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    Default Hillary Clinton is said to have accepted the Secretary of State position

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/22/us...a.html?_r=1&hp

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    Damon Winter/The New York Times
    Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigning in Florida in October.





    By PETER BAKER and HELENE COOPER
    Published: November 21, 2008


    WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to give up her Senate seat to become secretary of state in the Obama administration, making her the public face to the world for the man who dashed her own hopes for the presidency, confidants of Mrs. Clinton said Friday.
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    The accord between the two leading figures of the Democratic Party was the culmination of a weeklong drama that riveted the nation’s capital. President-elect Barack Obama and Mrs. Clinton fought perhaps the most polarizing nomination battle in decades, but in recruiting her for his cabinet, Mr. Obama chose to turn a rival into a partner, and she concluded she could have a greater impact by saying yes than by remaining in the Senate.

    Her selection is still to be formalized and will not be announced until after Thanksgiving. It would be yet another direction in the unlikely journey of a onetime political spouse in Arkansas who went on to build a political base of her own and become a symbol of achievement to many women.



    The role, though a supporting one, would make her one of the most influential players on the international stage, and it would represent at least one more act for one of the nation’s most prominent public families, as former President Bill Clinton would also become an ad hoc member of the Obama team.


    The sometimes awkward dance between Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton in the eight days since he invited her to Chicago for a meeting culminated in a telephone call on Thursday. Before the call, Mrs. Clinton was skeptical about the prospect of joining the cabinet, said her confidants, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the situation. But Mr. Obama addressed her concerns about access, personnel and other issues, leading her to conclude she should take the job, they said.


    “She’s ready,” one of Mrs. Clinton’s confidants said. The first meeting in Chicago “was so general” that she needed to have a better sense of how she would fit into Mr. Obama’s administration, and the call helped her “just getting comfortable” with the idea of working together, the confidant said.
    Mr. Obama’s advisers said that although no offer had been formally accepted, her nomination was “on track” and would probably be announced after the holiday. Mrs. Clinton’s Senate office broke a week of silence to acknowledge the talks but cautioned that they had not been made final.
    “We’re still in discussions, which are very much on track,” said her spokesman, Philippe Reines. “Any reports beyond that are premature.”


    Mr. Obama wants to announce the members of his national security team at once. Advisers said he was weighing whether to make retired Gen. James L. Jones, a former Marine commandant and NATO supreme commander, his national security adviser, installing a formidable counterweight to Mrs. Clinton. The president-elect was still trying to decide whether to keep Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on an interim basis or install another choice to run the Pentagon right away.


    The choice of Mrs. Clinton pleased many in the Democratic establishment who admire her strength and skills, and they praised Mr. Obama for putting the rancor of the campaign behind him. “Senator Clinton is a naturally gifted diplomat and would be an inspired choice if she is chosen by President-elect Obama as secretary of state,” said Warren Christopher, who held that job under her husband.


    But it could also disappoint many of Mr. Obama’s supporters, who worked hard to have him elected instead of Mrs. Clinton and saw him as a vehicle for changing Washington. Mr. Obama argued during the primaries that it was time to move beyond the Clinton era and in particular belittled her claims to foreign policy experience as a first lady who circled the globe.
    Advisers said Mr. Obama concluded after the election that the problems confronting the nation were so serious that he needed Mrs. Clinton’s stature and capabilities as part of his team, notwithstanding their past differences. The bitterness that inhabited the Obama team for much of the year has faded with time, advisers said.



    And many of the aides working on the transition with Mr. Obama are not campaign veterans with scars from the primaries, but rather former Clinton administration officials like Rahm Emanuel, the incoming White House chief of staff, and John D. Podesta, the transition co-chairman, who admire Mrs. Clinton.


    For Mrs. Clinton, becoming secretary of state would require her to sacrifice the independence that has come with a Senate seat and the 18 million votes she collected in the primary season. She has found it liberating the last eight years to speak for herself, not as someone’s spouse. But friends said she could still have her voice while subordinating her ambitions to Mr. Obama’s agenda.


    “Hillary Clinton will always be seen as her own person,” said Mickey Kantor, a longtime friend who served as commerce secretary in her husband’s administration. “But you know, Hillary Clinton’s a terrific lawyer. She knows how to represent a client, and she’s good at it. And I don’t have any doubt in my mind that she’ll be a team player.”


    Mrs. Clinton had to accept that she might never become president, a former aide said. “There’s a very small chance that she could run again,” he said. “You’re not going to be the president, so you want to make sure your next few years, which may be your last in public life, really make a mark.”
    Two advisers to Mrs. Clinton said she was concerned about establishing her role in the administration before agreeing to the job. She wanted assurances that she would have direct access to Mr. Obama and not need to go through a national security adviser, they said. And she wanted the authority to pick her own staff at the State Department.

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    With all the nasty things she said and insinuated about Obama during the primaries, I guess this shows Obama has some maturity about the whole thing.

    I would've said, take a hike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by celeb_2006 View Post
    With all the nasty things she said and insinuated about Obama during the primaries, I guess this shows Obama has some maturity about the whole thing.

    I would've said, take a hike!
    I don't recall her saying anything particularly "nasty", but I could have forgotten. Besides, I think Biden said some unflattering things about Obama during the primaries and he was selected as VP.

    Primaries are tough. Obama's team said some unflattering things about Hillary and Hillary and her team did likewise. That's usually what happens when you have two people in a close race.

    With that being said, she campaigned hard for Obama. I think she did a crazy amount of appearances on his behalf. I think Obama and Hillary got over it some time ago, but the media hasn't because it's more interesting to keep the story going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celeb_2006 View Post
    With all the nasty things she said and insinuated about Obama during the primaries, I guess this shows Obama has some maturity about the whole thing.

    I would've said, take a hike!
    Yeah, or it shows he wants to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. This is a perfect way for him to keep her and Bill under control and prevent her from running against him again. Not to mention, their campaign fights and attacks went both ways. In the end she tried to help him as much as she possibly could though.

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    He did joke during one of the debates that he wanted her advising him during his presidency.
    If I can't be a good example, then let me be a horrible warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycgirly View Post
    Yeah, or it shows he wants to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. This is a perfect way for him to keep her and Bill under control and prevent her from running against him again. Not to mention, their campaign fights and attacks went both ways. In the end she tried to help him as much as she possibly could though.
    Exactly. Obama has to be able to keep an eye on the Clintons and the best place to do it is to have Hillary in his cabinet. So, by extension, he can keep Bill on a short leash. Although I think he and Hillary can work well together.

    But I think it says a lot about Obama that he's willing to have three people in his administration that went against him for the presidency. Hillary, Joe Biden and Bill Richardson. Especially since Biden and Hillary told him to his face, on national television, that he wasn't ready to be president.

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    I've browsed around a few blogs and of course they [the right of course] are bitching about the cabinet choices. If he picks someone with experience, they say that Obama is going back on his word for bringing 'change'. If he picks a fresh new face they bash and say Washington will have a cabinet full of inexperience people in charge.

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