Daily Obama Juice
Dec 01 | by Natasha
Our Prez-Elect has bestowed some Monday morning surprises on us. During a press conference just a while ago, Barack Obama officially nominated Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. He also nominated Eric Holder as US Attorney General--leading the US Dept. of Justice. Holder, if confirmed by the Senate, will become the nation's first black US Attorney General. Other confirmations: He kept Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in his position. And there's a new Dr. Rice that's going to become best buds with the UN. Mr. Obama nominated Dr. Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations--one of very few, if not the only, black woman to ever hold that position. She's an ex-National Security Council member and former Assistant Secretary of State, and she's a Rhodes Scholar-turned-diplomat. It's clear that these folks are very qualified, but it's also clear some of these were simultaneous political moves. Why not hire your biggest competition (Hil C.) to your cabinet? People love job security these days and she's way less likely to run against him in 2012 this way. And Barack nominated Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to his cabinet as Homeland Security Chief. Arizona is Barack's former competitor John McCain's home state. And Janet publicly backed Barack in the election. Well isn't this a nice Thank You. Smart moves....
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