If there were any doubt that Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaKrystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans Sanders campaign announces it contacted over 1 million Iowa voters Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE has the potential to be a really great president, “fuggedaboutit!”

His consideration of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) for secretary of State is both a bold and brilliant move. Lincolnesque, even.

She’d be perfect in that position — and not because, as too many have cynically suggested — appointing her secretary of State would prevent her from running against Obama in 2012. As they say, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”

No, no. It’s much more important than that. Hillary Clinton would be perfect as secretary of State because — as former first lady and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee — she has wide foreign policy experience.

She’d be perfect because she’s already visited 82 foreign countries — in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America — and is widely loved, admired and respected around the world.

She’d be perfect because she’s smart, she’s tough, she’s a real team player, and she’d be Obama’s strong, effective partner in restoring America’s tarnished reputation among our friends and allies.

Who knows if Obama will really offer the job? Who knows if, once offered, she would actually accept? Although I suspect the deal’s already done, or they wouldn’t even be talking.

But if he does offer, and if she does accept, imagine the powerful lineup at the head of a new administration: President Barack Obama. Vice President Joe Biden. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

That would be the best team to lead the United States since George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.


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