Obama Introduces His National Security Team


President-elect Barack Obama pictured with (l-r) Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton; United Nations Ambassador-designate Susan Rice; and National Security Adviser-designate Ret. Marine Gen. James Jones.
President-elect Barack Obama pictured with (l-r) Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton; United Nations Ambassador-designate Susan Rice; and National Security Adviser-designate Ret. Marine Gen. James Jones.

On Monday, December 1, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama officially introduced the members of his national security team, including former Democratic primary rival Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state and Robert Gates, who will be remain as defense secretary.

Obama also announced that retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, a former top commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Europe, would be his national security adviser. At a news conference in Chicago, Obama said his team is uniquely suited to pursue a new strategy that skillfully uses, balances, and integrates all elements of American power. He said they share his pragmatism about the use of power, and his sense of purpose about America’s role as a leader in the world.

Obama named Washington lawyer Eric Holder as attorney general and Arizona Gov. Janet Naploitano as homeland security chief. He also named two senior foreign policy positions outside the Cabinet, including campaign foreign policy adviser Susan Rice as U.N. ambassador.

Speaking of Senator Clinton, Obama said she possesses an extraordinary intelligence and toughness, and a remarkable work ethic. He said, “She is an American of tremendous stature who will have my complete confidence, who knows many of the world’s leaders, who will command respect in every capital, and who will clearly have the ability to advance our interests around the world.”

Clinton will give up her seat as a senator from New York to join the Obama Cabinet.

Millions of people are expected to go to Washington to celebrate President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20, 2009.

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