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    Hillary Clinton works last day as Sec. of State

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- Friday marks Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's final day at the State Department. She will be succeeded by Senator John Kerry. Secretary Clinton says she's ready for some rest after logging almost a million miles in the air over the last four years! Of course questions remain about Clinton's plans for the future, and especially 2016.

    Wherever Hillary Clinton went in the world, there were rock-star expectations. Her texts, her hair styles, her glasses went viral. She said she didn't care, "I feel so relieved to be at the stage I'm at in my life right now, Jill, because if I want to wear my glasses, I'm wearing my glasses. If I want to pull my hair back, I'm pulling my hair back."

    Clinton tried to press that reset button with Russia but it got lost in translation. In Burma, she saw the birth pangs of democracy.

    But the fatal attack in Benghazi, Libya, was her greatest regret, she says, "I take responsibility." Prompting a rare emotional outburst by saying, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

    She won praise from the man she tried to beat in the presidential election. President Obama says, "I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest Secretary of States we've had."

    But will she run in 2016? The answers only prompt more speculation. She says, "I have absolutely no plans to run."

    She flew almost a million miles, visited 112 countries, kicked up her heels and threw back a few drinks on the side.

    A month of illness grounded her at the end. She says, "For me it truly is a bittersweet moment to leave this room for the last time as Secretary of State."

    Enter: the next secretary of state. Sen. John Kerry says, "American foreign policy is not defined by drones and deployments alone."

    Kerry is the tall, distinguished, gray haired, son of a Foreign Service officer. He says, "If you're trying to get some daylight between me and Sec. Clinton, that's not gonna happen here today."

    As his confirmation hearing showed, the policy is likely to remain the same. but the personality will change. More straight-laced, with a hint of humor. He says, "I'm taking it for the Red Sox, I'm taking it for the Patriots."

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