“Over these many years, John’s earned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world. He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job-training,” President Barack Obama said when he nominated Kerry last month. “I think it is fair to say that few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry, and this makes him a perfect choice to guide American diplomacy in the years ahead.” [CNN]
THERE WON’T be anything today that resembles what Secretary Hillary Clinton went through yesterday. Senators Warren and McCain will introduce Senator John Kerry, as will Clinton. Kerry’s nomination will be one of Obama’s new nominations that won’t get push back. He’s coming before a committee he chaired, in front of people who respect him.
Syria will be up front for Kerry, and you may see Republicans get shots in about President Obama’s foreign policy, not to mention the Arab spring, the entire dialogue could prove interesting.
Secretary of State is one of the jobs John Kerry has always wanted. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Kerry, interviewing him, worked with his team on the Patriot Project, know a little bit about the politician. I’m thrilled to see this manifesting for John Kerry.
Secretary Clinton is taking her last turn today, introducing Senator Kerry, who obviously needs no introduction. Her partnership with the Obama will then take a turn towards ending. She meets with President Obama later today, at 4:30 p.m. Then prepares to leave the scene, at least for now.