Archive for December, 2010

Happy New Year Mme. Secretary, Mr. President, and everyone here! Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and healthy 2011.  Have a safe trip, Mme. Secretary!

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In one of her last public appearances as Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton joined her husband and Mayor Mike Bloomberg to drop the ball in Times Square and welcome in the year 2009.

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Mme. Secretary releases statements on every country’s national day, but Haiti holds a special place in her heart and mine.

Republic of Haiti’s Independence Day

Press Statement

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

On behalf of President Obama and the people of United States, I join with the people of the Republic of Haiti to honor the 207th anniversary of your independence this January 1.

When Haiti cast off the bonds of slavery and declared its freedom from France in 1804, it made history, setting a precedent for independence in Latin America and creating the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world. Today, we see the courage of that struggle – from the leadership of Jean Jacques Dessalines and Toussaint L’Ouverture to the strength and unity of the Haitian people – reflected in Haiti’s response to the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. In the wake of a disaster that took the lives of more than 200,000 people, Haitians and volunteers from more than 140 nations came together overnight to pull survivors from the rubble and administer critical care and assistance. I witnessed this testament to our common humanity first hand in the days immediately following the earthquake, and I have seen it grow throughout the year as countries around the world continue to help Haiti recover and rebuild.

Despite all Haiti has endured, Haitians have shown an unflagging strength, will, and passion to forge ahead and build a more prosperous nation. The people and Government of the United States stand firmly with the people of Haiti, and we are committed to helping ensure that your voice determines the way forward for your nation and government. We will continue deepening the partnership and friendship between our nations to achieve a brighter future for all our people.

I wish all Haitians a happy Independence Day and New Year. I look forward to working with you to make 2011 a year filled with peace and progress.

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In the wake of the Wikileaks document dump, Mme. Secretary began December in Kazakhstan with the self-assigned agenda of mending allegedly damaged diplomatic fences.   The truth is that there probably was not much that was so terrible in the documents with regard to diplomatic cables.  Most of the officials mentioned laughed it off.  Nonetheless, yet another Charm Offensive was in order, and no one does a Charm Offensive like Our Girl!

December 1

Astana, Kazakhstan

Enter the Charmer: Mme. Secretary arrives at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Summit.

With Angela

With Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Ban Ki-Moon does not look too upset

With Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev (cute smile!)

With Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

With Georgia’s President Saakashvili (He likes her a lot!)

With Italy’s PM Berlusconi again.

and again

With Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (He also likes her a lot!)

*Hillary-Walk alert*  You can tell she studied ballet.

December 2

Welcome to Uzbekistan!

Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov greets her in Tashkent.  She looks exquisite!

With President Roza Otunbayeva

Being greeted by Kyrgyz First Deputy Prime Minister Amangeldy Muraliyev at Manas airport.

Appearing on a talk show at the Kyrgyz state television.

December 3


*Hillary-Walk alert*  Looking like a goddess entering a press conference at the foreign ministry in Manama.

Giving an inaugural speech at the IISS (International Institute for Strategic Studies) Manama Dialogue.

December 4

Her annual Kennedy Center Gala Dinner at the State Department

With some of the honorees – missing from this was the honoree identified by one news source as Oprah Whitney!

Sir Paul *likes*

This gown makes up for the inauguration ball atrocity.  (Listen to Oscar about the necklines, Mme. Secretary!  He is correct on that issue.  You look gorgeous!)

December 6

With South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan.  Topic: North Korea’s belligerent behavior shelling a South Korean island. *Hillary-walk alert*

With Japan’s Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara – same topic. *Hillary-walk alert*

U.S.-Japan-South Korea Trilateral

Press conference

December 7

There were five meetings on her schedule, but this bilateral with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere was the only one with a camera spray.

