November 19th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Source: Bill Clinton agrees to vetting

Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton has agreed to several concessions in Hillary Clinton’s vetting for Secretary of State.

Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton has agreed to several concessions in Hillary Clinton’s vetting for Secretary of State.

(CNN) –- A major obstacle in Hillary Clinton’s path to becoming President-elect Barack Obama’s secretary of state may be out of the way, as former President Bill Clinton has made several concessions to help move his wife’s vetting process along.

A source familiar with the discussions between Sen. Clinton and the president-elect confirms to CNN that the former president will release the names of several major donors to the Clinton Foundation as well as submitting future foundation activities and paid speeches to a strict ethics review.

In addition, the former president is offering to step down from his day-to-day responsibilities at the foundation and inform the State Department of his speaking schedule and any new sources of income.

President Clinton’s international and financial dealings with his foundation and presidential library have been a sticking point with an Obama camp worried that Sen. Clinton’s position in the cabinet could create a potential conflict of interest as the country’s top diplomat.

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  1. PDX Gal

    All I hear is "what change?"


    If Obama had chosen people that were all new & different, then all the posts would bemoan the "lack of experience".

    Grow up, people. I can see right through your "Patriot Act".

    November 19, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. TX Independent for Obama

    I want to agree with Faye in NV. The "change" is greater than just names and titles. It will bring in ALL Americans. If that is where we are headed, then some oddities, counterintuitive nominations and unanticipatd actions should be received with patience. I can see Obama placing a prominent Republican in his cabinet. And if so, many of us will scratch our heads initially and wonder why. But if the Lieberman thing is instructive, it instructs that the change accommodates alternative viewpoints FOR THE VERY PURPOSE OF RAISING THE BAR OF ARGUMENTATIVE SYNERGY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION. If that is truly where we're headed, then we can't move too quickly or too boldly. Sorry for sounding so idealistic, but I interpret events this way, OR it's a complete sellout, and I am not prepared for that alternative this soon! Go Obama!

    November 19, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Shari, NY

    johnny d November 19th, 2008 12:21 pm ET

    Don't take it Hillary…You will run for President in 4 years after Bush 3rd term finish. We will need you to fix the economy


    Really? She or anyone who aspires to do so will need the combined forces of God Almighty, Osiris, Yaweh, Jehovah, and Allah.
    God bless the Obama Cabinet!

    November 19, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. chris

    since I actually care about my child, our troops and our country, I am glad both Hillary and Bill Clinton are still involved with our nation's interests – if only those who hate the Clintons cared as much about our children, our troops and our Country, then they too would see how much good those two have done, and still could do for our collective future and the safety and security of those we love –

    November 19, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Terry, Butte, Mt

    There should be no issue here, the man was good enough to run the country for eight years, and his wife came real close to being elected President. I have been a staunch Obama supporter throught the election, but I have always liked the Clintons. He was the best president we have had since JFK.

    Hillary will be an outstanding SoS and Bill has been and will continue to be a strong promoter of peace around the world. Bill and Hillary both have the reputation of great leaders to promote humane issues around the world. After the Bush disaster, they are exactly what the world needs in foreign diplomacy.

    Obama is proving he is a wise leader already.

    November 19, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Biff

    I don't care who Obama chooses in "his" cabinet. They will take their policy and marching orders from OBAMA.

    meanwhile, getting qualified and exceptional people to actually do your bidding is VERY shrewd.

    i believe there is a coordinated strategy of paid haters on here that will criticize evry move Obama makes. he hasn't even been sworn in and these people are losing their minds...

    pathetic strategy

    November 19, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Bill in Ct.

    How can any of you people up here complain about Obama when he hasn't even taking office yet. Those who are complaining now must think Bush is doing a good job, PLEASE, what a joke. Bush legacy: thousands killed, 2: billions of dollars spend on a lying invasion of another country (Iraq), 3: innocent people being thrown in jail for nothing, 4: justice department running a muck, 5: thousands losing their jobs, 6: mortgage crisis, 7: banking collapse, 8: Gas at an all time high, 9: the ECONOMY, 10: FINALLY THE 8 YEARS are over.(BUSH) WORST PRESIDENT EVERY

    November 19, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Logic

    What Change were you folks anticipating from Obama????

    Chnage in faces????


    Change in Policies???


    & to the Repubs spewing "Where is the Change??" .... Obama is it ... isn't he the Socialist, Marxist, Anti-American you folks were spewing months ago .... now he is another Clinton term ... LOL

    Well it's Beats having another Bush Term .... your candidate was advocating ....

    November 19, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. BKMC

    Great step in the right direction. A team Obama-Clinton will make the world a better place, burrying totaly the ear of cowboy diplomacy put in place by WBush/Cheney era.

