Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton has accepted Barack Obama’s offer to be his Secretary of State, NYT and numerous other authoritative outlets are confirming.

Hillary 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.

The apparent accord between perhaps the two leading figures in the Democratic Party climaxed a week-long drama that riveted the nation’s capital.

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 on Thursday that the nomination is “on track” but this is the first word from the Clinton camp that she has decided.

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

My previously expressed reservations about the pick remain. If nothing else, though, it’ll be interesting.

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  1. Triumph says:

    Great–we can see with this pick that Obama is clearly a puppet for his Kenyan patron, dictator Adewale Ogunleye.

    Ogunleye was the brilliant chap who gave Hillary’s husband the coordinates of the pharmecutical factory in Sudan that he bombed to divert attention from the Monica scandal.

    Its great that Obama is selling the country out to corrupt dictators like Ogunleye.

  2. G.A.Phillips says:

    lol, Slickwilly Jr is clearly trying to finish the work his father Slickwilly Sr left undone.

    And talk about cronies, he is reappointing daddy’s whole administration.

    lol, dudes mom is gonna be his Secretary of State, lol!



  3. Gippergal says:

    Well, I never thought I’d see someone who made Hillary Clinton look moderate. I was wrong. I actually feel better about national security with her as Secretary of State than just about anyone else he would choose.

    And so it begins: like the Red Sox winning the World Series, the liberal illuminati put away their personal axes to grind, grit their teeth, and consolidate power. How fascinating.