December 8

Mme. Secretary was a surprise speaker at the TEDWomen Conference

She had another speaking engagememnt after this, but most of her day was occupied with meetings at the White House.  The Democratic Party was in overt disarray, several legislators having made public statements in opposition to the president’s “compromise,” as he called it, with the Republicans on the Bush tax cuts.  Perhaps for this reason, there was a camera spray preceding the cabinet meeting that day to show that everything was just peachy.

The look on Mme. Secretary’s face here is priceless.

December 9

Bilateral with Albanian Foreign Minister Edmond Haxhinasto

Bilateral with Nigerian Foreign Minister Henry Odein Ajumogobia

She delivered remarks at the 2010 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Mid-Year Conference.

Other meetings that day were closed to the press.

December 10

There was a series of closed meetings with officials representing the principals in the Mid East peace process.

Department of State Eleanor Roosevelt Awards this one to Sarah Cleto Rial, a native of southern Sudan.

It was Human Rights Day with an International Human Rights Day Town Hall, but, in the photos from that,  the Secretary looks very stressed,  and I do not want to post them.  It was the day Richard Holbrooke collapsed at the State Department, as far as we know, in her presence.  As we all know now, he never recovered.  He was a close friend of the Clintons and a tireless public servant.

In the evening, she delivered remarks at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy.

December 13

Secretary Clinton, accompanied by Assistant Secretary Valenzuela, traveled to Quebec, Canada for the North American Foreign Ministers Meeting.

Wearing cute shoes in the snow.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon greeted her.

With Cannon and Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa.

We have not figured out how Mme. Secretary, who bundled sweaters under wool jackets in the Senate Chamber, and wears shawls over jackets at the UN and in the Situation Room, managed to tolerate the cold Canadian weather on this deck wearing just a jacket!

That evening, wearing one of my favorite jackets, she attended a holiday dinner at the White House where she also spoke.  Ambassador Holbrooke passed away that evenng.

She is simply adorable here.

December 14

First a bilateral and then a U.S.-South African PEPFAR Partnership Framework Agreement Signing Ceremony with South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

If the diplomatic Wikileaks caused any damage here, and I do not think they did, it is obviously mended.  These two are always so cute together.

Later that evening, she hosted a holiday event at the State Department.

December 15

There were a few closed meetings, but the event of the day was a town hall meeting to discuss the release of the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, “Leading Through Civilian Power,” with Department of State employees, in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the Department of State.  She was superb as was Dr. Slaughter and her team.  Liaisons have been established between the State Department and other departments, bureaus, and agencies throughout the government.  Awesome.

A moment of silence in honor of Ambassador Holbrooke.

With Mme. Secretary, Director of Policy Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg

The Secretary speaks.

A question and answer session.

Holding the report while explaining that there is an abbreviated “executive” version for those who do not have time to read the full review.

Of everything she has done and will do as SOS, this review establishes her legacy at State.  It is a major accomplishment paralleled by none before her that will affect all who follow her.

December 16

Closed meetings and ceremonies most of the day.  The major event: Secretary Clinton attended President Obama’s statement to the press on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Annual Review in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House.  For the second time in the space of about a week, a Clinton took over the podium in the White House press room.

Worth a thousand words….

December 17

A second QDDR Town Hall, this one at USAID, but I have no pictures.

She hosted the 12th Annual Secretary’s Awards for Corporate Excellence (ACE) at the State Department.

Strangely, the State Department posted no public schedule  until the 23rd which stated that the SOS had no public schedule,  after which they suddenly decided to post, in this sequence, the 22nd, 21st, and finally the 20th.  The truth was that Mme. Secretary was working very hard all week, and had been for some time, contacting Senators to convince them to vote in favor of ratification of the New START treaty.

The vote was held on December 22, and CSPAN announced that the SOS was headed for Capitol Hill for the vote.
Arriving with her fingers crossed.

Jubilant that the treaty, finally, was ratified!

