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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.

She was closed to the press on August 10, but on the 11th she gave a briefing on the status of New START and met with Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman who reminiced about walking into the State Department to request refuge during Argentina’s Dirty War. Mme. Secretary was so happy to receive him and she dressed in the color of the Argentine flag:  More Flag Diplomacy!

For some reason, some photographer decided to take a picture of her tootsies!  Cute shoes!

On August 16 another huge policy speech that she hit out of the park:  “The Global Health Initiative: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around The World,” at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

August 19 she traveled to U.N. Headquarters in NYC to deliver remarks at the Plenary Session on Flood Relief for Pakistan.  She looked smashing in aqua.

And, of course, since it was about Pakistan, there was a meeting with FM Qureshi.

August 20, she and George Mitchell gave a briefing at the State Department on the Middle East peace process.

The Secretary worked behind closed doors for the next week with no public appointments until August 31 on the eve of her Middle East peace initiative.  That day, we saw her with Mahmoud Abbas.

Jordanian  FM Judeh.

Israeli PM Netanyahu.

And Quartet Representative Tony Blair.

The next day this monumental initiative got underway at the White House.  Mme. Secretary worked very hard to get the parties together.  We have reviewed eight months of 2010 so far, and the sustained level of energy we have seen her apply to her tasks is breathtaking.  I simply have to snort at the recent talk of Bill Richardson replacing her at State.  She is an impossible act for the BEST to follow, and he, quite simply, would be the worst.  That is my opinion, for what it is worth.

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July 2010 was a very busy and significant month for Mme. Secretary.  She began with a tour of Eastern European countries, and as everyone in the world knows, ended July in Rhinebeck, New York  celebrating  her daughter’s wedding.

On July 2, she arrived in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, July 2, 2010. Clinton told Ukrainian leaders Friday that the door to membership in the NATO alliance remains open. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a town hall style meeting at Kiev Polytechnic Institute in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, July 2, 2010. Clinton is in Ukraine, the first leg of a trip which is due to take her also to Poland and the Caucasus. AFP PHOTO / Drew Angerer (Photo credit should read Drew Angerer/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and Ukraine's Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko take part in a wreath laying ceremony at a monument to Holodomor victims in Kiev, July 2, 2010. Clinton said on Friday that forcing Ukraine to choose between Russia and the West offered a "false choice" and she urged Kiev to forge good relations with both sides. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) shakes hands with former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko as they meet in Kiev, July 2, 2010. Clinton told Ukraine on Friday that the door to entering NATO remained open and she backed the ex-Soviet republic's efforts to secure a new deal with the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Alexander Prokopenko/Pool (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS)

July 3, in Krakow, Poland.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski shakes hands prior to holding a joint press availability, at City Hall in Krakow, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Drew Angerer, Pool)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers the keynote address on democracy and freedom during the Community of Democracies Program at the Slowacki Theater, in Krakow, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Drew Angerer, Pool)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid a wreath of flowers at the monument of Polish officers murdered by Soviet secret security services in Katyn in 1940, during her visit in Krakow on July 3,2010. Earlier, Hillary Clinton met with family members of victims who died in Smolensk plane crash on April 10,2010. She is in Poland to attend a conference honoring a pro-democracy group. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tours the Schindler Factory Museum in Krakow, Poland, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Drew Angerer, Pool)

I wonder whether this was authorized while the Democrats held the majority.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signs the guest book at the Schindler Factory Museum in Krakow, Poland, Saturday, July 3, 2010. In a speech after her tour, Clinton announced that the United States plans to contribute $15 million over the next five years to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, subject to Congressional authorization. (AP Photo/Drew Angerer)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) shakes hands with the sons and widow Maria of Andrzej Kremer, Polish deputy Foreign Minister who died in Smolensk plane crash on April 10,2010, in Warsaw on July.3,2010. Mrs Clinton met with the family after laying a wreath at the monument of Polish officers murdered by Soviet secret security services in Katyn in 1940. She is in Poland to attend a conference honoring a pro-democracy group. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

