July 15th, 2009
11:57 AM ET
12 years ago

Has Clinton been sidelined?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a major foreign policy speech and some Washington political observers ask: "Is she trying to get back in the spotlight?"

Since she slipped and broke her elbow last month, the secretary has had to cancel an international trip, and some inside-the-Beltway types are reading the tea leaves. Is it another step in the process of keeping Secretary Clinton from the real foreign policy decision-making in the Obama administration?

"The Daily Beast's" Tina Brown writes: "Left behind on major presidential trips, overruled in choosing her own staff - Hillary Clinton is the invisible woman at State."

"It's time for Barack Obama to let Hillary Clinton take off her burqa," she said.

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  1. Peter (CA)

    Ah, the whiny right wingers are out in force again.

    If Hillary was more prominent, they would be bleating that she is taking over because Obama can't handle it. She is doing her job without drawing all the attention.

    Why don't you whiners get back to how to prop up Sarah Palin or some other such nonsense?

    July 15, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Sam in Houston

    of course Obama is keeping at arm length. He cant have her showing him up to the world. Which he wants to rule. Hillary could have beaten him in 2008 but the media help put this man in office along with Acorn.
    Trust me she would run against him in 2012 but she is so royal to her party she will wait. Hillary you always be my President. Love ya

    July 15, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Susie

    Hillary is SO MUCH MORE INTELLIGENT – than her other White Housers that they are afraid of her. Imagine, a woman outshining those arses????? You Go Hillary!!!!

    July 15, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. skyhawkdriver

    It's my way or the highway for the annointed furhuer obama..there is not a chance that he is ever going to let hillary do anything but play second (or maybe third) fiddle..isn't it evident to everyone that he is already campaigning for 2012??..the further he pushes hillary in to the shadows the more it makes him stand out..he is,after our TSAR..our one and only all caring..all knowing..awe inspiring most benevolant leader in to the great beyond..that is of course if we are willing to give up everything for him..gee..and I thought bush was lost as a president..personally I hope hillary does run in 2012 and scalps the obumbler

    July 15, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. johnnie

    Hilarly Clinton ,has been recovering from an injury (CNN) and put that in that into the truth.President Obama was glad to have (HILARY CLINTON) as his (SECRETARY OF STATE) and is looking forward ,for to get back to what she does best, making sure our country is secure. There is no divide before them ,they are a (TEAM).. So stop the baloney ,about there is something wrong ,between the President and the (SECRETARY OF STATE),,, ....... (BOGUS) she is going to help the President to stamp out the (GOP) to be on the outside ,looking in.

    July 15, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. F-Dog

    Is this story really anything more than the gossipping that we expect from TMZ?

    July 15, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. TCM

    @FLA. – Hillary's lack of self respect has shown itself twice; once when her husband was playing games instead of axing Bin Laden, and when Obama shuffled her into a job, and then stripped away a great portion of the responsibilities...making her appear as though she's got something going on....geez...a blind man could see that one...

    Obama's mantra – keep friends close, enemies closer.....

    @Marcus, Great Lakes Illinois –

    In your response to European-American, what's the big deal? We could as why you insist on calling Obama the president? That's highly debateable...also, Nazereth is spelled with a "Z."

    July 15, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. 60's survivor

    sounds like folks just trying to whip up some drama to me.

    July 15, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Tom L

    Clearly, things have to be explained to you. The reason he called President Obama the "messiah" is to mock people who blindly follow everything that he says and does. The media treat him like he is the chosen one. They never question anything he says or does. They, like you, are sheep. This is not to say he is a bad person, because I don't think that at all. There is just way too much worship of this man.

    July 15, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. sr

    That was in OB's plan all along. Hillary fell into his trap unfortunately to take on the 'job' with no voice.

    July 15, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Jeff in Virginia

    hillary has most definately been sidelined.

    what she doesn't appear to understand is that if she keeps taking cheap shots at her boss, she may find herself without the platform from which she speaks.

    July 15, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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