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. chris from STL

    Casy December 1st, 2008 11:42 am ET

    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!!
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    That's exactly what we did on Nov 4th .... took the country back (and handed it over to the able hands of PE Obama) from GW and the repubs who had driven this country to ditch.

    December 1, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. EDDIE

    Hey ' K ' , Your right obama does not know how to run a country.Now that he is in charge I bet the country will suffer from a major financial crises.We will probably invade a country for no reason and stay there.Then I'll bet that right before he leaves office during a collapse of major financial firms he's probably going to the american public and tell them we need a 700 billion dollar bailout or our country will face sure dire straits. And then when he get's the$700 billion he won't know what to do with it. Your right! ALL HELL'S GOING TO BREAK LOOSE!

    December 1, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Michael-Ventura,CA

    Barack Obama takes this job with all the seriousness and purpose that should be a requirement for anyone that takes the Oath.
    I trust President Obama to make the choices that are best for America-even though some of those choices aren't real popular with some of us.
    We have to get past division and work together for the good of the Nation.
    I am glad I worked 21 months for Barack Obama!

    December 1, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Vanderburg

    Why can't people understand that the "change" that Obama campaigned on was a change in the way politics are run. Not people. If he brought a whole bunch of inexperienced, unknown faces, people would call him irresponsible. Some of the same faces, yes, but that old school rhetoric, partisian politics, no...there is the CHANGE.

    December 1, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Marco

    And John McCain would have brought change to Washington? lol. Try Again repubs.....

    Dont you guys have an election to get ready for in 4 years? Obama WON....so instead of attacking Obama and his decisions perhaps you guys should figure out how to win back the states that you LOST on November 4th.

    December 1, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Dave

    A team of insiders. The scam continues. And the sheep listen and lap it up like something great is going on.

    December 1, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. jon

    phoenix.....As a democrat I have to agree with you and say "well said"

    December 1, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. SENATUS POPOLUSQUE ROMANUS

    JackNC,
    After the disastrous 8 years of Republican MIS-ADMINISTRATION and utter bungling of everything it touched, the last to foresee problems with the future Administration should be a Republican or an Independent who voted for G.W Bush 1 and 2.

    Please think twice, before writing nonsensical forecasts!!!!

    December 1, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Rainy

    Congratulations to President Elect Barack Obama for his astuteness, intelligence and integrity in selecting individuals who are leaders and visionaries. This team will undoubtedly be individuals who will once again bring integrity and honesty to the USA and not the destructive vileness of the current administration.

    For all of you who disagree and feel you need to leave the USA because you disagree with the Man who will one day be defined as one of the BEST President's the US has ever had....please do not go to Canada. They don't want or need you.

    I would suggest you move to Mexico or better still Saudi Arabia where you will probably feel more at home. Then again maybe you can all camp out at Bush's ranch with Bush and Cheney.

    Congratulations to all the Americans who saw the light and chose a true and dignified leader. The world appreciates your doing the right thing.

    December 1, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. DB

    Come on everyone. Isn't it clear that no matter who he picked for his admin, he would be critisized.

    If he picked people with little to NO experience in Washington, he would be critisized for picking such an inexperienced team in this time of such crisis. (i.e Palin for McCain)

    If he picks an experienced team, people say this is not change.

    Lets see how he leads this team or if HE will be lead by this team. Then we can judge him on his decisions.

    December 1, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Just wait

    If Obama supporters think he is being excessively criticized now...

    December 1, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. conservative

    Heaven is here ! The big O and C will banish poverty, health woes and trigger a lovefest on the planet earth! War and pestilence wiil disappear and we will all ride bikes to work ! The White house will be for rent again and interns beware! It will all be wonderful !!

    December 1, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. annoymous

    I think President Elect Obama has done a great job in selecting his cabinet.....for those who do not get it the CHANGE is Obama..give the man a chance after 8 years of the GOP & Bush just chill...

