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. worried american

    look to me like Obama will conduct business as usuall in washington. One thing for sure after he started receiving the same briefings Pres. Bush recieves he has change his tune and decided he needs some experienced people in his administration. Got a good feeling he understands Bush's policy better too. This country is facing some great problems and he needs people with experience glad to know he realizes that now. We have a very inexperienced Pres. Elect. He sees the need to surround him self with experienced people. they will run this country for him he will just be the spokesman.

    December 1, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Casy

    Barbara in NC, I couldn't agree wit you more! We DO need to start doing something positive for this country! Personally, I think the American people need to fight the power, and take our country back! Obama is an accident waiting to happen and the ones that are going to be affected by this accident are the American People!!

    December 1, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Joe

    For all of you criticizing what Obama has done thus far and may do in the future can you be so blind as to ignore what W has done to this country over the past 8 years and his complete lack of respect for the office and this country as he hides out during his lamest of lame duck days.

    You should all be thankful that Obama is on deck to lead us out of this Bush-made disaster.

    December 1, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Walt, Belton,TX

    Like Bush with General Powell, Obama chose a Washington insider and political general to stand next to for appearances sake and General Jones should do a credible job in this role. His time inside the beltway and lengthly service in the Pentagon should serve him well in dealing with the Washington in-crowd. Hopefully, he'll let Gates do his job without trying to over-supervise.

    December 1, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Robin in SC

    Is the American public so shallow as to think that the "change" Obama spoke of and promised means appointing no-names and amateaurs to his cabinet? Of course not! The Obama Change is a change in attitude, change in course, change in policy. I'd be really disappointed if he appointed a bunch of unknowns with no experience in these dismal times. We need change, but we need people with experience, respect, and true desire to implement the change Obama envisions. I see all of his picks as simply brilliant.

    December 1, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. artvpp

    I am extremely happy that President-elect Obama has appointed two women for Cabinet posts in his adminsitration.

    Senator Clinton and Governor Napolitano will do a great job in their respective positions.

    President-elect Obama, the Vice-President elect, and Senator Clinton, the newly appointed Secretary of State are all lawyers and will uphold and respect the rule of law and the Constitution.

    As an initial supporter of Senator Clinton and a supporter of President-elect Obama, I am very glad that the cabinet has strong and knowledgeable people that should do a great service in their respective positions to our country.

    December 1, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Boye

    Everyone crying "more of the same" are simply ignorant. First of all, if Obama decided to keep Bush's dog, you would scream "more of the same". Second, what is change for the same of change? Do you change your health plan just because the new cycle rolls in? I mean, come on, if you change the people in Washington and the culture persists, you have achieved nothing. Why are you whining about the people he feels can get the job done? I can understand debating failed policies if/when he has some, but pointless bickering about the people who will implement his policies, is plain useless. Believe I wholeheartedly dislike his selection of Hillary. I believe rivals should dance because someone is going to get stabbed in the back.

    December 1, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. eugene

    when is obama going to name a latino and someone to the left to his cabinet,because 80% of his vote came from the people to the far left,but he has know far left people in his cabinet so far

    December 1, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    To Anti War groups

    Leave Obama alone. He needs to plan and coordinate with maximum purpose before there is peace. it's a fragile alliance. You all must be living in a dreamland to think that we can stop the war overnight. You need to do it right or we'll SEE bombs in our backyards. It doesnt matter if you're anti WAR, hatred has no boundaries.

    December 1, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Independent Voter

    to "jane in ga" – I can't wait for 2012 either so President Obama can win again!!

    God Bless President Obama and the First Family

    December 1, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Leah from FL

    Our country is in such a crisis. Thank you Prez elect Obama for once again selecting wisdom and rationality to the posts you have appointed. WE NEED balanced, wise and rational people in our countries most important positions, and Obama is seeing that these are the ones he's selecting.

    December 1, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. QLee

    This is to all the naysayers out there. Get behind our President Elect and his team. If McCain had won, I would not be carping about him. I would give him his chance and hope he made the right decisions. I am willing to give Obama his now – and the rest of you should, too. We all live in the USA. If we continue to be divided then we WILL fail. That is what history has taught us. So, now is the time to come together.

