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. pam Eugene OR

    30 PA Dem @ 12:19
    Yes, you fool, Barack Hueeien Obama is YOUR President if you are a citizen of the USA. If you don't like that you can always give up your rights as an American and move anywhere you want. How about Iraq or maybe India?
    Obama will be the President for all Americans whether you like it or not.
    How about giving him a chance to at least take office and see what he can do before bashing him?
    January 20, 2009 can't come soon enough for me!

    December 1, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. dkr

    America must have done something super bad and we were punished in the last 8 years. It's clear god has for gave us!

    Go America. We are once again America! I'm so HAPPY!

    December 1, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Pat F

    Steve in VA: dark but funny.

    December 1, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Bill Clinton

    Our master plan is working...

    December 1, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Pat F

    Obama is slicker than Slick Willie ever was. Hillary is co-opted now – she cannot run against him. Signed, sealed and delivered – she's his!

    December 1, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. mary, colorado springs

    FANTASTIC!! An administration with an INTELLIGENT leader who knows the difference between love of country and loyalty to the oil companies. A new America will be born 29 January 2009!

    December 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. hometowndemocrat

    To everyone saying that they can't wait until 2012...........

    I can't wait either because by then Obama and his team will have this country chugging along on the right track again. Hopefully it won't take the entire 4 years to clean up the mess left by your man Bush.

    December 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Dan Sichel

    A new dawn in leadership is a bunch of Clinton retreads? I am the only one taking crazy pills here?

    December 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. AEK

    To all the rocket scientists out there continuing to criticize President elect Obama's choices for a cabinet, one question...

    Where exactly does one go to find qualified people to get our country out of two ill-advised wars, a crisis in our economy, and a world image of our country that is hilarious? He could go to the Bush/Chaney/Rove team that created those problems, or go to other government professionals with the experience to do the right thing. Frankly, I would rather have as many experienced non Bushies as possible. This is not a time for on the job training.

    Of course there's always Rush Lamebrain and Billo the Clown! They could make up the new USO comedy team!

    December 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Pat F

    To those criticizing 30-m: Was Bush your president? Did you support him with honor even when you disagreed with him? Or did you endlessly snipe?

    Just more Democratic hypocrites.

    December 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. arc, Lugano CH

    30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain December 1st, 2008 12:19 pm ET
    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.
    You do realize that you don't make any sense, right?

    You supported Hillary, then voted for McCain, now you don't care what Hillary does...

    People of your intellect really should be 'sent' or 'lost' somewhere...

    December 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Reese

    In the words of Ronald Reagan: Never hire someone you cannot fire.

    O'Bama is an idiot...

    December 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Gonzo in Houston

    Obama has picked a very strong team. The challenge now will be for him to ride herd on all the huge egos that came with the smart and competent people. If he can pull it off he will have a very successful administration.

    December 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. John

    Excellent choices!!!

    December 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. hometowndemocrat


    I bet President Elect Obama won't get a wink of sleep tonight knowing that he "is not your president"............

    Good grief, get over yourself! And you guys think Obama has a big ego!

    December 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. LEAVE if you don't like it!

    LyonsPhilly December 1st, 2008 12:28 pm ET

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

    I really wish they WOULD leave. If they had any dignity or were good for their word, they would put their money where their mouth is and get the heck out of this country. We don't need worthless whiners in this country. We need DOERS. And 30-Child-Confused-Voted Loser is the poster child for the scum bags that have done nothing their entire lives but pitch a fit and do nothing!

    Quit complaining and get on a plane. Get out if you don't like it. But for gods sake, shut your snivveling whining mouth and DO something other then complain for a change!

    December 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Soccer Nana

    PEOTUS Obama IS the change. He is putting together a cabinet that HE feels will work intellectually, as well as harmoniously to bring this Nation back to her proper place – the BEST Country in the whole world.

    To all of you "doubting" thomas', you can continue to complain and make YOURSELVES miserable, or you can anticipate the best for all of our citizens under the forthcoming administration.

    God bless you all and God bless America!

    December 1, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. arc, Lugano CH

    Ann December 1st, 2008 12:05 pm ET
    Hillary as Secretary of State is the only good news in the past 6 months.
    John McCain as President would have been terrible news for 4 years.

    Because he would have crushed Hillary Clinton.

    December 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. kenny

    I use to be a liberal but now I’m an independent because I realized that liberals are just as stupid as many conservatives. Too many liberals and conservatives make dumb decisions based on their ideology. Domestic and foreign decisions should be handled with care and made in a pragmatic way and the individuals on Obama’s team will do that. They are all centrist minded thinkers and hopefully their decisions will not be influenced by the crap democrats and republicans have been spewing. This might be a shrewd way of doing things but I think it’s the only way to regain America’s prominence in the world.

    December 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. jd

    Yeah and some of you people still believe in Santa Claus too. Just wait and see who good old Hillary is up to and then you will be wishing she had never been elected so such a high political position.

    December 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. MD

    Sounds like there will be some very intelligent people running the government for a change. Good job Mr. President Elect...

    December 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Red, Red WHINE!!

    John Adams December 1st, 2008 12:14 pm ET

    You are one ignorant individual. Sarah Palin is the biggest political joke to ever step on stage.

    Obama is doing a fantastic job. I don't much care for Hillary, but based on all of his choices I have to accept he knows what he is doing in this selection.

    I'm behind you Mr. President Elect. You make us proud each and every day!

    December 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. TKCROW

    I guess Mr. Bill couldn't attend since he is working on the Hillary '12 campaign already.

    December 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |


    December 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. mary, colorado springs

    FANTASTIC!! An administration with an INTELLIGENT leader who knows the difference between love of country and loyalty to the oil companies. A new America will be born 20 January 2009!

    The rest of the world will celebrate 20 January as well when the US will again be the friendly caring nation it once was and not the uncaring snob the Bush adminstration has made it.

    20 January 2009 is the day we all will celebrate the day we have been waiting for!!

    December 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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