Obama names Clinton as Secretary of State

hillary clinton is state secretaryBarack Obama on Monday announced ex-rival Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state and said that President George W. Bush’s defense secretary, Robert Gates, is staying on.

The line-up of cabinet members that stood behind Obama at his Chicago news conference is a high-powered and experienced crew, topped by Clinton.

Obama respects the New York senator’s work ethic, his aides have said. He also believes the former first lady’s star power would boost his efforts to improve America’s global standing.

Reginald Dale, a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies was quoted saying “She (Mrs. Clinton) is someone who nearly became president. She is a major political leader in her own right and probably feels she still ought to be president. She would be pretty forward in advancing her policies.”

Obama also named Washington lawyer Eric Holder as attorney general and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary. He also announced two senior foreign policy positions outside the Cabinet: campaign foreign policy adviser Susan Rice as U.N. ambassador and retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones 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,” Obama said.