January 9th, 2009
11:16 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama names Panetta, Blair

 Barack Obama fills out his intelligence team at a news conference on Friday.
Barack Obama fills out his intelligence team at a news conference on Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama named Leon Panetta as CIA director and Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence on Friday morning.

Watch: Obama announces CIA, DNI picks

In addition, former CIA official John Brennan was tapped as White House homeland security adviser and deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism.

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  1. S Callahan

    I have to add...Obama knows what he is doing...remember..his love of the game of basketball? He can apply to same skills tactically to his adminstration........ you can see it already happenging..

    January 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. aware

    Roll on 2012! :(

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. AEK

    Thank you, Lindsay!

    January 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. RealityKing

    Obama is dumbing down our intellegence agencies while bankrupting our grandchildren..., be very afraid America.

    January 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Sue

    Didn't Brennan withdraw from one of these positions just last month because of some conflict of interest?

    January 9, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Get over it

    Panetta????

    Oh my God, the blind leading the blind.

    Panetta has absolutely NO experience in the intelligence sector!!!!

    January 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. JDC

    Panetta wouldn't know the secret to a good pizza, let alone guide the CIA! Brace yourself for the next 9-11.

    January 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. steve

    Lindsay- it isn't surprising to hear a dissapointing "hush-hush" story from the Reagan era. i think most of us are pretty aware of the secrecy that occurs within any past presidential administration...especially from any recent GOP member. but i think that is why we, the US voter, elected Barack Obama to be our president. this country needed so much change that we were self-destructing ourselves with every new year while at the same time fearfully grasping that small shred of the past we knew and wish we had. Politics have gotten so upsurd lately that i began to realize that they haven't changed since created.

    i, like you, hope the best out of this new government. it has been many years since we had an honorable leader that could truly be respected...or partially at least...heh heh heh. lets wait and see and hope for the best.

    January 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Brian - Trinidad

    Aren't these guys part of the tired old Washington crowd that we voted Obama in to change?Where's the change going to come from,new clothes?

    January 9, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Dave

    I just do not understand how BO can nominate Panetta as CIA director with a straight face. Maybe the puppet masters have become a little more brazen with what they want BO to do.

    January 9, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. cat

    I'm sure Barack know what he is doing...And if he makes a mistake. He is only human. So far i have convindence in all his choices.

    January 9, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. nick

    Lets hope that Pres. Obama, identifies the Pork, and names the Person who tries to put it in the bill.... I bet the pork would be greatly reduced in such a situation.. Go for it Mr. Pres.

    January 9, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. J. Dean

    BEFORE DISASTER GEORGE BUSH LEAVES THE WHITE HOUSE HE SHOULD AND MUST TELL THE NATION ABOUT "WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF MORE THAN 4220 AMERICAN BEST HEROES WHO WERE SACRIFICED IN IRAQ". OTHERWISE WE WILL CONSIDER HIM, GEORGE W. BUSH, THE ONLY MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF OUR BELOVED HEROES. WE DO NOT NEED TO SECOND GUESS ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT MATTER. PARENTS. FATHERS, MOTHERS, WIFES, HUSBANDS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS ARE WAITING FOR THE ABOVE VERDICT.

    January 9, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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