Bill Clinton Weighs in on His Wife Being Secretary of State

Nov 17, 2008 9:23am

Speaking at an economic conference in Kuwait hosted by the National Bank of Kuwait, former president Bill Clinton said of talks between President-elect Obama and his wife about her joining the Obama administration as Secretary of State, "If he decided to ask her and they did it together, I think she’ll be really great as a secretary of state. Whatever happens or doesn’t happen is between Obama and her," Bloomberg News reports.

Clinton said his wife "worked very hard for his election after the primary fight with him, and so did I, and we were very glad that he won and we have a lot of confidence that he can do a good job. But she didn’t do what she did with the hope or expectation of getting any kind of job offer, much less having this discussed," Agence France-Press adds.

And the 42nd president was coy about the nature of the discussions between his wife and the soon-to-be 44th president.

"The truth is I don’t know," he said.

Of course it’s the very presence of Bill Clinton in places like this National Bank of Kuwait symposium that is complicating matters for his wife. His web of extensive international business dealings for his philanthropic endeavors — such as the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation — for the Clinton Library, and for his own personal business dealings that stand as such a complex briar patch of potential conflicts of interest for his wife being the nation’s top diplomat.

– jpt

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