November 19th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
5 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.

soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. Hmmm...I dunno

    I still have yet to overcome the "trust" hurdle with both Hill&Bill...and I could use a lot less drama and theatrics, puhleeze. We have some very serious issues to tackle in the not-too-distant- future; within and beyond our borders.

    November 19, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. 3strikes

    the clinton admins. is "change" that nobama is xeroxing.

    November 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. The Colonel

    Sleeping better knowing Hillary will be our next Secretary of State? Maybe "the big O" can name Bill Secretary of Health and Human Sexuality!

    November 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. GA for Obama

    Sweetie- 18 million of you voted FOR Obama..I don't think she would have taken it to the DNC floor or they already have a deal brokered

    November 19, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. John Cohen

    So let's see, Bill Clinton has to be vetted for Hillary to be Secretary of State... wasn't she up for the job of PRESIDENT just a few months ago? Shouldn't Bill have been vetted then?

    November 19, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Michael -Ventura,CA

    It is important that "appearance" is cool with the American public. I am so proud of President Clinton for all his work for AIDS victims- I have been an Obama supporter since he announced his canidcy, and wasn't happy with the way Presient Clinton acted during the Primary season- but the choices belong to President-elect Obama. I trust HIM.

    November 19, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Jaye

    Excellent!
    Bill owes Hillary big time, and now he must do all he can to help her get secretary of state.

    November 19, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Get over it

    Only naming several major donors????

    What about the rest??

    November 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. ANAG LOS ANGELES, CA

    This is a good position for her I think.

    November 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. EricM, Montreal,Canada

    Hillary: great choice as a SoS. In fact being so versatile she could have made a great President, Vice-P and now SoS. Time will tell if I am right.

    November 19, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. tess

    love it! can't wait for all the dirt to hit the fan again and with the clintons anywhere near you you had better duck for cover or it will hit you in the head. if obama is so stupid to put hillary in his cabinet he deserves to have to deal with them and all their scandals! go change!!!!!

    November 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Jill American

    Jeff in Illinois:

    While in the Senate Hillary worked successfully with the likes Lindsay Graham, Newt Gingrich and others to get things done. She was able to get on the Armed Services Committee. As SOS she will work with heads of state from all across the world. But, to you, she doesn't have the "proper presence and charisma to make a good President."?

    She should stay in the Senate and keep getting things done .. otherwise people like you will think it is all because of 'the one'.

    November 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Canadian POV

    I am very confused. Bill and Hilary Clinton have to be the most "vetted" couple in the entire world. She ran for president and had a pretty good shot at it so how would have Bill's business relationships been dealt with had she ended up president? While Clinton was in the WH, the Repubs spent (wasted) more time digging for dirt to disgrace the sitting president and therefore planning the next election campaign than they did on responsible governance.

    Mrs. Clinton would make an excellent Sec of State and whether some Americans like it or not, her husband is the most respected American statesman the world over. He can only be a positive light in the overall picture. Lets not forget that the Clinton Global Initiative is a charity that is doing great work around the world and not a cash cow that feed any political agenda. The Clintons both worked hard to get Obama elected and anytime Hilary and Obama are together they look as if they genuinely like each other. They are adult enough to let go of the primary race and so should the rest of the country. Stop looking for dirt - there isn't any, just major problems to be solved and it would be good to have the best and brightest all on the same team.

    November 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Purple Nurple

    I see Billy is going to get his 3rd term after all!!

    November 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Daniel Barbizon and Family

    My family and I are thrilled that Hillary Clinton might be our next Secretary of State.

    What an important job for a highly diplomatic and brilliant woman like Hillary.

    We are actually beginning to trust Obama's judgement.

    Watch out world! Here they come.

    November 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Reality

    I'm not sure what Obama is thinking in selecting Hillary Clinton as SoS. The conflict of interest because of The Clinton Foundaion are real and could hamper crucial diplomatic efforts. Bill Clinton is a expert statesman, but Hilllary has very little real diplomatic or foreign policy experience (and no accompanying Bill on state trips doesn't really count). Obama would do better to ask Colin Powell to come back to teh post. Powell is also an expert statesman. He could not help that he was required to execute on a flawed, militaristic foreign policy for George W. Bush. He is, nonetheless respected by leaders from around the world and could accomplish much. Maybe Clinton can, too, but this isn't the time to take chances on a diplomatic neophyte.

    November 19, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. 1/20/13

    Wow that could take a while......That will never be done by 1/20/09 heck I actually saw that under obama's job openings vetter/baby sitter for Bill. Dems should be proud

    November 19, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. sonnett

    Obama supporters you are also so ungrateful. Remember Hillary campaigned for him and help him win the white house. What goes around comes around. If he can't fix the economy he will be out in 4 years.

    November 19, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Truth Hurts

    Bill Clinton record is no worse or probably better then any other Previous President. The other Presidents just did not get caught!! He agree to the vetting process, which means he has nothing to hide. Unlike with Palin. Palin was never vetted and surprise after surprise came about!!

    November 19, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. FYA

    Thanks, Faye!

    It's good to see Bill Clinton again. My family had jobs, money left over paycheck to paycheck so we could save for our future or take a vacation, felt positive about the standing this country had in the eyes of the world, and felt that life was good.

    What a great CHANGE to feel hopeful again after eight years of fear tactics, negativity, job loss and not being able to get ahead.

    November 19, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Bill Clinton....just like an STD...won't go away

    I wish Bill Clinton would just go away to where ever former Presidents go and take his wife with him!!!!

    Bill Clinton will be downfall of Hillary!!!!!! He LOVES publicity and just can't seem to get the fact that he is not president anymore!!

    Give up Bill and return to PRIVATE LIFE..........PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Enrique

    As an Independent, I voted for Obama and contributed to his campaign. I now regret doing so if Hillary is the SOS. This was not the change I thought this administration would adopt. I will never again vote for him and will stick with independent candidates from now on. GOP and Democrats are the same ole BS and nothing will ever get done. What a joke.

    November 19, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Beth

    Bill Clinton was a great president. Yes, he made some mistakes in the financial area, but in general, he did the right thing for the country. Hillary will be great too. Who cares about Bill's personal life? Look, all the people who wrongly voted against Al Gore because of the Lewinsky scandal should LEARN from their mistake: they voted for Bush, the most incompetent person on earth, and look where we are now.

    Leave personal lives aside. Elect people based on competence rather than "family values" (again, Bush is the perfect example of an incompetent person who perhaps hides behind family values... hey think of Palin – would you want her in charge? I'll pick a competent politician anytime!)

    November 19, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Jeanne H.

    Bill owes it to Hillary. She had stood by her man through high and low and made many sacrifices, now it's his turn. Hillary will make a great Secretary of state. I hope it will happen soon.

    November 19, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. amber

    Way to go Bill. Say what you want about the Clintons, but they support each other and they are PHENOMENAL partners!

    Thank you President Clinton. Next step....Hillary #45

    November 19, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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