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. garry

    Guess what folks, the word "change" is used by the President elect during the campeign as strategy to influence the young votes. We are tired of the same washington's faces" he used to say; as if he had a better way to lead this country. How many of you not to understand the Obama's strategy today? Do you really believe our troups will be withtrow from Irac in 16 monts as he has promised it during the campeign?How many of you not to notice that the kitten ate the tongue of the man?Wor many of you not notice his skripy face ?

    I learned something from a great man" Sometimes you have to stop playing with the words to prevent them playing against you somedays" Good luck America!

    December 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Tito

    This appointment actually confirms the President-elect Obama's benevolence and confidence as has long been rumored. This man is definitely going to take America to greater heights ..watch out!

    December 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. James

    Change????? Change?????? Where is the change???? Anyone see any change becuase it is missing!!!

    December 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. w.l. jones

    For none believers Gen. Jones can give you all insight in changing of the gaurd.",he has lot of experience" over thirty years.

    December 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Greg Hodges

    Now that Barack Obama has officially named Robert Gates and Gen. Jim Jones as part of his new administration; it would be nice to hear some of the airheads on Fox news and others of their ilk to admit they were wrong in telling the public that Obama was unable/unwilling to reach out to capable conservatives. It would be nice; but DON`T hold your breath. As usual; they were completely wrong.

    December 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Peggy the Unemployed

    Since I don't know anything about Janet Napolitano, I don't know if she is qualified to be Secretary of Homeland Security. I don't know why Obama picked her. That said, I think the rest of his choices are excellent. I am not sure what Democratic outsiders there are that would have the experience to fill these important positions.

    December 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Oh No, It's Barry-O

    His approval ratings just dropped to an all time low.

    December 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    I'm very happy that there are a number of women in top positions.

    All good people and respected and I think they will do a great job.

    Give them a chance, folks! Most of you posters are still young'ns and don't have the history that I do as a senior retired woman who worked hard to give you many opportunities we didn't have, such as decent child care facilities that were non-existent when I was your age.

    And insistance that we get our rights to birth control and owning our own bodies.

    Etc. Etc.

    December 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Tom

    I get a kick out of the Republicans posing as Dems or Independents who voted for Obama but are already criticizing him. Keep complaining about "lack of change" because of the people he is chosing.

    You show that you don't have the brain power or foresight to understand that the change is in the policies not necessarily the people.

    Keep whining and complaining because your candidate didn't win.
    We'll move forward and you can stay behind with your radical ideological beliefs, the rest of the Nation will move ahead and progress.

    December 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. frank

    What a fake! he told you one thing and he is doing another....
    did not like Hillary....now he loves her!
    appointed more center and conservatives to his cabinet....now reality kicks in.....no change there!
    and we still need to find out about his birth...... he was born in Kenya not Hawaii......

    he just anything and everything to get elected..... and he does not even have heritage in the african-americans that suffered during slavery and civil rights! who the f...did you elect! you just got caught up in the exitement.....buyers remorse
    you just voted because he is 50% black...shame on you

    December 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. To Barbara in NC.....you should have left 8 yrs ago

    All you Democrats telling Bush supporters that if they don't like Obama they should leave the country???????

    Why didn't all you cry babies leave in the last 8 years??????

    Clinton and Obama.........dumd and dumber were already taken

    December 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. James

    Looks like they are going to kiss. This guy is in way over his head!

    December 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Ken

    @Pete: I'm feeling great today!!! How about you? Well, from the tone of your post, you're probably not feeling all that well. Well, too bad - but you must own up, you backed a loser this time. You can try to throw all the sour grapes you want, but this country is now much better off for the change that's coming. You can either get on-board and help with improving this country, or you can wallow in your rightwing grief and dogma. If you choose the latter, then know this: I rejoice in your self-inflicted discomfort and pain - I dance a jig everyday at all the discomfited rightwing looneys out there...every freakin' day.

    December 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Charles L. Shaw, Liverpool, NY

    Time will tell, but the time is running short for the average American.
    can't wait for the new team to move in.
    It should make the case for real change much easier in 2012.

    December 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. jett Johnson

    I am, and will always be a Hillary supporter...

    HILLARY 2016

    December 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. SMolloy

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

    NY Republican, are you really that dense? Paterson is just going to appoint another Dem to take her place.

    December 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. TJ Johnson

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. We hear this every four years from everyone.....

    December 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Melanie McCready

    The appointments of Hillary, Gen Jones and Sec Gates were only made so that Obama can fire them in a few months in his attempts to discredit them, Jones and Gates both being Republicans.

    December 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Dan, TX

    Bush is president. Is he fixing the economy? Is he fixing our national security and foreign affairs problems. Is he addressing health care? WHY NOT?

    Instead we are blaming Obama for imaginary stuff. How about worrying about reality? That is the change Obama brings – a focus on reality.

    Most of the comments here are so detached from reality it is insane.

    December 1, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. mary dale

    All you people who are screaming that this isnt what you voted for – please give Obama and his cabinet a chance before you jump to the negative conclusions you have already. So far all of his people are intelligent, thoughtful, experienced. Did you think he would pick you? When he said he was the candidate of change he most likely meant that he was going to change Washington so that is finally started to do the job it is supposed to do. I hope all of the readers skip over the negative comments.

    December 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. OMG

    I voted for Obama, and i must say i am extremely dissapointed with this one appointment,.......she will undermind him, at all costs, remember she wants to run on 2012..........no matter what, now she will say she not only was under sniper fire, seh will say she actually fought the rebels..

    first off, this is NOT CHANGE, and i feel betrayed, and is is just awful. If you think you can control your enemy by having them near by, forget that with the clintons, they are beyond all of that..

    i am dissapointed , in addition, that this send the same old same odl message we will support the israelis, and a wrong message to the Arab world..

    finally, having bill's old cabinet, and his rookies, and then we still dont know who is in the foundation's list_ besides bin laden's brothers and friends..

    I guess, we will see what happens in the next year.. she wont last long, she will try to do soemethign against Obama and hopefully then he learns................

    December 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Jenn

    rm December 1st, 2008 12:28 pm ET

    @30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain:

    Obama is not your presdient, huh? Well what is your president's name?

    Goerge Bush is the President of th United States of America right now
    and everybody in this Great Nation of ours has the right to speak their mind, whether you agree or not

    December 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. gt

    will some one shut up joe biden up ..........please !

    December 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. jess

    Pete- I feel absolutely fantastic. Thanks for asking!

    December 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. CORuth

    I am increasingly impressed and his leadership. I feel very safe and secure with this team and trust the PE Obama has been thoughtful in his choices. As a proud American and supporter of PE Obama, I am behind him and his administration in their efforts to bring about change. It will be refreshing and for those of you who still insist on spewing your venom, you will not be left out.

    Congratulations PE Obama!

    December 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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