Obama taps Susan Rice as next national security adviser
June 5th, 2013
02:25 PM ET

Obama taps Susan Rice as next national security adviser

[Updated at 2:25 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced he was bringing longtime confidante Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador caught up in political controversy over the Benghazi terrorist attack, to the White House to succeed Tom Donilon as national security adviser.

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  1. cbr

    Susan Rice is a brilliant woman who is extremely capable. The Benghazi killings were tragic and she did appear on a news program right after it happened. She is not the first members of an administration to be questioned about her statements and some of what she said was altered later. However, she has good company with Colin Powell, Condaleeza Rice and others who found themselves erring when speaking for the administration. Many made remarks that had no basis and were extremely nasty. They demanded to meet with her and she did so. AFter the meetings they were just as critical. They did not, however, ask her boss, the President, for an explanation even when he told them that he was the one who needed to be questioned. In this age of instant news it is more difficult to get all the facts when something happens in a place like Libya, Iraq, etc.

    She justifiably deserves a chance to prove to us that she deserves a place in the administration.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avenger

      Let me get this straight. Susan Rice is so incredibly incompetent, so clueless, so traitorous that she went on every major news program to blame America, not the terrorists, for the attack that killed 4 Americans including a US ambassador, that she now "justifiably deserves" the chance to be National Security Adviser to the president? Your "logic" is so tortured, so bizarre that only shows us once again how utterly brainless Obama's supporters are.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Javier from Argentina

      @cbr. I agree. You obviously are much more cultured and educated than avenger.
      Thank you.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm ice cream

      @cbr I disagree. Being a mindless robot who does the bidding, without question, of an inept administration demonstrates fundamentally flwed judgement and integrity. An inept administration, you retort? The last communication BHO made with State was when he was apprised exactly what was going on – Al Qaeda affiliates were in control of a US consulate – BHO went to sleep and flew to Vegas for a fundraiser the next morning.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      True, the Bengahanzi was poor judgement on Obama. But now the Obama haters are using Susan Rice as a punching bag. Very unfortuanate. Obviously they DO NOT speak for America, but for themselves.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Avenger,and you voted for Bush twice didn't yah,now who's brainless nitwit!!You avenger are just worried Ms.Rice will put Issa and collegues in their place and not only tell them where to go but how to get there!!A deadly combination of intelligence and determination something none of your boys McCain,Issa and McConnell included have never shown or acquired right Avenger and talk about traitors your republicans in congress with an 8% approval rating should be shot as well for being useless,plow horses have more brains than your reps have and again you did vote twice for that Texas imbecile didn't yah avenger!!

      June 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jcvet33

    Obama did it just to P.. the republicans.

    June 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Javier from Argentina

      @avenger. Disagree! I protest your misinformed, unfounded, and anti-democratic prejudicial remarks.
      Thank you.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Javier from Argentina

    Sir, that statement was uncallled for @Avenger. Learn some manners please.
    Thank you.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Javier from Argentina

    It is obvious that Avenger has his own agenda. Regardless of the integrity and competence of all Obama appointees, Avenger will lie, exaggerate, and resort to propaganda. Sir, you are not speaking to 3rd graders. Neither are you fooling anybody. Please get your facts straight.
    Thank you.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Javier from Argentina

    @peshwar. Sir, go back to school and learn your basic geography. Hawaii is America. It is a state.
    As for your second point as to what he knows. He graduated law school with high honors. What have you done that places you above that threshold?-nothing.
    Thank you.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Spider-Man

    Avenger is just tryin to ruffle people's feathers and you guys fell for it

    June 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Our world is upside down. Doctors destroy our health, lawyers destroy justice, the government destroys our freedom, the mainstream media destroys information, and our religions destroy our spirituality. We are constantly at war with each other, and mankind is becoming more wicked and evil as time marches on. Ok, joke's over. Bring back the const itution.

    June 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zandie

      There is nothing wrong with the way our Constitution is being applied.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      "what luck for rulers that men do not logically think" – Adolph Hitler

      June 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • rupert

      Mary would you give an example of each of the areas you describe.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zandie

      Hitler has been irrelecant since 1945 in this country.
      What rights guaranteed under the Constitution are you afraid of losing? Or is it that some rights may be granted to people you do not approve of?

      June 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Excuse the double post people... didn't think it went thru the first time.

    June 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Mary

      “Prudence … will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” Thomas Jefferson

      June 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Bravissimo Obama!
    That's a terrific choice, and a perfect response to Republicans' needless criticism.

    June 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO

    She's got my vote.

    June 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Zandie

    I feel that Miss Rice was flawless in her previous position, and will also be flawless as National Security Advisor.

    June 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Avenger

    I must agree with Zandie. Miss Rice is great.

    June 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Avenger

    @Hamsta, do you know who neo nazis are? White Christian conservatives. Look it up. Then get back to us, after you find out who the real neo nazis in this country are.

