It’s official: Hillary is Madame Secretary

Photo courtesy of CNN

Barack Obama announced his national security team today and the head diplomat position is officially going to his former rival from the primaries.  Hillary Clinton is his pick for Secretary of State.

According to an article from CNN this morning, Obama praised Hillary at a Chicago news conference, saying, “I have no doubt that Hillary Clinton is the right person to lead our State Department and to work with me in tackling this ambitious foreign policy agenda.”

An article in the USA Today Monday, Obama’s pick is unique–it’s the first time a president chose a former political rival since 1881.  Plus, the article points out, Clinton’s background in women’s rights is a departure from the careers in academia or the military that past picks boasted.

According to a blog from the Chicago Sun Times, New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Clinton friend, called the choices “brilliant, bold and brave,” and I couldn’t agree more.  Now it’s time for Madame Secretary to focus on the many difficult issues that our facing our world, including the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

And, like Obama, I have complete confidence in her.

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