December 1st, 2008
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Obama announces national security team

Obama rolled out his national security team Monday.
Obama rolled out his national security team Monday.

CHICAGO (CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama selected New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for the position of secretary of state Monday.

Obama also announced his decision to keep Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his current post, and named retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones as national security adviser.

Watch: Obama nominates Clinton to lead national security team

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano has been named secretary of homeland security, Eric Holder as attorney general, and Susan Rice as United Nations ambassador.

"In this uncertain world, the time has come for a new beginning - a new dawn of American leadership to overcome the challenges of the 21st century, and to seize the opportunities embedded in those challenges," Obama said.

"To succeed, we must pursue a new strategy that skillfully uses, balances, and integrates all elements of American power: our military and diplomacy; our intelligence and law enforcement; our economy and the power of our moral example. The team that we have assembled here today is uniquely suited to do just that. They share my pragmatism about the use of power, and my sense of purpose about America's role as a leader in the world."

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  1. Abe Lincoln

    Hey, all you right wingers........ take a rest, sit back, and see how a democratic government should be run. Only then do I want to hear from you all, good or bad. Meantime, please hold your unfounded criticisms by accepting and supporting our new President-elect, Barack Obama.

    December 1, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Husky

    What a choice! Smart Move.

    December 1, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Matt, Chico, CA

    At the rate he's going Obama will end up pardoning Marc Rich

    December 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Cricket

    Although I don't care at all for HRC, I voted for Obama and will fully support him in any way possible. Maybe she won't ever have to go to Bosnia!!

    If all of you negative folks out there would spend more time looking for ways that you, as an individual, could help in some small way to improve conditions in our country, you might feel a lot better about yourselves. You must have a family member or neighbor who is in need in some way. If not, then spend your time thanking God that you don't have rather than posting some of these ridiculous comments.

    God bless our new P.E., our troops, and all our citizens.

    United we stand-divided we fall.

    December 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Richard A. Spomer

    At least he made a good decision on Clinton!

    December 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Matt

    @ Change – Yeah Left

    I'm willing to bet $700B you don't understand what socialism, marxism, and communism really are. The "socialist" claims are getting old, primarily because they are so utterly ignorant and off-base. You might want to think about stopping the McCain campaign's negative nonsense...you know, seeing as how it didn't work then...and oh boy how it didn't work. Try some intelligent and constructive criticism instead.

    December 1, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Mike in Ca

    I find this whole discussion panel meaningless. Those right wing nuts and haters postng here will never come around regardless of what Obama does. There are certain people who are of diverging opinions but are willing to listen to logic and make an intelligent choice, unfortunately the idiots and racists posting here are not those.

    December 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. proud army navy mom

    for all the idiots that state that Obama is not their president, consider this: Our great US military men and women are not your protecters either.

    You can pack and leave anytime. Good riddance

    December 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. karen raleigh

    Great team.

    December 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Big Ed

    Change does not come overnight. I am impressed with President-Elect Obama's methodical preparations for the daunting tasks ahead. You need to have some people involved who are "insiders", otherwise it becomes even more difficult to effect change.

    The Obama Administration Team is being announced and will be soon taking the field. I am excited to see what is yet to come. It's unfair to claim there is no change until AFTER the man takes office and has an opportunity to put change into gear.

    December 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. ron

    Rene, San Fran CA I couldn't agree with you more.

    December 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. clifford

    I know it hurts and you feel betrayed and you will make any excuse for him but I think you Obama supporter's have been "BAMBOOZLED BIG TIME". OUCH!!! Secretary of Defense elect Robert Gates and Retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones as National Security Adviser elect. This is "sweet vindication" for the Bush doctrine plain and simple and undeniable!!! Who would have thought Obama had a conservative streak in him! It ain't over till it's over! YIPPIE!!!

    December 1, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Kpawlak

    Ooobama Oooooobama Ooooooba change hope change hope. You have all just been duped!
    Change you can all believe in?
    Gates, responsible for Gitmo and waterboarding
    Clinton, too much to mention
    Eric Holder who pardons domestic terrorist.