So our lovely, hard-working, brilliant, and caring Secretary of State ended December 2010 with two huge victories: a successful QDDR and ratification of her biggest and most important treaty.  She also ended the month and year by being named, for the ninth year in a row, the Most Admired Woman by the Gallup Poll.  To see her so happy in the last pictures of the year touches my heart.

Another year so well done, Mme. Secretary!  God bless you and keep you safe as you continue to travel the world on our behalf.  We, here, will continue to follow your work with love and pride.  We are so lucky to have you!

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Of course we all knew this already, but since the State Department sent out the press release, I thought I would remind everyone.

Mme. Secretary, we all apreciate how willing you always are to work on a holiday.  Have a safe trip.  God bless you, and Happy New Year!


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Travel to Brazil for Presidential Inauguration

Press Statement

Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
December 29, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Brazil on January 1, 2011, to attend the inauguration of President-elect Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil is an essential partner in the hemisphere and the world, and the United States is committed to deepening our relationship on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues with Brazil’s government and people. The United States looks forward to working with President-elect Rousseff and her administration to advance these and other shared goals.

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Much was made in some quarters about the fact that Mme. Secretary was out of the country on Election Day.  That was just silly.  She was not on any ballot, and as Secretary of State she does not participate in domestic politics.  So there was nothing at all untoward about her beginning November, on the eve of the much contested mid-term elections,  abroad and reaching out to countries that had been ignored by the US for years.   They were happy to have her.  (we are always happy that we have her, too!)

November 1


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks at a wall of faces of those killed by the Khmer Rouge regime, during a tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum,  formerly the regime’s notorious S-21 prison.

Among skulls of victims, her face registers the horror.

With Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen

At a town hall meeting with Cambodian students at Chaktomuk Theater, the SOS as always reached out to youth.

That evening it was Wheels Down Malaysia.  She looks like a movie star stepping out of her plane.

November 2


With Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman

Signing an agreement with the Malaysian foreign minister Anifah Aman.

With Foreign Minister Anifah Aman at a press conference.

With Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.

With Malaysian deputy premier Muhyiuddin Yassin.

At a Townterview at International Islamic University of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

November 3

At the Subang SkyPark Terminal near Kuala Lumpur, she spoke at an event to showcase American companies’ presence in Malaysia.

Serious cuteness with Chairman of Malaysia Airlines Munir Majid.

Wheels Up for Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea gave her a welcome fit for a queen.

Being greeted by traditional dancers, called a Sing Sing group, at Port Moresby airport.

At ceremonial mangrove planting event Port Moresby, PNG

At a women’s empowerment event at Parliament House,  Port Moresby, PNG.

With Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Michael Somare.

On this day she also released a formal exhortation for the Senate to vote on the New START treaty.  It was already high time, and as we know, that vote was still delayed for weeks.  There really was no excuse.

November 4

Wheels Down New Zealand

New Zealand, happy to be greeting our Secretary of State and to be resuming normal relations with the US, showed great anticipation and showed her an exceptional welcome.

With Maori elder Lewis Moeau during the Maori welcome (Powhiri)

With New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

With New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully signing the Wellington Declaration.  She always has the look of a little kid doing these signings.  I want to give her milk and cookies.

November 5

She participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Wellington.

A meet and greet with mission staff and their families.

Flag Diplomacy as she speaks at a Town Hall Meeting with Students and Civic Leaders in Christchurch.

And at a Christchurch Trade Reception Hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce.

November 6

Wheels Up from Christchurch was wet and blustery!

Wheels Down Melbourne was drier.

Australian FM Kevin Rudd greeted her.

At a press conference also with Rudd my much-loved orange tweed jacket suddenly made a long-awaited reappearance!

November 7

A town hall event at the University of Melbourne

A great deal of *Hillary-Walk*on her way to lunch with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Followed by a joint press conference.

More *Hillary-Walk* escorted into a visit to the Port of Melbourne Corporation’s education unit by US ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey L. Bleich (L), Port of Melbourne’s chairman Bill Scales (C) and security guards in Melbourne.

