Hillary Clinton Is Passing the White House Loyalty Test

Clinton has put to rest early concerns as she demonstrates ability at the State Department.

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Hillary Clinton has put the concerns of President Obama and his advisers to rest about her loyalty to the man who defeated her for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, according to senior Democrats with close ties to the White House.

"They are very happy with Hillary," says an Obama administration insider, referring to members of Obama's inner circle. "She is a real team player. And with her work ethic and competence at the State Department, there's one less thing for them to worry about."

Another advantage is her popularity in many nations around the world—popularity that has remained strong over the years since she was first lady. "She represents America very well," the insider says, adding that Secretary Clinton is expected to be on the road "a lot" in the coming months with a message that the Obama administration is far more interested in working with its allies than was the administration of Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush.