Today officially marks the end of Hillary Clinton‘s term as Secretary of State. Amid controversy over the Benghazi attacks and hearing, the former New York Senator delivered her final speech as Secretary yesterday.
Addressing the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington DC, Mrs. Clinton recapped her time as Secretary of State, spoke of her future, and revealed that though this chapter in her life is closing, “heart will be very full.”
Tomorrow is my last day as Secretary of State. And though it is hard to predict what any day in this job will bring, I know that tomorrow, my heart will be very full. Serving with the men and women of the State Department and USAID has been a singular honor. And Secretary Kerry will find there is no more extraordinary group of people working anywhere in the world. So these last days have been bittersweet for me, but this opportunity that I have here before you gives me some time to reflect on the distance that weâ€™ve traveled, and to take stock of what weâ€™ve done and what is left to do.
I think itâ€™s important, as Richard alluded in his opening comments, what we faced in January of 2009: Two wars, an economy in freefall, traditional alliances fraying, our diplomatic standing damaged, and around the world, people questioning Americaâ€™s commitment to core values and our ability to maintain our global leadership. That was my inbox on day one as your Secretary of State.
Today, the world remains a dangerous and complicated place, and of course, we still face many difficult challenges. But a lot has changed in the last four years. Under President Obamaâ€™s leadership, weâ€™ve ended the war in Iraq, begun a transition in Afghanistan, and brought Usama bin Ladin to justice. We have also revitalized American diplomacy and strengthened our alliances. And while our economic recovery is not yet complete, we are heading in the right direction. In short, America today is stronger at home and more respected in the world. And our global leadership is on firmer footing than many predicted.
You can read the full transcript of Mrs. Clinton’s remarks over at DefenseNews.com. John Kerry, who will begin his term as Secretary of State on Monday, was swiftly confirmed this past Tuesday.