President-elect Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaUK judge denies Assange bid to delay extradition hearing Trump's eye-opening scorecard on border security Why Americans should look at the Middle East through the eyes of its youth MORE's national security team won instant praise from both sides of the aisle Monday.

Obama announced Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as secretary of State, Defense Secretary Robert Gates as his own secretary of Defense, retired Gen. Jim Jones as national security adviser, Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderSupreme Court throws out challenge to Michigan electoral map Amash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials We can't allow presidents and public opinion to further diminish the work of the press MORE as attorney general, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) as homeland security secretary and Susan Rice as ambassador to the United Nations. Each choice still needs to win confirmation from the Senate.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John KerryJohn Forbes KerryRomney earns rants and raves for secret Twitter name Overnight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate John Kerry calls out lack of climate questions at debate MORE (D-Mass.) released a statement Monday praising the "terrific" national security team as one that can keep the country safe and "help restore America's rightful place in the world."
"General Jones and Governor Napolitano are bright, strategic thinkers dedicated to the security of the nation.