Obama announces Clinton, Gates for Cabinet

(AP) - President-elect Barack Obama picked former campaign rival HillaryRodham Clinton as secretary of state Monday. He also announced that Robert Gates would remain as defense secretary, making President

News 12 Staff

Dec 2, 2008, 12:43 AM

Updated 5,703 days ago

Share:

(AP) - President-elect Barack Obama picked former campaign rival HillaryRodham Clinton as secretary of state Monday. He also announced that Robert Gates would remain as defense secretary, making President Bush's Pentagon chief his own as he seeks to wind down the U.S. role in Iraq.
At a news conference, Obama also introduced retired Marine Gen.James Jones as White House national security adviser, formerJustice Department official Eric Holder as attorney general andArizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security.
The announcements rounded out the top tier of the team that willadvise the incoming chief executive on foreign and nationalsecurity issues in an era marked by wars in Iraq and Afghanistanand terrorism around the globe.
"The time has come for a new beginning, a new dawn of Americanleadership to overcome the challenges of the 21st century," Obamasaid as his Cabinet picks stood behind him on a flag-draped stage.
"We will strengthen our capacity to defeat our enemies andsupport our friends. We will renew old alliances and forge new andenduring partnerships."
Obama also appointed campaign foreign policy aide Susan Rice as hisambassador to the United Nations. Obama said he would make her amember of the Cabinet, an increase in stature from the Bush era.
Obama said his appointees "share my pragmatism about the use ofpower, and my sense of purpose about America's role as a leader inthe world."
Watch Sen. Clinton's comments
To view the entire press conference, go to Channel 612 on your iO Digital Cable Box and select iO Extra.


More from News 12
0:23
The Latest: Officials say man who opened fire at Trump rally was a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania

The Latest: Officials say man who opened fire at Trump rally was a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania

1:17
HEAT ALERT: Sunny, hot and humid day in New Jersey

HEAT ALERT: Sunny, hot and humid day in New Jersey

0:28
Authorities: 2 people seriously injured in Cherry Hill crash

Authorities: 2 people seriously injured in Cherry Hill crash

0:12
Authorities: Car crashes through home in Plainfield

Authorities: Car crashes through home in Plainfield

1:46
Security heighted at Trump Tower in aftermath of rally shooting

Security heighted at Trump Tower in aftermath of rally shooting

2:27
Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

1:29
Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

1:34
Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

1:36
Official: 2 children, adult killed in West Orange house fire

Official: 2 children, adult killed in West Orange house fire

0:37
Police: Missing Connecticut teenager located in New Jersey

Police: Missing Connecticut teenager located in New Jersey

0:18
Hillsborough police: Man burned in homemade firework explosion

Hillsborough police: Man burned in homemade firework explosion

0:46
Police: Shooting, 2 stabbings reported within 6 hours earlier this week in Atlantic City

Police: Shooting, 2 stabbings reported within 6 hours earlier this week in Atlantic City

0:21
Prosecutor: East Hanover man sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing wife

Prosecutor: East Hanover man sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing wife

1:57
Stop & Shop to close 10 ‘underperforming’ locations across New Jersey

Stop & Shop to close 10 ‘underperforming’ locations across New Jersey

1:45
Police: Driver faces charges for striking man in hit-and-run road rage incident in Fair Lawn

Police: Driver faces charges for striking man in hit-and-run road rage incident in Fair Lawn

1:52
AT&T security breach hits nearly all cellular customers and landline accounts

AT&T security breach hits nearly all cellular customers and landline accounts

1:16
Prosecutor: Bergen County pastor charged with 21 counts of sexual offenses against teen

Prosecutor: Bergen County pastor charged with 21 counts of sexual offenses against teen

3:06
Jury ends first day of deliberations in Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption trial without a verdict

Jury ends first day of deliberations in Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption trial without a verdict

0:33
Jersey Proud: Jamesburg police ‘ticket’ children performing good deeds

Jersey Proud: Jamesburg police ‘ticket’ children performing good deeds

0:47
Point Pleasant Beach officials at odds with company over 5G cell towers

Point Pleasant Beach officials at odds with company over 5G cell towers