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Obama Signals Rice Won't Get Consolation Prize of National Security Adviser

6:24 PM, Dec 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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It was believed that Ambassador Susan Rice, the U.S. representative to the United Nations, would either get the nod for secretary of state or, as a consolation prize, national security adviser. Regardless, the conventional wisdom held, Rice would be promoted in Obama's second term

But after today, it does not look like Rice, who has been under fire for mishandling the response to the Benghazi terror attack, will be appointed to either position.

In responding to the news that Rice had withdrawn her name from being considering for the position, President Obama wrote, "I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues."

Similarly, in expressing her desire not to be considered for secretary of state, Rice wrote, "I look forward to continuing to serve you and our great country with enthusiasm and pride as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of your cabinet and National Security Council."

Both statements, coming from both parties, suggest the obvious: Rice will remain ambassador to the United Nations, and will not be promoted to a more prestigious (secretary of state) or more powerful (national security adviser) position in Obama's second term in office.

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