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Obama Officially Picks Clinton

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Obama Officially Picks Clinton

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton leave a news conference in Chicago today. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

In downtown Chicago Monday, President-elect Barack Obama rolled out the latest in his cabinet appointments. That included the highly-anticipated appointment of New York Senator and Chicago-area native Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

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Just before Monday’s announcement Clinton stood behind the podium with the five other appointees. Right in front of her, a TV reporter declared “no doubt this has been a long strange road for Hillary Clinton,” and a smile slowly crept across Clinton’s face.

Certainly the Secretary of State appointment recasts a relationship with deep Chicago roots and and a tense and complicated history. Former Clinton campaign chair, and Chicago billionaire J.B. Pritzker was among a handful of prominent local Clinton supporters who watched Monday’s announcement.

PRITZKER: I think all of us have put all that primary talk aside. In the general election, we all came together to support this candidate for president and now-president elect.

To underscore the effect, Obama and Senator Clinton exited the room with their arms around each other.

I’m Ben Calhoun, Chicago Public Radio.

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