As expected, Barack Obama has named Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in his new administration. The US President-elect has been unveiling his national security team at a news conference in Chicago. He was full of praise for his former Democratic rival. “She possesses an extraordinary intelligence and a remarkable work ethic. I am proud that she will be our next Secretary of State,” he told reporters, with the former first lady by his side. “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.”
There were warm words from Clinton, too. “President Kennedy once said that engaging the world to meet the threats we face was the greatest adventure of our century,” she said. “Mr President-elect, I am proud to join you in what will be a difficult and exciting adventure in this new century and may God bless you and all who serve with you and our great country.” In the other high-profile nomination, Robert Gates, the current Defence Secretary in the Republican Bush administration, will stay in his job.