President-Elect Obama Plans to Nominate Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State Post

barack-obama-hillary-clinton.jpgPresident-elect Barack Obama plans to nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state after Thanksgiving, a new milestone for the former first lady and a convergence of two political forces who fought hard for the presidency.

One week after the former primary rivals met secretly to discuss the
idea of Clinton becoming the nation’s top diplomat, an Obama adviser
said Thursday that the two sides were moving quickly toward making it a
reality, barring any unforeseen problems.

The senior
adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity because the president-elect
is not prepared to officially announce the nomination, said Obama
believes Clinton would bring instant stature and credibility to U.S.
diplomatic relations.

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Obama is convinced the advantages of Clinton serving far outweighed potential downsides, the adviser said.

Transition
aides said the two camps have worked out financial disclosure issues
involving Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and the
complicated international funding of his foundation that operates in
more than 40 countries. The aides said Obama and Hillary Clinton have
had substantive conversations about the secretary of state job.

Clinton
has been mulling the post for several days, but the comments from the
transition aides suggested that Obama’s team does not feel she is
inclined to turn it down. Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines would not
comment, except to say that anything about Cabinet appointments is for
Obama’s transition team to address.

Clinton would have to surrender her New York Senate seat, which she has held for eight years, to take the job.

The
nomination would be a remarkable union between the former first lady
who was an early favorite to win the presidency and the first-term
senator who upset her in the primary and cruised to a general election
victory. Such a high-profile seat in the Cabinet for Clinton also would
be another achievement for the most accomplished former first lady in
U.S. history, who has been the first presidential spouse to serve in
the Senate and run for the White House herself.

Obama
was picking other Cabinet posts as well. Obama has informally selected
Washington lawyer Eric Holder as attorney general and former Senate
Majority Leader Tom Daschle as health secretary and is likely to choose
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to be secretary of homeland security,
Democrats said.

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Any of the plans could be sidetracked by unexpected glitches in the final vetting process, officials note.

Source: Newsweek

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