Hillary’s Incredible, Shrinking Role

United States
February 11, 2009 3:58pm CST
Was Hillary duped by Obama? He placed her in a lucrative office, but diverted the 'meat' of it to close allies, and meanwhile all but took her out of the limelight that a determined NY Senator/ Prospective 2012 Candidate might enjoy. I think this shows just how clever Obama is what do you think?Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is finding that her job description is dissolving under her feet, leaving her with only a vestige of the power she must have thought she acquired when she signed on to be President Obamas chief Cabinet officer. Since her designation. Vice President Biden has moved vigorously to stake out foreign policy as his turf. His visit to Afghanistan, right before the Inauguration, could not but send a signal to Hillary that he would conduct foreign policy in the new administration, leaving Hillary in the role of backup. Richard Holbrooke, the former Balkan negotiator and U.N. ambassador, has been named special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He insisted on direct access to the president, a privilege he was denied during much of the Clinton years. Former Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine), negotiator of the Irish Peace Accords, was appointed to be the administrations point man on Arab-Israeli negotiations. Samantha Powers, Obamas former campaign aide, who once called Hillary a monster, has been appointed to the National Security Council (NSC) as director of multilateral affairs. For this she gave up her senate seat?? FOR THE COMPLETE LIST READ THE LINK! http://denver.craigslist.org/rnr/1030574143.html
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12 responses
• United States
11 Feb 09
Yep, 0bama is one of those folks who might not be a genius but is exceedingly clever at politics, deception, manipulation, and manuvering. The problem for him is that once it is known that is how a person is, it is easy to defeat them. Those who substitute political gamesmenship for intelligence are merely "empty suits".
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• United States
12 Feb 09
I hope we as a country do not suffer too much when we find out what he is really made of.
@rodney850 (2145)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Whiteheather, I believe he is trying to minimize her impact since he was forced into an agreement in August to keep Hillary from making a total shambles of the convention. The problem I see Obama having is that he put a Clinton in the succession order to the presidency and the Clintons have never been above doing whatever it takes to get what they want or need (Vince Foster ring any bells?). Just a thought.
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• United States
11 Feb 09
I think Obama is proving just how cleverly devious he is.
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@rodney850 (2145)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Whitheather, I believe we, as a country, are about to get a real large dose of his deviousness when his "bi-partisan" "stimulis" porkage is shoved down our throats!
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• United States
12 Feb 09
I would rather have Hillary Clinton be president than Obama 1000 times over - and I have never liked her, and hated Bill Clinton. That is how much I dislike Obama. As for Obama giving all his buddy-buddies the power, wow... I'm not surprised. I saw it coming. I really don't think the Clintons and Obama have ever liked each other, if they appear to it's all an act. As much as I don't like her, Clinton is a qualified woman, a liberal/moderate and not a radical like Obama. I was glad that she was put in the Sec. of State position but now, it seems that you are right.
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• United States
12 Feb 09
Now we just have to waiting and see how she fights back!
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Her role might be shrinking but I bet she isn't. We might be thanking Hillary and Bill - although I personally can't stand the woman - but they could be the ones that bring out all the dirt on Obama and show him up for what he truly is - a non-citizen to boot. You can be sure the Clintons are not sitting a home sucking their thumbs.
• United States
12 Feb 09
I sure hope you are correct. I agree that Hillary is not just accepting the situation.
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Hey wh39, I have been hoping to see some good come out of obama but have yet to see any real "change" especially the thing about health care since I have no insurance from my employer-what happen to the "change" except we've got our first mixed president?????
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
12 Feb 09
SHe need to fight and fight hard to get back on top there somehow . THis is a shame and a sham now of a job that sounds like she hasnt got1
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@K46620 (1996)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Wow, I didn't even think about this. Obama is not change, every move is carefully calculated to keep himself in power.
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@Mamakavi (63)
• Kenya
12 Feb 09
I'm amazed at how quick to judge y'all are (however it is human nature). The man has been in office for only 3 weeks. He's got Dubya's mess to clean, a failing economy, crisis in Israel, etc, etc, etc. Now, I may be biased, coming from the land of his father, buthe has restored hope in the rest of the world. And by the way, his background has nothing to do with how he leads a country! John Major was a high school drop out, yet he was prime minister of England! America,almost 70% of 300million Americans (and that's a whole lot of people)voted for Obama and bestowed their confidence in him. Give him a break. He is going to make mistakes, but he will find a way forward... away from the credit crunch, failing economies, etc. As for Hillary Clinton, I feel she put up a good fight during the campaigns and I do believe that she is a smart and powerful woman. If she's secretary of state, then knowing her personality and who she is, she will assert her authority!
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• United States
12 Feb 09
Interesting opinion as you state you are from Kenya are you a cousin or something to Obama. I should imagine that being a fellow countryman does influence your opinion somewhat.
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• Kenya
12 Feb 09
Hi Whitetheather39! Of course I'm biased! :-) As a Kenyan I claim him. But I agree that Hillary was no easy feat to defeat. I have always admired and respected her.
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I was thinking about this last week when Biden started traveling and talking to foreign leaders. I kept thinking "What's going on here? He's the VP not the Secretary of State. Where's Hillary?" I hope we're both wrong and this is just a period for Hillary to ease in and take over. BUT if she is swept under the carpet, I'll not rest until she takes that presidency right from under him. I'm willing to cut this president a lot of slack but that does not extend to using and abusing Hillary Clinton.
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• United States
12 Feb 09
"I'm willing to cut this president a lot of slack but that does not extend to using and abusing Hillary Clinton." EXACTLY how I feel!
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
15 Feb 09
HI Friend I'm very tired of the political topics but because I like you I will respond. I think it's way too early to figure out what the O is up to. I think understanding Hilary will tell us that she will NOT be tucked away. She just may be getting her sea legs. oxxoxoxoxo
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
12 Feb 09
This happens all the time with power politics. I mean, would Obama want an arguementative woman close to him that way or would he prefer to have people who just did what they were told to do properly. Hillary was a contender and could continue to be and no president is going to want that, none.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Well this is interesting - how come this is not being reported in the media? What are her choices now? If she steps down now it will seem like sour grapes so I don't think she'll want to do that. Maybe she'll just stick it out for the term and see what she can get at the end?