Sources say Hillary Clinton will Accept Secretary of State Position

November 21, 2008 at 1:00 pm 1 comment

barack-obama-hillary-clinton2.jpgHillary Rodham Clinton has decided to give up her Senate seat and accept the position of secretary of state, making her the public face around the world for the administration of the man who beat her for the Democratic presidential nomination, two confidants said Friday.

Mrs. Clinton came to her decision after additional discussion with
President-elect Barack Obama about the nature of her role and his plans
for foreign policy, said one of the confidants, who insisted on
anonymity to discuss the situation. Mr. Obama’s office told reporters
Thursday that the nomination is “on track” but Clinton associates only
confirmed Friday afternoon that she has decided.

“She’s ready,” said the confidant. Mrs. Clinton was reassured after
talking again with Mr. Obama because their first meeting in Chicago
last week “was so general,” the confidant said. The purpose of the
follow-up talk, he added, was not to extract particular concessions but
“just getting comfortable” with the idea of working together.

A second Clinton associate confirmed that her camp believes they
have a done deal. Senior Obama advisers said Friday morning that the
offer had not been formally accepted and no announcement will be made
until after Thanksgiving. But they said they were convinced that the
nascent alliance was now ready to be sealed.

The apparent accord between perhaps the two leading figures in the
Democratic Party climaxed a week-long drama that riveted the nation’s
capital. Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton fought the most competitive
Democratic nomination battle in modern times, one that polarized their
party for months and left bitterness in both camps. But in asking Mrs.
Clinton to join his Cabinet, Mr. Obama signaled that he wants to turn a
rival into a partner and she concluded that she could have the most
influence by saying yes.

The decision followed days of intense vetting and negotiations
intended to clear any potential obstacles to her taking the job due to
her husband’s global business and philanthropic activities. Lawyers for
Mr. Obama and former President Bill Clinton combed through his finances
and crafted a set of guidelines for his future activities intended to
avoid any appearances of conflict of interest should she take the job.

People close to the vetting said Mr. Clinton turned over the names
of 208,000 donors to his foundation and library and agreed to all of
the conditions requested by Mr. Obama’s transition team, including
restrictions on his future paid speeches and role at his international

As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton will have had a powerful
platform to travel the world and help repair relations with other
countries strained after eight years of President Bush’s policies. But
at the same time, she will now have to subordinate her own agenda and
ambitions to Mr. Obama’s and sacrifice the independence that comes with
a Senate seat and the 18 million votes she collected during their
arduous primary battle.

Source: New York Times


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  • 1. Digital Publius  |  November 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    The American Troika; Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, like every other totalitarian regime in history, need a serviceable minister of propaganda. Who better to represent the new American paradigm to the world than Hillary Clinton? The terraforming of America by the leftists has begun, we will be remade into the more acceptable likeness of Western Europe. The long suffering, liberal turmoil is at an end. America can at last take it’s place at the adult table beside the other more progressive socialist leader nations of the West. ‘Tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished.


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