Friday, November 14, 2008

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State?

CNN reports that President-elect Barack Obama's transition team is considering, quite seriously, giving Sen. Hillary Clinton the post of Secretary of State (the American equivalent to External/Foreign Affairs Minister) in his new administration.

The move would find a lot of favour with the Democratic Party, which was deeply divided during the Primaries when Clinton and Obama faced off to become the party's Presidential nominees. 

Hillary Clinton, along with husband former President Bill Clinton, is widely respected in Asia and Latin America. She also finds a lot of supporters among Latinos and other ethnic groups in America and the world. Her appointment would send a signal to the world that America has chosen someone who knows Foreign affairs in and out.

Moreover, her appointment would allow a woman to continue to hold the office of the Secretary of State, after Condoleezza Rice, setting a precedent of sorts. Already, she is recognised as a tough fighter, a woman who doesn't need a shoulder to fall back on. Such a leader is just what America needs to heal its terribly tarnished image abroad.

Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest, a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours, Hillary Rodham Clinton. - Barack Obama while accepting the Democratic Party nomination

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