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. Phoenix

    Wow...What is up with the swearing?

    February 2, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Big Ed

    Hey Matt,

    If you want to look at a waste of time, energy and resources, where were you the last eight years? make sure you have the facts straight before you jump in over your head!

    February 2, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    Nice job of the swearing in Joe Dunderhead, now back to anonymity until you put the shoe back in.

    February 2, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Ken

    'Change' means swearing everyone in twice, that way the oath REALLY sticks!

    February 2, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. independentnow


    February 2, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Outspoken

    "Unrivaled talent and experience"– OH PLEEEEEEEEASE!! If this woman had not ATTACHED herself to Bill way back when, she would, AT BEST, be a no-name feminist divorce lawyer somewhere in the suburbs of Chicago that no one had ever heard of. Everything Hillary has ever accomplished has been a DIRECT RESULT of being Bill Clinton's wife–a stark contrast to CONDOLEEZA RICE who is truely a BRILLIANT woman and never had to rely on an influential spouse to achieve great things. (Condi, we miss you.)

    February 2, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Rick

    And thus the key to the henhouse was turned over to the coyote(I just couldn't make myself use the word fox).

    February 2, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Steve

    Hillary's Appointment Unconstitutional

    Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit Challenging Hillary Clinton Appointment.

    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against newly sworn-in Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on behalf of U.S. Foreign Service Officer and State Department employee David C. Rodearmel, (Rodearmel v. Clinton, et al., (D. District of Columbia)).

    Under the "Emoluments" or "Ineligibility" clause of the U.S. Constitution, no member of Congress can be appointed to a civilian position within the U.S. government if the "emoluments" of the position, such as the salary or benefits paid to whoever occupies the office, increased during the term for which the Senator or Representative was elected.

    Specifically, article I, section 6 of the U.S. Constitution provides, "No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time." The text of the provision is an absolute prohibition and does not allow for any exceptions.

    February 2, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Terry

    Hillary Clintons actions certainly demonstrate that she does not trust The President of the United States Barrack Obama. Perhaps she thinks that the first swearing in was not valid and she must do everything she can to copy his every move. TOO much CAT food Hillary.

    February 2, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Maggie SC

    If she can do as half a good a job as Condaleza Rice she will do us pround even if I am a Rebuplican. Right now all we have are DEms but she can still do a good job for our country. Help keep us safe, Hillary.

    February 2, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Norm


    February 2, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    February 2, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Prof. X

    HUH? Does everything the dems do have to be an extravaganza? What the hell is going on here? This is getting really ridiculous. Did any of Bill's foreign donors attend?

    February 2, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Simmy

    Is this customary – or did she want a big fanfare? I'm still trying to absorb her being on the team; but sometimes I wonder.

    February 2, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. KJ

    gosh matt, get a life! they're ALL in washington, remember? go whine about something else.

    February 2, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Dan, TX

    Congratulations. As a diehard Obama supporter it was a hard fought battle in the primaries. I'm glad that Clinton is our SOS and I know she'll do a terrific job for our country.

    February 2, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. S Callahan

    I echo the same thoughts Matt.

    I find this disturbing...what is the purpose?

    February 2, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. rose

    congratulations Hillary.

    February 2, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. kim:):)

    congratulation to Hillary clintonfor the SOS.
    IMHO,I think Hillary clinton will do a great job as SOS,God bless her and her family

    February 2, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. greg

    maggie.. btw,,,I am getting a hard ...............media..wake up , maggie,, its time u go back to school

    February 2, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. greg

    yes.. 10 billion dollars were spent for that sos

    February 2, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Agalag

    God, she's SUCH a loser!

    February 2, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Blue balloons

    Well shoot, as long as we're doing this let's play Superbowl XLIII again!

    February 2, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. hill08


    February 2, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. hill08


    February 2, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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