12.01.2008

President Elect Barack H. Obama announces key members of Nat'l Security team


President Elect Barack H. Obama speaks at press conference on Dec. 1 announcing members of his national security team.
 Photo: Kenneth Muhammad

CHICAGO-President Elect Barack H. Obama rolled out his national security team in a press conference today downtown.

He announced the nomination of Sen. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, selecting  Robert Gates to remain as Secretary of Defense after 2 years in the Bush Administration, Eric Holder as Attorney General, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,  Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations and Gen. Jim Jones, USMC (Ret.) as National Security Adviser.

"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. 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," said President-elect Obama.
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