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Bill Clinton Offers Concessions to Obama Team


Former president Bill Clinton speaks in Beijing, China, to honor Chinese physicians serving the HIV/AIDS population in 2005. (Ng Han Guan / Associated Press)

Updated 2:59 p.m.
By Philip Rucker and Anne E. Kornblut
Former president Bill Clinton has agreed to several concessions requested by President-elect Barack Obama's transition lawyers that could pave the way for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to become the next secretary of state, including making public all donors to his foundation and clearing all of his future speeches and charitable activities with Obama administration officials, according to a Democratic source with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

But there continued to be some dispute about whether the job had been formally offered to Hillary Clinton. Although Obama did not formally offer her the position, aides to the president-elect said Wednesday, they said that it would be difficult for Clinton to now walk away from the secretary of state post. The aides said Obama's staff has gone down the path of thoroughly vetting her and her husband with the understanding that, if he should make an official job offer, she would accept it. Another candidate for the post, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, emerged from his meeting with Obama last Friday under the impression that the job had not been filled, people familiar with that meeting said.

Clinton is mulling whether to take the post with her husband and close advisers, the source said, noting that becoming the nation's top diplomat would be a major and career-changing decision for the former first lady. Of particular concern is how much influence Clinton would have in Obama's White House, where she would compete for attention with other top foreign policy and national security advisers, said a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to speak candidly about the negotiations.

The source said the Clintons are "going to extraordinary lengths to do whatever it takes," and that Obama's team is now satisfied with the concessions agreed to by the former president, whose global business and philanthropic activities have been a source of concern during the vetting process.

Bill Clinton has agreed to make public all previous and future donors to the William J. Clinton Foundation, including those who gave gifts anonymously, the source said. The foundation staff will begin contacting donors, who gave to the foundation on the condition that their identities remain anonymous, to tell them their names will now have to be released to the Obama team, the source said.

The former president also has agreed in principle to clear every future speech and activity with the Obama administration, but lawyers for Obama and Clinton have yet to "work out the details. That is, if he gives a speech in France, will it go through the State Department or the White House," the source said. But, the source added, the former president has "agreed to it."

Clinton also agreed to make his Clinton Global Initiative -- an annual gathering of corporate chiefs, heads of state, philanthropists and celebrities from around the world -- an organization independent from the Clinton Foundation, and the former president would not participate in future gatherings, the source said.

"There's just a concern about foreign governments being involved or it being too closely aligned with him," the source said.

The agreement comes after nearly a week of speculation that has consumed Washington. Hillary Clinton flew to Chicago on Thursday to meet with Obama, prompting a flurry of news reports. Bill Clinton, who had been traveling overseas, did not see his wife until Monday morning, and the couple is said to be debating whether to accept Obama's offer, the source said.

"She's very much so undecided. It's a life-changing decision, a different environment, a different everything," said the source, who added that a decision could be announced within days.

Other contenders said to be on Obama's short list for the position include Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richardson.

Several lawyers were involved in the negotiations, the source said. Representing Clinton were Cheryl Mills, a former Clinton administration official and top adviser to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign; Doug Band, counselor to Bill Clinton; and Bruce Lindsey, chief executive of the Clinton Foundation. Representing Obama were John Podesta, co-chairman of Obama's transition team; Todd Stern, a former Clinton official and deputy to Podesta; and Thomas J. Perrelli, a Washington lawyer and former deputy assistant attorney general in the Clinton Administration who served on the Harvard Law Review when Obama was editor.

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This is turning into a nightmare. If we wanted Hillary calling the shots we would've voted for her. I can't stand the sight of the Clintons let alone listening to them lie for the next four years. I really thought Obama would've brought in some new blood instead of messing around with the same old Washington criminals. He's not even sworn in yet and he's turning on us. This is not the change he promised.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | November 20, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Eli,

I think they're playing this card because they know he's more popular than they are and they're worried about holding on to their "popular" movement.

They're trying to diminish his stature by smearing him. I think that Mr. Obama can deal with that.

