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Wow! So cheerful in the early afternoon with Abbas and how serious, almost grim, with Bibi! A 180 from the attitudes in the pictures I put up last night from last October when she was so serious with Abbas and jubilant with Bibi! Ah Hillary’s face! It always speaks volumes. If videos come up I will post them.   I would love to know what they said.  Probably this was about the settlers that were killed by Hamas.  As always, cheerful with Tony!










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I would be woefully remiss not to post this and dedicate it to our Lilly!

The Slovak Republic’s National Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 31, 2010

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Slovak Republic as you celebrate the 18th anniversary of your constitution on September 1.
Today, we honor your constitution and your commitment to the principles of freedom and democracy that bind our nations together. In less than 20 years, the Slovak Republic has transformed from a land locked behind the Iron Curtain into a vibrant democracy and a full member of NATO and the European Union. We appreciate the Slovak Republic’s partnership as we defend our shared ideals and advance our common goals around the world, particularly in Afghanistan where our soldiers continue to help the Afghan people build a better, more secure future for their country.
The United States also joins you in mourning and remembering those who tragically lost their lives in Devinska Nova Ves on August 30. We are saddened by this senseless loss of life and extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those who perished and were injured on Monday.
I wish the people of the Slovak Republic a day of safe and peaceful celebration. The United States is honored to be your ally, your partner, and your friend. I look forward to continuing to deepen our relationship as we work together to build a free, stable, and more prosperous world.

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There have been no press releases about today’s meetings which is understandable since they were planning meetings. Since Mme. Secretary was looking especially, fetching, happy, and on top of her game, I am sure readers here will enjoy a picture show in lieu of words. Enjoy!









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Daily Appointments Schedule for August 31, 2010

Washington, DC
August 31, 2010

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)

2:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, at the Department of State.
(CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING BILATERAL MEETING)

3:00 p.m.
Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, at the Department of State.
(CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING BILATERAL MEETING)


4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with President Jimmy Carter and Dr. John Hardman, CEO of the Carter Center, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

6:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Quartet Representative Tony Blair, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

7:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY


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Well for those thirsty for news about the Secretary of State, finally there is some!  (I mean as opposed to gossip about meals at Babette’s and wine-tastings that have graced my screen since she has had the nerve to take a few days off.)  P.J. Crowley, in today’s press briefing,  outlined a little of what she has been doing (while resting in East Hampton), and what she will be doing over the next several days.

Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
August 30, 2010
“…  Secretary has been working from home, shall we say, taking a few days off last week from her duties here. She’ll return to Washington this evening. And I expect between now and Wednesday, she’ll have a handful of meetings with her counterparts as we prepare for the President’s dinner on Wednesday night and the meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas here at the State Department on Thursday.

I know tomorrow, she will meet with Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit of Egypt and General Soliman, who is the head of the Egyptian Intelligence Services. The two of them regularly interact with the Secretary and George Mitchell on Middle Eastern developments. I would expect she’ll have other meetings that are still being set up. She talked over the weekend with EU Special Representative Tony Blair. He will also be in town this week to participate in the dinner.”

According to a Somali source, her Iftar Dinner will be held Tuesday, September 7. It is not going to be an easy week for her, and while I know we will all be happy to see her out and about again, I find it a little sad that her short break is over since it was interspersed with work.

Madame Secretary, welcome back. We missed you, and hope you enjoyed your miniscule break.  Thank you for all of your hard work.

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This was the beginning of an unbelievable time for people like me and Hillary who grew up during the Cold War.

30th Anniversary of the Polish Solidarity Movement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 30, 2010

When the brave men and women of the Gdansk shipyards stood up against an oppressive regime and demanded their right to form an independent trade union 30 years ago, their courage gave birth to Solidarity. What started as a union of workers became an extraordinary social movement for individual liberty, dignity, and human rights that ignited a democratic revolution. Solidarity’s uncontainable messages of hope and freedom in Poland spread throughout Central Europe and helped speed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
We honor those who stood against tyranny 30 years ago and all who followed in their wake. The heroes of Solidarity knew that the Polish people desired and deserved more from their country, and they laid the foundation for the Poland we see today. Thanks to their valor and their commitment to liberty, Poland is now a key NATO ally, a thriving democracy, and a beacon of hope to many who still suffer oppression. Poland is a leading voice in the Community of Democracies and a valued partner with the United States to advance our shared goals of freedom and human dignity. Poland’s work promoting stability, security, and prosperity in Afghanistan is further evidence of this strong commitment. We thank the people of Poland for your partnership and honor your historic dedication to liberty. On behalf of the people of the United States, I send my warmest regards to the Polish people as you commemorate the 30th anniversary of the birth of the Solidarity movement.

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This is NOT from Team Hillary Clinton.  Apparently we are not the only ones thinking this way.   I wonder how this came to be!  At any rate, it is sure to go viral, so I might as well post it before 10 other people send it to me.  It will end up here sooner or later.  I hope Secretary Clinton is not taking any heat for any of this because she has no control over it.  She is not doing it.  We are.  Her supporters are.

It was taken down, but now it is back!

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