Obama nominates John Kerry to be secretary of state
December 21st, 2012
02:11 PM ET

Obama nominates John Kerry to be secretary of state

[Updated at 2:11 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry, the former presidential candidate who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to be the next secretary of state.

The senior senator from Massachusetts is noted for the experience, gravitas and relationship-building skills that could help him succeed Hillary Clinton, the outgoing top U.S. diplomat.

Kerry (pictured) has traveled the globe on behalf of the Obama administration to mend frayed relationships. Most notably, he traveled to Pakistan after a series of incidents, including the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, that had set relations back.

He has support from Republicans as well as Democrats. The nomination will be sent to the Senate for confirmation.

"There are very few people with greater experience over a longer period of time," said Nicholas Burns, a former career ambassador who has served every secretary of state since Warren Christopher, and was most recently undersecretary for political affairs under Condoleezza Rice. "He would be a very, very impressive choice."

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  1. chrissy

    Perfect choice!

    December 21, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seth

      where is the outrage against the gazillionaire?

      December 21, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Good thing that i HAVE some mentality! ;)

    December 21, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. saywhat

    I think Kerry would prove to be a sensible choice.
    Thre is another drama playing out away from public eyes folks.

    Neo-cons, Israeli first law makers and Israeli groups are up in arms to bull doze another nomination. Chuck Hagel for Secy.Defense. The 'charges' are that he is not sufficiently pro-Israel.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. saywhat

    The America first law makers and other for America groups have also geared up to counter that assault. Let us see which mind set wins.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. saywhat

    Further comments blocked.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Hide Behindp

    Used to be against allowing am elected official to vacate their term of office before it is complete other than for corruption of that office,senility, and health or lack there of.
    Today about 15% have enough wherewithal to be able to rule and fool the other 80% into thinking they perform a "Public Service" to the millions of clones and drones they onersee.
    No sense commenting about mans qualifications to rule, he is thete because a programmed public lack the ability to rule themselves.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Hide Behindp

    And all the cloned drones nod their heads in agreement, while the ones who have access to the place behind the "Veil" say amen to that.

    December 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. LightWriter

    Yippee! Another career politician being promoted for towing the party line for 27 years. Same'O same'O. Surely he can be more influential as secretary of state than a member of the "Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction". We all know how that's working out.

    December 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mary

    im being blocked too! whats going on ?

    December 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Simpleton2

    you need to apologize for your outrageous comment. .

    December 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Simpleton2

    John F. Kerry ...... One Percenter (by marriage, not by real personal accomplishment) extraordinaire ... remember he bought a new yacht and rather than pay Massachusetts sales tax he moored it in Rhode Island, until he got caught. He's the guy who pretended to throw his combat medals over the White house fence as part of an antiwar protest (in reality he had purchased a bunch of medals in an Army – Navy store, keeping his own, earned or unearned, safe. He's also the war veteran who defied our government and in what should have been deemed an act of treason, went to Paris to meet with the then enemy, North Vietnamese [during Lyndon Johnson's Vietnam War] ..... This is the quality of person John Kerry is, a mealy mouthed, insincere, and devious phoney.

    December 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. 1608

    I was playing on the p t side and they let me in less the 6hrs, only 3 Min's. so now what happens if i got real?

    December 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. chrissy

    New regime @ Mary, ive blocked all afternoon.

    December 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. chrissy

    oops meant to say *been blocked all afternoon*! You can post nonsense like this all day tho.

    December 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Philip

    I figured he would nominate George W. Bush, being that President Obama has continued Bush's policies of gagging FBI whistleblowers (Sibel D. Edomonds and 24 DoD officials gagged so-far on 9/11).
    Also, Bush's "Israel can do no wrong" foreign policy adopted by President Obama. I mean, how many politicians can you find that look the other way? AND are Skull&Bonesmen like Kerry? Rare.

    December 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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