Obama calls Rice "extraordinary," Cabinet members applaud

WASHINGTON Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:22pm EST

1 of 2. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice smiles after U.S. President Barack Obama gave her his full support in response to a question from a reporter, during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington November 28, 2012. Obama gave a show of moral support to his embattled ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday, calling Rice 'extraordinary' and prompting applause from his Cabinet during a meeting at the White House. Rice, who is considered a top candidate to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been meeting this week with senators on Capitol Hill who have been critical of her initial remarks about what prompted the Sept. 11 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama gave a show of moral support to his embattled ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday, calling Susan Rice "extraordinary" and prompting applause from his Cabinet during a meeting at the White House.

Rice, who is considered a top candidate to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been meeting this week with senators on Capitol Hill who have been critical of her initial remarks about what prompted the September 11 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Several Republican senators, including former 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, have kept up their criticism of the ambassador after their visits.

Asked whether he thought Rice was being treated fairly in those meetings, Obama at first demurred.

"Susan Rice is extraordinary," he then said, adding he "couldn't be prouder of the job she's done."

The rest of the assembled members of the Cabinet, including Clinton, who sat next to Obama, broke out into applause.

Rice, who is a member of the Cabinet in her role as ambassador to the United Nations, was sitting near the end of the table, smiling.

Obama was holding his first Cabinet meeting since his re-election on November 6. Several of the secretaries, including Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, are not expected to stay for his second term.

(Editing by Stacey Joyce)

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Comments (8)
todnwth wrote:
Susan Rice has done the best job at the UN in many years and because she has done so well the republicans have to come up with an attack to try to disparage her word and even character.
McCain must be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or he is getting so bad that he needs to retire for he has become just grumbler, and has been that way since the Bob Jones deal from Bush’s campaign when they called everything but white man!!

Nov 28, 2012 4:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
todnwth wrote:
Susan Rice has done the best job at the UN in many years and because she has done so well the republicans have to come up with an attack to try to disparage her word and even character.
McCain must be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or he is getting so bad that he needs to retire for he has become just grumbler, and has been that way since the Bob Jones deal from Bush’s campaign when they called everything but white man!!

Nov 28, 2012 4:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
todnwth wrote:
Susan Rice has done the best job at the UN in many years and because she has done so well the republicans have to come up with an attack to try to disparage her word and even character.
McCain must be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or he is getting so bad that he needs to retire for he has become just grumbler, and has been that way since the Bob Jones deal from Bush’s campaign when they called everything but white man!!

Nov 28, 2012 4:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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