November 21st, 2008
09:24 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama aides say Clinton 'on track' for secretary of state job

 Clinton appears increasingly likely to be Obama's secretary of state.
Clinton appears increasingly likely to be Obama's secretary of state.

(CNN) - President-elect Obama is on track to nominate Sen. Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state after Thanksgiving, three aides on Obama's transition team told CNN Thursday.

Clinton senior adviser Philippe Reines repeated a statement that "any and all speculation about Cabinet or other administration appointments is for President-Elect Obama's transition team to address."

CNN also has learned that Obama is getting foreign policy advice from an unlikely source: Republican Brent Scowcroft, who was national security adviser in the first Bush administration.

Two sources familiar with the conversations confirm to CNN that Obama reached out to Scowcroft for phone chats even before he ran for president, and the back-and-forth has continued in recent days as the president-elect assembles his Cabinet.

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  1. OBAMA

    For all of you reps that are so bitter because McCain didnt win, obama is changed he's showing that hes willing to work with anyone !! so go and cry some place else!!!

    November 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. jeff jackson

    Oh yeah, Obama's promise of change is really
    bringing alot of fresh faces to Washington.
    Like WOW...MAN....never heard of all these old
    Washington insiders before !!!!!!!
    Like I said many months ago. Obama's another
    empty suit. Change, my hat !!!

    November 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. yesterday

    Change is right.....12 years backwards.

    November 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. christopher Johnson

    I would like 2 say thank you mr. obama you r on pace to be the worst President we have ever had. I no the drive bye media won't tell the people of this nationthe truth so i will. This is not change the only change is he's black n Cliton wasd white. this man should b arrested for treason. Somebody show the truth about his plan change if change is where we'll allow a hatefull people in power then we just might need a new path. To those who voted for this idoit rember hitler he is just the same dam thing.

    November 21, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Iowan

    You people slamming on Senator Clinton – get a life. She is an elected Senator, former First Lady, and is well-respected around the world. Not to mention, she DID receive 18 million votes for President. He's not putting just anybody in his cabinet. So far he's made some pretty darn good choices.

    November 21, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Randy of Cleveland

    Some people on here are just complete idiots. Obama didn't fool you moron! If getting talented, respected people on his staff fooling you then oh well. He has done a great job putting a staff together. He has now got a team of PROVEN leaders. What did you want him to do hire Joe the carwash guy as his SOS?? Or Jim the Painter as Attorney General?? Maybe you did, but I sure didn't! I wanted to know he was having strong minded, intelligent people around him and that's exactly what he has done.

    November 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. christopher Johnson

    May be the next scandle in the white house will b that bubba is with the first lady or obama wit hillary. some plese stand up and save our nation fom this many ya i mean save us from obama

    November 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Flo

    President-Elect Obama is doing great job, I trust his judgements.

    I Love the Obamas.

    November 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Slick

    I don't like this woman, but O must know what he's doing.

    November 21, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. christopher Johnson

    Obama is willing to work with anyone is left or not a true american. he wanted real change an gonna b a real bipartisin put rush limbaugh an or sean hanityin the cabint

    November 21, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Helen, VT

    Come on Hillary, we do not need you.

    November 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Shola in Arizona

    I hope she doesn't take it..if she does, she shuts the door on a future run for the presidency until possibly 2016.

    November 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Fred The Hammer Williams s

    Time to stop all the loose lips on the Clinton side if she wants this job.

    Anyone that runs their mouth will be fired for the next 4 years

    November 21, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Jim

    Why do so many of you think that change can only occur with all new people in positions of national power? After 8 years of a rogue government and incompetence, won't it be great for our people and our national and international goals to finally have people in charge who know what they are doing, and who are actually strong and wise enough to ask questions? Thank goodness government by "Bobble-Head" will soon be over. Obama will be the President, and will not oly set policy but will also get advice on the best policies. He's actually going to listen to others and not rule by "my way or the highway." His cabinet and his appointees will enact his policies of change. Let's all take a deep breath and see how this plays out. There are still many positions to be filled. So far, I think President-Elect Obama is doing a great job. BTW, Hillary is a great choice for Secretary of State.

    November 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. tess

    arrogant – selfcentered – egotistical – selfserving – dishonest – amoral – sense of entitlement – what part of clinton does obama want so much to serve in his cabinet? if he goes through with this appointment he will end up getting what he deserves – a knife in the back!

    November 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Republican for Obama

    Obama made the right decision. Hillary deserves this position and will do a tremendous job! What's wrong with hiring people from the Clinton Admin.? It was a good one. ....and don't say it isn't change! Its a good change from the past 8 years!!!! Geez! Obama is a smart man and he will pick the best and smartest people for each Cabinet position..YES, THIS WILL BE CHANGE! DUH!

    November 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Independent in Arizona

    She seems like the logical choice to me. Good move President Obama.

    November 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. TrueIndependent

    I really don’t think this is a wise choice, simply because unlike McCain, Hillary has difficulty being led and being a team player.

    With the Clinton's penchant for drama, my fear is that with Clinton's foreign money making activities curtailed because Hillary is SoS, Bill might get bored and start paying attention to other women. If that happens, the Democrats should forget 2010 and 2012.

    November 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Joel

    Bill Richardson is such a bumbling wreck. Sure, give him a position, but not something as important as Secretary of State. Or jsut leave him in New Mexico.

    The less Bill Richardson, the better.

    November 21, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. obama change?

    Obama was for change, where's the change. He is turning the page alright, turning it backwards. surrounding himself with the same old washington, some so old they are falling out making their speaches. Where's the new blood, Obama was talking about. Starting from the bottom up.

    He sure blew that. All Obama fans are the biggest SUCKERS, I've ever seen. And comparing him to Lincoln, give me a break, Lets see in 4 years who we compare him too.

    November 21, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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