By gathering powerful figures in support of his administration, Mr. Obama makes himself a much stronger figure than any one of his political adversaries or any one of our enemies.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 20, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Eli -

Respectfully - how do you figure that?

Barack Obama was elected master of the house.

Just 'cause some ignorant terrorist wants to make suggestions, doesn't mean a thing.

I don't think "House Negro" is a cabinet position.

al-Zawahiri can be wrong until the day he dies.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 19, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse
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I agree it's a stretch. It's just odd that people hiding in caves in Pakistan have such an intricate knowledge of our history and culture.

Posted by: EliPeyton | November 19, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Eli -

Respectfully - how do you figure that?

Barack Obama was elected master of the house.

Just 'cause some ignorant terrorist wants to make suggestions, doesn't mean a thing.

I don't think "House Negro" is a cabinet position.

al-Zawahiri can be wrong until the day he dies.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 19, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

By David Usborne in New York
Thursday, 20 November 2008

In the first comments fromal-Qa'ida since the American elections, the second-in-command of the terror group has branded President-elect Barack Obama as a "house negro", an insult designed to imply he is a black man merely doing the bidding of white masters.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qa'ida's deputy leader, also mocked Mr Obama as being the "direct opposite of honourable black Americans" such as Malcolm X, the Muslim African-American rights leader of the 1960s.

The Independent

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Would it not appear that Bubba is calling all of the shots?

Posted by: EliPeyton | November 19, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Hassan,

Clearly we'll have to see who get's to cash in their chips, won't we?

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 19, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Middle East oil-country figures I've consulted are relatively enthusiastic about Sen Clinton replacing Sec Rice. Basically, they feel they've "earned" a voice given their generous and continuing (I believe) payments to Mr Clinton. They're not so happy about their names and countries being disclosed.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | November 19, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

As my cowboy friends would say,

"Boy, lemme tell you what".

There's a new boss in the party. We Obama fans might not want to think about it this way but Barack Obama is the new political boss in the Democratic party and he is calling the shots. As pretty as it ain't, that means the man on top provides political cover for everyone below his grade. And that means they all owe their jobs to the man on top.

He'll take their word up front. But he's got a tough contract. If they screw this up - they're gone.

How much do you think that means to Bill and Hill?

You'd better believe they know who the boss is. And if the primaries and the election didn't make it clear enough, job one of this transition staff is to make sure they know it going in.

You can be appointed means you can be replaced.

Don't worry about who served who. They all work for the Man now.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 19, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: officermancuso | November 19, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

There are genuine questions out there about the way Richardson comports himself in the presence of women. In 1954 this wouldn't have been an issue - "can't they take a joke?"

Perhaps Richardson's gotten the message - if you were Obama, how much would you be willing to bet on that?

Eyes wide open to every imagined Clinton fault, eyes wide shut to any other fault on the part of anyone else, the netroots just plug ahead.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 19, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

They wouldn't need to go through all this hubub with the Clintons if Obama and his advisors would just select someone else. Richardson is a good man for the job, and there are plenty of other qualified officials who can take on this position. Hope he's not doing this JUST to look like Lincoln.

Posted by: ngh13 | November 19, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

They wouldn't need to go through all this hubub with the Clintons if Obama and his advisors would just select someone else. Richardson is a good man for the job, and there are plenty of other qualified officials who can take on this position. Hope he's not doing this JUST to look like Lincoln.

Posted by: ngh13 | November 19, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Geez, I wish the Clinton's would just go away! It seems that the entire Obama administration is Clinton Administration Redux! How offensive, particularly for us who voted that man in for change. It just goes to show you that the more things change the more they stay the same! Call me TOTALLY DISGUSTED In PA.

Posted by: mtnmanetje | November 19, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

WOW, what a Nazi. I still don't understand what Bill Clinton's life and work has to do with Hillary getting the job. This is ridiculous. Would Obama do this to Richardson's wife? I don't think so. This campaign has just showed me how sexist this country still is. As if Hillary can't function or make decisions without approving them with her husband or something.

