November 21st, 2008
10:36 AM ET
11 years ago

Sources: Jones leading choice for national security advisor

 Jones is the leading candidate to be Obama's national security advisor.

Jones is the leading candidate to be Obama's national security advisor.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Two sources close to the Obama transition team tell CNN retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones has emerged as President-elect's leading choice to become national security adviser in the White House.

The sources said Jones has been given the impression by the President-elect that the job is his if he wants it. But the officials said there are still private discussions underway and no final decision has been made.

The discussions are focused on precisely how much power Jones will have in the staff job since he is used to being in a command role. Among his many posts, Jones served for several years as the operational commander for NATO.

In the third and final presidential debate, Obama noted that he deeply values advice from Jones, who has four decades of military service.

One person close to the transition noted Jones is a bipartisan figure who has warm relationships with both current Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who may stay on the job for at least a brief period, as well as Sen. Hillary Clinton, who is now on track to be nominated as Secretary of State after Thanksgiving.
CNN first reported last week that Jones was getting serious consideration for either national security adviser or Energy Secretary.

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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Beartrack

    What is going on here? This new kid on the block is picking people for his team that actually have experience, credibility, and respect. Folks like the good General Jones here who is not an out front mouthpiece, but a man who knows of what he speaks, and smart people listen. Obama is showing that it is wise to seek out the wise for counsel.

    November 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. LiberalsHateAmerica

    It appears the markets are about as excited as socialism as the rest of us non-Obamabots........It's the worst sell-off in post-election history and the mainstream media is too busy making the connection of higher gun sales to barry's win, painting all of us gun-owning Americans as racist and white trash. Journalism truly died in America in 2008 and the Obamabots drank the kool-aid right off the cliff. Barry O will take this country to the far-left in everyway and we will mirror european socialism before he is finished. Gov't run healthcare, housing, auto-industry.....yeehaa!!! change is comin! hope! change!!hope!! change!!!

    November 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Karen -San Antonio


    November 21, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Chris

    Paul, ridiculous! Markets have been bad for the current President for a long time and getting worse. This is his doing my friend!!! Remember, we have one president at a time and his name is George W. Bush!

    November 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Joe Average

    Where is the change hahahahaha!

    November 21, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Ron

    At least he is not picking out some dildo salesman who was his room-mate in college for a while, like someone else we know (G.W.)

    November 21, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Matt

    Republicans are already complaining and Obama isn't even in office. What happened to insisting that you never criticize a president in a time of war? It sounds as though Republicans hate America.

    November 21, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. energy


    CNN is eventually begining to air viewpoints critical of Obama, since Obama won. It is a shame that CNN suppressed people's viewpoints in the past 18 months since they pirated Obama to White House.

    November 21, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Leo

    ck: Don't worry about all these liberal blowhards. After Clinton's third term, and after the country is in much worse shape, we will regain the White House. However, until then we need to support the current administration no matter how out of touch it may be.

    Hannity/Palin 2012!

    November 21, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    I am an Obama supporter, but I certainly wish HE would come out and state who is choices are rather than leaking it to the media from "unnamed sources." Why can't he step up to the mike and state "this is who I want for Secretary of (whatever)," or have an official announcement from someone who can be mentioned by name and official position with the president-elect's office? Is this the presidential version of voting "present" so that he can disavow the person if they get in trouble?

    November 21, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Patriot Gal

    LiberalshateAmerica :

    Good grief! Take a deep breath. The only one spewing hate so far is YOU. All your comments are about H-A-T-E

    Brace yourself and set your mind to 8 years.... That will sink in so much easier.


    November 21, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. War Machine

    Obama is not even the President yet. Bush is still President. Where is W today? What is he doing at this time? I'll tell you. He's doing nothing today just the same as he's always done. Somebody else has to clean up after Bush while he golfs and pretends to be a cowboy.

    November 21, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Bubba

    "painting all of us gun-owning Americans as racist and white trash." You're doing a fine job without any help, you bitter little wingnut. You can help fight against socialism by taking your money out of FDIC-insured banks and hiding it in your mattress, and if you live long enough to get Social Security, why, just return your checks uncashed! In fact, all you socialism-haters should intercept your grannys' checks and tear them up. Don't ride on city buses because they are a socialist monopoly, or take a subway for the same reason. Ever noticed that you can't buy your electricity or water from the competition? It's because of SOCIALISM!!
    Terrible, ain't it?