She spent the Fourth of July looking beautiful in Azerbaijan and Armenia.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) speaks to Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev during their meeting in Baku, July 4, 2010. Azerbaijan pressed the United States on Sunday to help solve the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute as Clinton visited the oil-rich country in a bid to ease strains over the territory. REUTERS/Stringer (AZERBAIJAN - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, front right, arriving for a meeting with Armenian with President Serge Sarkisian, Yerevan, Sunday, July 4, 2010. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday appealed to Armenia and Azerbaijan for a peaceful resolution of a long-running territorial dispute between the neighboring ex-Soviet states, but there were no outward signs of fresh diplomatic progress. (AP Photo/PanARMENIAN Photo, Davit Hakobyan)

US Secretary of State Clinton listens to Armenian President Sargsyan during their meeting in Yerevan

 

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a roundtable discussion with Civil Society Youth Leaders at the Mugham Club in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sunday, July 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Drew Angerer, Pool)

She attended a baseball game in Azerbaijan!

She arrived in Georgia on July 5.  How pretty!

 

US Secretary State Hillary Clinton gestures while exiting her airplane upon arrival to Tbilisi on July 5, 2010. Clinton was to wrap up a tour of eastern Europe and the Caucasus with a visit to Georgia, where she is expected to reassure President Mikheil Saakashvili of continued US support. AFP PHOTO / VANO SHLAMOV (Photo credit should read VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

It seemed the eastern states were competing to see who could present her with the largest bouquet.

 

Georgia's Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze (R) presents a bunch of flowers to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton upon her arrival at Tbilisi airport July 5, 2010. REUTERS/Georgian Foreign Ministry/Pool (GEORGIA - Tags: POLITICS)

 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a glass of Georgian wine as she takes a walk with Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi, July 5, 2010. Clinton on Monday condemned Russia for building bases in two Georgian rebel regions on Monday and underlined U.S. backing for the West-leaning nation two years after its war with Moscow. REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze/Pool (GEORGIA - Tags: POLITICS)

 

 

Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili (L) toasts with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as they take a walk during their meeting in Tbilisi, July 5, 2010. Clinton on Monday condemned Russia for building bases in two Georgian rebel regions on Monday and underlined U.S. backing for the West-leaning nation two years after its war with Moscow. REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze/Pool (GEORGIA - Tags: POLITICS)

 

 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, right, listens to a question during a meeting with the Georgian Women Leader Association members at the Georgian National Library in Tbilisi on Monday, July 5, 2010. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday pledged U.S. support for this former Soviet state, which is recovering from an August 2008 Russian military invasion and seeking to consolidate its democracy.(AP Photo/ Shakh Aivazov)

 

 

Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili (L) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stand next to a model of the Georgian parliament building, which is under construction in the city of Kutaisi, during their meeting in Tbilisi July 5, 2010. REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze/Pool (GEORGIA - Tags: POLITICS)

Back in DC on the sixth, she met with Israeli Prome Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  I love the color of this suit on her.

 

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Blair house in Washington, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

On the eighth at the State Department she met with Jordanian FM Judeh and signed an MOU with Angolan FM dos Anjos.  She was very impressed with Angola when she visited in August, 2009, but the media covered that visit very poorly preferring to concentrate their coverage of her African trip on a brief snap at a student in Nigeria and some cute dancing in Nairobi.   That day she also met with Dr.Hanan Ashrawi whom I have long admired.

 

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, after speaking to the media at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, July 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Mr. dos Anjos was clearly delighted with this achievement.

 

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Angolan Foreign Minister Assuncao Afonso dos Anjos, sign documents during a ceremony for a memorandum of understanding establishing the U.S.-Angola Strategic Partnership Dialogue, Thursday, July 8, 2010, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

On July 13 at the State Department.

 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands after a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari(L), at the Department of State, July 13, 2010, in Washington, DC. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Laos Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith(L) shake hands on July 13, 2010, inside the US Department of State in Washington, DC. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez(L) deliver remarks July 13, 2010, inside the US Department of State in Washington, DC. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

On July 18 she arrived in Pakistan.  We see her here with the late Richard Holbrooke.

