At Monday’s press conference, President-elect Barack Obama announced several key national security Cabinet nominations, saying that he was including lawyer Eric Holder Jr. as the first Black U.S. Attorney General and former assistant Secretary of State Su
At Monday’s press conference, President-elect Barack Obama announced several key national security Cabinet nominations, saying that he was including lawyer Eric Holder Jr. as the first Black U.S. Attorney General and former assistant Secretary of State Susan Rice as the first Black ambassador to the United Nations. “Eric has the combination of toughness and independence that we need at the Justice Department,” Obama said. “The Attorney General represents the people of America, and I am confident Eric will uphold the U.S. Constitution and help us bring those who do harm to this country to justice.” Holder is currently a partner with the law firm Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. and served as a deputy attorney general for President Bill Clinton. Holder said he is ready to attack terrorism and crime–foreign and domestic–head on. “The Department of Justice plays a unique role on this (national security) team,” he said. “This president and the team before you is prepared to meet the challenges we will face.” Obama said Rice’s experience makes her a perfect choice for U.N. ambassador. She was a former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during the Clinton administration. “Susan knows the global challenges we face,” Obama said. Fighting poverty and diseases and ending genocide are among the things Rice said must be done to improve America and the world. She most recently was a foreign policy adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign. “We must invest in our common humanity if we are to improve this nation,” Rice said. Other key appointments Obama announced today included: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.) as Secretary of State; Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security secretary; retired Marine Gen. James Jones as national security adviser and current Defense Secretary Robert Gates has agreed to stay on. “America must also be strong at home to be strong abroad,” Obama said. The nominees must all be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, which Obama said he is confident will happen. ______ Copyright 2008 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.