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Retrospective: Hillary Clinton's Tenure As Secretary Of State

On February 1, Hillary Clinton completes her tenure as the 67th U.S. secretary of state. She leaves the post with sky-high approval ratings and, according to President Barack Obama, major credit for restoring the United States' image and frayed alliances. RFE/RL looks back at Clinton's four years of crisscrossing the globe, during which she visited a record 112 countries and traveled nearly 1.6 million kilometers. (14 PHOTOS)

Hillary Clinton (left) is joined by her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton (center), and daughter, Chelsea Clinton (right), as she is ceremonially sworn in as secretary of state at the State Department in Washington on February 2, 2009.
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Hillary Clinton (left) is joined by her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton (center), and daughter, Chelsea Clinton (right), as she is ceremonially sworn in as secretary of state at the State Department in Washington on February 2, 2009.

Hillary Clinton accepted the position as President Barack Obama's (left) secretary of state after losing out to him as the Democratic Party's candidate for president in 2008.
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Hillary Clinton accepted the position as President Barack Obama's (left) secretary of state after losing out to him as the Democratic Party's candidate for president in 2008.

Hillary Clinton says of her four years as secretary of state: "I think we have to go back to my beginning in January of 2009 to remember how poorly perceived the United States was, how badly damaged our reputation was, how our leadership was in question, how the economic crisis had really shaken people’s confidence in our government, our economic system, our country. Part of my job in the very beginning was to get around the world and restore confidence in American leadership."
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Hillary Clinton says of her four years as secretary of state: "I think we have to go back to my beginning in January of 2009 to remember how poorly perceived the United States was, how badly damaged our reputation was, how our leadership was in question, how the economic crisis had really shaken people’s confidence in our government, our economic system, our country. Part of my job in the very beginning was to get around the world and restore confidence in American leadership."

Hillary Clinton stands with her daughter Chelsea (left) as she prepares to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington to become secretary of state in January 2009.
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Hillary Clinton stands with her daughter Chelsea (left) as she prepares to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington to become secretary of state in January 2009.

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