December 1st, 2008
10:57 AM ET
5 years ago

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. kasera

    As Hillary supporter that is what i am talking about...it is all business............

    December 1, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. NY republican

    One less Democrat Senator? Way to go President Obama!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. mia

    Good job, President-elect Obama. I support your decision 100% and a veteran ( US Marines) I am very optimistic with the selection of Gen Jones. He is definitely the man for the job....and for those of you who want to leave the country or at least "say" that you want to leave because of the new administration "DELTA IS READY WHEN YOU ARE!!!". The USA is the best place to live in the world and I guarantee that if you serious about your decision to leave.....you will be BACK!!

    Semper Fi , peace and blessings

    December 1, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    Why, pray tell, is Sarah Palin even IN the conversation? She is History.... old history and poor history! Anyone who is still in her camp has not been listening to her or anyone else.... some people just put on blinders and refuse to listen to anything else.

    Palin is the past.... the BAD Past! You LOST.... Seriously, get OVER IT! :) Buckle your seat belts, and get ready for the ride!! If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem! Let's get on with it! :)

    December 1, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Chris

    Boy, you gotta love this guy! He's made some thougtful, deliberate choices here. What did you expect him to do? Select inexperienced people or an entire group made up of Repubicans just to pacify the party who lost? While I'm all for new faces, the world is too scary to select people who haven't been out there in the trenches before. Let's just wait to see how they do. Give this a chance.

    December 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Bobby

    Three words: Political affirmative action. This clearly is not about who is qualified but who I owe. It is as simple as that.

    This is a perfect example of how politics plays out and how logic isn't always the driving force in choosing to do anything from policy to filling in cabinet positions.

    As for Joe Biden, he won't be an invisible vice president for the same reason Cheney was, he'll be an invisible vice president for powers outside his control...say, the media.

    December 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. ran

    As much as I do not like HC after her many lies during the primaries, I will support Obama and trust for now that he knows what he is doing. Forgive but do not forget.

    December 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Kay in NC December 1st, 2008 11:24 am ET

    Will Hillary appoint her husband to fulfill her term in the U.S. Senate?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Uh......no.

    The Governor of a State appoints Senators when an incumbent resigns or dies......

    December 1, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Get over it,Ken

    She will never be POTUS.
    And to you people whining about Obama's birth certificate, the only candidate born in a foreign country was MCCAIN. Conduct some research before you start spewing your garbage.

    December 1, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. John

    Keeping the McSame Defense Secretary?

    December 1, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Carlos Marroquin

    After the complete destruction of our standing in the World by the present administration, I am so proud and encouraged to have a very smart new leader that will in no doubt help the USA bounce back into the position of a Great Nation. His selections for the positions goes to show the kind of intellect that a good leader should have. Congratulations Mr. Obama for the courage and decisions you made. I do realize that you are inheriting a broken Nation that will need a lot of work, but I'm confident that you have what it takes to put us back together. For all those who are already criticizing SHAME ON YOU. The man hasn't even been sworn in and you negative noises are bouncing out of control. I can almost bet that you are the 20% of those who still think Bush is a good President!

    December 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Sherri

    I am very pleased with President-elect Obama's choices. I have read every speech, examined his policy statements and all of these choices are 100% in line with his philosophy of leadership. There are no surprises. The change we sought is here. We have a true leader. Each one of us must now do our part in this great Democracy called America.

    December 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Jennifer

    Go Hillary!! You go girl! Help get our country back!!

    December 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Elena

    First thing Bush has ever said that was 100% true.

    We have gone from having a "chimp" in the White House to having a "snake" in the White House.

    December 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Michael watching from Canada

    Many Canadians are impressed with Obama's security team.

    December 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. SJC

    To Eric,

    You said:

    "you can't get much more far left than Obama"

    Compared to Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michael Savage and Fox News, everyone else seems "far left". Knee jerk cult minded conservatives are a dying breed and their demise can't happen quick enough.

    December 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Al Mellen

    Finally America will once again have a leader who is capable of making wise decisions,,,,this is long overdue. The whole world has to be overjoyed,,,,,once again America will be that shining star that people from around the world have looked at and marveled. America, with all of its faults,,,,,,,,and there are many,,,,,,,,America is truly a wonderful inspiring country. I can hardly wait until the inaguration. This event will remind me of the end of the second world war. What a wonderful event for people around the world.

    December 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Terri

    Another excellent choice from our President-Elect.

    December 1, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. j. williams

    what would you expect from a community organizer who is over his head even as president-elect...his version of change is back to the clinton days...nice con job Barry Obama.

    December 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. WI Cheesehead

    So many people are still looking for cosmetic change. Change comes through policy and not the faces of people who’ve been there.

    Oh yeah, appointees only act upon the policy handed to them by the Commander In Chief. So for what its worth don’t expect Gates to continue Bush’s policies or Clinton to formulate her own foreign policy.

    December 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. chris

    ny republican – yeah! because the DEMOCRATIC Governor of New York won't name a Democrat to replace her -

    December 1, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Riaz

    Now, he made her to pick that 2am call that she was talking about... Very smart move!!!

    December 1, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Zelda

    Obama's proving he's the best person for the job of POTUS.

    December 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Igbafe

    PE Obama, I do admire your courage in the Team selection. Thanks.

    December 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. robert knopp

    As one who has been voting for 50 years, I can't believe what I hear. It sounds as if 50% of americans want him to fail just to prove their very narrow viewpoint. I had hoped that in my time that I would see racism end. It sound like it's building up another head of steam.

    December 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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