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. Zaga, TX

    People, change is a relection of the leadership not the team, it would be like a sport team that going in the wrong direction, you don,t get rid of the players, you get rid of the Head Coach and that coach will lead that same old team in a new direction.
    A business that is failing, you don't need to get new employee what you need is a new manager or new idea from the top, so folk that are focusing on the mean and not the leader of the team is dumm), Can you see he is puting to gether a old team in a different way. When have you ever heard of a Presidential candidate becomming secutary of state? that in it self is a new kind of politics.

    Give the man a chance. (all you critics and haters, atlease give him time to failed if you think he will, remember you did not belive he would win, so you already prove yourself wrong, now let him alone)

    December 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. New Day

    Its nice seeing Hillary supporters on board. I am also liking the centrist tone Obama is taking. You can always tell when a president is doing a good job by how much he pisses off the extreme left and right.

    December 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. AirDiva in NC for OBAMA

    All who are crying "Washington Insiders" fail to realize Joe SixPack cannot clean up this mess. It will have to be the Insiders. Change will come from the leader. PE Obama is very strong willed and hands on. I am sure that he will be on top of everything that is going on in his administration. Sure, they are all politicians, but I am counting on PE Obama to inspire them to be better politicians.

    December 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. ROCBOYZ Billionnaire

    You Hillary gotta cease to still see him as your contender , all that is finished now. He is the President elect of the USA.
    I cant wait to see you behaving toward him as your President.........Such a fool !

    Anyone have to do Look at very well on the picture !

    December 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Cindy

    It's about time we start believing in our government again. Obama is off to a good start. He's got an all-star cast in his cabinet. He just needs to keep them working as a team. That, above all, is so necessary in these troubled times.

    I think, if anybody can do it, Obama can. And to the skeptics and naysayers... well, he's got his work cut out for him... he's got to prove you wrong.

    December 1, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. I agree

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

    I agree 100% with 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain! I hope this all works out, but I am still not a supporter of Obama. I love this country, so I support the U.S.A.

    December 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. slickingdom in N.J.

    President – Elect Obama's cabinet can and will work together to get
    the problems of this country under control. Hillary Clinton was probably
    the best choice for Secretary of State. I'm happy. Change is gonna
    happen with the decision-making, and execution of processes that this
    cabinet will make, in the best interests of the people of this country.
    You can't change the country by bringing in all new people. That would
    be the final nail in the coffin for all of us.

    December 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Fla. Voter

    Great team, President-elect Obama! Your bipartisan efforts make me very proud to have supported you in this election. That's walking the walk–a strong and confident team.

    God bless America!

    December 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Lee in Iowaq

    It might be a wise move to let Obama become president before you folks start kicking him. As for Sarah Palin – that's just what we need someone who winks and says "you betcha" every two minutes You can't actually believe this woman has the sense or brains to run the country! Also, she is about as nasty as they come.

    December 1, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Retired Army in San Antonio

    On a scale of 1 to far, I gotta give Obama a solid 8.5!!

    December 1, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Jano 1234

    ...for the first time in my life, I am proud of Obama. He just swayed my feelings toward him. Thank you, Mr. President.

    December 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. chris

    great move by obama politically and in general – Hillary Clinton would've been a great President and she will make a great Secretary of State – only the ignorant believe this is a bad decision by obama

    December 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    I like Susan Rice, Gates is a resonable choice given the nations current situation, the General was a good choice as well althoug I would have loved to see Hagel instead. HRC...well we will see how she handels herself while in office...but we've [Obama supporters] have our eye on her...ugh!

    December 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Sara from Arizona

    Their BAAAACK!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. response to truth hurts

    Maybe he gave them the idea to attack India. all Obama supporters seem to be fanatics. It's kind of creapy.

    December 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Lois, Ont., Canada

    I was disappointed that Obama chose Clintion for Secretary of State. We will have watch & see 'Madam Pantsuit' for at least four more years. Will the Clintons ever go away?!!!!

    December 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Isabel, KS

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

    You can always move to Alaska and join Todd Palin in trying to succeed from the country. Oh wait, someone else tried that before I think it was called the Confederate Army during the CIVIL WAR.

    Get a life, loser.

    December 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Hey Bush-lovin neo-cons,

    Just keep up the criticism.

    Since 2000 your type of leadership has resulted in Democrats taking control of a majority of of state legislatures, a majority of governor seats, a majority in the US House of Representatives, a majority in the US Senate (including 14 seats in a little over 2 years!), a new Democratic president, AND the greatest percentage of Americans identifying themselves as "Democrats" than in decades!

    Thanks! Keep up the hard work, neo-cons. You're doing more for the Democratic party than we ever could!

    December 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Retired Army in San Antonio

    30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain December 1st, 2008 12:19 pm ET

    ..............I can't support someone who was elected through media and party manipulation and party corruption. Obama is not my president.


    Be serious, dude.......all Presidents get elected via some degree of curruption and media manipulation.

    The fact that you don't understand this, makes you either naive.....or stupid.

    December 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. silver bells

    i trust your judgement president obama, they have finally said we are in a recession (since nov. of last year,) we already knew this, but you will need a strong cabinet, i hope everyone will work together.

    December 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. NY Republican

    Congratulations to our "I'm happy to just be New York's Junior Senator" New York Senator Hilliary Clinton (with several years yet to serve us New Yorkers ran for president and then oour new SOS to be) !!!! I guess once "moved in" and actually looked around she didn't like what she saw. Maybe our Governor will appoint a resident of the state to take your place. With a liitle luck, it will be some that knows that NYS does NOT end on the west bank of the Hudson. Any way Congrats Hillary, don't let the door hit you in the ... on the way out.

    December 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. No Hillary = No Obama

    It should have been the other way around. Anyway, it will be Hillary Clinton running the country behind the scenes. At least Obama has enough sense to know who will be watching his and our backs.

    December 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Camereon Data

    whata bout the Genocide in Rwanda that the Clintons and Susan Rice wer unable to stop. They all were against the UN troops to save lifes. Obama change is backward!!! I cannot wait to vote for a Republican president in 2012. My vote to Obama was a big mistake. He does not GET IT at all!!

    December 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Ralph

    Funny how things can turn.
    It was Hillary who was trying to paint our President Elect Obama as not up to the job before
    So far Obama great leadership skills are shining through and with the perfect temperment.

    December 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. mike NY

    Congratulations Hillary – accepting this will be the best thing you did for NY state!!!

    December 1, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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