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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was the former Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. Her previous job was US Senator, representing New York State. She is the wife of former President William Jefferson Clinton, making her the FLOTUS prior to Laura Bush and after Barbara Bush (as well as the previous First Lady of Arkansas).
2008 Presidential campaignEdit
In 2007-08 Hillary ran for the Democratic nomination for President, and up until winter 2007 was the leading giant in every poll. However, Barack Obama had raised enough money to displace her inevitability. She had almost no organization in place and Obama ended up winning the Democratic nomination in May 2008.
Her main argument to the Democratic National Convention superdelegates was that she is "more electable" than Obama. However, Obama lead her in both the superdelegate count and the pledged delegate count, so her campaign was finished before May of 2008.
Secretary of State Edit
After she campaigned and supported her former opponent's successful campaign during the general election, she was made the Secretary of State. This role is more high profile in the US government then just being a US Senator. Her term in this role started in January 2009 and lasted until January 2013.
Secretary Clinton spent her first days in office telephoning dozens of world leaders and indicating that U.S. foreign policy would change direction; thinking, "We have a lot of damage to repair".
In September, she unveiled the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative at the annual meeting of her husband's Clinton Global Initiative. The new initiative seeks to battle hunger worldwide notably in the Third World. This is a strategic part of U.S. foreign policy rather than just reacting to food shortage emergencies as they occur, and emphasizes the role of women farmers.
Her tenure ended when she decided to resign as Secretary of State after four years of successful international diplomacy. Her approval ratings have remained above 50% since she has left office & she was replaced by John Kerry.
2016 Presidential campaign Edit
Hillary ended up getting 56% of the pledged delegates.
Another superdelegate controversy Edit
Popular Culture Edit
- Amy Poelher often performed hilarious parodies (both positive and negative) of her on Saturday Night Live.
- She is the only FLOTUS to ever run for and win elected office as well as the first female Senator from New York.