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Clinton Pays a Call on the State Department

By Glenn Kessler
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), the nominee for secretary of state, today visited the department's headquarters at Foggy Bottom for meetings with the Obama administration transition team, a Clinton spokeswoman said.

And tonight, Clinton will get a first-hand account of her new job when she meets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a private dinner at Rice's residence. Rice has praised Clinton's selection and also promised that after she gives Clinton advice during the transition, she will return to California and offer no commentary on the administration's foreign policy performance.

Posted at 2:23 PM ET on Dec 8, 2008  | Category:  Cabinet
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both big supporters of Bush so should have much to agree on diplomatically speaking 'ala Iraq war and torture, obliterating Iran.... hey, and on Pantsuit's !!!!

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 8, 2008 5:08 PM

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2008 4:43 PM

Wouldn't it be better for Barack HUSSEIN Obama to prove he is a "natural born" citizen before Hillary DIANE Clinton measures for the drapes?

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2008 4:18 PM

Good for Sen. Clinton to get a "lay of the land" prior to her appointment. Not unlike what that "presumptuous" president-elect Obama is doing.

Seems like one poster can't distinguish between Palin and Clinton, but that's pretty typical for folks who tend toward sexism and racism. And we did see 92% - 95% of the African American population in most states vote for Obama; you know, hard working African American citizens. The kind of folks who lean on religion and guns when they are bitter and times are bad, right!?

And lets get the facts straight about obliterating Iran, the remark was made if Iran bombed Israel with "nuclear" weapons. Considering we share a symbiotic relationship with Israel; Clinton's remark may sound a little extreme but there would definitely be US retaliation - once again, we're talking nuclear weapons.

Clinton will make an excellent Sec. of State. Outgoing Rice is smart and knowledgeable but lacks Clinton's toughness. Obama needs Clinton and he knows it, that's smart on Obama's part.

Posted by: muldar | December 8, 2008 4:07 PM

Brother of State Dept. Official Linked to Blackwater
State Dept.

IG Recuses Himself From Blackwater Case After Family Link Revealed


RSS In a dramatic turn of events on Capitol Hill today, the State Department inspector general recused himself from all Blackwater-related issues after admitting to Congress that his brother served on the private security contractor's advisory board.

"(ABCNEWS)After initially rejecting allegations that his brother, Alvin "Buzzy" Krongard, was a Blackwater board member, Howard Krongard later told lawmakers that his brother was in fact on the board"

clinton better "clean house"

would she REALLY trust her own security to Blackwater OPs?

Posted by: forestbloggod | December 8, 2008 4:03 PM

"No commentary?" No kidding! After her years of miscues and bungling, upon what could Dr Rice expect or be expected to comment? She should have resigned months ago.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | December 8, 2008 4:01 PM

Thanks Sen. Clinton for taking this challenge. I voted for you, donated to you and fully expect to vote for you again someday. Meanwhile, please go save the world.
You work is appreciated and I am stunned at your patriotic devotion to duty in the face of such sexist trashing. It is almost biblical, your sustaining nature.
Thank you.

Posted by: OrlandoNan | December 8, 2008 3:48 PM

Maybe Condi could offer Hillary some style tips. Not that Hillary doesn't have a nice sense of style. I just particularly liked that mock martial look she donned early in the administration when everything hadn't quite gone to hell in a handbasket.

Posted by: davemarks | December 8, 2008 3:41 PM

I saw an interview with Rice where she mentioned that her father once had dinner with Stokely Carmichael so... good thing she wasn't running for President or Rodham Clinton would accuse her of pal 'ing around with domestic terrorists. Anyway... I think it presumptuous of Rodham Clinton but that is how she rolls. After having turned the African American church into Black Liberation Theology for hard working white people Rodham Clinton now get's to obliterate Iran. Now that is anti-diplomacy defined.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 8, 2008 3:30 PM

Rice has been an abject FAILURE as Secretary of State. All she did was enable Bushco's crimes against humanity, efforts to force unwanted children on young women in abject poverty, and, well ok the Aids global stuff was passable... but still could have been 1000 times better.

NOTHING she could possibly say in retriement from government could be of use to the new State Department.

Posted by: onestring | December 8, 2008 3:11 PM

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