The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

Clinton set on leaving State Dept "despite my begging'': Obama


WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would love for Hillary Clinton to stay on as secretary of state after his hoped for re-election, but that "despite my begging" she has decided to move on.

"She has done an incredible job. She has logged a lot of miles, she has been working so hard," the president told viewers on NBC television's "Tonight Show," a popular, late-night comedy program.

Less than two weeks before the November 6 vote that will determine whether he will win a second term in the White House, Mr Obama heaped praise on Ms Clinton, who four years ago was his bitter rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Mr Obama ultimately won the nomination before defeating Republican nominee John McCain in the November 2008 election.