This is unconstitutional, you can't make BILL do something or else Hillary won't get the job. This is OUTRAGEOUS.

and P.S. Richardson should be Secretary of State anyways.

Posted by: mmendieta | November 19, 2008 3:17 PM
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Richardson's wife isn't a former president of the United States. Bill's foreign dealings may give governments the notion that they can influence U.S. foreign policy by making side deals with him, or by persuading Hillary through him.

There's nothing sexist about it.

Posted by: smc91 | November 19, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I am confused. Wouldn't President Clinton have had to clean up his affairs anyway if Hillary had won? I am not sure why everyone is acting like this is something impossible.

Posted by: indep75 | November 19, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

the thing is... Rodham Clinton is dead meat in a white whine cream sauce. When she went with her divisive primary strategy of "hard working white people" and turned the African American church into a terrorist force she lost the black vote. So.... she WILL not be re-elected to her seat in New York. She would be beaten soundly by a black candidate in the primary.

So... plan b.... SoS, high profile, and a win win. Sit on the Palestinians for another 8 years... the settlements go on and on. Can be as celebrated as Albright or Rice, traveling the world like Princess Diana. She has already said she would obliterate Iran, so... not much more to do but .... fill your needy needs.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 19, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"Why did you do that?? Afraid Obama will take guns away??"


No, thornegp, I'm not, because:
a) he won't take guns away, and
b) I live in Canada.

It would have been pretty tough to boycott US products if I lived in the States.

Posted by: Bud0 | November 19, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Why all the scrutiny about Bill Clinton's records while Bush/Cheney are raping the country? AIG is spending money on fantasy vacations for their employees, all the while begging for money. The big three auto makers are flying to Washington with their hands out in their private luxury jets. Has the world gone insane? Are there no morals left in any of us? Bill Clinton left our country with a surplus when he left office. Bush is leaving us and our children and their children for who knows how many generations deeply in debt. Think where we would be now if Bill Clinton would not have left that surplus.

Posted by: racam | November 19, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Hillary will do a very good job as SOS.
And no, she wont go rogue if she takes the job. She still wants to be POTUS someday, and the last thing she wants is to cause trouble in an Obama administration that could sabotage those future aspirations.

Posted by: chancho24 | November 19, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

JQ's ICKI-PEDIA:
Hill and Bill are polarizing American political figures who are hated beyond reason by the right and supported beyond merit by the left.

Either / Both mentioned in the context of ANY political role in America are guaranteed to bring heat to an otherwise cold day in the blog-o-sphere.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 19, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

ejs2 wrote, "Who cares about this? What do they think they're going to find? This is just another example of the never-ending, ongoing vendetta which the mainstream media have against the Clintons. (See, Maureen Dowd's ridiculous column today.)"

Two things I know: 1) If it rains, the sidewalk will get wet, and 2) If Maureen Dowd wrote it, it's ridiculous.

I have never seen Dowd exercise reason, with her it's always simply one expression of emotion followed by another. She's the pointillist of columnists, and each little dab of paint is a feeling.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 19, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Funny how it was fine for Clinton to continue to peddle his smarmy sleaze on behalf of the US while Bush was in office but somehow it's too offensive for Obama. For something to offend a liberal; Clinton must be into some raunchy crap. What else is new?

Posted by: Bcamp55 | November 19, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Why are the lawyers representing Obama entirely made up of Clinton Administration retreads, including Bill Clinton's former chief of staff?

Posted by: smc91 | November 19, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about this? What do they think they're going to find? This is just another example of the never-ending, ongoing vendetta which the mainstream media have against the Clintons. (See, Maureen Dowd's ridiculous column today.)

Posted by: ejs2 | November 19, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The age old saying - "we have sacrificed so much so that we could serve our country" Well the Clintons sacrificed, neither really ever having a "real job" for most all of their careers. But in their they sacrificed all the way to the bank. To the tune of $150 million plus. Their estimated net worth. Now I could understand maybe $5 million or even $10 million. BUT $!150 MILLION!!! Guess they're sacrifice for their country was pretty darn lucrative. Much of this money came from "speaking fees" by form Pres. Clinton. Sometimes as much as $250,000 per event. Much of those fees were paid by foriegn countries and foreign dignitaries.

Now - you Mr choson one - Obama you are going to put the Clintons in charge of our foreign policy?????

You Must Be Joking!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jaymand | November 19, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

It really is a horrendous pick! I'll trust that Obama has a plan in place for keeping Hillary in check but why would you select someone for sec. of state that could go rogue at any time? Honestly, i would have preferred Hillary as DOJ AG to this, at least she'd be contained to domestic tasks. Obama does not need an independent-minded foreign rep he needs a loyal expert in foreign policy and negotiations. Appoint BILL RICHARDSON he will do whatever the Obama policy requires without asserting his personla agenda. Hillary is delusional enough to try to use sec. of state as a resuscitation of her campaign for President. Save yourself Mr. President!

Posted by: egenius | November 19, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

This is an extraordinary amount of detail about the possible offer of a cabinet post that hasn't formally been tendered. If this post isn't offered to Hillary this will turn out to have been a real fiasco, methinks.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 19, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

You people never cease to amaze me. If ever there was a person who was damned if he does and damned if he doesn't, it's Barack Obama. First, you say he's not experienced...my God, we heard that phrase for months on end. So, he considers people who are experienced in their field, and that's not good enough. You want the "change" you were promised. Well...maybe he could appoint Malia or Sasha...that would be change. They're young, unproven and female!

I don't recall Barack Obama saying that he wants to appoint all new people, people you've never heard of, people that would constitute "change".

I propose that we give him a chance. He's not even the president yet and you want everything to be perfect. It is going to take a long time. Get used to it! It took GWB 8 years to create this mess...it won't be a quick fix!

Posted by: ARIZONA2 | November 19, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: yumitaipan | November 19, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

There's an excellent analysis of all the reasons why Hillary Clinton would be a bad choice for Secretary of State posted today on the site DraftFareed.org.

Other than reeking of political payback, where exactly is the rationale for appointing Hillary to this post? Her experience is domestic, her power base is domestic and she wields the most influence over domestic issues. How exactly does that translate into being the primary face of US Foreign Policy?

Posted by: yumitaipan | November 19, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I never have trusted a single one of Hillary's statements - Let alone the statements of her "supporters"..

So, you know, we think printing statements from unnamed Hillary sources is frankly splattering sewage over WAPO.

We in the electorate have spoken - and we rejected all of those people from the 70's. Please stop letting them remain unnamed if you're going to quote them. Their opinions and ideas are gossip-formed and nothing more. They are unreliable sources, not just anonymous.

Better still... Delete their names from your 1970's era "rolodex" altogether.

Whew! I feel better now.

Posted by: onestring | November 19, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness he's only opening his records. At first, I thought I heard his fly unzip!!!!!

Posted by: WildBill1 | November 19, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Whatever concessions Bill makes are meaningless. I doubt if he can keep his promises or control his behavior. Hillary, it is quite clear, can not control him. Hillary should have jettisoned Bill following the Monica affair which cost Gore the 2000 election.

It is time for Clinton to supporters to stop the psuedo leak campaign and realize that their candidate lost the primary. Just think that 18 million voters is not more than 5% of the total US population. Obama has the respect, demonstrated by recent polls of somewhere around 67% of the population.

NO MORE CLINTON


Posted by: pbarnett52 | November 19, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse


Oh God, please. So many are so sick of the Clintons.

Slick Willie baring all? Honestly putting out the goods.
Those two are dirtier than dirt, honesty is impossible for either of them, it's not in their range.

When will we ever, ever get rid of them?
This country is crumbling and those two and their "New York" backers will have been the cause.

