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December 5, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Obama’s team of rivals

Clinton’s a good choice

President-elect Barack Obama has been known to surprise people. He did so during the course of the Democratic primaries and again by winning the presidency of the U.S. However, if one announcement were to come without any surprise at all it was the one he made Dec. 1 announcing his national-security team [“Obama’s picks embrace shift in foreign policy,” page one, Dec. 1].

Obama stated, “I have known Hillary Clinton as a friend, a colleague, a source of counsel and as a campaign opponent. She possesses an extraordinary intelligence and toughness, and a remarkable work ethic. I am proud that she will be our next secretary of state.”

This comes as no surprise as many expected Obama to choose Clinton for this position.

Though many spectators and analysts praised this choice others were quick to turn to doubt.

It’s understandable for people to be wary about the possible conflict that could come between these two stalwarts for change. Would it have been better to have Clinton remain in the Senate, where she has said she loves to be? I think not. She has so much to offer that it would be a mistake not to nominate her.

Whether it came as a surprise or not, this was one hell of a good choice.

— Chris del Pilar, Bellingham

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