Mayor of Pepper Pike isn't quite the same as Secretary of State, but I've been saying no to whether I'll run for that office since the day three months ago that my mayor announced his decision not to run for a sixth term (he's been in our city's government for 36 years). So I have a teensy inkling of what it's like for Hillary Clinton to be asked, persistently, about future plans -- and to say "No, I won't."
Friday night, I waited at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, surrounded by Bomb Squad vehicles and black bulletproof SUVS, for Hillary Clinton to speak to an audience of 1,400, only her third appearance in the United States since she took office as Secretary of State in early 2009. Upon entering the room, she grinned widely and received a standing ovation, welcomed with open arms by the loyal crowd. After a brief introduction, she cut straight to the point. The government needs innovation to solve our problems and the world's problems. And she meant it.
So if Clinton has strengths that others lacked when approaching the Mideast conundrums, where have they fallen down and how might Clinton avoid that trap? Aaron David Miller, the foreign policy adviser previously mentioned, reportedly sees the question mark over Clinton's ability to succeed in her Mideast negotiations role as dependent upon whether she can " ... look at life as a chessboard and figure out what the next move is and the next move after that."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been called a lot of things in her day, some of them not so complimentary. "Social media animal," however, probably isn't a term that Hillary ever thought would be attached to her name.
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