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Obama Introduces National Security Team

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Obama Introduces National Security Team

Barack Obama with Hillary Rodham Clinton today in Chicago. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

President-elect Barack Obama today announced that Robert Gates will remain as defense secretary. Obama decided to make President Bush’s Pentagon chief his own as he seeks to wind down the U.S. role in Iraq. Obama picked former campaign rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State.

And at a news conference in Chicago today, Obama also introduced retired Marine Gen. James Jones as White House national security adviser, former Justice Department official Eric Holder as attorney general and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security. Susan Rice was selected as the U.S. ambassador to United Nations.

Obama says his appointees share his “pragmatism about the use of power” and “sense of purpose about America’s role as a leader in the world.”

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