Full Text Obama Presidency December 13, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Response to UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s Decision to Remove her Name from Consideration for Secretary of State

POLITICAL BUZZ

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

Statement by the President on Ambassador Rice

Source:  WH, 12-13-12

Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State. For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. As my Ambassador to the United Nations, she plays an indispensable role in advancing America’s interests. Already, she has secured international support for sanctions against Iran and North Korea, worked to protect the people of Libya, helped achieve an independent South Sudan, stood up for Israel’s security and legitimacy, and served as an advocate for UN reform and the human rights of all people. I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues. I have every confidence that Susan has limitless capability to serve our country now and in the years to come, and know that I will continue to rely on her as an advisor and friend. While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first. The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.

Political Headlines December 13, 2012: Susan Rice Withdraws Name from Consideration for Secretary of State

POLITICAL HEADLINES

https://historymusings.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/pol_headlines.jpg?w=600

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

Susan Rice Withdraws Name from Consideration for Secretary of State

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-13-12

State Department photo

UN Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary of State, saying the politicization of her potential nomination had become an “irresponsible distraction.”

“I am fully confident that I could serve our country ably and effectively in that role,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama Thursday. “However, if nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country,” she added….READ MORE

[ CLICK TO READ RICE’S LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA ]

Full Text Obama Presidency December 13, 2012: UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s Letter to President Barack Obama Withdrawing Her Name from Consideration for Secretary of State

POLITICAL BUZZ

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

Text of Susan Rice’s letter to Obama withdrawing her name for secretary of state

Source: AP, 12-13-12

It has been and remains my highest professional privilege to serve as your United Nations ambassador. I am deeply grateful for your steadfast support for all we do at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. and for my dedicated colleagues. Your vision and leadership have enabled the U.S. to restore our global standing, strengthen our national security, repair our relationship with the United Nations and advance U.S. interests and values. I am proud of the many U.S. successes at the United Nations, including the protection of civilians from Libya to Cote D’Ivoire, strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation regime and increasing international pressure on Iran and North Korea through the toughest sanctions ever, our unwavering support for Israel, our contribution to the birth of the world’s newest state, South Sudan, accelerating U.N. reform and our bold defense of the equal rights of all human beings regardless of their race, religion, economic status or whom they love. I look forward to building on this major progress in your second term.

I am highly honored to be considered by you for appointment as secretary of state. I am fully confident that I could serve our country ably and effectively in that role. However, if nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy disruptive and costly_ to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country. It is far more important that we devote precious legislative hours and energy to enacting your core goals, including comprehensive immigration reform, balanced deficit reduction, job creation and maintaining a robust national defense and effective U.S. global leadership. Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.

The position of secretary of state should never be politicized. As someone who grew up in an era of comparative bipartisanship and as a sitting U.S. national security official who has served in two U.S. administrations, I am saddened that we have reached this point, even before you have decided whom to nominate. We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people.

I am grateful, as always, for your unwavering confidence in me and, especially, for your extraordinary personal support during these past several weeks. I look forward to continuing to serve you and our great country with enthusiasm and pride as U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and as a member of your Cabinet and National Security Council.

Political Headlines November 14, 2012: Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham Pledge to Block Potential Secretary of State Nominee Susan Rice

POLITICAL HEADLINES

https://historymusings.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/pol_headlines.jpg?w=600

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

McCain, Graham Pledge to Block Potential Secretary of State Nominee

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-14-12

State Dept photo

Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham pledged to do everything in their power to block U.N. Amb. Susan Rice if she is nominated as Secretary of State.

They also want a special blue ribbon committee like those that investigated Watergate or the Iran Contra affair appointed to look into the Obama administration’s response to the September 11th terror attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi….READ MORE

%d bloggers like this: