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Obama Appoints Key Staff

The Obama/Biden transition team announced key staff positions. You can find them here and here. Alternatively, you can find every appointment made thus far, here.

Valerie Jarrett: Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison

Phil Schiliro: Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs

Pete Rouse: Senior Advisor

Mona Sutphen: Deputy Chief of Staff

Jim Messina: Deputy Chief of Staff

Reaction to Clinton as Secretary of State

Here are some reactions to the possibility of Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

Former President Bill Clinton

“If he (Obama) decided to ask her and they did it together, I think she’ll be really great as a secretary of state,” Clinton told an economic conference in Kuwait hosted by the National Bank of Kuwait.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger

“I believe it would be an outstanding appointment. If it is true, it shows a number of things, including great courage on the part of the President-Elect. To appoint a very strong personality into a prominent cabinet position requires a great deal of courage.”

Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

“It seems to me she’s got the experience. She’s got the temperament for it. I think she would be well received around the world,” said Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. “So my own initial reaction is it would be a very good selection.”

Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND)

“She’s worked across the aisle, has good bipartisan relationships,” Dorgan said. In the role of chief U.S. diplomat, Clinton “would have instant credibility around the world,” he added.

He said the U.S. has “a lot of relationships to repair and a lot of work to do, so I think she’d be a fine choice.”

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA)

“I think she is a very very bright woman and very experienced. I think this could be a great move.”