The Guardian is reporting that–barring any unforeseen problems unearthed during the vetting process–Senator Hillary Clinton will accept President-Elect Obama’s offer to become the next U.S. Secretary of State:
Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.
Obama’s advisers have begun looking into Bill Clinton’s foundation, which distributes millions of dollars to Africa to help with development, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. But Democrats do not believe that the vetting is likely to be a problem.
I like the way the Obama administration is shaping up. The President-Elect has shown that he is intent on assembling the best team possible, breaking the Bush administration precedent of filling most positions with cronies and yes-men.
Clinton and Obama may not agree on everything, but that’s how democracy is supposed to work–people disagree, they discuss the merits and flaws of their ideas and they come to a resolution that represents the best of both worlds.
In the end, I think Senator Clinton will be a powerful voice who will bring a unique experience and perspective to the table. I’m glad Obama tapped her for the job.