After losing the presidential bid against Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton didn’t tuck her tail and run. Instead she stepped up and swallowed her pride. Shortly after winning the presidency, Barack Obama offered Clinton a seat by his side, as Secretary of State. This moment was to be the mark of a long and prosperous adventure, ultimately leading Hillary Clinton back to the podium in a fight for her dreams that dated back to 2008 — to become President of the United States. As we know, she was not ultimately able to realize this dream in 2016, but this setback does not take away from her past successes and how she shaped the nation during her time as Secretary of State.
Hillary and Obama’s First Term
There is no doubt the initial relationship required a delicate balance of rebuilding trust and learning to work together, but that didn’t stop Hillary from her ultimate goal, making a positive impact on the country and the world. Her first objective revolved around building a stronger State Department aimed at playing a more active role in global economic affairs. In 2009, the Obama administration granted an increase of 9.5% to the State Department’s budget, giving Clinton the financial support she needed to continue her goals as Secretary of State.
Hillary and Obama’s Second Term
By the second term, Obama and Clinton had developed a solid working relationship, a high level of trust, and a friendly tone to their approach with each other. 2012 was the start of Hillary’s second term as Secretary of State, and the beginning of the Syrian War. Highly focused on the impact of the war and it’s long-term effects on not only our country but also on the world, Clinton backed the Arab League Plan but was defeated after China and Russia vetoed the proposal.
The second term was also filled with controversy regarding the Benghazi incident, conflicts in Mali, the ongoing refugee crisis and many more issues. However one thing remained the same: Clinton’s commitment and dedication to the country and her desire to bring about change.