    December 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. John Adams

    Sarah Palin would be a much better choice for Secretary Of State. Sarah is bright, intelligent and has a deep understanding of foreigh policy issues. She is the one person in this country who has seen Putin rear his head so she can recognize him from a distance.

    Hillary cannot sit down with the Prime Minister of Great Britain and say "you betcha" like Sarah can. Hillary has never shot a moose. How can she be picked over a woman over a woman who could resolve all of Africa's by talking to the President Of Africa, which is one country, according to Sarah.

    You missed the boat on this one Mr. Obama.

    December 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Antony

    Great job Mr. President -elect. So far you are showing us that we were right in our vote. As for those hating on Obama, you must be stupid. Had he paraded anyone as SOS whom you had never heard of before, you would be screaming bloody inexperience in these troubled time. Yetr when he makes his shrewd, wise moves, you can't take it. Why is it so hard for your righties to acknowledge when he is doing a good job even if you did not elect him? And no Hillary in 2012. Obama will be re-elected again. Those thinking Hillary is bad for the job probably thing Sarah Palin is well qualified...PLEEZE.

    December 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Truth Hurts

    People can criticize our newly President Elect Obama but he knows what he is doing. He is putting experience with certain expertise in certain areas. Also, Obama was right about what happened in India. He predicted this on September 10th, 2008. If you watched the interview Obama gave Bill O'Reilly off of Fox, he predicted it. He said that Iraq was not the problem with new terror cells. He said Afganistan and Pakistan was getting stronger and building while our troops was focused on Iraq. He also said that Pakistan was gearing up to attack India. And that is what exactly happened. I feel safer with Obama on Foreign Policies and the Economy!!!

    December 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Sylvia

    President Elect Obama, we love you and we know that you will do your best to get this country into tip top shape and respected and hopefully, loved around the world again! Great decisions and great minds. A majority of the country has the most confidence in everything you are doing.

    December 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Sue

    It is my understanding that Obama is in the process of vetting two hispanics for positions in his administration – someone from Florida and Bill Richardson.

    December 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Gary of LA

    HILLARY, HILLARY, HILLARY! She is a force to reckon with! No matter what HILL haters say! She is more than qualified for the SOS position, she could have been the President for God sake!

    HILLARY for PRESIDENT 2012!!!!! Period.

    December 1, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Lawrence

    I totally agree, big mistake.

    December 1, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Obama08 but...

    Is Obama going to setup the travel office for a visit to the grand jury, too? Will Monica return to "serve coffee"? Will Foster's spirit join the team through one of the "Nancy Reagan seances"? What is Obama doing????????? Change. Duped again America. Congratulations.

    December 1, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. UPenn Student

    As a Latina I must say, yes i wanted a Hispanic person in the cabinet, BUT,I would rather him pick the MOST QUALIFIED team he can to protect this nations interests at home and abroad. I am hoping that Bill Richardson get the commerce position though. He would work well there and can aid in some foreign affairs as well, since that is his skill set.

    December 1, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. BS not Maverick

    Gitter-Done-Boss-Man!

    December 1, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Debra in IN

    I believe Sen. Clinton to be an excellent choice of Sec'y of State. Only goes to show that the nonsense spoken, and the 'Silly Season' that was the primary season, were disingenuous at best and more a product of the Obama campaign than anyone or anything else.

    And, with the nomination of Sen. Clinton, after the most intense pre-screening, vetting by the Obama-ites, should end or put to rest the lies, gossip, and conspiracy theories directed at the Clintons. Of course, those on the Far Left and Right will not let go of certain negative fantasies ... by letting go, they admit to promoting falsehoods, participating in attempts to destroy others, and perpetuating lies for ideological gain.

    December 1, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    Even though I supported Hillary in the primaries, I don't care what Hillary does now. I can't support someone who was elected through media and party manipulation and party corruption. Obama is not my president.

    December 1, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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