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The Hillary moment!


Last updated: Monday, December 17, 2012 1:23 PM
The Hillary moment!

Hussein Shobokshi


As expected and widely speculated, President Barack Obama officially nominated veteran Democratic Senator John Kerry to replace outgoing Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Senator Kerry comes in as the president’s second choice due to the chaos generated by the bombardment campaign against his first choice, the current US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, who had to withdraw her nomination after such a concentrated attack by the Republican Party and its public relations machine.

Hillary Clinton seems to have left the glamorous post she held so well for almost four years to prepare herself for bigger plans. It is widely believed that she is making plans to run for president in the next elections.

People around Hillary sincerely believe that America is very much ready for its first female president, particularly since the country successfully passed an important “acid test” by electing and then reelecting its first African-American president in Barack Obama. They believe that she is most qualified to carry on with that challenge. She brings with her an enormous amount of expertise in internal politics and global relations.

The Democratic Party sees that there is a golden chance for the party to create another milestone as it did with Barack Obama thus the “Hillary Moment” is being touted now as the next party goal. Senior Democrats who might have had political goals and aspirations, like current Vice President Joe Biden, have given hints not to run for the top post as the party would not fully back them. The Democrats believe that a Hillary victory will bring a special breed to the top office, something like a mix between Margaret Thatcher, the first woman premier in British history which caused a revolution in British and European politics, as well as her husband Bill Clinton who brought the most significant economic boom to America in recent years.

How would the world see and deal with Hillary Clinton as US president? That is an important question, indeed. If she makes it to the post, which is four years away, Russia, China, Europe and India will surely not be the same, to say the least. Serious questions remain open in hot spots across the world, not least of them is the Middle East. Hillary as president, I believe, would be a welcome development and gives us something “worth” anticipating in a world of politics that does not leave much room for hope anymore.

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