January 21st, 2009
04:40 PM ET
9 years ago

BREAKING: Clinton confirmed as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state Wednesday by a vote of 94-2.

The two no votes came from Republican Sens. David Vitter of Louisiana and Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

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  1. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    David Vitter of Louisiana and Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

    Vote these guys out.

    January 21, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. believe

    i am glad.

    January 21, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Edgar Florida

    no worries at all – Hillary America is behind you.

    January 21, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. James F., New Orleans, LA

    David Vitter is one of my Senators. He is only trying to cater to his southern, conservative base before he runs for re-election next year. I will do all in my power as a Louisiana resident to see he is not returned to the Senate as the grand-standing obstructionist that he is.

    January 21, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. kelly WI

    Bill must be happy. He can feather his nest with more money from the Arabs.

    January 21, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Robin

    Glad to see Hillary confirmed as Secretary of State.

    January 21, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Jeff

    How unfortunate. I've been, for the most part, pleased with President Obama's cabinet choices, but not Clinton. Given the way she handled herself in the campaign, it is clear that ethical boundaries are not her highest priority. See Christopher Hitchen's comments on Slate.com. She blatantly and knowingly lied on the on the campaign trail, in an overtly manipulative attempt to garner support, and now she will be the one responsible for our country's foreign policy. Couple that with the potential conflicts of interest that might stem from her husband's foundation, and we have a recipe for disaster. Is this someone we really want in such a powerful position? Thank God she did not win the nomination. I wish I could trust President Obama's judgement in this regard, but I cannot. I don't believe Clinton can be trusted to act in our country's best interest.

    January 21, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Beverly, NYC

    Welcome onboard Hillary. You have the job that you are suited too. Never mind what Dr. Jill "big mouth" Biden said on Oprah. I know you will serve to the best of your abilities.

    January 21, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. John from Texas

    Well it seems that she could finally use all the suites she was waering during the Democratic primaries after all.

    January 21, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Bert

    Hillary will be the best Secretary of State we will ever have...to all those Clinton haters...you have the right to form your own opinion, but she will be great!!!

    January 21, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. joanne hall

    Each time a GOP throws up a roadblock and plants suspicion they go down as on the wrong side of history.If making your party "different" is only done by contrariness, such as voting against Sec of State Clinton, then the GOP shows a complete lack of creativity. Skip the dogmatic distrust
    Joanne in Knoxville TN

    January 21, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Not Change

    Clinton is not change. period. I voted for Obama, but I am very disappointed in his choice here. I see the Clintons as a symptom of what is wrong in Washington ... power crazed, self serving career politicians.

    There should be a law requiring a minimum of five years residency in a state before running for Congress or Senate. That would have prevented the likes of Clinton and Dole from picking an open seat and moving to that state simply to further their own political ambitions.


    January 21, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Lois

    This is to Allen 5:15; you Hillary and Bill haters need to give it a rest. Thank God Obama is smart enough to see and use the best people for the job and not pander to his misguided supporters. If you take note most of his administration is made up of Bill's past administration. He understands the great work that both Bill and Hillary has done for this country and the smart people that have worked with them. Give up the bashing and hating, its not what he stand for and he's asking all of us to come together for this nation.

    January 21, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Allen

    Only fooling. I understand and appreciate the Peace & Prosperity of the Clinton years and long for them. Now that we're out of the BushDarkAges and into the ObamaReaissance, perhaps some of the oldtime, real American spirit will return!

    January 21, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    I certainly wish her the best for the sake of our nation and the world. However, I still do not trust those two; they have a lot of making up to do to gain my trust.

    January 21, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Alex

    I'm amazed Vitter is still allowed to vote after all his baggage with prostitutes. Typical Republican behavior.

    January 21, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. TjayeInLA

    Our country is so friggin COOL!!!

    January 21, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. wishing

    Those determined to carry on as before: by blocking, being negative, delaying action, etc...will be turned out of office by the new wave of voter.

    Today, America wants government action. Compromise when necessary, promote inclusive answers, generate pro-active politics.

    Everyone else will be turned out.

    January 21, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Matt

    Welcome to Pay for Play Obama style. If you pay (eat your campaign debt of 21 million) I will let you play (Secretary of State). Now foreign leaders can pay Bill Clinton 1 million dollars to see him, 2 million to talk to Hillary and 5 million to talk to Barack.

    The Economy is saved!!!

    January 21, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. JJ in CA

    There is no doubt Hillary is the best person for this job. One of the reasons I supported her previous ambitions for the White House is that she has diplomatic skills and experience that Obama hasn't had the opportunity to achieve yet. He is doing the correct thing by surrounding himself with qualified people in roles where he can supervise them yet rely on their expertise. Her knowledge, political experience, graciousness and tact will add a powerful component to this new administration.

    January 21, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Proud African American

    Just proud of this moment in History. I voted for Hillary in the primaries, Obama in the General election and to see the 2 of them working together gives me joy. Senator McCain I did not vote for, but my respect he has always earned. Our Leaders are finally going to work together. finally!!!

    January 21, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. In Houston, TX

    His name was David Vitter

    January 21, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. Al

    Congratuations to Hillary she deserves that confirmation
    She is a highly intelligent woman
    who has the strong will and tenacious character to get the job done!
    She will do more then strut around like a peacock trying to get her picture taken!

    January 21, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. kim:):)

    congraluation to Hillary clinton for been confirned as SOS
    She will do a good job..

    January 21, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Bill in Tx

    David "Mr. Prostitute" Vitter and Jim DeMint, two idiot obstructionists in the U.S. Senate playing politics as usual.

    January 21, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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