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. History 101

    ...also, it wasn't ordinary Catholics who were thrown into death camps. Those were genuine Christians who REFUSED to side with Hitler, not a bunch of renegade christians who dropped their bibles and started waving Germany's national flag instead of siding with their true brothers and sisters.

    December 23, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      ....Illustrate where banasy said anything to the contrary, Philip.
      Since you seek to correct people, I'm sure you will stay up all night to research this to back-up Hamsta: when did Iraq attack America?

      December 23, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. LIBOR scam

    Barclay's Bank banksters have already admitted their part in this ongoing LIBOR affair. Barclay's has been fined 421 million dollars so far, and are cooperating with the DoJ and congress investigating other big banksters.
    President Obama isn't a bankster, so it's not his fault. He didn't rip US off for over 100 trillion dollars! President Obama probably lost some of his own personal funds to these frauds just like the rest of US did!

    December 23, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. History 101

    *the USS Cole and Liberty ships being attacked were viewed by most of US as attacks on America herself. (proof that Nazis attacked America herself when German U boats sunk dozens of US ships long before the US finally declared War on Germany two years after WWII was declared by most other nations.

    December 23, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      American got into WWII after PH was attacked no matter HOW you want to spin it to attack me, Philip.

      December 23, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. History 101 (w/Carter as WWII pres)

    "Well I declayer. Theah IS a wah goin'-on over theyah Pa'haps we should join owah allies by now?"
    "Aftah all, they sunk anuthah one a ah ships today."

    December 23, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I decalare, you will go through any lengths to deny that America got into the war because of Pearl Harbor, won'tcha?

      December 23, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. History 101 (w/Carter as WWII pres)

    *declayah
    *taday
    Good morning, everyone. Slill asleep, eh?

    December 23, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Grandma's Money

    Our Social Security National Treasury Account should have by ALL ACCOUNTS well-over 100 trillion dollars in it by now.
    The Aurora Shooter's father is a whistleblower... the man who designed a computer program that proves who stole it. (LIBOR scandal) Also, the Conn Kidkiller's father is a whistleblower informing on banksters.

    December 23, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yeah, and one has nothing to do with the other [those shootings], no matter what kind of spin you put on it, Philip.
      Still awaiting for concrete evidence that the two are connected, and a link to the video of the second shooter being arrested.
      Concrete proof, not a conspiracy theory.
      Thanks in advance, BurningMan December.

      December 23, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Banasy, since you so desperately want Hussein to be innocent, tell me exactly how Hitler had anything to do with pearl harbor. Nothing, we went after Hitler because of his genocide, the exact same reason we went after Hussein.

      December 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Hamsta, where have I EVER said that Hussein was innocent, or that I wanted him to be??
      Hussein was a very bad man. You are assuming facts not presented into evidence.
      After the US invaded Iraq, a further 400,000 Iraqi's were killed, so how did that stop Hussein's genocide?
      Why, after Hussein died, were we still in Iraq?
      We went into WWII because of PH, we joined the Allies in going after Hitler, but that is NOT the reason America went into that war!
      Conversely, we didn't LEAVE the war once Hitler was defeated.

      December 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Banasy you have said several times that we have no reason to be in Iraq. You have called it a useless war numerous times. You still deny that yes we did find the weapons of mass destruction, you won't accept 300,000 dead bodies full of chemical agents, you want the bomb. Well the bomb was used on his own people for a science experimentthe dead bodies are evidence but you just continue to make excuses as to why we shouldn't have gone after him, that is the equivalent of saying he is innocent. It is very insulting to any member of the services and their families when you call it a useless war.

      December 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I know what I've said, Hamsta.
      Answer the question.
      How did killing 400,000 more Iraqi's stop Hussein's genocide of 300,000 people??
      America killed more than HE did!
      This shouldn't be such a hard question to answer, since you tacitly sanction it.

      December 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hamsta

    They referred to Romney as "the great white hope" history will name Obama as " the big black failure".

    December 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    "Nazi Germany, of course, did not attack America.."-Banasy 9:23pm
    American ships were in fact attacked and sunk daily long before the US gov declared War on Germany. All know that attacking a US ship is the same as attacking America., except for you I guess.

    December 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I said, that, yes, Philip. Nazi Germany did, in fact, attack America...but that is not the reason America entered WWII.
      Nor did we enter WWII because of Hitler's atrocities.
      AGAIN, Philip America did not enter the war because of Germany and no amount of repeating an erroneous statement I inadvertently made is going to change that, so quit picking the nits already.
      You knew exactly the intent of my original statement.

      December 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Before America could possibly enter WWII, Americans had to stop helping Nazis. Many US corporations like Chase Manhattan Bank and individuals like Prescott Bush were doing business with Nazis.
    So many Americans were trading with the enemy, Congress had to step-in to stop them! (Trading with the Enemy Act which reminded stupid americans they weren't supposed to be helping the bad guys)

    December 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    @Hamsta. If you sucked the life out of Jay Leno he might look like John Kerry. But as it stands now, John Kerry resembles a sharp ear of corn. :)

    December 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    "All know that attacking a US ship is the same as attacking America., except for you I guess." – Philip to banasy

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel to try and insult me, aren't you?

    December 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Having trouble posting. bbl

    December 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. the prophet

    Welcome John how ironic just run for president next election and u will win

    December 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      Thanks for putting a smile on my face you guys. Lol. Merry x-mas all

      December 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. the prophet

    You talking me

    December 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    The page changed, dang it.
    Okay, one more time.
    Hamsta, answer this one question.
    How did the USA help stop Hussein's genocide of 300,000 people, when the USA has killed 400,000 more?
    Something doesn't pass the smell test.

    December 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And do not reply with things I have said.
      I am talking about things you have said.

      December 23, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
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