As national security advisor, she doesn't have to be a natural diplomat with a gift of politesse. She has to be smart, analytical, articulate, and hard-working. And she has to have the confidence of the president. Which she clearly does.
There almost certainly will be another Obama pick that will raise some eyebrows and draw inevitable fire from either the GOP or some interests groups. Just as other presidents, Obama will have to weigh carefully the political fallout, if any, from his pick.
After the announcement that Tom Donilon would succeed General Jim Jones as President Obama's National Security Adviser, Donilon went from being the busiest man in the White House to the even-busier busiest man. This is good, and bad, news.
In selecting General Jones as his national security adviser, Obama has eschewed the model of the foreign policy intellectual and instead placed a true military-affairs expert as his side in the White House.