Tag: secretary of state

ObamaNation Politics

Obama Selects Clinton As Secretary Of State

President-elect Barack Obama has named former election rival Senator Hilary Clinton as secratary of state on Monday.

Bill Clinton was among the first to express his approval, “As an American, I am thankful. As her husband, I am deeply proud.”

“[Hillary] is the right person for the job of helping to restore America’s image abroad, end the war in Iraq, advance peace and increase our security, by building a future for our children with more partners and fewer adversaries,” the former President added.

Republican pundit Rush Limbaugh also praised Obama’s selection, calling it a “brilliant stroke.”

Obama has already appointed House of Representatives’ Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff and plans to keep Robert Gates in position as defense secretary.

“I assembled this team because I am a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions. I think that’s how the best decisions are made,” Obama says of his cabinet decisions.


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Africa Music Politics

Colin Powell Sings And Dances “Yahoozee” At Africa Rising Concert

General Colin Powell showed off some hip-hop dance moves during an impromptu performance on Tuesday at the Africa Rising festival in London.

The former Secretary of State joined the Nigerian group Olu Maintain as they sang and danced to their hit song “Yahoozee.” Christina Aguilera and Seal also performed at the event.

Before busting a move, Powell addressed the audience:

I stand before you tonight as an African American. Many people say to me, ‘You became Secretary of State of the USA, is it really necessary to say you are an African American, or that you are black?’ And I say yes, so that we can remind our children. It took a lot of people struggling to bring me to this point in history. I didn’t just drop out of the sky, people came from my continent in chains.

Colin Powell has yet to endorse a presidential candidate, and we’re wondering if his speech means he’ll be backing Obama. We’re also wondering if Powell knew the song “Yahoozee” refers to the slang term “yahoo boyz” which means internet scammers.


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Condoleezza Rice Politics Race Matters

Condolezza: U.S. Has Come A Long Way

Condoleezza Rice has expressed approval of Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy, saying it’s a remarkable accomplishment that shows the U.S. has come a long way.

The Secretary of State, who is only the second black person, after Colin Powell, to achieve such a high position in the American government, said in a TV interview over the weekend that she knows which candidate she will vote for in the fall–but will not reveal it to the public.

Rice is still not considering a role as Vice President, but is planning to write a book about America’s foreign policy at the end of Bush’s term.

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