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. Gaylon Barrow


    December 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Lori

    Great team! The Republicans can kiss the next 16 years goodbye! Good job President -elect Obama. Let's keep the Republicans where they belong- out of office! In 8 years Hillary will take the reins from what I think will be one of the best Presidents this country has seen (Obama) and we will continue America along the path of success (something Bush and the Republicans failed to do).

    December 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Laverne

    Some will always criticize President Elect Obama no matter what he does. They can't see past their prejudices, fear and anger which is unfortunately because we are the United States of America and living in perilous times. What a shame to be hating on Obama when there are soo many other pressing issues that face this nation. Obama is doing a wonderful job thus far. He has not even taking office, yet he has found a way to bring confidence to our people which his more than I can say for our current president. He chose to pick Hillary as his SOS, so be it! If anyone voted for Obama based on the fact that you think or thought you could make the decisions for him, too bad! He has a mind of his own and does not mind using it. I don't know why everyone is acting so surprised that he picker Hillary. What people need to remember is if Obama fail, America fail, if Obama succeeds, America succeeds. That is what's wrong with America, too many people who are disloyal to our country. You are supposed to pray for your leaders. God Bless you Obama and everyone in your administration! And God Bless America even the ones who do not act American or treat others in our country like Americans.

    December 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. NYC Native

    I thought this was done 3 weeks ago – oh, wait, that was the speculation.

    December 1, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. LMAO

    hey will be ok. Obama doesn't play that arguing crap.So, he wil handle them.He did pretty good for his top picks. GOV richardson will be the Commerce Sec.THey already announced that last week.

    December 1, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Sara

    Yes, it is really great. Obama had decided to continue Bush's policy with hawks in his Cabinet. the way do you have any post for Cheney and Rumsfeld, Obama?

    December 1, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Ryan

    While Hillary isn't the most qualified option, she has a tremendous amount of clout ... and that does help.

    December 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Ia Guy

    @NY republican December 1st, 2008 1:26 pm ET

    One less Democrat Senator? Way to go President Obama!!!!!!!

    Do you have a condition or are you really that stupid? Another democratic senator will replace her.

    December 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Ron in CA

    You liberals are such hypocrites. Amazing how you call out us republicans because we don't crawl to your delusions. Why didn't you say to yourselves we need to rally around our current president? Take a look at India. This current administration cares more about safety of America, even with the libs stabbing him in the back everyday, every minute and blaming him for everything, even the high gas prices. Any lib humble enough to thank him for our low gas prices now? No, you don't know how. I just hope to God, that I don't have to carry a sign around because of our president elect and his anointed ones, like those in India, saying "our government is not capable of stopping terrorists". I know, I have been working defense for 25 years, and almost lost everything working to secure safety in this country. So don't blame conservatives, because you have lived in safety because of our president that you would never support, only stab. So, if you are not a hypocritical dem, they why don't you say "we should all be americans, and not only rally around our president elect, but also around our current president".

    December 1, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Chris

    When the Hillary supporters got up-in-arms about Obama not selecting her to be VP, they failed to see this choice coming :). Hillary's strong diplomatic and political skills are exactly what we need in a SOS. I think that even the Middle-Eastern countries where women are treated as objects rather than people will pay attention and listen to Hillary.

    If she hadn't taken the SOS position, I would've loved to have seen her as Secretary of Health and Human services. However, I have a feeling she'll be working a little with Daschle on that, too.

    December 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. FL for Obama

    John Adams...I LOVE your satirical post! Way to go!

    PE have my support 100%...and I used to be a Republican.

    December 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Lisa

    HRC is qualified for the job and all that, but REALLY, I'm wondering whether his administration isn't going to be The Clintons, Part II. I really had my hopes up that Obama would bring in some fresh faces, or at least mix it up a little more than he has.

    So much for change.

