Once again among Time‘s “most influential,” our Hillary is riding a rising tide of popularity. This year’s tribute was penned by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a close collaborator of hers during their shared tenure with the administration.
Tough. Indefatigable. Patient. Smart. Knowledgeable. Superior political instincts. Funny. Loyal team player. Finds opportunities in crises and challenges. Skilled global advocate for American interests and American values. That is my job description for U.S. Secretary of State. Fortunately, the job has been filled for the past three-plus years by someone who has all those qualities: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In a world that is ever more complex, turbulent and dangerous, Secretary Clinton, 64, has made a singular contribution to strengthening this country’s relationships with allies, partners and friends; rallying other countries to join us in dealing with challenges to the global order, from Libya and Iran to the South China Sea; and reaching out to people in scores of countries to demonstrate that America cares about them.
We did not really need Time to tell us how influential Mme. Secretary is, but the recognition is always appreciated.