After all the lead up, Barack Obama has officially announced Hillary Clinton as his choice to be Secretary of State. Said Obama of Clinton:
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.
This is Obamaâ€™s riskiest pick, not because Clinton isnâ€™t acceptably qualified but because of the baggage she carries. Weâ€™ll see if No Drama Obama can manage the sometimes vaudevillian act that is the Clintons and their allies.
Meanwhile, Obama has also officially announced he will be keeping on Robert Gates as Secretary of Defenses and will appoint James Jones as National Security Adviser, Eric Holder as Attorney General and Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security. He also announced his longtime foreign policy advisor Susan Rice as his appointment for UN Ambassador, a role Obama plans to upgrade to be a Cabinet position.
Obama is certainly moving quickly to get his team in place. And itâ€™s a pretty solid team at that.