Obama said disagreements sometimes are magnified during campaigns. As for his one-time rival, now Cabinet choice, he said, "I believe that there is no more effective advocate than Hillary Clinton for that well-rounded view of how we advance American interests."
Clinton will give up her seat as a senator from New York to join the Obama Cabinet. Her appointment was preceded by lengthy negotiations involving her husband, the former president, whose international business connections posed potential conflicts of interests.
The former president agreed to disclose the donors to the foundation that built his library, as well as contributors to his international foundation.
Sen. Clinton had scarcely finished speaking when her husband issued a written statement. "She is the right person for the job of helping to restore America's image abroad, end the war in Iraq, advance peace and increase our security, by building a future for our children with more partners and fewer adversaries, one of shared responsibilities and opportunities," he said.