With  Kevin Rudd and Robert Gates during a wreath laying ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance.

With Governor of Victoria David de Kretser, right, as they pose for photographs with, from left, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen,  his wife Debrah Mullen, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates before a reception at Government House.

And perhaps the zaniest moment of her SOS tenure so far!  Her interview with Amish and Andy.

November 8

With FM Rudd arriving for the AUSMIN Conference.

Speaking during an AUSMIN press conference.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Australian Minister for Defence Stephen Smith at an AUSMIN press conference.

And finally, after her longest trip to date, it was Wheels Up for home by way of Samoa.

November 9 she had a meeting in the morning at the State Department that was closed to the press.  Not only does she not take a day off to rest after a trip, she is at work early the next morning.

November 10

She announced the transfer of budget assistance funds to the Palestinian Authority, in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad participated via digital video conference.

A bilateral meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit.

A bilateral meeting with Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova.

November  11

The Marathon meeting with Netanyahu:  It amuses mr that the Bureau of Public Affairs did not issue a public schedule since it was Veteran’s Day.  It would have been simple enough to do.

Well, there were differing accounts of the length of this meeting from “more than six hours” to seven and a half hours.  The meeting took place at the Regency Hotel in NYC.

November 15 was a full day from 9 in the morning through an evening event that began at 7 p.m. but,  for some reason, I have no photos from that day.

November 16

She began her day at the UN Security Council Meeting on Sudan in NYC.  Just wondering if anybody this adorable has ever regularly occupied a chair in that room.  She is always so cute at the Security Council!

Later in the day, she returned to DC and held meetings with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, both of whom had participated in the Security Council Meeting in the morning.

November 17

The day began with a joint press availability with Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar, in the U.S. Capitol.  The topic was START.

That was followed by a bilateral with British Foreign Secretary Hague.

There was the release of the International Religious Freedom Report. *Hillary-Walk alert*

A bilateral with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul.

Later, there was another bilateral with Bahraini Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Muhammad bin Mubrak Al-Khalifa, but there were no pictures.

November 18

She participated in a meeting hosted by Vice President Biden to discuss New START.

Close-up (for the scarf).

Then she was Wheels Up for NATO, Lisbon where she landed with this pretty scarf!


November 19

Lisbon NATO

With Portugal’s Foreign Minister Luis Amado

With EU HIgh Rep Cathy Ashton

Beautiful all by herself.

With President Obama and U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder.

More “guys shaking hands in front of Hillary.”  This time David Cameron and Barack Obama.

November 20

Lisbon NATO

Arriving for her day of work she provided me with an addition to my all-time favorite pictures – everything about this picture, the hair, the smile, the way this suit is tailored, the way she wears and accessorizes it (bag!), and, of course, *Hillary-Walk*!


With France’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs Michele Alliot-Marie

With Spain’s new Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez

And our own beautiful SOS.

On November 23 she had a few meetings but there were no pictures.  On the 24th she officially had no public schedule, but there was a photo from the White House photo stream.

November 29

Her last day of the month in DC and looking so lovely, she had an early meeting and a later press conference.  In the middle there was a bilateral with Turkish FM Davutoglu.

Later that day,  true to form,  she hopped on her Big Blue Bird and left for Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgystan, with a final stop in Bahrain.  But that is a story for the final installment of this year’s review.  See you in December, i.e. tomorrow.

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Mme. Secretary had a spectacularly busy birthday month.  She never seems to get any older, however.  If anything, she just keeps getting even more beautiful, younger, more adept.  She is very comfortable in her pretty skin, and it seems to boost her ability to win allies.   I believe it is because all of her outreaches come directly from her heart.  She exudes garce.  She is ageless.

