It was nice to see Secretary of State-designee Hillary Clinton acknowledge the citizens of her adopted state at President-Elect Obama’s press conference on Monday. Obama had described Clinton’s appointment as “a sign to friend and foe of the seriousness of
my commitment to renew American diplomacy and restore our alliances.”
Clinton began her remarks this way:
Mr. President-elect, thank you for this honor. If confirmed, I will
give this assignment, your administration, and our country my all. I
also want to thank my fellow New Yorkers who have, for eight years,
given me the joy of a job I love with the opportunity to work on issues
I care about deeply in a state that I cherish.
And you’ve also helped prepare me well for this new role.
After all, New Yorkers aren’t afraid to speak their minds and do so in
Speaking their minds, and in every language — and being willing to listen: that’s cosmopolitanism. Are you listening, Rudy Giuliani?
You can see a video of Obama’s announcement of his national security team and Clinton’s remarks below: