Joe Biden began his introduction by giving his name and declaring himself to be a Hillary Clinton fan. He said that her appointment has met with kind of joy and enthusiasm he hadn't seen in awhile. He stated that reflected Hillary's ability to inspire as well as to lead. Never had he dreamed of doing that or being Vice President of the United States, he said. Biden then administered the oath, with Bill and Clinton standing beside both Hillary and the Vice President.
The introduction was met with considerable applause. Hillary declared it a real honor to be the Secretary of State and thanked Barack Obama to trust her with the job during a trying time in the nation's history. She Hillary Clinton began her acceptance speech by thanking Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid for being there and providing leadership in the Congress. Hillary underlined her gratitude for having been able to serve as the Senator from New York and said to the assemblage, "I am deeply grateful to all of you."
Hillary Clinton said she looked forward to working with everyone including the appropriators. That brought laughter from the group. She introduced her predecessors James Baker, Thomas Eagleburger, Henry Kissinger and Madeline Albright as well as Condolessa Rice and Colin Powell who weren't in attendance. She mentioned that she had sought their advice before taking the oath today.
Smart power relies on smart people, Hillary said. She said we will have to be smarter and improve what is done on a daily basis because of the complexities of the problems that the nation and the world faces. She mentioned she believes in working in a cost effective manner as well. For her, she said, this has been an "amazing personal journey" and referred to being with Biden in this event to be something neither she nor he had ever anticipated.
Hillary declared that every American might consider what he or she can do to help the country. She reminded people of the consequence of the next generation and what must be done to make the country safer and more prosperous. She declared herself to be an optimist as she underlined the fact that she believes in the country's ideals.
Bill Clinton did not go unnoticed during the ceremony, as he received great applause upon being introduced. Hillary thanked her family, her mother Dorothy, her daughter, Chelsea, and her husband for "all types of experiences" that has brought a lifetime of rich information. This brought laughter, given the memories of Bill Clinton's sexual dalliances while President of the United States.
Today was a formal swearing in as Hillary Clinton has been on the job for several weeks.