Hillary Clinton Says Farewell in Final Days as Secretary of State
Sec.Hillary Clinton said farewell at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. Friday will be her last day as secretary of state. Photo by REUTERS/Yuri Gripas.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her final speech as head of the State Department Thursday during a forum at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington emphasizing American leadership, and the need to reshape diplomacy to meet the changing landscape of the world.
Clinton's replacement, Sen. John Kerry, who was nominated by President Obama and confirmed with overwhelming support by Congress, will be sworn into office as secretary of state Feb. 1.
As Clinton steps down from Obama's cabinet, she does so as one of the most popular members of his administration. She is also popular worldwide -- according to a December 2012 USA Today/Gallup poll she is the most admired woman in any part of the world.
As she leaves the government sector for the first time in 34 years, there is much speculation over whether Clinton will consider running for president in 2016.
Mark Shields and David Brooks discussed Clinton's legacy as secretary of state Friday on the PBS NewsHour. The political analysts began by discussing Clinton's performance during Senate and House hearings on the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi.
Clinton has spoken to the NewsHour several times over the course of her four years as secretary of state. In her most recent appearance on the program in December 2011, she spoke with Jim Lehrer during a symposium in Washington. While their conversation focused primarily on how foreign policy decisions can influence economic growth, they also discussed the importance of democracy to U.S. foreign relations.
Here is one of the memorable parts:
"Look, I think we are always better off being on the side of democracy, but we have to keep our eyes wide open. There is no guarantee that this will be an easy road for the people themselves or, frankly, for us ... I think, No. 1, we are for democracy, but we're for democracy that actually meets the definition."
Watch more of Clinton's interviews with PBS NewsHour during her appointment as secretary of state: