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. banasy©

    @raven once told me, over a year ago, that [the regs] here on CNN “‘only parrot what they see and hear from Big Media:’”

    That was said TO her.
    By you.

    December 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hide Behind

    Oh how great was the great generation, we will never know for the lies told today are the same as lies told then.
    We are the great generation but do not know why except that the men in power tell us lies and we believe them.
    The killing never ends by these great men and women, for from birth to death they cannot tell the diffrrence from truth and a lie.
    The lie?

    December 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Bush is absolutely relevant, in that President Obama inherited a massive debt that was hidden from the general budget, which Obama chose to include in the next budget.
    The US didn't go to war with Iraq to stop Hussein from genocide; indeed, after we went, 400,000 more Iraqi's were killed.
    Madeline Albright said that was an acceptable risk, as long as the US achieved its goal.
    We absolutely joined the Allies; the Allies fought Germany before we even entered the war.
    The US went to WWII because of Pearl Harbor, not because of what was happening in Germany.
    The bombs were dropped long after Hitler was dead and gone to make Ja.pan give up.

    December 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ Hamsta, banasy is a liberal not a democrat! And HOW can our POTUS be sidestepping Congress when they have ADMITTEDLY been stonewalling him for 4 years? I know you know if any one of us had the work ethics that group has we would be out on our kiesters!

    December 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    So cnn, why am i being blocked now? Too much truth?

    December 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    And your buddies GWB and CHENEY cannot even leave this country cuz they will be arrested for war crimes! If you dont believe me ask Philip, he can tell you all about it! So yea, hes just a wonderful candidate for anything, NOT!

    December 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Thank you @ Dale! Dont know WHY thats so hard for people to comprehend!

    December 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    As for those 2 fools being a better choice, they are pretty much the PRIME reason we are in the demise that we are in! And a person would have to be delusional or just plain stupid to think they were good for our country!

    December 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Lol hamsta, she never said they did! But ya know there is one person that posts quite regular here that believes germany is attacking america still, via bayer aspirin! Hope that made you smile. 😉

    December 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    How sweet my posts are being deleted while the jacker posts remain! One class act you are @ cnn!

    December 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    The page turned.
    Later, chrissy.

    December 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    GN all, enjoy!

    December 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mia

      simple question for everyone here: what has prez Obama put on the table to get the deficit under control? Yes. I got the whole tax the rich which will save approximately 7 days of spending in a years time. Besides that softy, I hate people who are successful approach, what does the president of the united states of America have to fix this problem? Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

      December 23, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Mia

      Its a simple question folks. A $20 trillion deficit is gonna be here faster than this Christmas has arrived, and that was fast. Answers please.

      December 23, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      Mia you clown , first of all republican, you LOST!!!!Secound of all get out of your republican world of being DEAF to what was said, BLIND to the truth and just stay DUMB and stop putting your foot on your mouth! Thid,stop getting your news from the largest YELLOW JOURNALISTIC LIERS AND RIGHT WING PROPANGANDA news media,FOX NEWS. Your so called LIBERAL MEDIA you REPUBLICANS HATE SO MUCH may be a bit, not a lot ,but a bit more accurate news sorce for you. Fourth ,stop diverting the blame from what you have done and or said. This seems to be something republicans love to do!

      December 23, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mia

      skel can't answer a simple question but she/he sure can whip out the insults in a typical lib fashion. Answer the question. It's a very straight forward question. You can't can you?

      December 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      MIA your answer is defeat in the war on terror, skyrhigh national debt, high unemployment, workers health benefits being taken away while they are criminalized for being to broke to buy their own after paying for shaquitas rent food phone and illegal habits while het wild sasquatch for a child that shaquita spit out as a paycheck plays in traffic.

      December 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Does anyone else think John Kerry resembles Jay Leno on crack?

      December 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      When God targets Washington D.C. with a meteor shower the dems will be to stupid to pick up their bible and read Sodom and Gammorha, they will just blame bush. the dems labeled Romney as " the great white hope" in 2016 history will label Obama as " the big black failure" for losing the war on terror, spending America back into slavery, and selling America's soveriegnity to the United Nations after the World trade center becomes the dome of the rock.

      December 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Now that you mention it, he sure does!
      I thought he reminded me of someone, lol...

      December 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tata

    If the guy was alive i will tourtre him till he is dead he did wrong on killing does angles.

    December 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    @Mia...No. President Obama isn't one of the banksters caught LIBOR fixing. (interest rate fixing scan).Some economists say banksters' LIBOR fixing has cost citizens 300 trillion dollars-plus over the years.
    @Banasy...long before the US government ebtered WWiI, US ships were being sunk dauly by Nazi submarines in the Atlantic. When you attack a US ship, you attack America. Nazis did in fact attack America long before America joined the war.
    And it was Christians who did NOT side with Hitler who were thrown into concentration camps, NOT "christians" who did whatever Hitler commanded rather than whatever God commanded.

    December 23, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. History 101

    Banasy is wrong again. Nazi warships and planes attacked and sunk dozens of US ships long before the US gov officially entered WWII.
    If you attack a US ship, you attack America. The USS Cole attack, for one example. The USS Liberty ship being attacked, for another.

    December 23, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, c'mon!
      Philip, you knopw vert well that is NOT the reason the United States got into WWII.
      Your pettiness is sjowing again.

      December 23, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Corrected version, for the GN:
      Philip, you know very well that is NOT the reason the United States got into WWII.
      Your pettiness is showing again.

      December 23, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
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