Bill Clinton hails Obama’s selection of secretary of state
U.S. Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton won the swift and hearty support of one former globe-trotting U.S. president: her husband, Bill Clinton.
Just minutes after President-elect Barack Obama nominated Hillary Clinton as his top diplomat on Monday, Bill Clinton issued a statement of praise.
“As an American, I am thankful,” Bill Clinton said. “As her husband, I am deeply proud.”
Bill and Hillary Clinton had crossed swords with Obama in her failed bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
But the Clintons set aside any hard feelings to campaign for Obama against Republican rival John McCain in the general election.
Obama rewarded their efforts by picking the former first lady turned U.S. senator from New York for his cabinet. Bill Clinton said that he made a perfect pick.
“She is the right person for the job of helping to restore America’s image abroad, end the war in Iraq, advance peace and increase our security, by building a future for our children with more partners and fewer adversaries,” Bill Clinton said.
“I commend President-Elect Obama for asking her to be a part of a great national security team. America will be well-served,” Clinton said.