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As you know:

Daily Appointments Schedule for July 30, 2010

Washington, DC
July 30, 2010


Secretary Clinton has no public events.

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She may have flown home to NY Monday (and I DO think of NY as her home) to be with her only child as she prepares for her wedding, but those of us who follow the SOS know that neither time nor place prevent her from working. If you thought her attention to and attendance at Chelsea’s wedding preps excused her from the National Security Team meeting in the Situation Room today, think again. She did not excuse herself. She never does. ⇐ (The reason I so often feel the urge to write notes for her and sign them “Dorothy Rodham,” but Hillary would rip them up!)

Obama Meets with Advisers on Afghanistan, Pakistan

Dan Robinson | White House29 July 2010

President Barack Obama (July 27, 2010 file photo)

President Barack Obama met on Thursday with his national security team to discuss Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The 7th such regular meeting on the subject came as the government pressed ahead with an investigation into the leak of tens of thousands of classified documents about the war in Afghanistan.

Taking part in the meeting in the White House Situation Room, either in person or by video link, were some 22 civilian and military officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Vice President Joe Biden and CIA Director Leon Panetta.

Yes, yes, yes.  Born on Honest Abe’s Birthday, I cannot fib.  I cut his picture out.  And the emphasis is mine.  To please your eyes, here is the SOS who attended the meeting in her own techie, travel-sized way.

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OK! I have some ‘splaining to do since I had said I would not be spotlighting this wedding since it is about Chelsea and Marc. As it happens, it is also about our lovely, intrepid, and, right now, nervous but excited, SOS and her attractive, charismatic country squire,  the ex-POTUS. So with this disclaimer in place, I offer the following.

A couple of articles today contrasted the wedding of Bill and Hillary Clinton 35 years ago with the wedding they have planned for their only child this Saturday. Bill and Hillary, like many of us who married in those days, had a simple wedding with a home reception. I married two days before Christmas and wanted to wear my trusty peacoat, but my mom was having none of that and packed me off to the department store where I bought a belted kelly green coat that I never wore again.  Our reception was held at the humble home of my parents.  Like Bill and Hillary, we did not depart on a honeymoon.  We went home – to his,  and also now my,  apartment.  My sister’s wedding was a replica of mine,  but they did go to Bermuda afterwards.

Early this morning, my dear friend, who goes here by the handle Pcfs, shared today’s NYT Op-Ed, The Kids Are All Right by Gail Collins, which is lovely, touching, and charming. I had just seen Jenna Bush Hager on the Today Show with sweet wishes for Chelsea. It is true! The kids are all right.

The article below also contrasts the two weddings.


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Chelsea Clinton

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Chelsea And Hillary: A Tale Of Two Weddings

Multimillion-Dollar Affair A Stark Contrast To 1975 Nuptials

POSTED: 6:49 am PDT July 29, 2010
UPDATED: 8:53 am PDT July 29, 2010

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Chelsea Clinton’s multimillion-dollar wedding in New York state this weekend is a stark contract to her parents’ nuptials, which took place in their living room before eight guests.Former President Bill Clinton married Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in their Fayetteville home more than 30 years ago, Fort Smith TV station KHBS reported.


Much is being made of the cost. But the Clintons are not asking the public to cover anything.  They are covering the cost of the extra security, along with the regular wedding stuff.  And who would begrudge them this vicarious participation in an all-out wedding the likes of which they, in their salad days did not afford themselves?  Only a real Grinch!  Given their unswerving patriotism and selfless service to this country and to humanity, they more than deserve this gift to their little girl and her intended as well as to themselves because once the nuptials are over, and dad dances with his little girl,  Bill Clinton certainly deserves to take his beautiful, accomplished, sweet bride in his arms and waltz her to the stars, finally, at a REAL wedding reception!

The weather forecast is perfect.  All the best to Chelsea and Marc, as well as to our handsome Mr. President and his (and our)  most exquisite Mme. Secretary.

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As you already know:

Daily Appointments Schedule for July 29, 2010

Washington, DC
July 29, 2010


Secretary Clinton has no public events.

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This is such a happy week for the Clinton family, and it is so nice to see Hillary, in particular, finally taking some time off to be with her family at this special time.

Nevertheless, there was a terrible plane crash, apparently weather-related, in Pakistan this morning.  Our Secretary of State always has thoughtful words in the face of such tragedies, and today was no exception because for Hillary Clinton, not being at work has never meant she is not working.  She released the following statement today.

Plane Crash in Islamabad

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 28, 2010

I send my deepest condolences to all those who lost loved ones in today’s crash in Islamabad of Air Blue flight ED 202. Included among the victims were two American citizens. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and with all the people of Pakistan at this difficult time. As I saw first-hand during my visit last week, the Pakistani people are friends and partners and we will continue to stand with them.


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Well I just have to share these pictures from yesterday because she looks so happy! She was going into Vera Wang’s to meet Chelsea. I love the jacket, very playful.

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