Today, February 1 was Hillary Rodham Clinton’s last day on the job as the United States Secretary of State under the Obama Administration. Clinton’s four years the US’ top ranking diplomatic official have been lauded as some of the most impressive in the history of the Office. Her tenure in the role has directly impacted the positive public image of the United States across many nations.
- In July of 2012, during a trip to Finland, Clinton met former-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s most-countries-traveled-to mark — 98 countries.
- Secretary Clinton then went on to visit 12 more countries, for a closing total of 112.
- The Atlantic reports that Secretary Clinton traveled 956,733 miles during her time at the State Department.
- Meeting with 1,700 world leaders at home and abroad.
I am part of a generation that has grown up watching Clinton and her feats as Secretary of State are no surprise to us as we have witnessed her tenacity over the years. Many would say nothing less would have been acceptable and anything more would have been Hillary being Hillary.
She officially resigned the post of Secretary of State at 2pm today and the new Secretary of State John Kerry, former democratic presidential hopeful and Senator from Massachusetts since 1985, was sworn in later in the afternoon.
Clinton gave her actual last address as Secretary of State to her employees today her last day on the job. As Council of Foreign Relations President Richard Haass quipped at the end of Clinton’s speech, the next Secretary of State “has some very big Manolo Blahniks to fill.”
Indeed you do Mr. Kerry, indeed you do.