WASHINGTON -- A lot of people expected to hear Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton give a farewell address from the floor of the Senate someday -- even if they figured she would be moving a mile down the road to the White House rather than a little farther down to the State Department.
But now, instead of becoming president, Clinton will become secretary of state at a most difficult time, with the world economy in a shambles, wars raging in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Iran poised to try to acquire nuclear weapons.
But Clinton didn't delve deep into all that during her farewell speech on the Senate floor Thursday, choosing instead to look back fondly at her eight years as New York's junior senator.
"I may not have always been a New Yorker -- but I know that I will always be one," said Clinton, a Democrat who was raised in Illinois and served as first lady in Arkansas and the White House before her 2000 election to the Senate from New York.
Speaking to about a third of her colleagues and several of her most loyal staffers in a Senate chamber filled with tourists, Clinton, D-N.Y., said: "To my fellow New Yorkers, I give you my profound gratitude. I loved being your senator. Serving you has been the honor of my lifetime."
So, looking back, how did she do?
-- Jerry Zremski