December 1st, 2008
10:57 AM ET
6 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. caribbean admirer of OBAMA

    LONG LIVE THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE USA!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. arlene, CA

    totally disappointed in SOS. This is not change I voted for, however; it must be the change we can believe in – None ! Just another joke we can believe in, in other words politics as usual !

    December 1, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Ken

    This is probably the best thing that he could have done, making Hillary Clinton his Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton is by far the best person for the job. Even though I would have liked to see Hillary Clinton as our President, this can be the stepping stone to be our next President in 2012!

    December 1, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. John

    Hillary Clinton is a wrong choice for Secretary of State. Obama is making a mistake.

    December 1, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Bryan

    I'm glad that he chose her for secretary of state instead of VP... She is too powerful to be a VP. GREAT JOB!!

    December 1, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. FAYE MOGHTADER

    i am so proud of president ellect obama.he sees things at a very intelligent prespective.that is why i voted for him.clints choice is very good.she has all the required qualification to run the office.campaigns are over.people do thinks on the trail that they do not relly beleive in it.great team.

    December 1, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. joan

    Hillary Clinton is not qualified, period.

    December 1, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Phoenix

    I am so sick of liberals complaining about, "I want change." When Obama promised change, he meant in the way business is done. So, you mean to tell me, all the whining liberals want ALL new faces who have no connections in Washington and have no idea about how the government works to be in the new cabinet. Get outa here. For you people praying for 2012, Obama will get re-elected, duh. 2016 is the year to watch for Dems and Republicans. Second, Hillary will run in 2016, and this is her opportunity to shine under Obama. Trust me, Hillary is not stupid, and she knows not to bite the hands that are currently feeding her.

    December 1, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. alexa

    You go girl! Go Hillary! I'm
    glad that he chose her.

    December 1, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. ABG

    GO HILLARY! Cobgratulations to our new Secretary of State.

    Thank you President-elect Barack Obama!

    December 1, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. L Williams

    I agree Barbara

    Give them a chance. Everyone keeps saying where is the change Obama has been talking about, He is the Change!!! Why can't people see that. I would rather he pick the best and the brightest, even if that means people from Clintons adm. At least during the Clinton years, things were a lot better for us all. Who would you rather have flying your plane thats headed for disaster, a rookie or a experienced pilot??

    December 1, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Ia Guy

    Yay for the Clinton administration once again! Finally this country is going to get on the right track after the past 8 years.

    December 1, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Sweetie

    "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.

    A new dawn of Leadership from the Carter and Clinton years!

    "That One" puts a new twist to "Words"!

    Hopefully we will see the Peace and Prosperity of the Clinton years rather then the economic Hell of the Carter years!

    December 1, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Rene, San Fran CA

    For all you doubters out there attacking this decision of President Obama...you doubted that he couldn't win the Presidency and HE DID...He obviously knows what the heck he's doing, so shut your traps about him picking Hilary and any other of the members of his cabinet! What he was referring to when he said "Change" was bring something different from what we've experienced over the past 8 years! That didn't mean he was going to nominate a whole bunch of newborns to his cabinet! He's bring strong, intelligent, experienced people to his team and to this country..and i say here here! I think his picks are as intelligent as they are bold and strong! Excellent choices Obama! Keep moving forward!

    December 1, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. k

    Those two deserve each other...unfortunately the rest of who didn't vote for either of them will have to pay the price for their egos...this should be fun watching them head butt each other!

    December 1, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Kay in NC

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

    December 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Jackie

    As Obama said in his own words...change is about policy and it's coming from him...he's in charge. People stop being haters, you could be in a situation in India. Unite and help. Did you hear what one survivor said....it didn't matter if you were on the left or right, as long as you're American they were after you. So join forces together and unite and stop bickering!

    December 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Beth

    I think SOS is a great place for Clinton to be. In the Senate, she could be a real detractor to Obama's policies. But as SOS, she'll be part of his team – she'll have an independent role to suit her, but also answer to Obama's administration, which is a good balance. I think he made a very smart decision.

    December 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Nicole

    "Good for Senator Clinton — 4 years as Secretary State and then on to the Presidency in 2012."

    Maybe 2016. Obama will run for re-election come 2012. People keep forgetting that. Presidents run for 2 terms.

    December 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Phil-Little Rock

    Poor Obama. I think he just cut his own throat on this one.

    December 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. LB

    What a great President Obama will make. He has promised change and we are seeing it already. Great appointments, change yet great experience from those he has chosen. Of Course he will need to chose people who have already been in Washington, how else would these people get anything done if they didn't know the ropes already. I for one want the people chosen to hit the ground running, not having to learn their jobs for the first 6 to 12 months in office. I want the people to havew the qualifications, judgement and experience right out of the gate and these are the people Obama has chosen.

    December 1, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Hardened GOP

    I must confess that I'm truly impressed! Maybe there is something to this man. For him to retain Gates, even temporarily, and than add a Marine of Jones stature...all I can say is Wow! As for now, the anti-Barack bumper stickers are being stowed away in the closet. Keep it up Mr. President!

    December 1, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Erika, KS

    Well what the hell did you Obamabots expect? Obama has no real experience and he needs experienced people in these positions. LOL! Idiots.

    December 1, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Cynt

    All you haters need to give it a rest. If you had a brain you can see that the team Obama is putting together is new and old people. Obama knows what he is doing, stop your complaining you people make me sick. The man is not in office yet and you idiots are complaining

    December 1, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. bernj

    Myrna Ulrich December 1st, 2008 11:16 am ET

    EXCUSE ME FOLKS?? THIS IS MORE OF THE SAME, THIS IS NOT WHAT THE PUBLIC VOTED FOR !! I AM NOT SUPPORTING THIS AGENDA OR TEAM IN ANYWAY SHAPE OR FORM… AS WE SPEAK, THE ANTI WAR MOVEMENT ,AND PROGRESSIVES ARE WATCHING HIM LIKE A HAWK, AND IF WE HAVE TO WE WILL BE TAKE TO THE STREET,!! THIS IS NOT A GOOD DAY FOR THIS COUNTRY IF YOU ASK ME, AND I AM SURE ALL THE WORLD IS WATCHING… GRANFORCHANGE IN WISCONSIN
    ___________________________

    You are so wrong. In fact, I suspect you are probably some right winger trying to sow discontent. Obama is the boss and he sets the policy. He is the one who brings about the change. Clinton and everyone else are tools to be used by Obama to bring the change we need on many fronts. He wants the best for the work that needs to be done. Be patient.

    December 1, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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