Notice that Israel is mouthing off again about striking Iran...ALWAYS when Americans are in dire trouble. Always. Our great friends.

Posted by: whistling | November 19, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm loving this ! I was a Hillary supporter in the primaries, and voted for McCain. The Obama White House is looking more and more Like the Clinton White House of the 90s. His transition team has direct ties to the Clinton years as noted for the pick of Attorney General. I myself don't mind the Clinton insiders of the past being on board, but the Obama zealots who voted for change and the sainted Obama must feel like they're in the twilight zone! As the saying goes, the more things CHANGE, the more things stay the same!

Posted by: jeiken | November 19, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"WOW, what a Nazi. I still don't understand what Bill Clinton's life and work has to do with Hillary getting the job. This is ridiculous. Would Obama do this to Richardson's wife? I don't think so. This campaign has just showed me how sexist this country still is. As if Hillary can't function or make decisions without approving them with her husband or something.

This is unconstitutional, you can't make BILL do something or else Hillary won't get the job. This is OUTRAGEOUS."
Posted by: mmendieta | November 19, 2008 3:17 PM |
First off, Ms. Richardson is not a former President with International influence. She has no more,or less, ability to influence her husband than any spouse, and probably has made no previous under-the-table agreement with any foreign leader.
Secondly, Hillary owes everything to Bill, he got her where she is and she wants to remain a player - at any cost! Why do you think she stays with him???
He controls her - Obama can't.

Posted by: thornegp | November 19, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

He didn't get the nickname SLICK WILLIE for nothing. A DRAFT DOGGER with China CONNECTIONS. He pardoned who for how much money. She went where and while getting off the plane she had to doge "Did you say Bullets"? I think she misspoke (lied) "I'm no Tammy who Standing by My Man" Clearly that's what she did. They are TWO PEAS in a POD. Didn't a Big fund raiser at the beginging of her run for Pes. have China connections and wasn't he convicted of what crime.

Posted by: doughboy96 | November 19, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"After 5 1/2 years of total boycott, I bought more than $2000 worth of US products in the fortnight after McCain's defeat, including a Remington rifle and a Leupold scope."

Posted by: Bud0 | November 19, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Why did you do that?? Afraid Obama will take guns away??

Posted by: thornegp | November 19, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

There they stood eyeball to eyeball, Bill blinkde, Hillary never did.

Posted by: laurelphoto | November 19, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama has himself in a real pickle. If he selects Richardson he is picking a person that was for the Iraq War (before he against it) If he doesn't pick Hillary (who was for the Iraq War), he will have rejected her twice!!!
He's damned if he picks her or not - we're damned if he does.
And this is the Great One??

Posted by: thornegp | November 19, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

THE DICK MORRIS THEORY STARTS TO MAKE SENSE.

Could Dick Morris be right? That the Clinton camp is leaking word of these "concessions" when in fact there would still remain serious conflict of interest problems -- like the Obama White House having to rule on whether each of Bill's speaking engagements passes muster?

It's starting to look like Obama signaled his openness to Hillary as SoS as a courtesy... that he calculated that the "Bill problem" would lead Hillary to recuse herself.

Now the Clinton camp seems to be calling a possible Obama "bluff" -- at least, as Dick Morris sees it. He does know these people well.

Prediction: Obama will not proffer a formal offer, and Hillary will have to come up with some pretext as to why she has decided to stay in the Senate.

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER?

Not as long as government-supported "extrajudicial targeting" vigilante squads are "community stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 19, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. Low-level Obama functionaries are going to tell ex-President and megalomaniac-in-chief Bill Clinton that he can't go jetting around the world collecting cargo-loads of money from nefarious business associates. I don't see what could possibly go wrong with that plan.

The Constant Weader at www.RealityChex.com

Posted by: marieburns | November 19, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

So Hillary is going to be Sec of State.

An Iraq war supporter.

Time to re-instate my boycott of American goods that ran from 20 March 2003 (the day US troops crossed Iraq's border) to 4 Nov 2008.

