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. Larry

    If you were betting on a football team,would you bet on a team with rookie quarterbacks,or seasoned winning pro's ??If you choose rookies,I would love to wager with you!!

    December 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Phil in Albuquerque

    Serge Crespy
    Since you ask for enlightenment, I'll give you some: Your reference to "Made in America" is irrelevant. Barack Obama was born in the USA (Hawaii). That makes him a citizen by virtue of the 14th amendment of the Constitution.

    December 1, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Craig

    Zero Positives:

    For most conservatives, only one positive thing came out of the presidential election this year. That was when Hillary Clinton was eliminated by Obama in the Democrat Primary election. Now Obama has messed up the only good thing he has done this year by bringing back Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Is Bill Clinton going to be included in this bad deal. That may depend on what their definition of "is" is.

    December 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Ken

    Hey LIP,: I see that you would like us all to remember certain things come the 2012 eletion. Is there anything about the current, failed [R] president and GOP policies you'd like us to remember at that time? Or how about the spineless-lemming [R]-led congress that was in place for most of 2000-2006 that also helped to perpetrate the current mess on us? I suspect you would not like us to remember those things....its the only way [R]s win office....they count on the people to be either too dumb to notice or too partisan to remember.

    December 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. big e

    love our president-elect , thank u america

    December 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Dizzle

    What a joke, the biggest talking head as our global representation, that hasn't done anything for New York.

    December 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Barb from Houston

    I, for one, am pleased with Obama's selections so far and I voted for McCain, partly because I thought Obama was too liberal. He has shown me that by selecting qualified people with divergent views he plans to govern from the center. Change happens in how he implements his policies not so much on the picks he's made for his cabinet and administration, who by the way can all be branded as a "Clintonian" or DC insider. The last democratic administration was Clinton! No one should be complaining about change until after a year or two into his term – not 50 days before inauguration!

    December 1, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Speider

    Politics is a strange business and sometimes one must turn left to either avoid the problems to the right or to take the long route to succeed. This process is like buying a house blind and then having to deal with the problems and changing plans to make it livable.

    Flexibility is the key to success in any job and unless you work at screwing the tops on toothpaste tubes eight hours a day, then you know this to be true.

    December 1, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Ken

    Ahh, I see NY republican is back posting. Hey, bud did your DNA tests come back yet? What's the verdict?

    If we could locate the gene that causes people to be so mentally numb as to have voted for G. Bush twice, and then try a three-peat with McCain, we might have a geneic thread back to the Neandertals. But I gotta tell ya, I don't think even the Geico guys would be so genetically depressed as to have made that mistake!

    December 1, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Iowa Mom

    Way to go PE Obama! I'm liking this new team!

    December 1, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Ryan S in KC

    My friends, get ready for the world to like us again!

    December 1, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. WhoCares?

    It just shows how serious is about cleaning up this country. He isn't celebrating...he is rolling up his sleeves and getting to business already.

    He didn't want all "Yes" men like Bush went for.

    His council meetings will be actual discussions..not just a bunch of people nodding their heads to whatever the Pres. says.

    This is so good for the country.

    December 1, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Peter (CA)

    Pretty thinly veiled and typical of the right wing drivel.

    Answer is: depends on the quaterback and the support he has. Remember Rothliesberger went 13-0 as a rookie for the Steelers a couple of years ago and Matt Ryan is doing great in Atlanta this year.

    When you have a talented QB like Obama and a great team around him, the answer is easy.

    December 1, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. WhoCares?

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

    Good Lord. Amercia has been a socialist country for awhile.

    You do understand the concept of TAXATION, WELFARE and SOCIAL SECURITY correct?

    At least understand what you are talking about before spouting Hannity talking points ok?

    December 1, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. sandee in Portland

    I am so disappointed that he picked Hillary. Aren't there far more qualified people than her. It's time for the Clintons to be out of power; they've been in power far too long. That is what's wrong with Washington. They are all career politicians. Representatives and Senators were never meant to be career positions. These people are elected to serve the public and then they're in office so long, they forget that and begin serving themselves and their own interests instead of ours.

    I understand he needs to pick people with experience, but what experience does she bring to the table for this position?

    December 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Kat

    Hummmm, guess we needed Hillary's experience afterall. Now that IS change I can believe in.

    December 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Change - Yeah Left

    The GOP won't have to work to win the election in two years – the ineptitude of PE Osama Obama will ensure that it's a landslide against the Dems for life as long as we know it!

    December 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Marco in AZ

    "Napolitano as secretary of homeland security?!?
    Is Obama serious?
    She can't even keep AZ secure let alone an entire nation.
    Hopefully she will take her buddy, Mayor Gordon with her.

    Good thing is that with her gone, it will put a Republican in charge of AZ.
    Let's hope our new Governor can dig us out of the $2 billion deficit Janet put us in."

    This is funny,...

    Ms. Napolitano is NOT the reason for the deficit here in the State of Arizona. look back a the loss of $1 billion dollars that was lost in the fraud years ago that BEGAN LONG BEFORE she became Governor of Arizona, due to the " renewable fuels vehicle fraud".

    And as was said be Napolitano herself, "the boarder of AZ and Sonora Mexico is a federal concern", in regards to the number of illegal immigrants crossing the national boarder. I know the federal government in the past considered it their responsabilty to prevent drug trafficing into Canada from the U.S. and not New York State, so why wouldn't it be the same for boarder security along the states that boarer with Mexico?

    ITS NOT,...

    And Ms. Napolitano has a thousand more times knowledge on this issue then almost all the idiots in Washington,...regardless of their party affiliation.

    Not to mentioned she has been endoresed by McCain & John Kyl and several other Republicans as well.

    December 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. David Minneapolis

    To all of you leaving the country, where are you going to go? To Canada, where they have single payer health care (socialism, i know)? Britain, where they have national medicine? France, Spain, Germany, all have 'socialist' governments compared to ours? Are you going to go to Russia? Are you going to move to China to join in the great experiment? Where are you going to go? To Brazil? Venezuela? Sweden? Norway? All 'Socialist' compared to us. Are you going to move to Africa, oh I know...Australia!!! What a great idea. Go to Australia, go to New Zealand and see how popular Obama is there...quite popular actually, as well as many of his foreign policy positions. No, you're going to be like many of us under the Bush Administration: whiners; haters; not helping.

    Oh yes, and to all of you wide eyed idealists who voted for Obama...guess what, he was running for President of the United States, not to be Executive Director of your favorite non-profit or anti-war group. Are you really surprised that he picked Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State, are you really surprised that he picked a general to be his national security advisor? What world do you live in? That's how the game is played. Turn on the T.V., take off your coat and tin-foil hat, and stay for a while, it's fun here.

    December 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Grover W.

    Nice choice keeping Gates on. Nice to see a promise kept and a team of crack professionals take the place of the Buffoons we've had in there for the last 8 years.

    December 1, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. pax

    It is wonderful to listen to someone who can speak clearly and accrurately after eight years of mumbles and inaudible statements. The difference between a clear concise mind and one clogged with the pressure of his peers. It is obvious Obama took his efforts at getting an education seriously and not just a place to meet girls and party such as both Bush and mcCaine did. Intelligence wins over Washington pressure groups who try to stay in power. Lets get the housing problem solved Mr. President, I have fifty thousand dollars at stake there. and hate to lose.

    December 1, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Ken

    @30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain: spoken like a true [R]. You actually sound smart enough to want to join that trainwreck-in-motion. Be my guest. After the wreck, when they measure your grey-matter, they will be amazed at how little brains it takes to appear functional.

    December 1, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |

    Have to just wait to see how this cabinet, and Gates works out for the American people. Little skeptical of the corporate thugs, and Fed Bank ties. But, I will remain calm for now. Mr. President please don't let my vote be in vain.

    December 1, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. carson

    yeah, great mr.president , well done.

    December 1, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. What?

    Seems like he has forgotten what he said just a month ago. No change afterall ..... it is sad that this happens and the media looks the other way. How else can we hold our elected officials accountable?

    Don't read this wrong – I support the man that was elected. But is this that man?

    December 1, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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