Hillary Clinton Says Farewell: Grateful and Proud

Outgoing secretary of state makes her final speech to room full of State Department employees.
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So now it's -- great honor to introduce one last time. The 67. Secretary of state of the United States of America Hillary Rodham Clinton. Okay. -- Okay. Thank you. Well it. Just standing here looking out at olive view that people I have been honored to serve and lead and worked with. Over the last four years is. An incredible experience. And when I came into this building as the secretary of state for years ago. And received such a warm welcome. I knew there was something really special. About this place. And that having the honor two. -- lead to the State Department and USA ID. Would be unique. And Cingular. Exciting and challenging. It has been all of those things and so much more. I cannot. Fully express. How grateful I am. To those with whom. I have spent many hours. Here in Washington. Around the world and in airplanes. But I'm proud of the work we've done. To elevate. Diplomacy and development. On to serve the nation we all love. To understand. The challenges. The threats and the opportunities that the United States faces. And to work with all our heart and all -- our might. To make sure that America is secure -- that our interests are promoted and our values are respected. As I look back over these past 4 years I am very proud of the work we have done together. Of course we live in -- very. Complex and even dangerous times says we -- again. Just today and our embassy in Ankara. Where we. Were attacked. And lost. One of our foreign service nationals and others injured. But I spoke with the ambassador and the team there. -- spoke with my Turkish counterpart. And I told them how much. We valued. Their commitment. And their sacrifice. I know that the world we are trying to help. Bring into being. In the 21 century. Will have many difficult days. But I am more optimistic today than I was when I stood here four years ago. Because I have seen. Day after day. The many contributions. That our diplomats. And development experts are making. Help insure that this century. Provides the kind of peace. Progress and prosperity. That not just the United States but the entire world especially young people. So richly deserve. I am very proud to have been secretary of state. -- will miss you I will. Probably be dialing ops just to talk. I will wonder. What -- Lawler doing. Because I know that -- them because of your efforts stay after today. We are making a real difference. But I leave this department. Confident. Confident about the direction we upset. Confident that the process of the cutie ER which we started for the first time. Has enabled us to ask hard questions about what we do how we do it and whether we can do it even better. Is state and AID have to always be learning organizations we owe it to ourselves. We owe it to the president we owe it to the American people. And so I will be an advocate from outside. For the work that you continue to do here. And it AIG. So it's been. Quite a challenging. Week saying good -- -- so many people. And knowing that sent. I will not have the opportunity to continue being part of this amazing team. But I am so grateful. That we've had. A chance. To contribute. In each of our ways. To making our country and our world. Stronger. Safer. Fairer. And better. Those of you who are staying. As many of you will. Please know that. I hope you will redouble your efforts to do all that you can. -- demonstrates. Unequivocally. Why diplomacy and development. Are right up there with defense. How -- we think about who we -- as Americans. It's because. We are united. And committed across our government. To do what ever is required. To fulfill the missions we have as soon. As public officials and public servants. So next week. I went -- Expects. That all of you will be. As focused. And dedicated for secretary -- As you have been for me. And that you will continue to serve President Obama. And our nation. With the same level. -- professionalism. And commitment. That I have seen firsthand. On a personal basis. Let me wish -- of view. The very best with the you've been here a week where thirty or even forty years -- Let me. Give you the very best. Wishes. That I hand. Because. I'm proud to have been a part of -- I leave thinking of the nearly 70000. People that I was honored to serve and -- as part of a huge extended family. And I hope. That you will continue. To make yourselves. Make me. And make our country proud. Thank you all and god bless you.

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