Clinton, 65, has said that her sudden illness in December was a shock to her, because she has always been healthy. She was absent from the State Department for a month, forcing the cancellation of what would have been at least one more long foreign trip.
Like so much of her tenure, Clinton’s last days in office were carefully scripted. A “60 Minutes” broadcast of a joint interview with President Obama set the tone. Obama treated his former rival with friendly deference, and each hurried to give credit to the other.
Clinton “was already a world figure,” Obama said of the reasoning behind his choice to offer Clinton the State Department job. “There was great uncertainty in terms of how we would reset our relations around the world. To have somebody who could serve as that effective ambassador in her own right without having to earn her stripes, so to speak, on the international stage, I thought, would be hugely important.”