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. Char

    To Gary in LA:

    GET A matter how much you pound your head against the wall, Hillary will not be president this year or the next..or in 2012..maybe 2016...maybe. Just be greatful she was given a position considering the things she tried to do to derail Obama during the primaries. I am a woman and I for one do not believe that Obama was guilty of any sexist treatment towards her, I do believe on the other hand, that she was very rude to Obama and disrespected him at every chance she got. But it's nice to see that because Obama is a good man, and has a good heart, he elected her as SOS. I doubt she would've extended the same kindness towards him if she had won. But whatever its all in the past. You need to stop living in the past and accept that for the next 8 years OBAMA will be YOUR president as well as mine, just as I had to accept that Bush was my president for the past 8 years. Now grow up and go home and take your meds!

    December 1, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. rm

    @30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain:

    Obama is not your presdient, huh? Well what is your president's name?

    December 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. john

    A great selection for our country! Lets all give them our support in the days ahead as they fail or succeed we do as a nation!.

    December 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. LyonsPhilly

    30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain – Sorry to see you leave the country.

    December 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. hugh ~ california

    It is time to choose a side. Stop questioning Obama’s choices. He is smarter then his distractors. Although the anti-Hillary people are glad Obama is our next president, they feel the need to armchair like a monday morning quarterback. We can choose to support Obama and build him up, or we can oppose his decisions and tear him down.
    Pick a side and stick to it. I can’t stand fence walkers.

    December 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Lost in Texas

    I think Obama did what he said he would do, pick a diverse bi-partisan team to represent our nation. Yet I know that the far right zealots will find something to hate on so I'm not shocked anymore by the negative comments that I read here. But there was one that I had to laugh about when one said that Palin would have been a better pick than Clinton for SOS! WHAT A would REALLY want somebody like Palin in that high of an office? Some of you on the right are so caught up in your bitterness that you print the strangest things.

    December 1, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Arariel

    With Napolitano gone, Arizona will be all GOP.

    Rascist sheriff, narcissistic county attorney, a Republican State Senate – we are all dead, dead, dead...

    December 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. sb

    You libs...99% of you do not even know waht the "S.O.S" does???

    December 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. peggy

    All those who are gripping and complaining,just keep remembering
    what we have had the last 8 years. Wait till you see what Obama andd
    this team can and will do before you go ballistic.

    December 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Too graphic

    Does Obama have blue signs for everything?

    December 1, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Pat F

    Can someone 'splain to me how her foreign policy judgment, which was so terrible in that she voted in favor of the use of military force against Iraq (which cost her the election), has improved so much as to qualify her to be the point person for US foreign policy?

    Senator Obama, were you lying then, or are you lying now?

    December 1, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Electra

    Its alright K, you can have your worthless useless president back! Idiots like you wont ever understand that the reason noone globally united behind Bush is because he DID steal the election and therefore was not meant to be president- Al Gore should have been, my little moron. Obama stole nothing- did you see that very comprehensive victory? Gotta hurt! Obama really is your president. Bush nearly had a chance after 9/11, but blew it big time. Clinton perfect from a foreign perspective- she is known worldwide as a smart shrewd woman who is respected thats the most important thing. Cant say the same for your messiah- Sarah Palin. We love her for all the wrong reason here in Europe!!

    December 1, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse NY

    By not defining what 'change' he meant, Obama has allowed each of his supporters to fill in the blanks. Now many are 'surprised' by his cabinet picks. Perhaps you should have demanded more specifics when you had the chance before the election rather than buying into a campaign slogan.

    December 1, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. arc, Lugano CH

    Gary of LA December 1st, 2008 12:17 pm ET
    HILLARY, HILLARY, HILLARY! She is a force to reckon with!
    HILLARY for PRESIDENT 2012!!!!! Period.
    President Obama will win re-election in 2012. Hopefully Vice President Biden will run for President in 2015.

    Hillary Clinton will run another sewer campaign of lies in 2023 and lose the nomination once again at the age of 76.


    December 1, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |

    Hillary is an intelligent woman and will make a great SOS! I'm glad to see she and Barack working on the same team!

    Obama '08-'12
    Hillary '16 – 2020

    Dems rule! Stay power indeed.

    December 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Matt

    What's really going on here and in other blogs is that the Republicans are terrified to the point of filing their pants. We're finally going to have competent, rational, reasonable people running our country and so far only one person on the team is a Republican. It's a sad day for them because it highlights that the No. 1 thing that needed to CHANGE was getting rid of all the incompetent, corrupt, self-serving Republicans that have been damaging our country for 8 years. So let them whine and fabricate irrational criticisms all they want...we know it's just that they're in denial about the CHANGE they need to make in their own party and ideologies.

    December 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Rob

    Obama's quote about his security team: "They share my pragmatism about the use of power, and my sense of purpose about America's role as a leader in the world." Well, if Hillary is the one sharing all of Obama's world view and direction than I am afraid that we'll have another hawkish trigger-happy secretary of state! Worst choice ever and not the change we are looking for!

    December 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. dkr

    I now believe in GOD!!! For once in the last eight years I'm very proud to be AMERICAN!

    Go Obama, Go Hillary, Go AMERICA!

    December 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Change - Yeah Left

    Well, looks like the USSA is well on it's way to becoming reality!

    December 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. AP in PA

    I really just cannot find a way to support this appointment. I'm so disappointed in Obama and saddened that he would give her such an important position. I already have to think about who I will vote for in 2012.

    December 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. The Surly Scholar

    Not sure if I support this choice. Hillary has always seemed just a teensy bit hawkish, and by teensy bit I mean she is far too fond of bombs and blood. Almost Thatcher-esque, and frankly nobody wants that again.

    That's not to say that this pick isn't fully expected. If he wanted any hope of maintaining a strong approval rating, Obama will have to appease that shrinking-but-still-extant segment of disgruntled Hillary supporters by giving her some high-profile cabinet position. Oh well. "Team of Rivals" and all that.

    December 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Still a McCain fan

    To marco: Yes, John would have.

    December 1, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |

    For '30 PA'

    Obama isn't your president? Well who is? So bitter .. haha

    December 1, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Rick

    lol....more of the vaunted "Change You Can Believe In"?

    Buyer's remorse anyone?

    December 1, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Silence Dogood

    What day did Hillary change from demon-spawn to always-a-friend in the Obama propaganda?

    1984 Ministry of Truth – "we have alwyas been at war with ...." "we have never been at war with..."

    December 1, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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