By Accepting New Role, Hillary Finally Concedes
Acceptance speech closes the curtain on long nomination battle
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2008 3:57 AM CST

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's formal acceptance of her upcoming role as secretary of state yesterday looked to many like the moment she conceded the election for real, Alessandra Stanley writes in the New York Times. She told the audience that she would find it hard to leave the Senate, but it was apparent she was "also forswearing her independent campaign identity," Stanley writes.

The shadow of the bitter nomination battle hung over the press conference after the announcement, Stanley writes, with reporters eager to quiz Barack Obama about the "evolution" in his views since his dismissal of Clinton's foreign policy on the campaign trail. Obama told the press he understood that they were having fun dredging up quotes from the campaign—which eventually prompted a smile from Clinton.