    November 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. May the farce be with you

    Enjoyed the Yoda impression I did.


    November 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. BKMC

    Great step in the right direction. A team Obama-Clinton will make the world a better place, burrying totaly the era of cowboy diplomacy put in place by WBush and Cheney.

    November 19, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. DC Insider

    Tom Daschle will be Secretary of Health.
    Obama is changing nothing.
    He is appointing a slate of long term DC insiders and Democratic cast offs.

    This is NOT change; it is a disgrace and a broken promise – Shame on Senator Obama ...Shame

    "Mr Change" has become "Mr More of the Same" and has transformed himself into a DC beauracat and is fitting in nicely with the old crowd

    Absolute Power corrupts absolutely. Shame on you Mr Obama. You have let your supporters, the country, and the world down by retreating to the business as usual crowd on the Hill. This is very distasteful news. Putooey !

    November 19, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. happy thanksgiving

    obama is an intelligent man, he will and is making good choices for his cabinet, after all it is his choice.

    November 19, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Stella, New York, NY

    I am dispappointed. If I wanted a Clinton Round 3, I would have voted for Hillary in the primaries. Almost every nomination is someone from the Clinton Administration. How is this bringing new leadership and change to Washington??

    November 19, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Cindy Nelson

    This is going to shape up to be a great Administration.
    Can't wait until 1/20/2009
    I am so happy that Obama is going to use the people around him effectively.

    November 19, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Trish Hussein - PA

    Candy in West Virginia, my thoughts exactly. I have never seen such a bunch of hateful, stupid, ill-informed babies as the negative posters on these blogs. The guy hasn't even been sworn in yet. Geez! Give him a break!

    November 19, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Biff

    DC insider,

    What you have Obama do. hire people who have no idea what they are doing?

    Hire people who used to be horse judges?

    Hire people who were old college room mates?

    Hire pepole based on party loyalty?

    or maybe actually hire some qualified AND experienced people...

    November 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Cindy Nelson

    DC Insider–

    Change is going to come with Policy.
    Just because you fill your cabinet with people that have been in Washington for some time, doesnt mean that change is not going to come. It is. You should be glad that Obama is not looking just for "Yes people" to fill his cabinet with. He is going to be a Great President. You are jumping the gun with your comments.
    It isnt even Jan. 20th yet. So come on.....

    November 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Jack

    According to all the Obamabots during the Democratic Primary, the Clintons had a lot to hide and were untrustworthy. Why are they not so know?

    November 19, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. chris

    "eight more years of the Clintons" – considering the vitriol and hateful comments towards Bill and Hillary Clinton, its clear that many people are offended by periods of peace, prosperity, progress and international cooperation and respect being enjoyed by the United States of America (as they were during the Clinton Administration) –

    November 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Get over yourselves

    The "change" is yet to be seen. It will be what he and his cabinet and the Congress will be able to do for the country. It is wise to choose experienced people for the serious tasks at hand. We're already in bad could only be worse with inexperienced individuals in positions of power and/or influence. Don't judge yet...he isn't even President yet.

    November 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Bill Clinton

    Honey beware of CNN, they only admit pro-Obama comments and to camouflage their non-democratic ways, will only let a few anti-Obama remarks go by.

    November 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Shinzon

    Thank you very much President Clinton. Senator Clinton would make a great secretary of state.

    November 19, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. mitch

    if you want change in washington why bring on board all these same people? i'm a barack supporter, but, these picks are giving me pause.

    November 19, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    Ok this message is to Welcome to the Obama show

    You fail to see that Obama is so idealistic, brave, self confident, and intelligent enough to pick a major rival of his as part of his cabinet.
    They obviously dont dislike each other as much as the press, and hard core puma hillary supporters would have us believe. Hillary is not going to be in any position to userp his presidency. If you knew anything about how secretary of state works you would know that she will be concentrating mainly on foreign policy, not domestic issues like health care and the economy. And when you say the Clinton machine won this election, you should thank your new president Barack Obama for putting someone from that so called machine in his cabinet, because that machine sure as heck didnt get her to secretary of state Obama did.You should actually be saying that the AMERICAN PEOPLE WON THIS ELECTION because we now have both of these talents working together to fix this country and make it whole and good again. Is'nt that what its all about after all? I mean regardless of who won this election, in the end it's not about who we preferred got into the White house , it will be about fixing the country, we will all have disagreements on who is best suited, but in the end we all want the same outcome. Well guess what the election is over, the work begins to fix this country, and the team of rivals are ready to bring their full talents to bear upon the problems of our time! I FEEL SORRY FOR THOSE PROBLEMS WHEN YOU HAVE HILLARY AND OBAMA ON THE SAME SIDE . WOW DO I FEEL SORRY FOR THOSE PROBLEMS.

    November 19, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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