Obama and Hillary Reunited Again
Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration.
He has modeled this after former presidents, and is willing to have people who disagree with him in his Cabinet.
He has cited Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals” as a key text for him. He says the biography of Abraham Lincoln showed how he brought in former enemies and "was confident enough to be willing to have these dissenting voices".
This information was originally leaked.
"This was a very deliberate leak, perhaps to test the waters and see what the reaction is.
Obama has said to be "No Drama Obama", and drama seems to follow the Clintons where ever they go. There are many issues involved in this possible arrangement. First , Obama has to bury the hatchet. Both candidates insulted the other's foreign policy experience during their campaigns. Obama said that Clinton had made poor decisions, specifically voting for the Iraq War. Clinton pointed out Obama's little experience in foreign policy.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., said today that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, her chief rival for the Democratic nomination, made comments that were "irresponsible and frankly naive" when he said in Monday night's debate that he would meet with leaders of rogue nations during his first year in office.
Another obstacle for Obama to overcome in his selection of Hillary Clinton is Bill Clinton. There has been tension between Bill and Obama since the campaign had started. This became more evident when Bill Clinton supposedly accused Obama of playing the race card. There is also the issue of Bill's secret business deals and funding for his library that he has not released. Obama has been pushing for the release of this information.
Obama's advisers have begun looking into Bill Clinton's foundation, which distributes millions of dollars to Africa to help with development, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest.
Obama's advisers "have begun reviewing former President Bill Clinton's finances and activities to see whether they would preclude the appointment" Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state
Also, it has been said the Michelle Obama does not like Hillary.
Michelle Obama, who was reported to be strongly opposed to Mrs Clinton being her husband's vice-presidential running-mate
Many people have speculated as to why Hillary might agree to such a position. Some believe it is because she wants to be in the White House and part of a historic Executive coalition, this appears to be quite obvious. But others are speculating at a more sinister and self motivated reason. She wants to become president and this position may advance her career.
Clinton, who still harbours hopes of a future presidential run, had to weigh up whether she would be better placed by staying in the Senate, which offers a platform for life, or making the more uncertain career move to the secretary of state job.
Hopefully Obama will be able to bring in the most qualified experts from all parties to his Cabinet. This will ideally lead to a period of moderate policies selected for the betterment of our Nation.