    Good job Dem voters!

    December 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Noah

    So Obama is appointing Washington insiders to every Cabinet position...so much for that Change theme. Look, many of you liberals who were duped by the theme of change may now change your tune as well and say that you are pleased with Obama's appointees. That's fine, as long as you at least admit that "Change" was nothing more than a slogan used to win an election.

    December 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. samwright23

    I think just about everyone here is a hypocryte. I mean 1/2 the democratic party had really mean and hateful things to say about her during the primaries and all of a sudden...as long as she isn't president...she's a good choice?? That makes no sense. If she wasn't good enough to be president, than she should not be good enough to be Sec of State.

    I'm 30 yrs old and I'm afraid I'll never see a women president in my lifetime, mainly b/c what woman would want to be treated in the manner that Clinton and Palin were? It'll never happen.

    This administration will be known as "Bill Clinton's 3rd Term"

    December 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Noah

    So Obama is appointing Washington insiders to every Cabinet position...so much for that Change theme. Look, many of you liberals who were duped by the theme of change may now change your tune as well and say that you are pleased with Obama's appointees. That's fine, as long as you at least admit that "Change" was nothing more than a slogan used to win an election.

    December 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Odd

    I love how all of the liberals who bashed Bush for 8 years, all of the sudden are now apalled that anyone would dare disagree with their beloved Obama. News Flash: It's called dissent. At least that is what you all called it when it was aimed at Bush. You can't have it both ways. Get used to it. We are not going away because that is what America was founded upon, dissent. Remember????

    December 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Sara from Arizona

    Disgusted. I am so sick of the Clintons. What is he thinking???

    December 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Adam Smith TX, USA

    A sad day for Republicans looking to grab the Whitehouse in 2012!!

    A good decision to bring the Democrats together for 2012. Obama will gain in stature as well by using such a close runner-up.

    Obama / Biden 2012!

    December 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Kathy in NC

    I am glad to see this team. They all come with great strengths and will balance out each others weaknesses. I applaud our new president once again for demonstrating clear, thoughtful thinking in his selections. I also appreciate his steady, consistent message on who will make the decisions and who will be charged with carrying them out. Americans need to support President-Elect Obama whether they voted for him or not. He is coming into office at a time like no other. Everyone of us is losing money in our retirement accounts and it makes no difference your party affiliation. Get behind our next President.

    December 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Milhouse van Houten

    For all of you latent paranoids out there that seem to think that Obama is some kind of extreme left ideologue,his choices for cabinet thus far would appear more centrist than socialist.

    December 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Dax

    I can tell from the comments on this issue that Obama making the right moves. Some people like his choices, some are skeptical, and the haters as usual will never like anything he does because that's what haters do.
    For those in approval I say temper you enthusiasm this will be a bumpy road and mistakes will be made. It's too hard not to. Fro the Skeptics stay vigilant but keep an open mind as you always do consider all the facts before making a decision. You don’t want to “hanatize” the situation by injecting false, bias and misleading information. Besides you’re not being paid as much as he is.
    Haters, I suggest you either leave the country or stick to fEAr and un-BALANCEd fox news as they cater to the lowest common denominator.

    December 1, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Larry

    We have two rookies,and you are excited about what,our entire government getting on the job training?When you go to the doctor,do you go to an M.D., or a medical student?

    December 1, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Ted

    Obama's trying to put intelligent people who know the job in the jobs. He's not pandering to old pals and drinking buddies. He's not padding the posts with "yes" people. He's trying to get a diverse enough group in place so all possible scenarios and concerns can be covered. We've had 8 years of uselessness and futility and stagnation. Obama's doing what a president is supposed to be doing.

    And people are complaining?

    December 1, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Bridget

    Mr. President Elect Obama, a great list of people to follow your lead and protect our country. You have my and most Americans full support because more than anything we want a safe country and world to live in and financial security.

    December 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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