October 1

East Room White House  Pete Rouse replaces Rahm Emmanuel

October 5

A bilateral meeting with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov

Secretary Clinton receives the George McGovern Leadership Award at the World Food Program USA’s 9th annual awards ceremony

October 6

Secretary Clinton meets with Georgian Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri and participates in the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership Meeting at the State Department.

Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the 12th Annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

A bilateral meeting with Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg

October 7

Secretary Clinton and Cherie Blair deliver remarks at the launch of the GSMA mWomen Program

October 11

Wheels Down Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovia

October 12


A bilateral meeting with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Tri-Presidency, Haris Silajdzic, Nebojsa Radmanovic and Zeljko Komsic

This added just for the pretty face.

Secretary Clinton holds a town hall meeting with university students and civil society representatives, at the National Theater, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  She walked to the theater with the Tripartite Presidents.  *Hillary-walk alert*

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new embassy compound in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Belgrade, Serbia

Welcomed by Serbian President Boris Tadic before their meeting

With Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac

Secretary Clinton meets with civil society leaders, in Belgrade, Serbia.

Her day had begun at 9 in Sarajevo.  This event began at 7:20 in Belgrade.

October 13

Wheels down Kosovo

She stopped her car on the way from te airport when she spotted a store in Pristina named for her.

The store was located near a statue of William Jefferson Clinton.  Priceless picture.

Secretary Clinton meets with Senior Government of Kosovo Officials, including Acting President and Assembly Speaker Jakup Krasniqi, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci  and Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni.

Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaci.

Secretary Clinton meets with local women leaders, in Pristina, Kosovo.

Secretary Clinton holds a Townterview with Young Europeans and media partner RTK, at the National and University Library in Pristina, Kosovo.

October 14

Wheels Down Brussels

Secretary Clinton meets with High Representative Lady Ashton.  They did a joint interview and delivered joint statements, at the European Commission Berlaymont Offices in Brussels.

With European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, in Brussels, Belgium.

Secretary Clinton meets with European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek.

With NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

With the Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu.

Secretary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Bob Gates hold a joint press availability in the Luns Press Theater, at NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

Secretary Clinton participates in the North Atlantic Council Meeting, at NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

These two pictures added just because they are pretty.

October 15

Secretary Clinton delivers remarks on innovation and American leadership to the Commonwealth Club, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California.

Some of my Hillary friends were there.  Normita sent me the Hillary issue of Commonwealth Magazine for Christmas.  Thank you, Normita!

October 19

Back in DC

Secretary Clinton meets with British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson.  She had met earlier with Irish Minister of State Peter Power, but there was no camera spray.

Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at a lunch for the U.S.-Northern Ireland Economic Conference.

Secretary Clinton meets with Northern Ireland First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuiness. *Hillary-walk alert*

A bilateral meeting with Slovakian Foreign Minister Mikulas Dzurinda.

October 20

Not much was open to the press that day.  The Secretary attended a meeting of the National Security Team at the White House.  The late Richard Holbrooke is at the left end of the table,

She participated in an HBO event with Henry Kissinger on diplomacy, but there were no photos.

In the evening she Secretary Clinton delivered an address  to the American Task Force on Palestine at the Ritz Carlton in DC.

Long, busy day, and still she ends it looking beautiful and with yet another speech that ahe hits out of the ballpark.  Awesome SOS!

On October 21, her worked off camera at meetings and the U.S.-Pakistan Dialogue Small Groups discussion and dinner, at the Department of State.  Of course that led up to the next day’s events with one of her more popular counterparts with the readers here.

October 22

Secretary Clinton and Pakistani Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi participate in the U.S.-Pakistan Dialogue Plenary Session, at the Department of State.

Of course there was a bilateral later.

October 25

Secretary Clinton presided over the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Signing Ceremony for the Jordan Compact with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nassar Judeh, MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes and Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjarthe, at the Department of State.