    December 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. frank

    Obama is not my President!
    never respected or did a thing for the military...
    the military that we say we support! that is BS....
    if you voted for him...shame on you!

    our system is strong.....but I can't wait for 2012

    we are forgetting what our founding principles are

    December 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Peter (CA)

    Phoenix at 11:20-–
    Believe me, it's not liberals complaining. It is right wing sheep pretending to be Obama supporters. Got nothing better to do than stir up trouble.

    December 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Bill Clinton

    Why are they are not smiling?

    December 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Independent Fred

    LOL some of you Left wingers are as bad as the Right Wing nuts. You simply don't get it do you.. Obama was elected by us Centrist Independents...

    The silent Majority....

    Thank God the clear thinking majority in this country are centrists leaning either slightly Left or slightly Right. This country can no more afford some far left Liberal nonsense as we can the racist far Right garbage.

    Now Obama appoint McCain ministor of Veteran affairs or something where he can continue to serve this great country..

    December 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Turn Republican

    Democrats thought they won the election but no I thing the Clintons & Republican won. What a laugh hahahahaha!!!!

    December 1, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Peter (CA)


    Just fine. And you?
    Will there be more foaming at the mouth in today's forecast.

    Face it, the team is formidable. Exactly what we need to get us out of this mess we're in.

    December 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Janey

    l williams–I think Palin would have handled Sept 11 or that 3 am phone call faster and better than the present Pres-elect! He would have to consult with his many handlers–she is smart enough and has experience and judgment. I bet you libs just love my comments! I find it fascinating that you expect us to prop Obama up after you savaged Pres Bush for 8 years.

    December 1, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Turn Republican

    Democrats know Hillary was qualified to be a president. For some reason they trashed her. I still say Obama has no experience that's why he picked the Clinton's administration and some Republican to do the job.

    December 1, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Mara

    Puff: Sarah can do what job single handedly? Win that war with Iran? The one only Sarah Palin thinks we are engaged in? Or secede from the Union? Or sell a billion dollar pipeline to the Canadians – and give them a $500 million bonus? Seen any action for that $500 Million? Nope. They haven't filed a single claim, haven't done a single study, and haven't even put a shovel in the ground. Or free American schools from sorcery and witchcraft? Or plan a sanctuary in Alaska for those awaiting the Rapture – since she's stated that Alaska will be a good place to be when it comes? Or maybe start a brilliant abstinence-only campaign. It's hard to know just where she would begin.

    December 1, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Eric, TX

    OMG...are you serious? He never said the "change" would be to wipe out all the people in Washington, and replace with those that don't know what they are doing! Come on people, I know some of you are hurting in the intelect dept, but at least pretend to have some sense about you!
    The change will come later...when everyone get's in position to get us out of this mess that the Republicans got us into.
    This is going to be like losing took 8 years to put on, and now it's going to take some time to take it off (the dark cloud).

    December 1, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Janice Illinois

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally, women will be honored. They look like they are very comfortable together to me. Congratulations Hillary, So very proud for you and for women everwhere.

    December 1, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Jackie in Dallas

    Hey, neocons talking about "no change" you think McCain would have had the courage to select someone like Huckabee or Guilini to his cabinet? Not a chance in heck. He would have done just as Bush did and filled it with buddies and those he owed favors to.

    I'm not a big Hillary fan, but she may surprise me and actually do a good job in this role. And at least PE Obama is not selecting a group of "yes" people for his Cabinet. I just hope that Hillary is aware that it is HIS policies that she will be responsible for implementing, not her own...

    December 1, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. DX in TX

    It's rumored that Jeb Bush will make a run for the white house, but with the arrest of his youngest son and the 2004 Florida voting problems, not to mention the obvious connection to G.W. I doubt Jeb will through his hat in the ring. However, his son George P. Bush is one to keep your eye on. By the time he is old enough the Hispanic population will be the majority in the United States. With his Hispanic / White heritage he will win hands down, but not until 2028 or 2032.

    I would not be surprised if Karl Rove wasn't grooming G.P. Bush as we speak.
    A scary thought...
    DX in TX

    December 1, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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