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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Susan Rice Nominated As Next National Security Advisor

Replaces Outgoing Advisor, Tom Donilon

With no Senate approval needed, President Obama today named Susan Rice as his pick for the next U.S. National Security Advisor.

President Obama with (l to r): Samantha Power (new United Nations Ambassador), Tom Donilon (outgoing US National Secruity Advisor), and Susan Rice (newly appointed USNSA).  Photo by CD Brown.
Rice, former United Nations Ambassador, has served in various capacities in the National Security Council and at the State Department. She is described by the Obama administration as "a consummate public servant", "fearless" and "tough".  She is described as "the most qualified and experienced experts in the field of foreign policy in the country."

Rice gained attention over differing statements she made after the September 11, 2012 attacks on Benghazi that killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four other Americans. 

Rice's family:  Husband, Ian; daughter Maris; sister; brother John, and mother Lois.

During today's White House briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney said of Rice's comments on Sunday national media talk shows revealed what was confirmed all along: "Ambassador Rice conveyed what was the intelligence community’s best assessment of what had happened in Benghazi at the time."

Rice was thought to have been the next Secretary of Defense after the resignation of former Secretary of Defense Hillary Clinton, but was met with opposition from Republicans, and subsequently withdrew her name from the running.

Outgoing National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and his predecessor, Susan Rice. Photo/CD Brown.

Outgoing NSA, Donilon, who called his position "the privilege of a lifetime" was given praise by Obama who said that Donilon "played a critical role as we’ve bolstered the enduring pillars of American power."  Donilon, who will exit his post at the beginning of  July, began his public service in the Carter White House when he was twenty-two years old. 

Donilon worked as Executive Vice President for Law and Policy at mortgage company Fannie Mae, and was also a lobbyist from 1999 through 2005.

Samantha Power replaces Rice as United Nations Ambassador.  Power was the lead White House staffer on issues related to the United Nations and is described as "one of our foremost thinkers on foreign policy."

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