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Eye Opener: Clinton Now Believes in Change

By Ed O'Keefe

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at New York University graduation ceremonies on Wednesday. (Reuters Photo by Mike Segar)

Eye Opener

Happy Thursday! One year ago tonight, Hillary Rodham Clinton won the West Virginia primary and suggested her victory was a turning point in the long fight with Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination. For one of only a few nights, Clinton's message of experience had trumped Obama's message of change.

Fast forward 364 days to yesterday's New York University commencement ceremonies, during which now-Secretary of State Clinton told graduates, "We know that there is much yet ahead that none of us can predict. There is no way to stop change. Change will come." (Emphasis added.)

Speaking at Yankee Stadium, where she received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, Clinton announced that Foggy Bottom will match U.S. colleges and universities with overseas embassies to establish Virtual Student Foreign Service Internships, allowing diplomats to conduct "digital diplomacy" that better reflects a more wired world.

"The biggest challenges we face today will be solved by the 60 percent of the world’s population under the age of 30. And already, young people, like all of you, are using their talents and ingenuity to help fashion their own brand of service and diplomacy," she said.

The secretary speaks at Barnard College's graduation next Monday and is one of several Cabinet secretaries and senior White House officials participating in commencement ceremonies this year.

Other Cabinet and Staff News: Biden issues rosy first quarter report on economic stimulus. Janet Napolitano says FEMA will stay with DHS. Timothy Geithner and Shaun Donovan will provide an update on the Making Home Affordable plan today. Obama's health care adviser Nancy-Ann DeParle gets The Post profile treatment. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske gets the WSJ profile treatment. Former Deputy AG James Comey pushed for Supreme Court. David J. Hayes' Interior nomination blocked (for now). Census nominee Robert Groves' advocacy for "sampling" has some Republicans worried ahead of his Friday confirmation hearing. Former Bush-era officials tell lawmakers about their unsuccessful attempts to block or reverse detainee interrogation techniques. Pentagon official charged with spying for China. Former FDIC chairman and CNBC commentator dies at 88.

Today's Big Event: Women's Policy Inc. is sponsoring, with participation from the leadership of the bipartisan House Women's Caucus, a breakfast forum on the economy's impact on women and families and featuring Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis. Later, she addresses the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees at its 2009 legislative conference. More events here.

Report Urges U.S. Government To Boost Workplace Flexibility: The call to "create a flexible fed" comes from Workplace Flexibility 2010, an initiative of Georgetown University Law Center, reports The Post's Steve Vogel.

Program Cuts, Agency-by-Agency: Gov Exec reviews what gets trimmed in President Obama's proposed FY '10 budget.

FCC Hits Streets to Publicize Digital TV Switch: Don't be surprised if you soon see agency officials at schools, barbecues and picnics, reports The Post's Mike Musgrove.

Senate Bill Steers Away From the Car: Senate Democrats are submitting legislation today that suggests the nation's transportation policy is headed for a major overhaul, with a strong emphasis on reducing automobile use and carbon emissions and boosting public transit, inter-city rail and rail freight service, reports The Post's Alec MacGillis.

Acting Special Counsel Says OSC Morale, Productivity is High: In the past four years, the small, low-profile Office of Special Counsel has received more than its usual share of attention -- and not in a good way, reports Gov Exec's Elizabeth Newell.

Slow Start to Federal Plan for Modifying Mortgages: So far, two months after the program went into effect, about 55,000 homeowners have been extended loan modification offers, according to Tara Siegel Bernard of the New York Times.

FBI Asked to Investigate Guatemalan Murders: The Guatemalan president asks for assistance after he and his wife are blamed in the death of a prominent lawyer, reports The Post's William Booth.

NTSB Looks at Pilots' Pay, Commutes: Executives of Colgan Air struggled to defend the Manassas-based airline yesterday as details emerged about the low pay of its pilots, their long commutes and the need of some to hold second jobs, reports The Post's Sholnn Freeman.

For Explorer Scouts, Good Deeds Have Whole New Meaning: The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters, reports Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times.

Census: Growth of Hispanic, Asian Population Slows Unexpectedly: The change has caused the government to push back estimates on when minorities will become the majority by as much as a decade, the AP's Hope Yen reports.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 14, 2009; 5:51 AM ET
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What we are faced with is trying to change the Civil Service system, since the '50s it was this system that a son without a college degree would pretty much have to follow in the fammily business, please no crooked noses jokes, for a third or fourth generation son it was this system that broke the legacy of poverty, which was doing no better than your father. It was this generation that messed-up the planet, our parents; the generation that capitalism wanted to forget. Now we look again for public service to again break this chain. This world is not looking for government to make the change she is looking for everyone of her citizens, 'Oceania 'tis for thee'. If these newly commissioned 'public servants' can make the change then we should get out of the way and let them, no bureauracy intended.

Posted by: edtroyhampton | May 14, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"The biggest challenges we face today will be solved by the 60 percent of the world’s population under the age of 30..."

So says Hillary.

What she means is that this group will solve big challenges once they reach age 50 or so.

At least from what I can glean from the internet, most of these folks don't know how to spell, have not read anything that requires an attention span longer than 30 seconds, and are more interested The Hills and Gossip Girl than any big challenges facing the globe.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | May 14, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

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