    November 21, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. bob

    Powell? Oh geez no please. He is a liar and a war criminal.

    November 21, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Cynthia a conservative voter

    Change? What happened to Change? All I see are re-cycled Democrats who all lost elections, being put in positions for which their qualifications are questionable at best. Mr. Obama, I vote for change. You are disappointing me.

    November 21, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. C A

    I get a kick out of those who criticize Obama for his appoinments. They act like they were elected Presdient. I hate to tell you people this but it was Obama who was elected Presdient, by a majority of the people). Obama therefore can pick who the hell he wants to pick.

    If you have a prefernece for a particular person or position I see no problems with stating so (and giving specific reasons why you prefer one person over another). But to criticize Obama's picks is sort of presumptuous don't you think? Now if someday you can be elected President you can pick who it is you want. Otherwise shut up, watch how Obama does and if his administration ends up being as bad as GWB's then you'll have th right to run for President yourself or select another President in four years.

    Just remember that opinions are a dime a dozen. Everyone has one.

    November 21, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Alex Camargo

    Pete – "Change? We will all be asking for spare change before he's even in office."

    Yes, and that will be the current administration's fault, not Obama's. He's yet to take office. If you believe that markets are speculating an Obama administration, then I argue it was incorrect market speculation that brought us this trouble in the first place. Either way, you're grasping at straws, buddy.

    November 21, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Noneya

    I love the comments from the 'deep thinkers' about how the economic crisis is actually as a result of Obama being elected. When the markets begin to improve, as they inevitably will, I am sure these geniuses will say it is because of the anticipation that the next President will be Republican...

    November 21, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Ray from NY

    This choice is one of the besy our Pres Elect has or is going to do. CK you are an idiot and that is enough said!! Senator Clinton will make a great SoS sh has the intellegence and the contacts and relations from all those diff countries. Pleas PE Obama keep on keepin on!!

    November 21, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Karl

    I can't believe these mindless right-wingers. Can't wait to trash Barack Obama for his slightest twitch, even before he's in office. Where have their voices been the last eight years? Hello? Anyone home? Amazing how beliefs and hysteria can blind some people to reality and any form of decency. Do I hear psycho?

    November 21, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. anthony- denver

    ck why do you care ,you didnt vote for Mr.Obama.Its shows that he's self confifent enough to surround himself with the best and the very pleased with his selections.who would u like to to be secretary of state rush limbaugh-and while we're at it let's name sean hannity secretary of defense.

    November 21, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Andrew

    Hey Sarah is wishing a happy thanksgiving by showing how to kill turkeys on TV
    Sarah Palin
    Very Funny

    November 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Marc

    To the idiots that are making the lame connection between Obama's election and the recent numbers in Wall Street..., if you look closely you see that the market is overreacting in a daily basis to that specific day or the day before news. If the news are good or at least seems to be good Dow Jones goes up 2, 3 or 4%. If they are bad it goes down the same way, like a rollercoaster. It was such turmoil in the Economy that helped Barack Obama, after all John McCain was the one that said 'The fundamentals of the economy are strong' (or something close to that.
    The economy is in trouble since before the election, before even the primaries! And is still in turmoil and will stay like that for a few months (if not years) more. If the 44th POTUS doesn't manage to solve it the Republicans have a big chance to return to the White House in 2013.
    That said, let the man be sworn in and effectively and legally do something against the crisis before starting to trow rocks!
    And by the way, since he's considering someone with four decades in the military forces as a close advisor and someone in charge of an important set of security charges, it seems that he's doing the right choices...

    November 21, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. New Yorker

    Of course he's picking people with experience – to make up for his lack of it.

    November 21, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. SIMP

    liberalshate america

    You are the most ignorant, hateful, racist moron on the blog. It is so funny to read the blogs from losers like you, I love it, you can't stand that Obama is THE president and we laugh at you. Now go back to your trailer and clean you gun, LOL

    November 21, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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