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Clinton Rumored On OBAMA'S Short List for Secretary of State

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There's talk, indeed, that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) may now be under consideration for the post. Her office referred any questions to the Obama transition; Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to comment.

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Carolyn T (234)
Thursday November 13, 2008, 7:43 pm
Noted. Hmmmm...and I figured that Bill Clinton would get the next Supreme Court appointment that comes available. Interesting speculation re Senator Clinton....we shall see; he could certainly do worse than to tap her for the job. Thanks, Kactus!

Estella Ameigh (22)
Thursday November 13, 2008, 7:58 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Past Member (2031)
Thursday November 13, 2008, 7:59 pm
I hope that she doesn't accept. I think that she would be better off keeping her Senate seat.

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Thursday November 13, 2008, 8:08 pm
Well, Kristi, either way, the woman's still alive and kickin' ....and that makes me extremely happy. She's a hero in MY book, and someone had better start appreciating her!

I'm thinking if she could get Bill focused on government instead of women, it was HER voice he came to for guidance.

Thursday November 13, 2008, 8:49 pm
Noted. I think thats great news. Both of them together could make a big diffrance to US. Both good people. Thanks Kathy.

Kathleen Opon (0)
Thursday November 13, 2008, 11:37 pm
Noted. But what this article doesn't mention is that Clinton wanted to spearhead the healthcare reform subcommittee and she was shot down by Ted Kennedy, who basically said Obama will be the one who gets the credit for that one, the one issue Hillary has been fighting for for over 20 years.

Maria V (60)
Thursday November 13, 2008, 11:47 pm
I hope she does not accept. She has more power in the senate. As Obama's Secretary of State she is just an employee with out power. Hillary won the popular vote she deserve better.. like being THE president.

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Friday November 14, 2008, 1:51 am
Thanks for the info, Kathleen....should've guessed good ol' Teddy-Boy would get his last 2-cents into all of it. And I agree with you Maria, but since she isn't the PRESIDENT (through no fault of mine!), I guess I'd just like her to get SOMETHING more prominent - which she soooooooooo deserves. I would hope all her work in healthcare will NOT go un-noticed.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 14, 2008, 3:23 am
Oh Thanks for this article. Happy Weekend.

Philip Heinlein (474)
Friday November 14, 2008, 4:23 am
I think State would be an excellent position for Hillary. Her experience as First Lady travelling the world and meeting with leaders makes her a good candidate. Health Care reform would be criticised less if her name is not linked to it.

Margaret Trainor (61)
Friday November 14, 2008, 4:27 am
I agree this would be a wonderful position and with Mrs Clintons experience she will do an excellent job for the American people

Billye Thompson (386)
Friday November 14, 2008, 6:35 am

I too am SO thankful that she is being recognized and considered!!! :)

Past Member (0)
Friday November 14, 2008, 7:53 am
I tend to agree with Phil Heinlein that Hillary would be an excellent chosice for State and that it would take the focus off of her being linked to the Healthcare bill and letting it be more in the limelight. I dont understand why this would make it more appealing to everyone but if that is what it takes, then so be it. And I also think Kathy that she should get more recognition, that she obviousley deserves since she didnt win the nomination.

Faith M (161)
Friday November 14, 2008, 8:03 am
I agree Good choice and she definatly would be better than the other choices out there and more than qualified for the job! noted

Past Member (0)
Friday November 14, 2008, 8:57 am
Good choioe...I think she deserves it ..she ran a hard campaign & the democrats did her wrong by pushing her out of the Presidential election...thanks for the news Kathy..noted

Louise L (48)
Friday November 14, 2008, 1:53 pm
Ms. Clinton certainly has the intelligence and diplomacy mastered to fill any position easily. She and Kennedy may have had their differences, but he is past and she is very much future; both are happy Democrats once again rule! Thanks, Kactus (and I like the idea of good news!)

Sabrina Suhaili (12)
Friday November 14, 2008, 3:45 pm

Maria V (60)
Friday November 14, 2008, 7:43 pm
NYT ON CLINTON/OBAMA: 'Associates of both Democrats cautioned that their conversation was mostly general and that no job was offered'

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Friday November 14, 2008, 8:02 pm
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Obama WILL see her vast worth to his administration and find the perfect spot in it for her to work her magic.....she is one of the most intelligent and qualified people in DC.

Maria V (60)
Saturday November 15, 2008, 8:35 am
"Both Obama and Clinton advisers say that the relationship between the two is much more complex than one simply inspired by a keep-your-friends-close-and-your-enemies-closer philosophy. While Mr. Obama never seriously considered Mrs. Clinton as his running mate, one of his aides described him as “self-confident enough to want to send a message to the world about America and all that it can be — and Hillary Clinton as secretary of state would do that.”

"That said, there are clear dangers for Mr. Obama as well, not least of them any lingering rivalry between the two of them after an often-contentious primary campaign. The drama-averse president-elect would also inevitably be sharing the stage with both Clintons, with all of the attention and baggage that accompany them wherever they go. And her appointment could undercut his argument that he is bringing true CHANGE to Washington. "

"She had approached the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, about becoming chairwoman of a special subcommittee to handle health care issues, but he squelched the idea, Senate officials said. Aides to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, made it clear that despite his illness, he intended to consider HEALTH overhaul before the full committee that he leads."

Mrs. Clinton’s charge that Mr. Obama was not ready to be commander in chief had left many Obama aides angry and bitter. Greg Craig, one of Mr. Obama’s top foreign policy aides, detailed in a memorandum in March what the campaign called evidence of Mrs. Clinton’s lack of foreign policy experience. Another Obama adviser, Susan Rice, said in a conference call during that period that the ability to handle a 3 a.m. crisis phone call was not something that could be acquired “merely by being married to a commander in chief.”

"But as Mrs. Clinton dutifully showed up at campaign rallies this fall for Mr. Obama, it prompted speculation that she could be secretary of state. By Friday, when it erupted into full, officials from both sides of the aisle were abuzz with talk of what an Obama White House flanked by a Clinton State Department would look like. John Bolton, the former United States ambassador to the United Nations, who forecasted as early as this past July that Mrs. Clinton could wind up at the State Department, laughed as he offered the incoming president this piece of advice: “Obama should remember the rule that you never hire anybody you can’t fire, especially as secretary of state.”



Diana D (177)
Saturday November 15, 2008, 2:21 pm
I feel she will be awesome at whatever she does.

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday November 20, 2008, 4:42 pm
"Obama camp are bristling at what they see as strategic leaks by the Clintons aimed at boxing in the president-elect and forcing him to offer the post."

"If You Leak, You're Gone": Obama Transition Team

Kathleen Opon (0)
Saturday November 22, 2008, 8:47 am
Blue it must be driving you nuts that Obama is picking so many Clinton people. By the way, I can't find the quote above in the article you linked to. The article linked implies that it is staffers on the transition team who are leaking info.

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Saturday November 22, 2008, 1:15 pm
Blue...we had to listen to you complain and post a LOT of crap about Clinton when she was running against Obama. Ok, so he won now, and a LOT of his cabinet and advisors will be from Bill Clinto's presidency. Face the fact, they're DEMOCRATS...and...VERY EXPERIENCED. If you don't like it, pleas post your own news.

If you don't believe Obama's the MAN doing the job of picking his cabinet, then you don't believe what he said he'd do when he was president. Uhmmm...the buck (and choices...and changes) are HIS to make.

Kathleen Opon (0)
Saturday November 22, 2008, 3:15 pm
AMEN Kathy!
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