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Rev. Jesse Jackson Commends New Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

January 23, 2009

Please find below a statement from Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition regarding President Barack Obama's choice for Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

"President Barack Obama made a wise choice in his appointment of Hillary Clinton to serve as Secretary of State. She will enhance his administration in multiple ways. She has a worldview and knows world leaders. More significantly, she understands the political nuances that competing movements within countries bring to the world stage. She has a deep knowledge of how our domestic actions impact world events. She understands cause and effect. She possesses intelligence, integrity and a disciplined work ethic. Her expertise ranges from the Middle East, to Africa, to Haiti. Her insights will be extremely helpful to the president. She will serve our nation well."

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the RainbowPUSH Coalition, please visit the organization's website, www.rainbowpush.org, or telephone (773) 373-3366. To get additional information, please call the numbers listed above. -30-

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