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So long (for now), Hillary…

Friday, February 1, 2013

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned Friday as America’s 67th Secretary of State, capping a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited.

In a letter sent to President Barack Obama shortly before she was to leave the State Department for the last time in her official capacity, Clinton thanked her former foe for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination for the opportunity to serve in his administration. Clinton said it had been an honor to be part of his Cabinet.

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“I am more convinced than ever in the strength and staying power of America’s global leadership and our capacity to be a force for good in the world,” she wrote.

But the woman who was once considered a divisive figure in American politics, leaves office as one of its most popular, and remained coy about whether she would run for president in 2016.

“I am making no decisions, but I would never give that advice to someone that I wouldn’t take myself,” she said. “If you believe you can make a difference, not just in politics, in public service, in advocacy around all these important issues, then you have to be prepared to accept that you are not going to get 100 percent approval.”

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13 more reader comments:

  1. One amazing lady.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:33pm
  2. Looking forward to seeing you as Madame President in 2017!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:33pm
  3. see you soon!?….:D

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:33pm
  4. For now! Clinton 2016!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:33pm
  5. See ya in 2016!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:34pm
  6. All the best Hillary…hope to see you in 2016!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:34pm
  7. thank god hopefully she like some others will never return

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:37pm
  8. 2016!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:03pm
  9. Best wishes til 2016!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:06pm
  10. An amazing woman who may return as Candidate Clinton once again and keep us on the road to saneland.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:27pm
  11. Stay safe and relax, and hopefully we wuk

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:36pm
  12. will see you in 2016.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:37pm
  13. Job well done Madam Secretary !

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:58pm