There is so much on the plate that all of us need to find a way to work together. I hope this is a symbol that all of us are ready to do that.Senator John Kerry • Speaking prior to the Senate’s overwhelming vote, 94-3, to confirm him as the incoming Secretary of State for the Obama administration, replacing Hillary Clinton on February 1st (incidentally, he didn’t vote for himself, opting instead to vote “present”). Of important note on environmental issues, Kerry specifically cited climate change in his Senate confirmation hearings as a “life-threatening issue,” and it figures to be a major issue throughout his Secretaryship. source
She’s talking to staff, she is taking paper at home. She sounds terrific. She’s looking forward to coming back next week.Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for Sec. Hillary Clinton • Discussing the current condition of the outgoing Secretary of State, less than 24 hours after Secretary Clinton first made headlines when several outlets inaccurately reported that she had been discharged and readmitted to the hospital. Clinton was hospitalized earlier this week to receive treatment for a blood clot that formed after she suffered a concussion last month. source
If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities.Susan Rice • In her letter to President Obama, acquired by NBC News, explaining why she will no longer stay in the running for Secretary of State. “That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time,” she continues. Partisan politics suck.
Last week ‘The Onion’ said I was going to become a male stripper. … ‘The Onion’ is probably more accurate than Tom Friedman.Education secretary Arne Duncan • Responding to Thomas Friedman’s bizarre column suggesting Duncan was the perfect candidate to become the next Secretary of State — by citing the second most surprising thing written about him recently. Duncan wins on the sense-of-humor front.
If it were up to me, I’d put Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, in charge of American policy in the Arab-Muslim world.Thomas Friedman has actually been on the Arne Duncan-as-unexpected-foreign-policy-genius tip for a couple of months, based on this October piece, which suggests Duncan should be leading our Middle East policy for some reason. At least he doesn’t think Andrew WK is a rapper like someone else at the New York Times does.