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John Kerry Nominated For Secretary Of State
John Kerry has been picked to succeed Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State, President Barack Obama has announced.
Mr Kerry's nomination marks Mr Obama's first move in a sweeping overhaul of his national security team heading into his second term as President.
Standing alongside Mr Kerry at the White House, Mr Obama said the Vietnam War veteran's life "has prepared him for this role".
"He is not going not need a lot of on-the-job training," Mr Obama said.
"Few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our policies as firmly as John Kerry."
Mr Kerry is expected to be easily approved for the cabinet post by his longtime congressional colleagues.
The Democratic senator from Massachusetts leapt to the front of Mr Obama's list for the State Department job after UN Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration last week.
She faced harsh criticism from Republicans for her initial account of the deadly September attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Mr Obama vigorously defended Ms Rice, a close friend and adviser, but Republicans dug in, threatening to hold up her nomination if the President tapped her for the post.
Mr Kerry came to prominence during his failed presidential campaign against George W Bush in 2004.
He now serves as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
But the 69-year-old has long sought the nation's top diplomatic post.
Mr Obama considered him for the job after the 2008 election, before later picking Mrs Clinton in a surprise move.
Since then, Mr Obama has dispatched Mr Kerry around the world to deal with diplomatic disputes in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He was also part of the President's debate preparations team during the 2012 election, playing the role of Republican challenger Mitt Romney in mock debates.
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Strange thing, US politics ; Why Republicans ? The Democrats are not Monarchists. Why Democrats ? The Republicans are not despots Once the Republicans were the left ! after Franklin D Roosevelt they became the right The Democrats hate the Republicans now as much as the Labour lot hate the Conservatives. Every body who is anybody in the USA ( all the press ) supports the Democrats and there is general agreement that the USA is on the way down. Funny lot the Yanks.
Do we really care
Do you know who is taking over the no.1 spot ? Before you go to sleep tonight spend a few moments thinking about it and then ask yourself that question again
I think Edgar that many over here do not study the world order for me it is better when the scales were balanced but there is now a new emergent and that could bring problems
We've gone full circle with the democrats. As a journalist said in the early 80s: the worst won't quit and the run!
The sooner the Republicans are back in power the better it will be for the U.S.A. and the rest of the World. The Democrats are too weak to deal with the problems now facing the World's leaders.