Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to be Next Secretary of State

Hilary ClintonOfficial announcement will be made the Monday after Thanksgiving

By Ane Howard

WASHINGTON(RushPRnews)11/22/08-After much speculation, rumors and close-door debates, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has accepted President-elect Obama’s offer to become the next United States Secretary of state. The New York Times, citing sources close to the Clintons, said that the New York Senator and former First-Lady reached the decision after further discussions about her role with President-elect Barack Obama, and with her husband, former President Bill Clinton. To accept this position, she will have to give up her senate seat and the vast independence and power that she garnered collecting 18 millions vote during her bid for the Democrat Party nomination. As the Secretary of State, her own agenda will have to be set aside and support Obama’s policy but will give her the opportunity to travel around the world, meet with world leaders and repair relationships damaged during 8 years of Bush’s policies.

The New York Times reported that 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.”  Also reported by the NYTimes, “Senior Obama advisers said Friday morning that the offer had not been formally accepted and no announcement will be made until after Thanksgiving.”

Interestingly, Bill Clinton her husband, was the first President to ever appoint a woman as an United States Secretary of State and made history when he selected Madeleine Albright.  Barack Obama is the first African-American President of the United States of America.

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