Hillary Clinton's impact on US diplomacy abroad
Secretary of state's legacy
- Duration 4:28
- Date Feb 1, 2013
Secretary of state's legacy
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Secretary of state Hillary Sen Clinton said -- today is wrapping up the last day as the nation's top diplomat about an hour ago the speech came.
Secretary Clinton -- her closing speech to a packed hall at the State Department.
I leave thinking of the nearly 70000.
People that I was honored to serve and lead as part of a huge extended family.
And I hope.
That you will continue.
To make ourselves.
Make me and make our country proud.
The State Department report Secretary Clinton visited 112.
Countries during her four year term.
That's a record for -- secretary of state.
She logged nearly a million airline miles and of course it was not unusual for the cameras that capture Secretary Clinton talking your typing messages on -- phone.
Some analysts say her image is a globe trotting rocks -- And that likely help improve America's standing in this world.
Critics of course -- State Department and the White House did not do enough to curb the escalating violence in the Middle East and Africa.
Which we've seen in the Arab Spring protests -- And the deadly attack on our conflict in Libya joining us now from Washington Post -- FOX News Sunday -- Chris Wallace it was quite a -- -- an hour ago Chris.
Absolutely and and luck as you can be -- Hillary Clinton fan or detractors but it was obvious that.
They felt the the thousands of people in the lobby there at the State Department that she had represented them well.
And a delay and -- not say that senior putting up that makes him look like a rock stars are birdies getting a picture -- But I can change you know.
How it was a strong leader and they appreciated the fact that she was and -- powerful and visible -- person.
For American diplomacy around the world she's certainly was a powerful and visible spokesperson I mean everybody in the world already knew -- when she got the job that's kind of rare.
Well that's right -- and -- that.
Sixty minutes interview last week one of the things the president said one of the reasons -- picture is because it.
He knew that she was a world later he knew he was going to be focused in the first year award to.
Almost exclusively on the economy and all the domestic problems and he wanted to have a high visibility figure represented the US around the world.
She certainly -- -- -- -- -- -- where do we go from here Hillary Clinton can you imagine a world in which she does not run.
-- I mean -- it's going to be.
What I think she's 65 now so she would be -- this isn't -- 69.
By the time that -- next four years roll around we've -- we've seen bandwidth or concussion in the flow in the blood clot.
You know that that as one gets older it's not always certain what's gonna happen.
Having said all about I mean I wouldn't even if you had a bat -- at -- you probably will run for his vault.
I think if she -- she immediately becomes the favorite the overwhelming favorite for the democratic nomination.
Yes even against Joseph Biden she's a rock star in a way that he hasn't.
And and you know there -- even though she hasn't obviously cap that -- There is a huge.
A financial and and organizational support for her and I think -- be tremendous yearning you know we've had the first African American president.
Now how about the first woman.
But as we so what Barack Obama -- of those same things.
Back in 2007.
And his Tilden wins so.
You know she's at it this enormous plateau now 70% support.
Does she want to risk all that because when you run for office you can -- she she has the highest approval ratings I believe in general polls of anybody in that city.
No I think that's absolutely right but part of that lets face it.
Part of that is because she's been largely non political I know some people will say talk about Ben Ghazi -- other policies but she hasn't been in.
The jockeying that to and fro of of American politics and so was easier for her to be popular the minute she decides to run for office in minutes -- starts discussing.
Where she is on the budget or social issues or whatever she loses a lot of that.
Popular -- and -- make one other point she is tied.
To Barack Obama and it's very hard for a party to win the presidency three times in a row and when they'd win at the third time it's usually almost every election.
Of the previous president like -- George George W.
Bush -- we he was elected to Ronald Reagan's third term.
If three years from now people aren't happy -- Barack Obama his management of the country then no matter how popular she is she's gonna have a tough time what you got.