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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, elevating the longtime lawmaker and foreign policy expert to the top diplomatic job he had coveted. “He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training,” Obama said…..Kerry would replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The 69-year-old Massachusetts Democrat is expected to be easily confirmed by Senate colleagues.

Kerry is widely-known as the losing presidential candidate whose campaigning, speaking style and gaffes helped Republican incumbent George W. Bush achieve a second term in 2004.

But in the current Chicago White House, Kerry is perhaps best-known as the useful candidate who provided the Democratic National Convention stage for an unknown Illinois pol named Barack Hussein Obama to make his maiden speech to a national television audience that set him on a path to the U.S. Senate, where he served briefly while running for the next job.

Obama is still speaking at great length to the American people almost daily. Scroll down for his full remarks on Kerry.