After 5 1/2 years of total boycott, I bought more than $2000 worth of US products in the fortnight after McCain's defeat, including a Remington rifle and a Leupold scope.

Clearly I was too hasty in making nice with America. I already regret contributing to the economy of a country that has evidently learned nothing.

Posted by: Bud0 | November 19, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised when they asked Bill to open his records his kept his pants on. Look we all know this but I'll mention it because it's so hard to swallow and think that a former president of the US made a deal to link up a gold mining CEO with a dictator from a former Soviet republic and pocketed 25m for his trouble under the guise of introducing the notion that people are starving. I guess it's easier to eat when you're a glutton.

This bum accomplished nothing but making himself fatter, older, dumber and richer at the expense of this country. He has nothing to offer but his second set of books and Obama knows that. Politics as usual when it comes to the Clintons.

Posted by: KraftPaper | November 19, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

WOW, what a Nazi. I still don't understand what Bill Clinton's life and work has to do with Hillary getting the job. This is ridiculous. Would Obama do this to Richardson's wife? I don't think so. This campaign has just showed me how sexist this country still is. As if Hillary can't function or make decisions without approving them with her husband or something.

This is unconstitutional, you can't make BILL do something or else Hillary won't get the job. This is OUTRAGEOUS.

and P.S. Richardson should be Secretary of State anyways.

Posted by: mmendieta | November 19, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Before Hillary Clinton can become Secretary of State:

1) Bill Clinton must provide a complete listing of all donors to his foundation and presidential library.

2) Both Bill and Hillary Clinton need to clearly indicate that any and all private financial dealings and other interactions with foreign leaders are now over, unless specifically authorized by the US government.

3) Hillary Clinton needs to publically discuss exactly what her approach to the job of Secretary of State would be and clearly indicate how she would be able to perform that job without any conflict of interest whatsoever.

If Bill and Hillary Clinton are unwilling or unable to comply with the above requirements or similar ones provided by the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton should not become Secretary of State. The ball is in the Clinton’s court.

Posted by: bobwestafer | November 19, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I find Hillary Clinton to be an excellent choice for Secretary of State. She is charismatic, intelligent, and has a presence on the world stage already. People may worry about he going her own way, but the truth is that once in the Obama cabinet her success becomes tied to Obama's success, and anything that she does to undermine Barack Obama will undermine her even more. Hillary Clinton is too smart not to see that herself. As for Bill Clinton: I can see why the Obama team is worried after his antics during the campaign. In the end, he has to be sure that both Clintons will be in line for this to work. Overall, I am impressed by this. Barack Obama is seeing for the potential for excellence the the potential pitfalls in this choice. It demonstrates a thoroughness and thoughfulness that should serve him very well as our President.

Posted by: ems57fcva | November 19, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton is mulling whether to take the post with her husband and close advisers, the source said, noting that becoming the nation's top diplomat would be a major and career-changing decision"

That, is an Understatement! Why? Because SHE IS NO DIPLOMAT!

Can a Lawyer even spell the Word? "Well, that all depends on the definition..."

History Lesson! Bill Clinton PARDONED Convictions on Hillary's Brother's Clients!

Those who refuse to learn from the Past, are DOOMED to repeat it!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 19, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse


Hillary was investigated in the media for 18 months, but she was NOT vetted. Vetting includes voluntarily sharing financial and personal details with your prospective employer, to make sure there is no conflict of interest.

Specifically, the details of her husband's finances (including the Foundation, the Library, and speaking fees) were NOT vetted.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | November 19, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Sounds suspect to me. Why does Hill need to be vetted? She was vetted for 18 months. What else doesn't America, or the rest of the world for that matter, know about the woman? Bill has to get his actions approved by The One? Fishy fishy fishy! If I were Hill or Bill, I'd leave this deal on the table.

Posted by: forgetthis | November 19, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Re: Clintons and "higher standard."

I am pleased that the Obama team is asking for higher standards all around.

