Clinton fan and her and Bill are both recognized and respected worldwide, I never understood naming a woman as SOS. As much as I hate it, there are places in the Arab world where women can be murdered by male family members for doing something as simple as talking to a guy who is not family. How effective is a woman SOS in these places, how effective was Ms. Rice, and would it not be considered an insult to send a woman there to represent us in the first place? Like I said, I hate it, but it's a sad reality in our world, even today.

    November 30, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. J.C.

    Launching Hillary at the world
    Nov 18th 2008

    The surprising idea that Hillary Clinton could become Barack Obama's secretary of state

    "But if he gives the job to Mrs Clinton, he would be ceding a large measure of influence over the reconstruction of America's reputation abroad to a former, and perhaps even future, rival who he could find hard to control. “Never appoint someone you can't sack”, commented one old hand this week: and Mrs Clinton would be almost unsackable, thanks to her huge popularity among a large section of the Democratic Party and the status as an ex-president of her husband.

    Her appointment would also marginalise Mr Obama's vice-president, Joe Biden, who, as the outgoing head of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, had been expected to play a big role in foreign policy. A secretary of state of somewhat less personal political stature, a Bill Richardson, perhaps, or even a Republican such as Richard Lugar, would have allowed the new president to maintain the primacy of his White House over foreign affairs. It is all too easy to imagine Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton disagreeing messily. Bill Clinton's complex web of business dealings (he has raised large sums of money from foreign companies and governments, both as a speaker and in order to fund his foundation) is also a potential complication."

    Can we afford an amateur not long after Russian invasion of Georgia?

    November 30, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. J.C.

    In movie, "The Remains of the Day", American Lewis said something that fits today very well. He asked all the famous lords and princes at Lord Darlington's mansion, "Can we afford to have amateurs handling such international crisis as Nazi's uprising? We desperately need professionals." Of course, his question was ignored. I don't think we are living in a much safer world than just before WWII. We should ask ourselves the same question. Can we afford an amateur as our top diplomat?

    November 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    CNN you say my post is a duplicate. So why don't you post it?

    November 30, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. jay

    thank god we will have hillary, she is great!!

    November 30, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Cathy D

    I'm watching "After the Party" with the Conservative commentators who are claiming that Obama is just doing the "same old, same old" with his nominees, both Democratic and Republican; I beg to differ. He is NOT basing his choices on ideological stands but on the expertise and abilities of the people, regardless of party affiliation. Get over it! Obama is doing exactly what he said he would do - he's getting the BEST, regardless of affiliation!!

    November 30, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Mike

    One more media event. Apparently, the Obama administration will be comprised of media events with no substance. And of course, the press will love him for it.

    November 30, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Mike Dallas

    So far so good!

    November 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. 3strikes

    and now to welcome your new president of the united states – mr. barack william"bill" hussein jefferson obama clinton

    November 30, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Luigi ina California

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    November 30, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Ray jay

    looking good. Keep up the good choices and get some repubs in there . Don't forget Chuck, he is realy valuable and a friend you can trust and a repub.
    The world is waiting , so show your stuff Hillary

    November 30, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Ann

    "What we are going to do is combine experience with fresh thinking. But understand ... the vision for change comes first and foremost ... from me. That's my job," he said.

    Wow .. this guy really thinks he is The One.

    November 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Obama Rocks

    Excellent team.........I pray they succeed in turning the disasters of the Neo-Con doctrines around for the better.

    God bless America and protect our troops

    November 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Over taxed, over worked

    I thought Obama was going to be busy presenting evidence to the Supreme Court about his birth certificate and eligibility to become president.

    November 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Clint

    For a number of reason it is disappointing to see the possible inclusion of Senator Clinton in the Obama administration. First reason for disappointment is said in her own words during the campaign for the Democratic presidential nominee: landing under fire during a friendly European trip with her daughter. This was not the truth as we have all since learned. What country in the world will not have some concern about her integrity?

    The many scandals involving the Clintons that speak boldly and loudly for themselves. The bare knuckle anything goes politics employed by the Clintons may make any country, at least initially, intransigent in their position(s) regarding international alliances and policy.

    During President Clinton's presidency he made some lasting good decisions, and some bad. Nobody is perfect, so mistakes are expected from any human being. But their tactics and long list of scandals and questionable dealings can only make one think that they must live in the biggest and best trailer in the trailer park on the south end of town.

    There are valid reason why President-elect Obama would choose Senator Clinton as Secretary of State. But at least for me they do not out weigh the reasons I voted for him to be our president and our agent of government and political reform.

    November 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Steve from Florida

    Go Hillary! You are da man...

    November 30, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. chuck

    Hillary deserves the position.She gave her all for the Democrats and Barack Obama.Thank you Hillary and congratulations.

    November 30, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. A Sousley

    The only ones I hear yelling about change are the MSM and the Republicans. I voted for Obama and I am fine with who he has picked so far.

    I know where the change comes from. He is the one who sets the tone and the policy. He is the one that will collect the information and then decide which course the country will be set on. That's how it will be. So, that's where the change will begin.

    Give it a rest people. Give him a chance to get his cabinet together and get into office. Then if things aren't right, we can yell then. But at least let him get in the door before we start yelling.

    November 30, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Jim in Asheville

    I'm trying to figure out what Senator Clinton's qualifications are for this position. I understand choosing General Jones with his thirty plus years as a Marine and as the former commander of NATO. Robert Gates was a CIA director and is the current defense secretary. What about Hillary Clinton? New York senator and former stay-at-home mom (okay, she did work at a shady law firm for a short while). A strange choice and one that may cause America problems later. What about an experienced Foreign Service veteran or someone with a heavy academic resume–or both? How about a less political and power hungry choice?

    November 30, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Jim Hall

    Good team go Obama/Biden go Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri. Now the only thing that we all can hope and pray is that the current village idiot and his cohorts will resign and go back to their caves before January 20th so Obama/Biden can take office earlier and clean this mess up Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    November 30, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. setys

    Excellent. I trust President elect Obama's selection for his cabinet.

    November 30, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Unveil this.....

    Who's hiding Obama's aunt. She's an illegal immigrant living off taxpayer money in Public Housing.

    But now she's disappeared somewhere in the U.S. and is being hidden when she should be on the next plane to Kenya.

    Why is CNN not following this story?????

    November 30, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. LaTeef Alade, GA

    Senator Clinton is a good choice for secetary of state position she will improve our international image with foreigh nations.Bush administration lack this. President elect Obama got this choice right.

    November 30, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Jim Hall

    Hilary Clinton will be the best Secretary of State that this country has seen in decades Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    November 30, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    Hallelujah, we get to elect a Prez every four years. This is the beauty of a democracy 🙂 Imagine being stuck with W for the next 30 years.

    November 30, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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