February 2nd, 2009
05:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Secretary Clinton sworn in - again

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton was sworn in as America's 67th secretary of state Monday - for a second time.

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to Clinton in a ceremonial star-studded gathering at the State Department, with actor Chevy Chase and designer Oscar de la Renta among those on hand.

Watch: Biden swears in Clinton

"It is an overwhelming honor ... to assume this position," Clinton said. "We have a lot of work to do (to ensure that) America's future can be even brighter than our storied past."

Watch: 'I am an optimist,' says Clinton

"In selecting Sen. Clinton for this critical task, I think the president selected a person of unrivaled talent and experience," Biden said. She is "equally at ease in the great diplomatic halls of Europe as she is in the small villages in Africa."

Several of Clinton's predecessors were in attendance for the unusual gathering, including Madeleine Albright, Lawrence Eagleburger, James Baker and Henry Kissinger. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also attended, as did Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

Hillary Clinton's official swearing-in took place January 21 in her former Senate office. The low-key event was attended only by her husband and Senate staff.

The Senate approved Clinton's nomination January 21 on a 94-2 vote, with only South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint and Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter voting no.

Some GOP senators suggested during Clinton's confirmation process that she had not done enough to resolve potential conflicts of interest arising from various fundraising activities tied to her husband.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Is there anyone who doesn't think she's still shooting for 2012 if Obama crashes and burns?

    February 2, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Franky

    "The Senate approved Clinton's nomination January 21 on a 94-2 vote, with only South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint and Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter voting no.

    Some GOP senators suggested during Clinton's confirmation process that she had not done enough to resolve potential conflicts of interest arising from various fundraising activities tied to her husband."

    Dude, if you do the math, that's +92 and according to my calculations, that's pretty good. Heck, that ratio is better than the numbers of people who hate her...

    Hillary...I'm so proud of you. Sooner or later, you're gonna start hitting home runs...to come and think about it, just like Bill, LOL!! Na'h, I'm playing. I like you, I like you...

    February 2, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. wycky

    Please ask Biden to apologize for referring to Europe as GREAT while referring to Africa as SMALL

    February 2, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. coop

    America is a great country, becauce only in America you have a right be be stupid (see proud american,who's your daddy, and Scumbag)

    February 2, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Emma from Texas

    As a former Hillary Clinton supporter, I am so thrilled that Hillary became our secretary of state. Thank you President Obama for choosing Hillary since she is the right person for that job. God bless you President Obama and Madam Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. God bless.

    February 2, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Truth B Told

    A Clinton swearing, what a joke. Trying to confirm all the tax cheating democrats is like watching a three ring circus. For all you morons that wanted change, Here it is.

    February 2, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. DavidinCA

    Conflicts of interest regarding her husband's fundraising??!!??
    Who cares about that? I'm more worried about her ability to make sane judgements and represent American interests around the world.

    WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) – Democrat Hillary Clinton
    charged on Monday the Iraq war may end up costing Americans $1
    trillion and further strain the economy, as she made her case
    for a prompt U.S. troop pullout from a war "we cannot win."

    Ooops! Blew that one. Our troops are coming home successful and not as she called for in defeat.

    February 2, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. FreeNLovIt

    It's a great country! So go ahead, swear it 3 times.

    February 2, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    One time for the country
    One time for your family
    And one time for yourself.... Great photo opportunity

    February 2, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Jacque Bauer

    Hey, how about a third one, this time on Larry King Live?

    February 2, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Sye the Pychic

    Looks like business as usual,more nafta,sellout jobs to china,india and n1b1 visas to lose jobs here.Thanks Hillary,but no thanks.

    February 2, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. Steve

    Good. This will give the PUMA bozos and the kneejerk Hillary-haters one more opportunity to share their very, very important viewpoints with us.

    Then, the rest of us can get to work.

    February 2, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Chipster

    I sure wish the people who are suddenly so concerned about the cost of a lunch had been as vigilant when the previous administration was shoveling money by the truckload (and bags full) to private contractors for no-bid contracts, gouging the government with inflated food and fuel costs. "$108 million in overcharges by Halliburton's KBR subsidiary for importing gasoline into Iraq!

    Suddenly, the cost of a lunch alarms you? Gimme a break!

    February 2, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Seeing Double

    Enough of this "doing it twice" stuff. I know this administration is new but, really, can't they do anything right the first time?

    February 2, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. Larry

    First it was Obama that needed to be sworn in again,now Hillary-Democrats having issues on getting it right the first time.Now the stimulus package.......Next the........

    February 2, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. Jerry

    WOW , great make up job

    February 2, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Andy

    And let the donations from other countries begin. I can't wait to see what happens this time maybe Hilary will have the affair and then lie about it on national TV.

    February 2, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Hillary Clinton is going to be an extraordinary Secretary of State. For you folks bashing her, this woman is incredibly smart & well educated; has a work ethic that won't quit; knows everybody everywhere in the international political arena; is tough as nails; and actually understands how diplomacy works. Most importantly, she actually WANTS the U.S. to regain its status & working relationships with other countries and will work diligently to make it happen.

    Instead of bashing her, why not actually hope she succeeds, because her success ultimately means success for the United States and the betterment thereof. And we all benefit from that.

    February 2, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. Dianne

    Finally a Secretary of State who will resotre our reputation in the world.

    February 2, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. Jim

    Just another waste of tax payer dollars. She did absolutely zip when in New York. Lied about being under fire in Bosnia, among other things and all the oohs and aahs are so sickening.

    February 2, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. obama all the way

    good for Hillary, good for America.

    February 2, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. Proud of her

    Because of THE ONES behavior toward Hillary during the primaries was despicable I abstained from voting this year and will probably do so in 2012 not out of spite but because I do not believe in his version of hope. I am proud of Hillary and I hope she will be allowed to accomplish all that she needs too. If NOBAMA fires her he will pay for it in the votes section and for all you clinton haters that are THE MESSIAHS hypnotized followers you keep hating on clinton and sooner rather than later YOUR CHOSEN ONE will also let you down...remember RICHARDSON where is the loyal support from NOBAMA to him?

    February 2, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. Scott, Tucson

    Maybe she was charging an admission price to attend this swearing in ceremony so she can pay down her debts?

    February 2, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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