As a private citizen, Bill Clinton is free to make money any way he wants. As the spouse of a US Senator, the Senate and/or NY voters can decide if his behavior is appropriate. As the spouse of the Secretary of State, his dealings with other countries and foreign nationals would be squarely within the purview of the Executive Branch.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | November 19, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

1)It will be a grave error on Obama’s part to bring in Clinton and the pack of wolves behind her “success” in public life. Though by herself, Clinton has the potential to do well, the people associated with her cannot be described as such. It will be best for the administration and the people if she will continue doing what she was elected to do as a Senator.
2)The ease at which you all address corruption is the root cause for the problems our country is in. You let go and move forward without addressing “small corruption cases” and soon enough cranes fall on you, bridges collapse underneath you, no adequate attention/treatment is given to disaster victims, veterans… and you lose your loved ones in a fabricated war, etc. I know for a fact that Clinton, for example, knew of an incident where thousands of people were exposed to deliberate/biased food tainting taking place at a supermarket… she was notified about it… and did nothing. She, along with other officials chose to look the other way, jeopardizing the lives of thousands. Now, do any of you think that covering up for well connected individuals and in the process jeopardizing even one life is the right thing to do?
As to Obama’s cabinet, I believe that getting “new blood” into the system is a much better choice than utilizing the corrupt knowledge/ways of those who have been in power for too long, who falsely believe that public office is their home for life, no matter what.

Posted by: Shanan1 | November 19, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Did Bush senior get clearance for his future speeches and his very profitable foreign business activities from his son's administration?

Its strange that the Clinton's have to meet some "higher" standard, a standard that applies to no one else.

Posted by: MikeOLeary | November 19, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

like reading tea leaves.... obviously a deal was made back at Feinstein's crib as in "if I win, you can have whatever portfolio you want". The clues are Carvell said no one has called him to tell him to tamp it down.... and this tidbit.... don't make us vet you and you pull a female perogative.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 19, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm not really sure what foregoing his foundation would do considering that the Gates Foundation has a very different approach to how they do work, if you've ever read through their websites you would know this.

I strongly suggest that people learn about the foundation themselves rather than depending on the media to tell you, since they have a rather tortured relationship with President Clinton. I, myself, am still conflicted on whether or not HRC is the one for the job, but I think the media is trying to bastardize an organization that has contributed much good to the world since its inception.

Posted by: sonia_sekhar | November 19, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like typical Obama paranoia. Why are all these concessions necessary? Hillary Clinton is terrific. As a New York resident, she has been a blessing for my state. As much as I would like her to remain in the Senate, I know she would be a terrific SoS.

Posted by: ColumbiaUSkins | November 19, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

obama must be very afraid of hillary and bill to want her on the team.

Posted by: yokosuka1985 | November 19, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Bill' concessions are a step in the right direction, but are not enough. In my opinion, Bill also must detach himself from any international philanthropic initiatives--perhaps turning over all that he has done up to now to the Gates Foundation or something similar. And he should also suspend collecting funds--not even a promise of a dollar--to the Bill Clinton Library as long as Hillary serves as SoS.

The Clintons are uniquely talented people, but they also have some very deep flaws--and their marriage makes it extraordinarily difficult to see how they can both pursue their ambitions and their good works without compromising Obama's ability to be the ONE president (at a time) that the United States needs in these critical circumstances.

I still think Bill Richardson would be a better choice for SoS, and that Hillary could best serve the country by continuing on in the Senate, becoming the next great liberal standardbearer--a role that would definitely not forclose her ability to run for president again in 2016.

Posted by: jm917 | November 19, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama really needs to think twice before giving anything to Hillary Clinton, particularly the Sec. of State job. She is not cut out for the position:

http://stonecipher.typepad.com/the_stonecipher_report/2008/11/stonecipher-at-the-real-right.html

Posted by: StoneTSR | November 19, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is the most mature person in the whole transition process. Thank God. ............


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/19/obama-focal-point-of-mature-stability/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 19, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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