 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) watches as Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (R) meets her delegation, including Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke (L), after arriving at the prime minister's residence in Islamabad July 18, 2010. Clinton arrived in Pakistan on Sunday, hoping to buttress a shaky partnership that U.S. officials say is key to the escalating war in neighbouring Afghanistan. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

No review of  a trip to Pakistan would be complete without a photo of FM Qureshi. She’s gorgeous here!  No wonder he has that look on his face!

One day I should make a slideshow of guys shaking hands in front of her.

 

Afghanistan Minister of Trade Anwar Ul Haq Ahadi (L) and Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani (R) shake hands as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) looks on, after signing a new trade treaty between the two countries, in Islamabad, on July 18, 2010. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

😀 FM Qureshi

On the 19th, still in Pakistan.

 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi look towards each other while holding talks in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, July 19, 2010. Clinton sought Monday to convince skeptical Pakistanis that American interest in their country extends beyond the fight against Islamist militants by announcing a raft of new aid projects worth $500 million. (AP Photo/Adrees Latif, Pool)

 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) looks on as she attends a television interview with Dr. Moeed Pirzada (R) on Pakistani TV, in Islamabad on July 19 , 2010. Clinton described as "very good" her two-day visit to Pakistan ahead of her arrival for an international conference in Afghan capital Kaon the 20th bul. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Then on the 20th in to Afghanistan.

 

Afgan President Hamid Karzai (C), US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R), UN chief Ban Ki-moon (L), Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki (L, second row) and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (top R) pose for a group photo following the International Conference on Afghanistan in Kabul on July 20, 2010. A major international conference in Kabul ended on July 20 calling for at least 50 percent of development aid for the country to be channelled through the Afghan government's budget within two years. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) walk with security officials on their way to tour a crafts baazar in a nearby courtyard in Kabul on July 20, 2010, as they attend the International Conference on Afghanistan. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a major international conference in Kabul July 20 that there was still "much more work" for the Afghan government to do to stabilise the country. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS/POOL (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) greets women attending a Women's Empowerment event at the US Embassy in Kabul on July 20, 2010. Afghan women have long been excluded from public education, healthcare, employment opportunities, and participating in public life. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a major international conference in Kabul July 20 that there was still "much more work" for the Afghan government to do to stabilise the country. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS/POOL (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, listens to speeches as Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasoul, left, and Britain Foreign Secretary William Hague sit next to her at the Kabul International Conference at the Foreign Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

And this picture just because….  Could she be any prettier?

 

The class picture.

 

Afgan President Hamid Karzai (C), flanked by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (centre R) and UN chief Ban Ki-moon and other deletages pose for a group photo following the International Conference on Afghanistan in Kabul on July 20, 2010. A major international conference in Kabul ended on July 20 calling for at least 50 percent of development aid for the country to be channelled through the Afghan government's budget within two years. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

She arrived in Seoul the next day wearing the colors of the South Korean flag:  Flag Diplomacy!

 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at a military airport in Seongnam, near Seoul July 21, 2010. The United States and South Korea announced on Tuesday they will start large-scale joint military drills on July 25 that aim to deter North Korea from any future attack after the sinking of a South Korean warship. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS)

 

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 21: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L), listens to South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-Hwan (R) speak during a joint news conference on July 21, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. Secretary Gates and Secretary Clinton are participating in talks with their Korean counter parts and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. (Photo by Mark Wilson - Pool/Getty Images)

 

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 21: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) speaks during a press conference with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) at the South Korea's foreign ministry on July 21, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. Hillary, will join Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. (Photo by Song Kyung-Seok-Pool/Getty Images)

 

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 21: (L-R) South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-Young, U.S. Scretay of Defense Robert Gates, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and South Korea Foreign Minister Yu Myung-Hwan pose with students after a welcoming ceremony held at the Korean War Memorial on July 21, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. Hillary, will join Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. (Photo by Song Kyung-Seok-Pool/Getty Images)

 

Secretaries Clinton and Gates visited the DMZ on the 21st.  I love the way Gates is looking at her in this photo.

