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Will Bill Clinton Help Hillary Clinton Become Secretary Of State……Or Not?

November 17, 2008

This is not the first time that the business side of former President Bill Clinton has been a factor that headlines are made of.  The question is will they torpedo Hillary Clinton’s chances of becoming Secretary of State.  This blogger very much wants to see Hillary have that position within the Obama administration.

Team Obama, after all but offering SecState to Senator Clinton, is expressing EXASPERATION with the Clinton camp for the difficulty in getting a clean vet on President Bill Clinton’s many entanglements. “The ball is very much in her court, but the president’s finances have been a major point of sensitivity from day one,” a Democratic official said. (“Day One!”) “Given that everyone’s mystified by how deliberately public the Clintons have made this once secret process, the assumption is either that the Clintons are trying to use the public buzz to steamroll their way in, create a sense of inevitability that overcomes those concerns, or that it’s just a matter of time before they … satisfy vetting somehow, some way. Otherwise, after all this speculation, there’ll be a permanent dark cloud hanging over her finances. … But generally the sense among the no-drama Obama world is: This is well on its way to winning best Oscar for drama.”

RELAX: President Clinton was in Rotterdam and Kuwait over the past four days and got back this morning. It seems reasonable for a couple to want to talk about a life decision over the kitchen table rather than over a crackly cell connection 10 time zones away.

In Kuwait, the former president sure sounded like a man who wanted this for his wife, so he will presumably do now what he would have had to do if she’d won. AFP quoted WJC as saying at an economic conference sponsored by the National Bank of Kuwait: “If he decided to ask her and they did it together, I think she’ll be really great as a secretary of state. … She worked very hard for his election after the primary fight with him, and so did I, and we were very glad that he won and we have a lot of confidence that he can do a good job. But she didn’t do what she did with the hope or expectation of getting any kind of job offer, much less having this discussed.”

***“Obama’s vetting team expressed similar worries about Bill Clinton’s overseas fundraising when Hillary Clinton was briefly considered for the vice-presidency, former Clinton aides say.”

A neutral Democrat tells Playbook: “I doubt that they are looking for an excuse to pick someone else but rather are genuinely concerned that Bill Clinton’s work, while worthy, would be greatly complicating if she were SecState.”

“A TEAM OF LAWYERS” — N.Y. Times’ Peter Baker and Helene Cooper, A1: “A team of lawyers trying to facilitate the potential nomination spent the weekend looking into Mr. Clinton’s philanthropic organization, interactions with foreign governments and ties to pharmaceutical companies, a Democrat close to both camps said. … More than a dozen advisers to both sides said Sunday that although they did not have firm information, they considered it improbable that Mr. Obama would have opened the door to Mrs. Clinton’s appointment without having decided, at least in principle, that he would like to make it happen. Rejecting her after letting the possibility become so public would risk a new rupture in a party that spent much of the year divided between Mr. Obama and the Clintons.”

5 Comments
  1. November 20, 2008 12:57 PM

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

  2. ferrellgummitt permalink
    November 18, 2008 2:22 PM

    Hillary should have kicked Bill to the curb after Monica Lewinsky.

  3. busby permalink
    November 17, 2008 11:29 PM

    I hope Bill will help her wife….Hail to the Clinton’s!!!

  4. shane permalink
    November 17, 2008 3:27 PM

    hey, what about bills business things, some not even legal and will the fbi look at this when she goes to the senate, what the hell is going on, this is crazy!

  5. Ron Towns permalink
    November 17, 2008 2:14 PM

    Isn’t it interesting how Hillary’s dream of becoming president has opened up new opportunities to her? Although she didn’t become the first female president-yet- she has the opportunity to serve in the whitehouse still! It’s amazing what the universe sends your way when you are open to the amazing opportunities!

    The power of the law of attraction is at work here! I’ve been using visualization every single day to calm my nerves and create focus around my goals and desired outcomes in life.

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