Susan Rice out of Race for Secretary of State

Obama decided that political capital better spent elsewhere than on battle over Rice

Merry X-Mas: John Kerry will be the next Secretary of States
Merry X-Mas: John Kerry will be the next Secretary of States

By TesfaNews,

President Obama decided in the end that the time and political capital necessary to secure the nomination of U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice as his next secretary of state would be better spent elsewhere.

Rice was in the running to replace current Hillary Clinton who will step down from her post in January. However, she withdrew her name from consideration for the top post Thursday after informing administration officials the previous evening of her intent to do so.

But Obama, who pledged to defend her vigorously just few weeks ago, did simply accept her decision to withdraw. 

Obama said in a statement: “Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State.

The statement was indeed served as an acknowledgment that even a president fresh from reelection has only a limited amount of political latitude in a still-sharply partisan Washington.


Read Ambassador Rice’s letter to President Obama


As for the famous sharp tongued Rice, it took her no time to appear on social media and rant over her Republican critics.

Those of you who know me know that I’m a fighter, …” Rice wrote on her Twitter.

She further sent a piece for Washington Post to further explain her decision to withdraw as well as defend herself by writing: I have never sought in any way, shape or form to mislead the American people. … Even before I was nominated for any new position, a steady drip of manufactured charges painted a wholly false picture of me.

After her Thursday announcement, the two Republican members of Congress who had fiercely opposed her potential nomination reacted quickly.

A spokesperson for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote, “Senator McCain thanks Ambassador Rice for her service to the country and wishes her well. He will continue to seek all the facts surrounding the attack on our consulate in Benghazi that killed four brave Americans.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted, “I respect Ambassador Rice’s decision. President Obama has many talented people to choose from to serve as our next secretary of state.”

The working assumption among some well-connected members of Washington’s foreign-policy community is that, in the end, Obama will nominate John Kerry, the easily confirmable chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for State; pick Susan Rice to replace Tom Donilon as his National Security adviser, a post that doesn’t require Senate confirmation; and move Tom Donilon over to the State Department as Secretary Kerry’s chief of staff.

Sources from ABC News also confirms that even before Rice withdrew her name from consideration to be secretary of state earlier today, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) had emerged as the leading contender.

If Rice had been nominated, for instance, she would have faced criticism from religious leaders about her role in the Clinton administration’s handling of the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said on CNN that Rice’s decision was “probably for the best.”



6 thoughts on “Susan Rice out of Race for Secretary of State

  1. Ok. but i am among the few eritreans who are not yet celebrating the news. she is still at the UN as US ambassador and now together with ethiopia, they won the UN human right commission seats. i am afraid they are going to attack us with the human right issue since it is so easy for them to cook up stories just like the did to slap us two rounds of sanctions irrespective of the validity or legality. i am hoping what Tesfanews reported to be true – transferring her as national security adviser. that day i will celebrate with a champion.

  2. I agree with you Sami but we´re Eritreans. So no matter what intrigues and machinations she will try, the truth is on our side and we never kneel down to threats. Not to brag but our history is ample evidence.

  3. RICE like a wounded wolf now she is just good for UN not for secretary of state any more. psychologically Rice is not going to be as strong as she was she real is damaged this is good news for all peace loving ppl all over the world.

  4. It's great for, I guess, "karma." Although it is good that she is not in the running because her objectivity was compromised due to her relationship with certain governments, the US interests will remain the same. The bias will perhaps dwindle, though their actions will always show their real feelings toward Eritrea.

    Anyhow, reading this news… I feel like Eritrea should report these kinds of things on their website. Not necessarily about this in particular (God knows the crap they'll get for it), but details. Their website is sort of vague. I'd like pictures, statistics, and specific businesses being built. The website needs to be changed. Tesfanews, do you live in Eritrea, or your sources? Do you know a way I can contact the government about this?

  5. Susan said “I have never sought in any way, shape or form to mislead the American people. … Even before I was nominated for any new position, a steady drip of manufactured charges painted a wholly false picture of me.“ well, when you don't tell the real cause of what happened in Bengazi, and miss lead the American pablic by your action, That certainly does not look false picture to me. when the Hutu systematical exterminated one million people in Ruwanda, and you dicided to look the other way, does not look like steady drip of manufactured charge to any human bieng. what about dreaming acting to destablize the state of Eritrea with false allegations, that is absolutely not falesmanafactured charge. millions are crying because of the good Ambassador

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