On the 22nd she left Seoul and flew to Hanoi.  She was given quite a send-off and it always touches my heart when I see officers saluting her and/or her plane.

 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smiles as she poses for photographs with an unidentified person before her departure at a military airport in Seongnam, near Seoul, July 22, 2010. The United States on Wednesday announced new sanctions against North Korea, targeted against its leadership, and warned of serious consequences if it again attacked the Navy soldiers. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

 

Kathleen Stephens (L), U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Han Duck-soo (2nd L), South Korean ambassador to the U.S., and other officials wave and salute to an airplane carrying U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her departure at a military airport in Seongnam, near Seoul, July 22, 2010. The United States on Wednesday announced new sanctions against North Korea, targeted against its leadership, and warned of serious consequences if it again attacked the Navy soldiers. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

 

Later that day in Hanoi….

Delegations from left.,Thailand's Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Laos Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith pose for a photo during the 2nd Lower Mekong-US Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Na Son-Nguyen, Pool)

 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, right, shake hands following their joint press conference at the Government Guest House in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

 

I love this picture with all my heart!

 

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greets children at the Ngoc Lam Pagoda orphanage that assists AIDS-affected children in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 22, 2010. Clinton signed a framework agreement for additional funds to the US Presidents Emergency Plan for Aids Relief with Vietnamese Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong at the orphanage after meeting the children. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signs a memorandum of understanding for US support of HIV/AIDS programs in Vietnam, at Ngoc Lam Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Julian Abram Wainwright, Pool)

A man presents flowers to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, after she signed a memorandum of understanding for US support of HIV/AIDS programs in Vietnam, at Ngoc Lam Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam, 22 July, 2010. (AP Photo/Julian Abram Wainwright, Pool)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meet late July 22, 2010 for a private meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister in Hanoi, Vietnam. A statue of the former leader of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, is on the wall. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

July 23, still in Hanoi

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the 17th ASEAN Regional forum Retreat meeting in hanoi on July 23, 2010. Asia-Pacific's biggest security dialogue convenes in Vietnam with ructions over North Korea and friction between the United States and China likely to dominate proceedings. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to reporter's questions as she conducts a press conference at the end of the ASEAN conference July 23, 2010, Hanoi, Vietnam. The Secretary spent the week traveling across Asia. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, pool)

Wonder if this one was ratified while the Democrats had control of Congress. 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) signs the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation along with other foreign ministers and heads of delegation from participating countries at the end of the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Hanoi July 23, 2010. REUTERS/Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool (VIETNAM - Tags: POLITICS)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (not shown) attends repatriation ceremonies as the remains of one of three unidentified American servicemen, recently discovered in Vietnam and determined by US and Vietnamese forensic experts to be Americans, are loaded into a transfer case by fellow service members Friday, July 23, 2010, on to a C-17 aircraft in Hanoi, Vietnam. The remains of three separate servicemen will be flown to Hickam AFP in Hawaii for final determination of identities. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves to bid farewell before boarding for departure home following the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) at the airport in Hanoi, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Kham, Pool)

On July 26, she met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the State Department.

And then (finally!) caught a commuter flight to Westchester to prepare for Chelsea’s wedding.

The following day in NYC arriving for a fitting she looked cute in this blue jacket.

The night before the wedding she arrived with her Country Squire at a reception in their honor looking absolutely gorgeous and glamorous in a beautiful green caftan.

(Seriously, this is one exquisite-looking world leader!)

The following day,  a few official pictures of the July 31 wedding were released.

 

 

Whew!  What a month for our Secretary of State!  After such a taxing month she ended up looking just smashing.  I think she was the prettiest MOTB I have ever seen!

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Dear Madame Secretary,

Wishing you all the joys and blessings of the holiday season, and a safe, healthy, and most of all a Happy New Year.  May you enjoy the loveliest of holidays with your loving family.

