Obama: Susan Rice Withdraws from Secretary of State Consideration

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Statement by the President on Ambassador Rice

Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State. For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. As my Ambassador to the United Nations, she plays an indispensable role in advancing America’s interests. Already, she has secured international support for sanctions against Iran and North Korea, worked to protect the people of Libya, helped achieve an independent South Sudan, stood up for Israel’s security and legitimacy, and served as an advocate for UN reform and the human rights of all people.

I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues. I have every confidence that Susan has limitless capability to serve our country now and in the years to come, and know that I will continue to rely on her as an advisor and friend. While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first. The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.

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Martian_14
Martian_14

It was about time. She was inept and confrontational. Who cares about all her diplomas and whatnot if she behaves as a distraught schoolgirl? 

BREDLlouis
BREDLlouis

Rice was targeted unfairly after a virtual nomination by McCain et al. Since when does the Senate nominate the President's cabinet?

charlieromeobravo
charlieromeobravo

As best I can tell, McCain and Graham's objections to Ms Rice are that she repeated some preliminary incorrect information on Bengahzi on a Sunday moring talk show. If giving out incorrect information on a Sunday mornign show was an automatic disqualified for a job in governmnent, McCain and Graham should have been run out of Washington on a rail YEARS ago.  This was a farce.  McCain knows it too.

sandifjm
sandifjm

@TimothyDNaegele My previous comment seems to have not made it, but I basically just reiterated what charlie said above. Unlike the liars who went on TV and knowingly misled the country about the need to invade Iraq, Ambassador Rice merely read talking points that had been prepared by the intelligence community, and had no idea at the time that they were not accurate. If you're looking for people to indict, maybe you should start with the previous administration. More than enough war criminals among that gang of chickenhawks to keep prosecutors busy for a long time.

And I enjoyed reading through your blog. But I have to know, how is it possible to be so wrong so much of the time?

On the bright side, McCain finally got a "win" at the President's expense. I bet that makes up for election night 2008.

charlieromeobravo
charlieromeobravo

"Hopefully she never gets another job in government."

Unfortunately for the wing-nuts, she doesn't need to.  She's still Ambassador to the UN, serving at the pleasure of the President.

cheesecake101
cheesecake101

@charlieromeobravo  For a country of 300 million, <2% is very narrow. Out of the total number who voted, <5% would have shifted the popular vote.You're right about the electoral votes, though. When you have such massive one-sided states like California, it's not too surprising to see such large gaps in the electoral votes.

charlieromeobravo
charlieromeobravo

"The election could have tipped either way."

That implies that the election was close.  A ~5 million ballot, 126 electoral vote margin is not landslide territory but neither could it be remotely construed as close.