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. ME AT FL

    Congrats to our new SOS. Excellent choice!!!!

    Pres. Obama's cabinet is deluxe, the best of the best, knowledgeable experienced people that can get us out of the hole we are in!!!

    There is the change we can all believe in!!!!

    December 1, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Baze

    Good move. He has to take Clinton to appease her Congressional allies, and get her out of the Senate.

    December 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. wow

    anyone on this forum who is bashing President Elect Obama before he's even sworn in, is simply jealous and racist. You cant stand the fact that a black man will be the boss for the next 8 years. Well GET OVER IT! Whining isn't going to change anything, just like whining didn't get Bush impeached (although I wish it had). Bush ran our country into the ground for the past 8 years..and you have the audacity to complain that we have a fresh new face in the White House?? Wow..people in this country make me sick. It's almost as if they would rather have a poor economy and be hated by the entire world than be led by a bi-racial sad is that? Pathetic is what it is. I'm so glad that the majority of Americans saw the light and elected a bright, intelligent man for the job. The people who are stuck in their ways are little by little being rooted out. Can't wait until they are all gone so we won't have to appease them anymore. Can't wait till January 20th when the new sheriff in town takes the reins!

    GO OBAMA!!!!!

    December 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Trober

    Hillary: This should make the terrorists happy.

    December 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Ms. D

    I don't care who Obama pick somebody will criticize but Obama is putting expertise in place!! He knows more about national security and foreign policies then people expect. He predicted India would be attacked by Pakistan on September 10th. Watch Bill O'Reilly interview with Obama on September 10th and it came right out of his mouth!! He said that Afganistan and Pakistan are building stronger with new terror cells while we were focused on Iraq. That's why our troops need to come of Iraq because they are being too stretch and can't focus on Afganistan and Pakistan

    December 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Disappointed

    Appointing Hilary Clinton is a TERRIBLE MISTAKE>>> More of the


    December 1, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. patriot

    I get a kick out of those who say "this is not what we voted for". I wonder how may of them voted for McCain??

    December 1, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Barbara in OK

    What part of 'change' do people not understand? Change means exactly what President-Elect Obama is doing; choosing people with legitimate experience and/or knowledge of the jobs he's asking them to do. That is a HUGE change from the outgoing administration – just ask "Brownie"!

    December 1, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. J.P.

    Who cares? Is it 2012 yet? Clinton re-treads? Is this the "change" we were promised? Sorry, Barry, you can keep the change.

    And all of you clowns saying "You rabble-rousers need to get behind your president and do something positive for this country," I have to ask, "Where the hell have YOU been for eight years?" You certainly weren't out spreading the love and positivity then, were you?

    Notice how the AP and other carriers-of-democrat-water have now started using the title "president" instead of "mister?"

    December 1, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. To 30m PA Democrat

    Maybe you should move!

    December 1, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Eric

    For all of you who are screaming for us to be happy to Obama is leading us out of Bush's major problems and the economy that Bush made etc etc etc. I go news for you. Bush didn't create this mess. Granted, he did fail in oversight, but he is NOT THE ROOT CAUSE. The root cause comes from the Clinton administration demanding that banks let people who have no business getting loans, get loans. Everyone was mortgaging the American dream and alot of folks couldn't afford to own it.

    Bush didn't destroy our economy, greed did that. The greed from banks, the automotive industry etc. And now you want Obama to bail out the big three? That is ridiculous. You want to give 25 billion dollars to a group of people that can't manage the money they already have? Wanna know what the definition of insanity is? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    December 1, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Hannah, LA

    I thought Hillary did an excellent job this morning. It's going to be okay people, they all have two much to lose by being mavericks. That was the McCain camp.

    December 1, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Ia Guy

    I want to see that traitor Richardson's face!!! HA!!! You aren't least Obama is wise enough to see that. SOE - what a joke!!!

    December 1, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Hols

    "Sarah Palin would be a much better choice for Secretary Of State. Sarah is bright, intelligent and has a deep understanding of foreigh policy issues. She is the one person in this country who has seen Putin rear his head so she can recognize him from a distance."

    This comment is just completely laughable. Keep smoking dude.

    December 1, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Malcolm

    Joseph Johnson December 1st, 2008 11:30 am ET

    "The people on this post you are disrespectful toward Hillary Clinton, get a life. She is more than qualifed to be SOS."

    You are right JJ. Hillary is more than qualified to be SOS. Same Ol Sh^t!

    December 1, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Hannah, New Orleans

    I thought Hillary did an excellent job this morning. It's going to be okay people, they all have too much to lose by being mavericks. That was the McCain camp.

    December 1, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Eric

    To Deborah in Indiana, you can't get much more far left than Obama.

    December 1, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. JohnM, NH

    Myrna – The anti-war movement and the progressives are going to take to the streets over Obama? Yeah, just like they took to the streets during 8 years of Bush. Oh... thats right, you couldn't get your act together when there was something really worth protesting. Now that there's an administration in place that can bring about change, you get angry. Please get with the program and do something constructive.

    December 1, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. sick n tired

    Good choice!! Nuff said.

    December 1, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. email4kh

    You whined during the campaign because Barack Obama didn't have experience. You're whining now because he's surrounding himself with experienced experts.

    I think you're just a bunch of whiners.

    December 1, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Marcy, IN

    A Hillary presidency would have never asked Barack to be on her team. I think we are seeing the difference between the two.

    December 1, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. mark


    It does not matter. We are all Americans and if we cannot be a team(DEMS/REPS/INDEP). no matter who is in charge we will not be able fix the situation we are in now. Individual efforts never win anything and I do think Obama realizes that. I did not vote for him but he is not stupid. Obama knows we are all in it together and its going to take all of us to get out of this mess. Please stop blaming Repulicans for the whole mess.Its everybodys fault. Congress, Bush, Paulson, Frank, Pelosi. Come on face reality.

    December 1, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. kb

    I love reading the pathetic comments from all the haters! Idiots. Turn off Fox news and tune into reality. Obama is going to be a great leader and we should all be so proud that this good man will lead us out of the darkness and back into the positive light that America should be seen in. I think Hillary will be a great lead diplomat for our country. Don't be scared haters have some faith. P.S. The right wing Republican media-radio and TV- are trying to brainwash you with fear again. Don't let 'em do it. Come on over to the good side with us where party lines don't matter, instead it is the good of the country that does. All for one, instead of divide and conquer.... I am excited to move forward with Obama as our leader. Finally some positive thinking! Be careful though it's contagious- YES WE CAN!

    December 1, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Ia Guy

    @John Adams

    How can she be picked over a woman over a woman who could resolve all of Africa's by talking to the President Of Africa, which is one country, according to Sarah

    First off, I'm not a Palin fan but I do respect her. Your ignorance is astounding. She never said that - that was a false statement made about her. But you believe everything Obama says, so why not believe everything else you hear. What's really scary is people like you are allowed to vote.

    December 1, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. rachel

    Congrats Hillary

    December 1, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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