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. L Williams

    Well K

    You don't have to unite, but the bottom line is President Elect Obama is your new president, like it or not! Its your choice to go against him, but that will not change what he is, the new president-elect, period. Get over it and go on with your life.

    Your other option is, leave the country!

    December 1, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Robert The Man

    Umm DC OBserver, she can't be sec of state for 4 years then run for POTUS in 2012. Hillary will never be president now, as she would have to start campaigning in two years. But HEY way to show your ignorance!!!


    December 1, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Jeff in Illinois

    Well done, President-Elect Obama! I like the team. A lot of people are complaining about this not representing change, using "Washington Insiders", etc. Obama doesn't need to choose unskilled, inexperienced people in order to help effect positive change. Simple ousting the Neocon philosophy from the White House is PLENTY!

    As for the few random posters who actually think Clinton would run against an incumbent from her own party in 4 years...I have a hard time believing these are Americans posting. One has to believe that all American citizens are intelligent enough to know that there is absolutely zero chance of that happening.

    December 1, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Puff

    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!

    December 1, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Mickie

    I love how people like "Kim" say that Obama's supporters have a "messiah complex" but she is willing to "give him a chance". That is nothing but BULLS–t, when she has already decided that his supporters aren't as thoughtful as she is and simply have the messiah complex. If you ask me, it is the Hillary supporters who have a "female messiah complex" and close their eyes to any negative qualities she had. By the way, I am female, 64 and a blue collar worker from PA. If you truly want to give Pres. Obama a chance, wait and see what he does before criticizing him.

    December 1, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Puff

    Oh yeah, she should make Hannity her VP too!

    December 1, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Brooke in PA

    CONGRATULATIONS, HILLARY!!!! Thank you, Mr. President elect. This is a wonderful day!!

    December 1, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. A Boston

    I hear you Obama. Keep your enemy's close!

    December 1, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    There are GREAT challenges once they are in office. They'll need to put America first. They are our 911 Center. Pray for them.

    December 1, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. L Williams

    Jane in GA,

    What are you waiting for in 2012?? Oh, for Sara Palin to have her own talk show, you may not have to wait that long!

    December 1, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Franky

    I don't know but isn't it ironic that when the bailouts and the economy wasn't going well, the economic team was announced with great timing BUT when the attacks occurred in India, what a coincidence this is announced with great timing as well. Even the prophet who predicted about "Ivan the Terrible" didn't see this coming that's for sure, LOL!!

    December 1, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |

    For the naysayers on this and other blogs... either you are from babalon, which is all you are doing or you have no conception of how
    a true leader selects his surigates.

    President elect Obama said it all in one neat concise sentence.
    I will be setting policy after strong discussion and after I make a decision IT WILL be carried out by my team.

    Clearly a message to lead, follow or get out of the way.

    May God Bless this administration and our country.

    Yup its me... retired, white, old(69yrs) getting younger every new day.


    December 1, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Indiana Voter

    To Pheonix:

    So inother words, Obama wasn't clear enough with voters when he kept saying change? Are we now trying to change the meaning for him in order to protect him from being attacked for once again breaking from his campaign promises? Face it everyone, Obama ran a great campaign. During the general election he ran to the far left to get elected. Now he is running back to the center again. He knows politics and he knows how to get elected. He is a seasoned politician. I Gaurantee that he wouldn't be there now though if he had said he was going to appoint all washington insiders to his cabinet during the general election. But we'll never know. I am waiting till he gets into office and actually makes decisions as President before I make any judgements on him as a President. I think his appointments are showing that he is trying to be more center, than left or right. And I voted for McCain, so I am pleased so far.

    December 1, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Changes in WA

    Are you for real Sergy? Barack Obama was born in Hawaii; by law, that makes him an American citizen even if both his parents had been from other countries!

    We are extremely fortunate that Obama had the parents he did, because they were both very intelligent and his mother instilled in her son a strong sense of responsibility and urgency for a good education.

    December 1, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Lynn

    Competence IS the change we voted for you republican idiots. Just because we have heard of the person before doesn't mean they aren't a refreshing change, to include Hillary.

    After he lets a major city sink into an ocean, starts an unneccessary war, torchures people, and tries to appoint his cleaning lady to the supreme court, appoints his college roommate to FEMA without the required qualifications, and allows his treasury secretary steal 700 billion dollars to give to his buddies, then your argument will hold water, until then, your petty criticizm is just stupid.

    December 1, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. dEMOBRAT

    I am glad that Hillary will still be in the spot light.

    December 1, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. bluesky

    Hillary is going to be a formidable Secretary of State. Obama made a terrific choice.

    December 1, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Ia Guy

    Pete December 1st, 2008 11:38 am ET

    I wonder how Clinton got past the "he's not ready to lead" belief that she repeated throughout the campaign. And I wonder who will pick up the 3:00 AM call

    Looks like Obama agrees with her. She'll be picking up the phone afterall. 🙂

    December 1, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. A Boston

    This was an excellent idea. Now if Hillary runs in 2012 she can't blame the president for any mistakes made by the White House b/c she's now a part of it. If she wants to sink the ship she'll have to sink with it.

    Obama 2012

    December 1, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Cody

    From everything I had heard he was going to appoint Bill Ayers to this position. I guess that goes to show you should not believe every poorly written e-mail forward you get.

    December 1, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Mickie

    Change is in the policies a President sents, not necessary picking all new people who have no experience. His critics would find fault with that too as picking people who don't have any more experience that Obama. Let's face it, people who did not support him will find something to criticize. I beleive people should give Hillary a chance too as Sec. of State. Just because she campaigned against Obama doesn't mean she won't do what she feels is following his policy in dealing with the leaders around the world. Some people are just miserable and they will be miserable no matter what happens around them.

    December 1, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. k

    Of course our opinions matter, just like yours do...we are citizens too and there were millions and millions of us who didn't vote for your guy...our opinions matter...

    December 1, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Dictator?

    Is anyone else struck by the way Obama speaks..."ME", "I", "MY Team", "MY Advisors", MY Vision". I mean, I understand that narcisism is a characteristic that any President would have, but this is rediculous.

    I'd be afraid, but I think that a lot of it is due to the "nouveau riche" effect...Obama's obviously not yet confortable with his new position of power and authority (at least, this is what I'm hoping).

    December 1, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Suhasini Sakhare

    Go Ahead Hillary!

    They say one woman cannot change the world for all women. Margaret Thatcher didn’t change the world for women in the UK, Indira Gandhi didn’t change the world for women in India. Each of them strove to outperform men at a game set up by men, following rules thought up by men. Both of them lived personally as feminists, neither of them dared to call themselves feminists.

    Never before in modern history has a strong woman, so unashamed of being identified as such first, achieved what you have achieved. We have high hopes from you, that you will change the world not just for the women inside the US, but for all women everywhere, simply by identifying yourself as one of us.

    We cannot dream of becoming a Margaret Thatcher, nor can we dream of becoming an Indira Gandhi, but all women who dream today, can dream of becoming Hillary Clinton.

    Your success is almost a forgone conclusion, you are set on the path to the presidency, sooner rather than later, and richly deserved. In your success, the world will move forward with you. Things will never be the same again.


    December 1, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Well, at least we can really start to gauge how irrelevant Joe Biden will be to this administration. I'd love to be a fly on the wall should a "Hillary I think you should do..." comment ever come out of his mouth behind closed doors!

    December 1, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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