February 2nd, 2009
05:15 PM ET
13 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.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • State Department
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. maggie

    why twice. I am getting a hard time to believe our media anymore...

    February 2, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Peter

    The first swearing in was her senate sit since she had not given up.....this time is sos.....CNN, we are not dump

    February 2, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. B


    February 2, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. james

    Obama sworn in....AGAIN. Clinton sworn in....AGAIN. Is Obama's whole cabinet going to be sworn in 2X'S? Can't they get it right the first time? Or do they like the drama?

    February 2, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. Scumbag for Secretary of State - Country is going downhill fast

    It is a travesty to allow the most corrupt politicians ever__Bubba and Hitlery Rotten Clinton to continue to be in politics. We are in danger of more scandals and not a "better" future but a more dangerous future for americans as the demonrats continue to weaken our military to increase their boondoggle spending in the civilian sector. Their scandaous administration and personal behavior have been fully documented since their rotten years in Arkansas politics.

    This they have done in the 8 years scandal-scarred administration of the clintons.

    February 2, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. who's your daddy world?


    February 2, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Pittsburgh

    Excellent! Congratulations, Mrs. Clinton. This country is heading in a good direction–We have solid, smart, and sensible people in office.

    February 2, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. yuri

    Hail Hillary! She has won numerous accolades as a skilled diplomat, and her new status will win her many more laurels. We hope that she does accomplsh a lot in negotiating us out of all the unpleasant international quagmires, past, present, and perhaps, future.

    February 2, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. proud american

    I can't believe that some die-hard Clintonistas are still hating on Barack.

    He didn't have to give her a Cabinet job, and Hillary would still be dealing with pothole issues in Bufallo.

    February 2, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Louis

    Who paid for this? She was already sworn in–were more taxpayer dollars wasted for this celebrity event?

    February 2, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. shannon

    You're a great woman Hillary, you will do us proud. You are the hope and change I'm counting on!

    February 2, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |



    February 2, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. HopeWon2008

    As an Obama supporter and a Clinton voter in 92 & 96, I am so happy that Sen Clinton was asked and accepted the position of Sec'y of State. With her hard work and dedication i'm sure she will be very successful in that position. Congrats to you Mrs. Clinton.

    February 2, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Matt

    Good to know that our government is not wasting time and money on frivolous ego stroking ceremonies that waste tax payers funds. I'm sure the free lunch that came with this could pay for at least one American currently out of work salary for the year. Did they fly commercial to get there or private.

    February 2, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Mobius

    Another do-over? Is this the Mulligan Administration?

    February 2, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Allen

    She'll be ousted by Summer 2010. The Clintons serve NO ONE but the Clintons.

    February 2, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Congratulations! Love your speech!

    February 2, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. rachel

    Get off Hillary's back she didnt do anything wrong her friend who is a judge did the original swearing in. I am glad hshe took the job. On another note Hillary an Biden are always similey with each other and touchy feely should Bubba be worried? anyone check the pictures of Hillary an Biden at the equal pay signing President Obama had way touchy feely lol. Go Hill

    February 2, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. john

    the Clinton is schedule to swear in agian next month and every month after that. Obama will swear in every new year. this admin is less than 3 weeks old and so many things screw up already. Obama hires several crooks (cheat tax and former lobbyist). And now Clinton who he said doesnot have any experience in foreign policy. like someone said, it won't be long until YoYo's approval rate will match GWB.

    February 2, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    To 'james': we're all human, you know. Politicians are not gods, and time is known to offer experience.

    February 2, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. comet

    To 'james': we're all human, you know. Politicians are not gods, and time is known to offer experience.

    February 2, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Daniel Wagle

    I am someone who voted for Hillary in the primaries and voted for Barack in the General Election. I don't do any "hating on Barack," but rather disagree strongly with his Republican critics, such as Rush Limbaugh. Barack would have been in Hillary's administration, had she won the Presidency. I think Barack did well by picking Hillary for this post- it may be better for her than the Vice Presidency.

    February 2, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. Big Ed

    Lawrence Eagleberger – Not much of a diplomat if you have heard him lately. Everyone is much less intellegent than him – just ask him!

    February 2, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. This is CHANGE

    THIS is a great day for the Obama camp. "Keep friends close and your enemies closer"! No way she can double dip now for 2012. Good on ya, Barry!

    February 2, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. chuck

    louis@ get some common sense.

    February 2, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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