Tag Archive: Secretary of State

  1. Is Clinton LAW ’73 considering a presidential run?

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    She may have just left her job in Foggy Bottom, but former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton LAW ’73 seems set on staying in touch with the American public.

    The one-time first lady has launched a new website that simply features a photo of her with a button labeled “contact.” Hitting “contact” produces a pop-up window, in which, in the spirit of full disclosure, I ventured to enter the required personal information — first and last name, email, phone number — and indicated my purpose — “other,” as opposed to “scheduling request” or “media inquiry.” And in the questions/comments box, I took a more informal approach: “Hey, unlike everyone else, I’ve ascertained you don’t really want to run in 2016, so maybe we can be friends?”

    Personal opinions abounded in reaction to the website: Pundits took to Twitter and other social media outlets to speculate simultaneously about the website’s purpose and Hillary’s future. Still, mainstream opinion regarding her performance as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat has been overwhelmingly positive. Her political prospects have only brightened, and she now arguably outshines her husband, former President Bill Clinton LAW ‘73, on both the world and American political stage.

    But for now, the future of today’s “most powerful woman in American history” — as she was dubbed in a recent Newsweek cover story — seems apolitical. Clinton has described her current priorities only in relation to women’s rights, telling The Daily Beast in 2011 that female issues, and not the political stage, are “the unfinished business of the 21st century.”

    Guess we’ll just wait to see where America’s “Iron Lady” goes next. I’m still waiting for her to get back to me myself.

  2. Kerry ’66 confirmed as secretary of state

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    Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry ’66 was easily confirmed by the Senate as the next secretary of state this afternoon.

    Following a four-hour confirmation hearing held last week, Kerry was confirmed with a vote of 94-3, with only three Republicans voting against his confirmation, and will replace Hillary Clinton LAW ’73. Kerry, who has served as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since 2009, is the first person to be confirmed to President Barack Obama’s new national security team.

    “John has earned the respect of leaders around the world and the confidence of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, and I am confident he will make an extraordinary secretary of state,” President Barack Obama said in a statement this afternoon.

    At Yale, Kerry majored in political science and served as president of the Yale Political Union his junior year. In his senior year, he became a member of the Skull and Bones society.

    Kerry has served in the Senate since 1985.