Yes, Hillary Clinton is Obama’s first choice for Secretary of State (UPDATE: HILLARY ACCEPTS?)

Posted by: ST on November 17, 2008 at 4:31 pm

… but in the continuing drama over this story, The Politico reports today that Team Obama have hit some snags on the vetting process of La Clinton’s hubster:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is President-elect Barack Obama’s first choice for secretary of State but his aides are becoming exasperated by the Clinton camp’s pokey response to demands for extensive information about former President Bill Clinton’s finances, according to numerous Democrats involved in the process.

“The sense among the no-drama Obama world is: This is well on its way to winning best Oscar for drama” said one well-connected Democratic official.

There are signs, however, that the Clintons may move decisively to satisfy the vetting requests in coming days, clearing the way for a “Team of Rivals” Cabinet that would bring the president-elect’s opponent for the Democratic nomination into his historic administration.

Democratic officials make it sound as if the job has been all but offered to Hillary Clinton. But the ball is in her court to show that the former president’s many foreign and financial entanglements would not pose huge conflicts of interest if she were the nation’s chief diplomat, the officials said.

Obama isn’t likely to formally offer the post to Clinton unless he’s given assurances that Bill Clinton’s global charitable foundation won’t create future conflicts of interest with foreign governments, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The Clinton Global Initiative has earned widespread plaudits for its efforts to eradicate AIDS, malaria and poverty in Africa.

But it could prove problematic for Obama if the former president continues to arrange donations from foreign countries at the same time that his wife, as secretary of state, is asking them for diplomatic concessions. The Clinton Global Initiative, which has raised more than $30 billion since 2005, has matched several foreign governments with projects, including a $1 billion pledge from Norway in 2007.

For the inside scoop on how last week’s Obama/Hillary meeting was arranged, read this post from Marc Ambinder.

Update – 7:57 PM: The Guardian is reporting that Hillary Clinton “plans to accept the job of secretary of state …” Stay tuned.

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  1. Former President Bubba’s dealings with Kazakhstan alone should cause all sorts of problems at the confirmation hearings.

  2. priscianus jr says:

    So then can somebody please explain to me why she was his first choice for secretary of state, and why he offered it to her?

  3. Melodye says:

    This is change, =))=)), Obama is populating his Administration with Clintonistas…some change, that bunch deserve one another but the populace will pay as always…

  4. ew says:

    Well maybe the illuminati do deserve each other but do we deserve that? i want to see obama stick to his word and actually bring this bipartisan flare that he has talked so much about. Let’s see it!

  5. So then can somebody please explain to me why she was his first choice for secretary of state, and why he offered it to her?

    1) It removes a potential 2012 rival from her independent power base.

    2) It lends (a bit) some heft to the foreign-policy credentials of the incoming administration. Note the number of Clintonistas he’s bringing in. Change?

    3) You can bet he’ll want to use Bill and his schmoozing skills, and having Hillary in the Cabinet makes that much easier.

    What I don’t get is why she would accept.

  6. You won’t hear Illinois or Arkansas complaining. In addition to former Clinton administration faithful are corrupt Chicago mobsters, e.g., Valerie Jarrett and Rahm Emanuel not to mention all sorts of compadres all the way up to the Governor’s office as well as UC and Hyde Park which is nearly the same thing only more corrupt.

    There’s corruption and bad politics everywhere and most of the time. Born during Ike’s 1st term and as yet have no reason to believe it will change anytime soon. But everyone needs to pitch in to have a chance. In addition to fine posts and comments we all need to direct some of this to those we elect. It is not all that is needed but certainly the minimum.

  7. Trish says:

    I’m in Illinois, and I’m complaining!

  8. Dana says:

    The Politico article said:

    Obama isn’t likely to formally offer the post to Clinton unless he’s given assurances that Bill Clinton’s global charitable foundation won’t create future conflicts of interest with foreign governments, according to a person familiar with the situation.

    =)) Yeah, as though any assurance from Bill Clinton is an iron-clad guarantee!

  9. Dana says:

    Anthony wrote:

    You can bet he’ll want to use Bill and his schmoozing skills, and having Hillary in the Cabinet makes that much easier.

    Oh, yeah, that’s a great idea! Mrs Clinton couldn’t keep her dear husband on message during the primary campaign; why would our next president think that using former President Clinton for anything would be anything other than having a loose cannon on board?

  10. movie fan says:

    if Hillary becomes the Sec. State, hopefully she will not be excessively distracted by outside drama or personal career plans, etc.