NCCA March Madness is here and as always President Barack Obama shows his basketball knowledge by breaking down all 64 teams and picking a national champion.
Indeed it has been a March full of madness, the Japan earthquake and Tsunami, the rollercoaster economy and recent news that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not serve a second term in President Barack Obama’s cabinet.
So in a field filled with worthy candidates we have come down to our final four prospects for the position of the next Secretary of state. We have a Cinderella’s, we have favorites and we have the unexpected. Here are Obama’s final four candidates’ for the next Secretary of State.
The First Lady Michelle Obama has been all over the world. Spain, Germany and India to name a few. She’s fed our troops on numerous bases around the world and her knowledge on foreign matters is unmatched. One of the main jobs of the Secretary of State is to advise the President, and on many occasions President Obama has stated that his closest advisor is Michelle. And for those who believe it’s a clear case of nepotisim, we would remind them that President John F. Kennedy had his brother Robert Kennedy serve as Attorney General.
A young upstart in the political arena Meagan McCain is columnist, author, blogger and daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain. Meghan has made a voice for herself. She attended Columbia University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History and garnered media attention in 2007 for her blog, McCain Blogette, on which she documented life on the campaign trail with her dad. She has risen as one of the young voices of the Republican Party.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Dutch feminist activist, writer, politician and founder of the women’s rights organization the AHA Foundation. She is a seasoned verteran in the political game with limitless insight on forign affairs. In 2005, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. And for naysayers who who believe she can’t be Secretary of State because she was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. Do they remember Henry Kissinger, the German-born political scientist, diplomat, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize?
Keith Maurice Ellison is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is the first Muslim to be elected to the United States Congress. He is also the first African American elected to the House from Minnesota. One big misconception is that the Secretary of State is a women’s job. The last three Secretary of States have been women with the exception of Colin Powell. Ellison would be an excellent choice, his passion alone warrants him worthy of a candidacy.