    June 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avenger

      Defender, what are you defending? If you don't realize by now that the problems this admin inherited by previous admins aren't going to be solved until the party of no and obstructionism gets over its pettiness, the problems will remain the same. There has never been a worse bunch of politicos in office than there is right now. Get over it, and your racist party's mindset, and let's go forward.

      June 6, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Avenger

      Nah, but thanks for trying to justify you ridiculous party's rationializations and your guilty conscience by trying to deflect it on me. What did Mitch McConnel say in that meeting right after Obama was elected? The accountability has to be shared all, not just making a scapegoat of president OBAMA for your own party's lack of action.

      June 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • WithHolder

      I slept pretty good last night. No guilty concious here. Your parties scandal after scandal after scandal is something your conscious should be worried about. Deflect spin and deny is your parties slogan. Where is the accountability??? So much for a "transparent" administration huh?

      June 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      Obama is a totalitarian dictator. US citizen verizon phone calls are being collected and analyzed? Journalists are being characteriized as criminal conspirators to collect on them, and their parents? Enemy lists of individuals and organizations are maintained and the weight and power of the government including but not limited to the IRS are used to detroy opposing viewpoints? Those realities cannot be defended, unless you support totalitarian dictators.

      June 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      Bush did the same thing with the phones back in 2006. You people didn't seem to have a problem with NSA back when he was doing it: as long as YOU approve of the POTUS it's okay?? YeahRight.

      June 6, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Ok then where was the uproar from the democrats then if this is true?

      June 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      It's true. Look it up. And there was protest, largely quashed by the overwhelming "patriot" support for the war on terror. You know, the people saying the democrats were unpatriotic BECAUSE they were protesting against "national security" measures.

      June 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      And sincr you don't remember that it happened in 2006 also, you're unlikely to remember any reaction to it.

      June 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scandalous

      Funny how no one but u noticed the uproar.

      June 6, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Of course I don't remember that far back. I'm only 19 now. I have no business talking about politics at all, but I'm a troll.

      June 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morality check

      Ok I did research on the matter. Bush policy was very vague in nature. Obomba policy is wide ranging in the sense of ALL Verizon customers, I REPEAT, ALL are being targeted. I'm sure it's gonna come out in the next few days that Verizon is not the only company involved in the matter. R u nuts?!! This the kind of stuff that takes place in N Korea or old Russia. To dismiss this is irresponsible.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      He passed nothing new. You researched nothing. Not to mention Congress would have NEVER passed it if he tried to do this now; don't be disingenuous. Obama used the LAW already in place that Bush passed. Nice try.

      June 8, 2013 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Morality check

      Ok CNN. Quit deleting comments. Come on your as bad as the IRS! I said I voted for oboma both times but with six scandals in a month I'm Thinkin I made a bad choice. My man in charge is in denial. I'm sorry sir but I wasted two votes. A bullet to his head sounds like better option. Why not say it? He's already monitoring our phone habits. Who we text. Who responds. Who we email. What web sites we go to etc.

      June 7, 2013 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Morality check

      North Korea does this. Cuba does this. Iran does this. America does NOT do this. ACLU gots my back

      June 7, 2013 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Everybody, it' all Bush's fault! He was so stoopid and made such a mess that the historic first black president can't fix it all! This is a transformative presidency, of hope and change. Remember to place blame where it is due, on the mean spirited re pooblicans who do not care about the poor.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      obama is a white...to enter into this world, his face had to pass through the gates of a white woman...

      June 7, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I supported President Obama in both of his elections. How did I fail to see the thread for comments here regarding Mrs. Obama's being heckled by one of their LGBT supporters?
    Isn't it possible that Democrats don't really need the financial support of such persons?

    June 6, 2013 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @joey,remember it was Pres.Obama who got rid of DON'T ASK,DON'T TELL in the military making all soldiers gay or not equal..It was he for same sex marriage,healthcare rights wasn't it not Bushs,not Romney or republicans who hate anything not white!!And remember Michelle Obama is not her husbands mouthpiece ,she's her own person whether you voted for him twice or not..And yes I proudly voted for him twice and I'll stick with him because one thing I can't stand is ignorence,bigotry and the republicans are all of this and more,enough said.. Susan Rices appointment is just another feather in a great presidents cap because Ms.Rice who's intelligent,determined and focused and she'll not only tell Issa,republicans where to go but how to get there as well!!

      June 6, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @joey,I'd comment again but it must be a waste of time being deleted again..CNN doesn't like the truth about their employees being other than moderators and being involved in our discussions just to inject negetives to see what happens as trolls...

      June 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    All Americans are very deeply saddened by the tears and help-line calls of Michael Jackson's outstanding daughter. Tears are so salty.

    June 6, 2013 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
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