The First 100 Days: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Yesterday marked former New York State Senator Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton's 100th day as United States Secretary of State. Mrs. Clinton is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama.
“This is my 100th day serving as secretary of state,” Clinton told foreign service officers who recalled her arrival for work at the State Department on January 22, two days after President Barack Obama took office.
“We’ve reinforced our relationships with key allies and historic partners in Europe and Asia,” she said.
“We’ve engaged emerging nations and pivotal regional actors on issues of common concern, from climate change and energy to democracy and good governance and regional and global security,” Clinton added.
But she acknowledged that the Obama team’s efforts to repair ties frayed during president George W. Bush’s tenure represented just “a beginning” and that it does not “have any illusions” about the challenges ahead.
But she said: “As I have traveled on behalf of our country, we have been heartened by the positive outreach that many, who had either withdrawn or become somewhat adversarial, are willing to evidence.”
Clinton listed the key challenges as bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq as well as “charting the best course forward in the Middle East” and dealing with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
“We have worked to reset our relationship, even though we didn’t spell “reset” right in Russian,” she said, stirring laughter.
“We have actually thought back on that as a moment of levity which may well have increased their willingness to cooperate with us,” she said.
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