ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A deal with Bill Clinton over his post-White House work helped clear the way for Hillary Rodham Clinton to join President-elect Barack Obama's national security team as secretary of state, reshaping a once-bitter rivalry into a high-profile strategic and diplomatic union.
Obama was joined by the New York senator at a Chicago news conference Monday, where he introduced her as his choice for secretary of state, and also announced that Defense Secretary Robert Gates would remain in his job for a year or more.
Obama also announced that retired Marine General James M. Jones would serve as national security adviser. Eric Holder will serve as the country's first black attorney general. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano will serve as secretary of Homeland Security. Susan Rice will serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
The deal with Bill Clinton made it possible for his wife to become the top U.S. diplomat. In that deal, the former president agreed:
_to disclose the names of every contributor to his foundation since its inception in 1997 and all contributors going forward.
_to refuse donations from foreign governments to the Clinton Global Initiative, his annual charitable conference.
_to cease holding CGI meetings overseas.
_to volunteer to step away from day-to-day management of the foundation while his wife is secretary of state.
_to submit his speaking schedule to review by the State Department and White House counsel.
_to submit any new sources of income to a similar ethical review.
Bill Clinton's business deals and global charitable endeavors had been seen as a potential problem for the former first lady's nomination. But in negotiations with the Obama transition team, the former president agreed to several measures designed to bring transparency to those activities.
The former president long had refused to disclose the identities of contributors to his foundation, saying many gave money on condition that they not be identified.
Obama's choice of Hillary Clinton was an extraordinary gesture of good will after a year in which the two rivals competed for the Democratic nomination in a long, bitter primary battle.
They clashed repeatedly on foreign affairs. Obama criticized Clinton for her vote to authorize the Iraq war. Clinton said Obama lacked the experience to be president and she chided him for saying he would meet with leaders of nations such as Iran and Cuba without conditions.
The bitterness began melting away in June after Clinton ended her campaign and endorsed Obama. She went on to campaign for him in his general election contest against Republican Sen. John McCain.
Advisers said Obama had for several months envisioned Clinton as his top diplomat, and he invited her to Chicago to discuss the job just a week after the Nov. 4 election. The two met privately Nov. 13 in Obama's transition office in downtown Chicago.
Clinton was said to be interested and then to waver, concerned about relinquishing the Senate seat she has held for nearly eight years and the political independence it conferred. Those concerns were largely resolved after Obama assured her she would be able to choose a staff and have direct access to him, advisers said.
Remaining in the Senate also may not have been an attractive choice for Clinton. Despite her political celebrity, she is a relatively junior senator without prospects for a leadership position or committee chairmanship anytime soon.
Some Democrats and government insiders have questioned whether Clinton is too independent and politically ambitious to serve Obama as secretary of state. But a senior Obama adviser has said the president-elect had been enthusiastic about naming Clinton to the position from the start, believing she would bring instant stature and credibility to U.S. diplomatic relations and the advantages to her serving far outweigh potential downsides.
Pictured above is Hillary Clinton.