    December 1, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Ron

    While I applaud this choice, we all knew it was coming, which brings me to point about Hillary that I do not like. It annoys me that she was not officially announced until after the holiday last week. It is evident to me that, while we were all expecting this, it was delayed until after Thanksgiving so the holidays news would not take away from this announcement. Hillary must make sure she gets all the attention. Many have already been picked but leave it to Hillary to draw as much attention to herself as possible.

    December 1, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. charlie in maine

    Well played sir. A lot has been made of your basketball skills and lack of bowling prowess but I have to say... I bet you are awesome at chess.

    December 1, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. djak

    To the people who say "this isn't change"...who exactly did you expect P.E. Obama to appoint to these positions? The clerk at 7-11 and his kids' school principal? People with no experience in their appointed positions are dangerous, which was proven when FEMA failed to respond adequately during Katrina. In order to be qualified and experienced for these jobs, you need to pick people who have done something like this before...therefore, people from previous administrations fit the bill. Why don't you all wait and see how these people perform at their jobs before you shoot them down? Obama didn't get elected our next president by being stupid.

    December 1, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Doug R.

    You folks (Republicans and others) who don't like our President- elect, can move out of this country for all I care. Get out of here. Why not move to Chile or Iceland or India or China. Go away. Take Limpbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, and all of the other bigots with you. Whiny losers. We put up with lies, deceit, cheating, and all kinds of trash under the Supreme Court appointed Bush #43, the very worst President in this country's history.

    December 1, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. L Williams

    For all those who are Obama Haters, you can always leave the country and come back in 2012, or better yet, 2016. Until then, if you plan to stay, do as someone else here suggested, support your new president, and "Be the change you want to see"!!!!

    December 1, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. eugene

    when is obama going to name a latino and someone to the left to his cabinet,because 80% of the people who voted for him was from the people from the far left,but he hasnt name one person from the far left or a latino ,who gave him 70% of the latino vote

    December 1, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Kiah G.

    Wondering how all of the Hillary fans feel now knowing that she is down with Obama as much as she claimed during the GE. I bet you all feel silly for voting McCain/Palin. Now's she officially TEAM OBAMA!

    Madame Secretary Congrats!

    December 1, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Maggie Muggins

    How come so many Americans object to their leadership being intelligent and honest?

    I can understand the religious fanatics being disgruntled since for the most part they all need some sound mental therapy to get them back into reality and a normal life.

    In the end what you are witnessing is the new beginning and the end of a regressive society of questionable morals.

    December 1, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    To Jane in GA

    If W qualifies, Hillary and Obama qualifies anytime, anyday and anywhere.

    December 1, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Howdy

    Isn't anyone going to comment on the appointment of Napolitano and what this means for border security? Take a look into her ongoing battle with Sheriff Joe Arpaio (of Maricopa County in Arizona) .... she has taken away his millions of dollars of his funding to weaken his ability to fight illegal immigration in the Phoenix area and throw out the people who come to this country and break its laws. Be prepared for millions of illegal immigrants to be granted citizenship – which is a kick in the butt to those of us who immigrated legally.

    December 1, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Tulsa

    lol, Some folks just can't get through the day without putting someone else down.
    Why not let the man do the job he was elected to do?
    Or, at least, let him get INTO office before you start trying to tear him, and by that, our country down.
    The shameful thing is that most of the malcontents on here are the ones who proclaim the loudest that they love our country. Fat chance of that. Hypocrites and angry little souls. I feel sorry for you.
    On the other hand, I feel proud and hopeful for our nation! I believe in our President Elect and will do my level best to do my part as an American citizen to help rebuild this great nation.

    December 1, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. tess

    hillary took the job because she knew she wouldn't be re-elected as senator from new york since she has shown just how much she wanted to serve new yorkers – yea, right! she served herself by bec oming one of them to set it up to run for president – which she lost – then had to take any job offered to stay in public view, which is all she and that scum husband care about . o.k. new yorkers, do you feel used yet?

    December 1, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    To Coleman Rice

    Dont worry about Hillary dodging bullets, whether she did or not, SHE has NEVER, along with her HUSBAND, rushed to war and cause 100,000 to go blind and death.

    December 1, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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