I hardly think that Obama sees Hillary as an enemy; they're both on the same side, after all, and they both have a legal background. Bill Clinton's Chief of staff is Obama's co-chair of transition, and Clinton's deputy Chief will be the New Chief of Staff - Hillary knows these people well, and they know her. I think they could all work very well together. Hillary's knowledge of current and past foreign policies, and the fact that she knows many of the world's political leaders personally means she could be a big asset in a new administration.
As yet there's no official confirmation of an offer, let alone an acceptance, so we'll see. Hillary isn't the only candidate.
On the downside, the Clintons would bring a lot of unwanted baggage with them. Yhey have apparently been coy up to now about disclosing foreign donations to the Clinton Presidential Library and his earnings from speaking tours. No doubt the right-wing elements in the media have stored-up allegations to make. I suspect that the third wheel - Bill- would be a loose cannon. Shame really that people who can energise the cetre-left of american poitics are also flawed.
She's in a bit of a quandary here....Declining the post would de-stabilise the Democrats, but I really don't think she either wants, or could work well with Obama... It will be interesting to see how many "Sour Grapes" have been forgotten.
Well there can`t be many with as much experience as Hillary Clinton. It would also help to keep the party together and be of use to her if she has a go at the top job next time. If America is willing to elect a black-man this time they may be ready next time to let a woman run the country.
that Obama wants the Clinton-supporting Democrats to see him acknowledging Hillary by holding talks with her, even if he's going to settle for someone else in the end. By nature Hillary doesn't define the term 'team-player', and you can't have two leaders in the White House; there might be conflicts, and that would be disastrous. It would be a pity if he offered and she refused however, because I think she would make an able and decisive Secretary of State.
Obama is well aware of the need to get his administration team right first time - there's a great deal of pressure on him to deliver on his election promises, and to fulfil the enormous amount of hope his victory has created. There'll be no time for dithering,once he's in the Oval office, and the thought of having a woman like Hillary on the team might concern him a little.