December 1st, 2008
10:57 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama announces national security team

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. PK

    What a change ! From Halliburton (otherwise known as Cheney) knows best to let us hear from different points of view.

    December 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Maggie in NYS

    To NY republican – Governor Paterson will be choosing Senator Clinton's replacement. You don't really think he'll replace her with a republican, do you? LOL

    December 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Jeff from Atlanta

    After reading these blogs for the last 8 weeks it has become obvious that the Obama supporters are hypocrites. You yell to support your PE yet you never supported Bush. (and please don't argue that Bush is the worst president ever. The democrats caused this banking crisis by their policies with Fannie Mae. With Pelosi, they continue to make the same mistakes and take partisanship to a new level). You claim you want change but support the same old Washington insiders. There are experienced people out there that are not insiders today.

    I don't believe in Obama. Never had. I think he talks a good game but his policies will result in recalling Bush's presidency days as the "Good old days". Maybe he is smarter than that and will let the economy naturally come back as it always does, but maybe he is a true democrat and will screw it up ever more for the next guy as Clinton did. I’m hoping he is smarter than that and I am willing to give him a chance, but for you to consistently diss Bush and then say don't diss my guy, sorry you hypocrites.

    December 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Bonnie in Wilmington NC

    I don't suppose that anyone on this comment page (including myself) was contacted as an expert opinion or asked to give their expert advise by the people that are actually doing the vetting or making the list of candidates. I'm thinking that the wacky comments here are indicative of the inability to make constructive comments and suggestions are a clue as to why we weren't "consulted". Again, and again, y'all crack me up and give me a reason so laugh at ourselves. Are any of you getting paid to look like fools, or are you just being yourself? Either way, thanks again for the humor. It's all good.
    Take a breath, and have a nice day.

    December 1, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. 3strikes

    goin from a bad admin... to a worse admin.....from bad to worse. let the questioning of nobamas so called "good judgement" begin. change = pander = 65+ million lemmings believed, now go jump off a cliff for your nov4 decision

    December 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Relax Folks

    I am amazed that people are questioning CHANGE because folks from other presidential admins have been choosen. The change will be in the direction that the LEADER directs. Surely some of you folks have been managers and business owners before. If you want new direction you need people with PRIOR experience and different ideas. Yes men drive your business into the ground. Just ask the big 3, I am sure they wish they had hired some folks that had a different view point and experience with Asian car makers. I voted for B.O. because he is a sound LEADER and he knows that change doesn't mean a bunch of folks with no experience that won't challenge anything that he says needs to be done. That is how we will get to where we need to be. I have never been moved to comment on these blogs but what I have been reading in the last few weeks from the usual commenters makes me think people want America to fail, that is just nuts!

    December 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I think what is needed right now is wisdom, somewhere along the line wisdom has left policy making in this country. The wisdom that Obama possesess is his greatest strength and as I watch him pick his team, I can't help but shake the fact that something good is on the horizon. Obama understands that we cannot look to the past for our future solutions but pering into the future to take care of our present problems. I'm hopeful for this country and the world, I think we were and still are on the edge of total destruction but I believe now that other plans are being made.

    ***please post!!!!!***

    December 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. New politic is a fake

    Change that he washed our brains up is coming in America !
    It is some easy to say things when you are outside , now that you are into it , you r seein that politic is a very BAD game.........I still trust B.O but it's becomin a value as well as any other thing linked to the constitution – to serve lobbies – so sad as view and yet true !
    The fact that Hillary's head has been pronounced means to me that Obama was pressured about her.
    Change is no longer in behaviors and heads (déja vu), cuz in that field Barack lost !
    I only hope his team & him will be affording to solve problems ( Change that he promised is now waited in the facts ) like crisis, and so on............

    December 1, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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