It wasn’t the moment those in Hillaryland dreamt about earlier in the year but, hey, they’ll take it.
As Barack Obama formally named Hillary Rodham Clinton as his Secretary of State on Monday, Clinton's Senate staff gathered in their Russell building conference room to watch their boss accept the cabinet post, munching on homemade spinach and artichoke dip to mark the occasion.
And when their boss appeared behind the podium, the HRC staff cheered wildly. (One key staffer missing: Philippe Reines, a senior adviser and spokesman, who flew to Chicago to be at Clinton’s side for the big day.)
Shortly after the announcement, Clinton held a conference call with aides in Washington and across New York. On the call, Clinton thanked her staff for their efforts through the years, recounting a story about a recent trip to see the play, Billy Elliot, with her mother, Dorothy, and daughter, Chelsea.
Clinton said the parents of the young lead in the play found her after the show and thanked her for helping them with some immigration issues--yet another reminder of how she has“the greatest Senate staff in history.”
Clinton told the staff she plans to continue to serve in the Senate until she is confirmed for the cabinet post.
As for the future of the staff, it’s still unclear as to who will stay in the upper chamber and who will make the trek with Clinton across town to the State Department.
Reines, Clinton’s longtime adviser and spokesman, is rumored to be following Clinton, as is Andrew Shapiro, a foreign policy adviser.