Most of the rest of the events that day were closed to the press.  But in the evening, on the eve of her birthday, she attended the world premiere screening of “Inside the State Department,” at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

They surprised her with a cake and sang Happy Birthday to her.  In her speech, there were so many Steves to thank that she thanked everybody named Steve who has anything to do with National Geographic.  She is simply adorable!

October 26 Her Birthday!!!!!

We were all so happy so see her home in New York on her birthday!  She looked gorgeous!  She was there to deliver remarks at the UN Security Council session marking the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

Eriya Kategaya, Security Council President and First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda greeted  her.

Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger (R) presented her with a birthday gift

With Melanne Verveer

Beautiful Birthday Girl speaking to the Security Council.

She was back in DC by afternoon, but never fear!  Her best fella took her out for her birthday that night!

October 27

Like last year when she left on the heels of her birthday for Pakistan, this year she left immediately for her longest trip to date, to Asia.  On the itinerary were countries she was to have visited in January when her trip was cut short due to the earthquake in Haiti.  She began this trip as she had the January one.

Wheels Down in Hawaii

She met with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara

(Her hair looks beautiful!)

They exchanged gifts.

He almost looks ready to genuflect and call her “my lady.”

October 28

She delivered an address on American Leadership in the Asia-Pacific Region at the East-West Center where she spoke last January.  This time the event was indoors due to the wind so the event would not be about her hair, as she explained it.  She is so funny!

Here is another of my favorite pictures ever!

Here she is with Senator Daniel Inouye.

*Hillary-walk alert*  with a lei.  Very pretty!

October 29

A fueling stop in Guam gave her a chance to meet with the troops at Andersen Air Force Base to to speak to them.

Then she was Wheels Up for Hanoi! Where she landed sparkling like the sun for an ASEAN dinner.

October 30


Arriving with Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

With South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan.

With Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet

With Sergei Lavrov

With India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Speaking, poseys before our beautiful flower.

Class picture

October 31


At the 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap.  She was wearing the top we saw on Memorial Day in Chappaqua!  Very pretty!

Then at the Siem Reap Center, a shelter run by AFSEIP that provides rehabilitation, vocational training, and social reintegration for sex trafficking victims.

So we end October, on a Sunday in Cambodia.  The SOS had a birthday, and despite the calendar,  just keeps looking smashing and ageless while chalking up success after success and winning hearts all over the world.  (She already has all of ours!)

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September is always a super-busy month because the UN General Assembly meets in New York toward the end of the month at the same time that the Clinton Global Initiative is held.  This year it was even busier than usual since it began with the enormous Mid-East Peace Initiative.

September 1

The White House Rose Garden was the setting for the peace process to get underway.  We see the President flanked by Mme. Secretary and Special Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell.

September 2

The talks are underway at the State Department.

More “guys shaking hands in front of Mme. Secretary.”

September 7

The Secretary’s annual Iftar at the State Department


September 8

A foreign policy speech at the Council on Foreign Relations

September 10

The 2010 Democracy Video Challenge Awards

September 13

Andrews Air Force Base

Departing for the Middle East.

September 14

The Multi-country Mid-East Peace talks begin in Sharm el-Sheikh


What a cute face looking at Egyptian President Mubarak.

Guys shaking hands in front of Mme. Secretary

September 15

Leg two of the talks  in Jerusalem and she met her old friend President Shimon Peres who is always happy to see her as is evident.  They are adorable together.

Special Envoy Mitchell behind her here.

With Palestinian PM Fayyad

With her Israeli counterpart FM Avidor Leiberman  – a rare meeting.  She is with Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, and Peres more often.

Here, very cordial with DM Barak.

And with Bibi

Here with Netanyahu and Abbas

September 16  Leg three in Ramallah

With Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (just smashing in that orange pantsuit)

With Abbas


The Hillary-walk!  Very Smart Power!

More Hillary-walk

September 17

Back in DC with Austalia’s Kevin Rudd who HAD been PM but at this point had become FM.  He seemed to enjoy his visit despite the demotion.  Who can blame him?  She’s stunning!


