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Hillary Clinton bids final farewell on her last day as Secretary of State

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On her last day as US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton bids farewell to staff members in the lobby of the State Department in Washington DC, on Feb. 1, 2013.

By Michael O'Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned her post at the State Department on Friday, saying she is "confident about the direction that we have set."

In remarks at the diplomatic agency's Foggy Bottom headquarters, Clinton waxed about the familiar atmosphere at the State Department during her four years as secretary, an environment she said would extend to incoming Secretary John Kerry.

"Next week, I would expect that all of you will be as focused and dedicated for Secretary Kerry as you have been for me, and that you will continue to serve Presisdent Obama and our nation with the same level of professionalism and commitment that I have seen firsthand," she told throngs of department staff gathered for her remarks.  Continue Reading...