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Obama Introduces National Security Team Starring Hillary!

This morning President-elect Obama rolled out his national security team, proving that you don't have to be an Obama loyalist to get a plumb role in his administration. Hillary Clinton appeared as the next US secretary of state, delivering a moving acceptance speech.

Joining Hillary was Vice President-elect Joe Biden, Robert M. Gates, the current defense secretary, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano who will be secretary of Homeland Security, Gen. James L. Jones, the former NATO commander who will be a national security adviser, Eric Holder who will serve as attorney general, and Susan Rice, the next UN ambassador.

While Obama made it obvious that he wasn't going to outline his entire plan to keep the nation secure, the press conference did have some insightful moments. They include:

  • Obama on what made him tap Hillary: "She possesses an extraordinary intelligence and toughness, and a remarkable work ethic. . . . 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."
  • On how he reconciled with former rival Hillary: "I extended her the offer and she accepted. I know that’s not as juicy a story as you were hoping for, but that’s all you’re going to get.”
  • On his role as leader of the team of rivals: "I will be setting policy as president. The buck will stop with me.”
  • After thanking her fellow New Yorkers, Hillary said: "Mr. President-elect, I am proud to join you on what will be a difficult and exciting adventure in this new century."

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harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
Hahaha Jessie you're cracking me up with your bubba love. :froggy:
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
"I heard they want to appoint Bill in her place. Probably a rumor, but hey, that would be interesting." Haha one Clinton for another...I approve. I doubt it, though. It can't be demotion, but where do you go formally in politics after being president? I think Bill wants to stay out, I believe, so that he can do all the Humanitarian and Environmental work he wants without the baggage. I love Bill Clinton and since that love borders on fanatical, I'm going to stop typing.
janneth janneth 7 years
I know she knows domestic issues. I hope she can be an expert on foreign policy.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
"She is a very, very intelligent woman, and I think that he is doing a great job of picking the best people for the job." i agree 100%!
wren1 wren1 7 years
I'm very excited that she accepted the position! :cheer:
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I heard they want to appoint Bill in her place. Probably a rumor, but hey, that would be interesting.
foxie foxie 7 years
"He looks like he is kissing her head..." I was thinking he's gingerly smelling her hair. Either way, it makes me giggle.
geebers geebers 7 years
He looks like he is kissing her head... I am so confident that she is going to do really well in this role. I consider the cream of the crop when it comes to intelligence and ability to get things done.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
She is a very, very intelligent woman, and I think that he is doing a great job of picking the best people for the job.
kia kia 7 years
LaurenG22... now Governor Paterson gets to pick Clinton's successor as senator.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
woopeededoo.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 7 years
Or Condelezza Rice for that matter
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 7 years
I don't remeber people being so ugly to Madleine Albright??
misslarue misslarue 7 years
It just keeps getting better! :-)
audreystar audreystar 7 years
Heaven forbid a woman actually look her age and feel fine in doing so.
codewhiz codewhiz 7 years
I'm sorry but Hillary's wrinkles look so bad!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I wonder which is a better job: sec of state or senator??? Now what happens to NY senate?
cupcakers cupcakers 7 years
I was watching it this morning, I'm so happy my girl Hillary is going to be Secretary of State! I can't wait for Obama and his team for get into office! YAY!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
i love that picture lol, you could take and run with it. Girl power!!!!!!!!!!
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
"On how he reconciled with former rival Hillary: "I extended her the offer and she accepted. I know that’s not as juicy a story as you were hoping for, but that’s all you’re going to get.” LOVE IT Im so excited
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
YAY Hillary!!!
kia kia 7 years
This morning's press conference was kind of a who's who all-star team. They were only missing rally towels as they did the introductions.
foxie foxie 7 years
That's a really awkward picture.
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