Clinton pick is considered a historic one


(WKTV) - President-elect Barack Obama's choice for secretary of state is Hillary Clinton ande marks yet another historic moment.

Clinton went from an unpaid, yet influential, first lady to being on the cusp of a major position in the cabinet of her former rival. It's one of several major historical moves made by the former first lady.

Back in 2000, she became the first first lady to hold public office, representing New York in the United States Senate.

Clinton is also the first female to reach the last three finalists for president during the campaign season.

Utica College Professor David Habbel says that Clinton has taken a very significant step.

"It is unusual for a president to pick someone who was such a close rival during the campaign, and many people have used the example of Lincoln," Habbel said. "Don't think it has anything to do with him trying to neutralize her as a political opponent. I think it has everything to do with the fact Hillary Clinton is an international superstar."

Local Democrats chimed in prior to Monday's announcement.

Roann Destito mentioned sadness in seeing Clinton as a powerful resource and New York advocate leave, and similar sentiments were shared by Congressman Michael Arcuri said it's a loss for New York but gain for the United States as a whole.

With his cabinet nearly complete, the only questions will be congressional approval in hearings set for January.

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