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. WI Cheesehead

    @ DC Observer- December 1st, 2008 11:03 am ET
    Good for Senator Clinton — 4 years as Secretary State and then on to the Presidency in 2012.

    If Clinton remained in the Senate, she would’ve had an independent voice to allow her to run against a seating president of her own party in 2012 but her taking the offer just helped Obama consolidate his power in the DEM party. It will be hard for her to divorce all Obama policy positions she’ll be tasked to implement for the next 4 years and if she does run against Obama in 2012 she’ll just look like a bundle of confusion.

    December 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    So where is the looks like he's reposting all of Bill's another he's not even in office yet and he's already getting caught in lies.

    December 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. bsmith171

    all republicans or right wing democrats.
    he campaigned that hillary was unqualified.

    December 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. queenofeyes

    Thank you to the person who wrote that Sarah Palin would have made a wonderful Secretary of State. I haven't laughed so hard since the campaign.

    December 1, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. GOP=Epic Fail

    Obama has some intelligent people in his cabinet!

    For once...people who have brains rule the day!

    Lookin sharp there Mr. president elect 😉

    December 1, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Len Of Colfax, WI

    I think we really need to wait and see how it works out.

    A question: Has there been any discussion on how the Obama administration will be handling Art. 1, Sec 6 Clause 2 of the US Constitution as it affects Sen. Clinton?

    Someone made the comment that the salary for the Cabinet was raised in January. In a comment I read it appears that in 1909, the salary was lowered to the previous value to accommodate another senator who desired to accept the position of Secretary of State.

    And based on the wording of the US Constitution, is there the possibility that her appointment would be challenged since the wording just mentions an increase during the time of the individual being a Senator (and does not mention the addition of a corresponding lowering during the same time period)? Even if there was a return to the previous salary, there was still an increase while Sen. Clinton was a Senator.

    It is interesting that the wording says "he was elected" rather than "he / she was elected" even though the first part of the clause says "No Senator".

    December 1, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Pete

    Hey all you Obama lefties, how are you feeling today?

    December 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Abe Froman - Chicago

    Not so sure Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State is the right choice. What experience does she have in Foreign Affairs (aside from being shot at as she landed in the former Yugoslavia). I would of liked to see someone there with a little more experience. The other issue I have is when you get one Clinton, you get two. Whose Presidency is this?

    His other choices are fine, not this one.

    December 1, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Brain in DC

    What a smart approach versus the "only my friends here" approach. He's choosing people who can strongly disagree with him. What a change that we need.

    December 1, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. That Other Jerry

    Extraordinarily shrewd move. Hillary is a hawk with backbone and name recognition, maybe not as intellectual but probably just as capable as Condoleezza Rice. Plus, having her in a high-stakes, high-visibility position puts Bill on a short leash. He'll have a full-time job just running his foundation, keeping his nose clean and his pants zipped. Well, okay, his nose clean anyway.

    December 1, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. arc, Lugano CH

    Puff December 1st, 2008 11:50 am ET
    At this point I am sick to death of both of them. I wish they would both just go away and let Sarah take over. She can do the job single handedly!
    Sarah....Palin? You must have a cheese puff for a brain!

    December 1, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. That was too easy

    To rm:
    The answer is Bush.

    December 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. The Wicked Witch is NOT Dead

    Appointing her was a big mistake. I didn't feel the love this morning. It was all about Hillary again once she was on stage.

    If America wanted more of the Clintons then why the heck didn't she win the nomination? Was it that we voted for change? Was it that we believed Obama would not have his presidency run by insiders? Or was it was her ill managed campaign and Bill Clinton's mouth and now we have her as Secretary of State and Bill hovering somewhere in the lights.

    Any of the above reasons are more than enough not to have them hanging around him and for God's sake taking our nations message forward to other countries. I kind of remember his "misspeaking" on Bosnia.

    December 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Change

    Lets see two months ago the main stream media was telling us that Clinton had no experience in Foreign Policies, now they want use to believe that she is the chosen one and the greatest thing since apple pie. Are you kidding me? Who will hold these people accountable for all their lies?

    December 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Lost in Texas

    It amazes me that some on the far right, that are so quick to judge and call someone "un American" or "un patriotic" want more than anything to see Pres-elect Obama FAIL as pesident of the US and complain about every move this man makes. I never once voted for President Bush, but I never wanted him to fail as leader of our country. As the president goes down so does our nation, yet some right wingers are willing to sacrifice or nation just because they don't like Obama for one reason or another and it may NOT all be just racism. To me hoping your leader is unsuccessful is about as un patriotic and un American as one can get,

    December 1, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. mary

    A smart pres ahhhhhh I remember the last time we had A smart pres, 22 mill new jobs, A budget surplus,people were doing pretty good.(crying tears of joy) thinking about the last 8 years. wal street melt down, 10,000 people losing homes, two wars, over 700,000 people lost there job this year alone, 10 trillion dollar deficit, sept 11 and yes under bush's watch.( just crying).

    December 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Angel

    I am so proud of Obama......this is a man who does not forget who brought him where he is but at the same time is intelligent enough to pick qualified people....You do your thing Obama.....bush the haters off.....

    December 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Simmy

    All of you PUMAs: You were pro-Hillary, but now you're anti-Obama? I think not! You're fickle pickles, not worth a plug nickle! The newly registered Democrats have replaced you!

    Republicans pretending to be disgusted Democrats: go and get a life! You voted (54+ Million of you) for the wrong candidate for ALL the wrong reasons! Who can trust your judgement? This is a big world, if you don't like it here, get the h_ _ _ out!

    A President Obams Supporter and A True American!

    December 1, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. craeg fr Canada

    With Hillary clinton PE Obama is playing with fire, but fire is good stuff if you can manage it correctly, and I think he can Obama's integrity rates extremely high with me because he has not surrounded himself with a bunch of patsies. With his team there is no choice but to aim for tthe highest ideals in foreign and domestic policy.

    December 1, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Breaking News

    Lip lock anyone?

    December 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Tony

    You folks (Republicans and others) who don't like our President- elect, can move out of this country for all I care. Get out of here. Why not move to Chile or Iceland or India or China. Go away. Take Limpbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, and all of the other bigots with you. Whiny losers. We put up with lies, deceit, cheating, and all kinds of trash under the Supreme Court appointed Bush #43, the very worst President in this country's history.
    Hey if "we" all leave who is going to pay all the taxes to "spread the wealth", "YOU"? I don't think so. So if all us rich Republicans leave the country you Democrats might have to "break" some more "promises".

    December 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Simmy

    Before you comment: I misspelled on my new President's name. He is President O B A M A – forgive me Sir!

    December 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. rm

    @that was too easy:

    Good one, you got me. Thank GOD Bush is out of here on 1/20/09, then who you got.....

    December 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. RJN

    I guess we can sleep better now that we have three Presidents in the United States. I think appointing Hillary was a bad decision, but they say you learn from your mistakes lets just hope Obama can fix the problem before it gets out of hand.
    Interns beware!!! While Hillary is away Mr. Clinton will play!!!!

    December 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. RC

    Obama is proving himself to be nothing but a typical politician. Change? That is laughable. He suckered all of you in and you know it. You will support every decision he makes from now on just so you don't have to face the fact that he is inexperienced at nearly everything at this level. I am worried for my country and my family. Your hatred for President Bush, fueled by an angry media, put this man in office. God help us if we are attacked again with Obama in charge. Way too frightening to imagine.

    December 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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