Target: Hillary Clinton
Goal: Thank Hillary Clinton for her service as Secretary of State
After serving as Secretary of State in Barack Obama’s Cabinet, Hillary Clinton is declining a second term and stepping down from her post. Throughout the course of her tremendous service, she has visited 112 countries and traveled nearly a million miles, negotiating treaties, conducting diplomacy, and representing the President at international forums. Clinton has been named the women Americans most admire in the annual Gallup study a whopping 17 times.
As Secretary of State, Clinton became the first First Lady to serve in a president’s cabinet. During her term, Clinton used her position to make women’s rights and human rights a central goal of U.S. initiatives. She became one of the most traveled Secretaries of State in U.S. history and promoted the use of social media to convey the country’s positions. She also led U.S. diplomatic efforts in responding to the Arab Spring and military intervention in Libya.
The State Department, under Clinton’s leadership, came under investigation last year after a deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, which killed the U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others. Clinton was recently put to the test when taking questions from Congress at a hearing on the subject of Benghazi.
Emotions ran high when Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) demanded details about the specific actions she took on the night of the Benghazi attack. Clinton raised her voice but remained resolute and humble, “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” she said to the lawmaker. She then made a powerful statement, appearing to respond directly to the hysterical controversy stirred up by conservatives surrounding the motives of the terrorists in Benghazi, “Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Johnson stopped interrupting as Clinton continued. “It is, from my perspective, less important today looking backward as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice,” she said. Johnson didn’t attempt a rebuttal. “Okay, thank you, Madam Secretary,” he concluded.
Despite facing an onslaught of anger from senators like Rand Paul, Clinton handled the hearing with great poise and strength, and probably emerges with a healthier reputation than the administration that she’s leaving. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 67 percent of Americans view her favorably, a career high and roughly double the popularity congressional Republicans have.
“I would argue that Mrs. Clinton is perhaps the most significant secretary of state since Dean Acheson, who helped unify the relationship between modern Europe and the United States,” Eric E. Schmidt, the chairman of Google, gushed as he introduced her at a conference on Internet freedom in The Hague in December.
Even some Republicans in Congress acknowledge the skills she has brought to the job. “I think she’s represented our nation well,” Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican from South Carolina, who served as one of 13 managers in the 1998 impeachment trial of Clinton’s husband, “She is extremely well respected throughout the world, handles herself in a very classy way and has a work ethic second to none.”
Thank Hillary Clinton for her incredible service to our country.
Dear Madame Secretary Clinton,
We are saddened to see you step down from your post as Secretary of State, but we know the future holds endless opportunity for you to serve our nation. We thank you for your tireless efforts to bring democracy and peace to the world, a job that has certainly been filled with immeasurable pressure and difficulty. You have done a remarkable job representing our nation overseas, and working to realize justice in the international community.
We hope you enjoy much deserved rest and relaxation in the coming months. We cannot wait to see in what ways you will continue to impact our country and the world. You have made invaluable contributions throughout your life in the public sector, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. You have our unyielding support, gratitude and respect.
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