Friday, January 23, 2009

SecState Clinton: "A New Era for America"



This was my morning- my new boss arrived in the building and made some inspirational remarks. I was up close, but must credit my co-worker Melissa for this picture as she had a more direct line of sight. Some of my favorite lines from the speech:

...There are three legs to the stool of American foreign policy: defense, diplomacy, and development. And we are responsible for two of the three legs. And we will make clear, as we go forward, that diplomacy and development are essential tools in achieving the long-term objectives of the United States. And I will do all that I can, working with you, to make it abundantly clear that robust diplomacy and effective development are the best long-term tools for securing America's future.

In my testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee, I spoke a lot about smart power. Well, at the heart of smart power are smart people, and you are those people. And you are the ones that we will count on and turn to for the advice and counsel, the expertise and experience to make good on the promises of this new Administration...

...we want to send a clear and unequivocal message: This is a team, and you are the members of that team. There isn't anything that I can get done from the seventh floor or the President can get done from the Oval Office, unless we make clear we are all on the American team. We are not any longer going to tolerate the kind of divisiveness that has paralyzed and undermined our ability to get things done for America...

I think this is a time of such potential and possibility. I don't get up in the morning just thinking about the threats and the dangers, as real as they are. I also think about what we can do and who we are and what we represent...


For the first time in a long time, I feel inspired, and cannot wait to see where this new adventure takes us.

5 comments:

drwende said...

Damn, she comes across better as an administrative leader than as a politician. Obama found HER the right spot to shine.

This is one thing I really like about the new President. He surrounds himself with people whose personal interests are in NOT saying "yes" to him, and he puts them in spots where they really get to use their skills.

scb said...

Yes indeed! Those are good words to hear from the Secretary of State. Thanks for sharing.

I am filled with such a sense of hope -- this has added to it.

My word verification is "paxbok". The fact that "pax" is in there has got to be significant.

lorijo said...

I envy you. It was inspiring to me- and I saw it on tv and don't even work there!

Minivan Mom said...

Very cool. I'm envious as well. :)

Christine in DC said...

Thanks for that! (BTW, my boss's comments about recovery after a round of layoffs was much less inspiring...)