Those eyes!

With Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa at  the US-Indonesian Joint Commission

Sunday, September 19

NYC Pakistan Flood Meeting prior to UNGA starting.  (With Pakistan’s FM Qureshi … of course!)

Note: Much was made of her hair.  Excuse me?  She was there doing the business of State!  She always looks gorgeous in that electric blue pantsuit.  In the face of the floods in Pakistan, you would think people would have other topics to discuss beyond a hair clip!


The late Richard Holbrooke in the background.

September 20

Secretary Clinton with Bernard Kouchner, then FM of France, and Haitian PM Jean-Max Bellerive signing MOUs on Haitian recovery.

Bilaterals that day:

With Patricia Espinosa of Mexico

EU High Rep Cathy Ashton

Israeli DM Ehud Barak

September 21

The big event of the day was her appearance with Bill at the Clinton Global Initiative.



She was talking about clean cook stoves.


More cuteness!

Later that day there was a meeting of the Middle East Quartet at the UN: Tony Blair, Mme. Secretary,  Ban Ki-Moon, Sergei Lavrov,  Catherine Ashton.

An AWESOME speech.  Maybe this one is my favorite of the year!  “1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future”

She co-hosted this event with Irish FM Micheal Martin.

September 22 in NYC: NATO-Russia Council at the Waldorf

Greeting FMs Hague (UK) and Davutoglu (Turkey)

Sergei Lavrov in the background here.  Cheekbones in the foreground!

Hmmmm… men might well make passes at this girl in glasses!

With El Salvador’s Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez (L) and Honduran President Porfirio Lobo,   Secretary Clinton signed a memorandum of understanding for the Building Remittance Investment for Development Growth and Entrepreneurship (BRIDGE) Initiative with Honduras and El Salvador, at the Helmsley Hotel.


At UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s Millennium Development Goals’ Maternal and Child Health event, at the UN.


With South Africa”s FM Mashabane

And with Russia’s FM Sergei Lavrov

Friday September 24

With Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, at the Palace Hotel

With Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

Monday, September 27, it is evident that being based in NY and spending her weekend there have a marvelous effect on Mme. Secretary who showed up at the Security Council looking like this!

Back in DC on the 28th, she joined Secretaries Gates and Geithner, Administrator Shah and Millenium Challenge Corporation CEO Yohannes participate in a roundtable discussion on the Administration’s new Global Development Policy at the annual U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Conference, at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

September 29


EU High Representative Cathy Ashton

With German FM Guido Westerwelle

With Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez Bonilla

She was speaking at the State Department about the Viet Nam War.  This look!

September 30

With Panamanian Vice-President and Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Varela (another Hillary-walk)

What a busy month!  The Secretary ended September with a beautiful smile, and she should!  She managed to pack a great deal into those 30 days!  Very impressive!

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With the excitement (and stress) of the wedding behind her, the Secretary got right back on her skateboard and rolled through August in her typical cheerful, energetic fashion.

On August 3 at the State Department she gave an impressive speech to the Young African Leaders who were so happy to receive her.  She is always great with a young audience, and it was a very instructive speech.

On August 4, the terrible floods in Pakistan were the subject of a press conference with USAID Administrator Shah.  Senator John Kerry dropped in on her at the State Department.

August 5 she had one press availability with Nigerian Foreign Minister Henry Odein Ajumogobia.  The rest of her day was closed to the press.

August 9, appearing with the late Richard Holbrooke at the State Department, she delivered remarks about relief workers killed in Afghanistan.  She was visibly upset.  I never understand people who say she shows no emotion.  I often see joy, and on this day I saw grief that she just barely controlled.  One of the things I love so much about her is her humanity – she cannot keep her emotions off her face.  Why do other people deny this about her when I see it so clearly?  Maybe I am simply watching her more closely.

You can see the pain in her eyes.