HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON TO BE MADE SECRETARY OF STATE.
President-elect Barrack Obama today announced a powerful team to join his Cabinet today after he takes his Oath of Office as the 44th President of the United Sates of America scheduled for the 20th January 2009.
1. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton – Secretary of State.
2. Robert Gates – Secretary of Defense.
3. Retired Marines General James Jones – White House National Security Advisor.
3. Eric Holder – Attorney General
4. Governor Janet Napolitano – Secretary of Homeland Security.
5. Susan Rice – Ambassador / Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Senator Clinton was Obama’s former campaign rival before having to concede after a tough 18 months of campaigning for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. She will have to surrender her seat as the Senator from New York to join the Cabinet. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton had to agree with several decisions before Hillary could be nominated by the President-Elect as Secretary of State, two of which were to submit his speaking schedule to review by the State Department and Whitehouse Counsel and refuse donations from foreign governments to the Clinton Global Initiative, his annual charitable conference.
Robert Gates is the current Secretary of Defense under Bush and will continue in that portfolio through the next Administration. Gates' appointment fulfilled a campaign promise by Obama, to name a Republican to his Cabinet.
Retired Marines General James Jones was a platoon commander in Vietnam, then became Commandant of the Marine Corps and later served as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.
Eric Holder was Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton administration and was United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Governor Janet Napolitano is a former Federal Prosecutor, State Attorney General and was elected twice as Governor of Arizona. She is one of the early supporters of Obama. Like Clinton, she too will have to resign from her current position to join the cabinet.
Susan Rice served on the National Security Council and was the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under President Bill Clinton. She was a senior foreign policy advisor in the Obama campaign for President.
Senator Clinton, Eric Holder, Governor Napolitano and Susan Rice will require confirmation by the Senate. General James Jones will not require a confirmation by the Senate because his appointment is as a White House official. Robert Gates is already confirmed to his post by the Senate by virtue of his current appointment as Secretary of Defense under President Bush and will not have to go through the process again.
Despite these announcements, the Dow Jones industrials plunged 679.95 points, or 7.70 percent, to close at 8,149.09 today. Perhaps it was due to the statement by the National Bureau of Economic Research that the country is officially in recession.
President-elect Barrack Obama has his work cut out for him once he takes over the reigns. The Patriot wishes him all the very best.