Hillary Rodham Clinton: December 2008 Archives

WASHINGTON--As part of the deal appointing Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State, Bill Clinton promised to release the names of donors to the Clinton Foundation. Near the top of the 2,922-page contributor's list is Chicagoan publishing mogul and Democratic activist Fred Eychaner, who gave somewhere between $10 million and $25 million. I know that's a big swing; the range, not the specific amount is what is disclosed.

Amy Poehler in NBC's "Saturday Night Live" skit about Hillary Rodham Clinton as Barack Obama's Secretary of State

WASHINGTON--President-elect Barack Obama will name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson Commerce Secretary at a press conference in Chicago on Wednesday, a source has confirmed to the Sun-Times.

Former President Bill Clinton appointed Richardson, a former congressman, United Nations Ambassador and Energy Secretary. Richardson ran for president and dropped out of the 2008 contest after a poor performance in the Democratic primaries. He eventually endorsed Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton--to the disappointment of the Clinton team, who thought, collectively, that Richardson owed the Clintons enough that he should have stayed neutral. Now Clinton, Obama's Secretary of State nominee and Richardson will serve in the same Obama cabinet.


WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama wanted to brush it off, the question about how he came to eat all the harsh words he said against Hillary Rodham Clinton during the heated Democratic primary.

It was not too long ago that Obama was highly critical of Clinton, so naturally he was queried about this turnaround at his press conference in Chicago where he announced Cabinet picks.

Peter Baker of the New York Times was polite when he asked about Obama's reversal on Clinton.

"You belittled her travels around the world, equating it to having teas with foreign leaders, and your new White House counsel [Greg Craig] said her resume was grossly exaggerated when it came to foreign policy. I'm wondering if you could talk about the evolution of your views of her credentials since the spring."

Obama in reply, belittled a serious question.

Secretary of State designate Hillary Rodham Clinton, tapped Monday by President-elect Barack Obama, had two Maine South High School pals at the press conference at the Hilton Hotel and Towers on South Michigan Avenue: Kevin O'Keefe and Betsy Ebeling.

In a few minutes in Chicago, President-elect Barack Obama will make it official and name his national security team, with the highlight former rival Hillary Rodham Clinton adding Madam Secretary to her titles when she takes over the State Department.

The appointments:
Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain as Secretary of Defense.
Eric Holder as Attorney General.
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations.
General Jim Jones, USMC (Ret) as National Security Adviser.

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama dramatically starts to define his presidency with the selection today of his former rival Sen. Hillary Clinton to be his secretary of state.

As Chicagoans may know of the great architect who influenced the planning of their city, it was Daniel Burnham who said, "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood." For Obama to be the fifth face on Mt. Rushmore or to have a monument built on the National Mall dedicated to him, his presidency has to be more than just the historic election of the first African American to the White House. Moreover, the times we are living in -- the collapse of the economy, two wars, the ongoing terrorist threats underscored by the attacks in India -- demand an ambitious Obama agenda.


Obama will unveil Clinton and the rest of his national security team at a press conference in Chicago this morning, with the Clinton appointment -- no surprise -- getting much of the attention. Let's be clear, Obama is not picking Clinton to sideline a onetime rival; that's just ridiculous. With his sweeping victory, Obama is too confident for that.

What Obama -- always with an eye toward "the story" and the narrative -- is doing when he picks Clinton is continuing the "only in America" storyline that hopefully will improve the U.S. international image: The superstar pick brings into his administration his superstar rival. Where else in the world does that happen? Nowhere.

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Lynn Sweet

Lynn Sweet is a columnist and the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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