Hillary Clinton: Obama’s “early gift” to diplomacy

January 23rd, 2009 - 10:20 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 23 (IANS) President Barack Obama has described his new chief diplomat Hillary Clinton Hillary as “an early gift” to the State Department.”It is my privilege to come here and to pay tribute to all of you, the talented men and women of the State Department,” he told the employees during a visit Thursday to underscore “my commitment to the importance of diplomacy in renewing American leadership.”

“I’ve given you an early gift: Hillary Clinton,” he said amid laughter and applause. “You -in her, you will have a secretary of state who has my full confidence,” he said of his one- time Democratic rival for the nation’s highest office.

The former first lady too, leaving the bitterness of the election campaign behind, reciprocated his sentiments: “We are not only honoured and delighted, but challenged, by the president coming here on the second day.”

“This puts the pressure on everybody,” she said. “And yet, Mr. President, we feel up to that challenge. We want to do our very best work in furtherance of your goals.”

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