You are very special to all of us here.  Our thoughts and prayers are always with you no matter where you are on the face of the earth.

Thank you for your selfless service and fine work!

Love and loyal affection from all of us here.

-Still4Hill


To my wonderfully supportive readers,

Thank you for all of your kind encouragement and support throughout the year.  You are superb, every one of you!

I wish you all the very best of holiday joys and blessings and may all of your prayers and wishes for 2011 be fulfilled!

Love,

Still4Hill



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The public schedule for June 1 shows a 9:15 meeting, a series of bilaterals, a reception in her honor at 5:20 and  a 6 p.m. bilateral at the White House, i.e. she gets to stick around at a reception in her honor for under 40 minutes … more likely under 30 minutes.  One thing we are accustomed to seeing in the course of Mme. Secretary’s day is that she breezes into and out of events and can pack a dozen events into a single day.

Foreign Minister of Romania Teodor Baconschi (L) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) shake hands as they greet reporters after meeting at the State Department in Washington, June 1, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

On June 3 she co-hosted the U.S. – India Strategic Dialogue with Indian External Affairs Minister Krishna.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) welcomes Indian External Affairs Minister Sri Krishna to the plenary session of the U.S. - India Strategic Dialogue at the State Department in Washington June 3, 2010. REUTERS/Molly Riley (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

This at a bilateral later in the day is posted just because of Hillary walking in this pantsuit.  I love this pantsuit.  I have one this color.  I love the way she keeps her shoulders back.  She has such beautiful posture.

She hosted a luncheon reception at the State Department which the president also attended.

Four days later,  she was wheels down in Peru.

President Garcia was the White House bilateral on June 1st.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, talks to Peru's president Alan Garcia during a visit to the presidential palace in Lima, Monday, June 7, 2010. Clinton is in Peru to attend the 40 th General Assembly of the Organization of American States, OAS June 6-8. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

She was in Ecuador on June 8 and gave every appearance of having collected yet another heart.  She looked so beautiful, who could blame President Correa for being enchanted?

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (R) poses with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Carondolet presidential palace in Quito, June 8, 2010. Clinton arrived in Ecuador to discuss with president Rafael Correa about such topics as migration, trade and regional security. AFP PHOTO/RODRIGO BUENDIA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)

From there it was on to Colombia,  a very interesting leg of the trip.

09 Jun 2010, BOGOTA, Colombia --- epa02192861 US State Secretary Hillary Clinton arrives to the military airport of Catam in Bogota, Colombia, 08 June 2010. Clinton is in Colombia as part of her Latin American tour that has included Ecuador, Peru and that will finish in Barbados. EPA/CARLOS DURAN --- Image by © CARLOS DURAN/epa/Corbis

Later that night….  (I do not know that source.  It was from a Colombian news source, though).

The following day both the former POTUS and the SOS visited the National Palace, but there were no pictures of himself there.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Colombia's Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez (R) sign bilateral agreements, as Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe watches, at the presidential palace in Bogota June 9, 2010. Clinton is in Colombia for a two-day official visit. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez (COLOMBIA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

There was a presidential election coming up, and Mme. Secretary met both of the front-runners.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R), shakes hands with Colombian "U" Party presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos during a meeting in Bogota June 9, 2010. REUTERS/Fernando Ruiz/Santos Campaign/Handout

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) shakes hands with Colombian Green Party presidential candidate Antanas Mockus during a meeting in Bogota June 9, 2010. REUTERS/Mockus Campaign/Handout

Santos won the election and Mme. Secretary arrived in Barbados for the last leg of this trip on June 10.  For once Mme. Secretary was not the only person in bright, happy colors!

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, poses for a picture with Barbados' Deputy Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, during a visit to George Washington House, in St. Michael Parish, outside Bridgetown, Barbados, Thursday June 10, 2010. Clinton is in Barbados for a two day official visit. (Photo/Chris Brandis)

Back in DC the next day, she met with Mahmoud Abbas at the State Department.

On June 14 at the State Department in DC she released the 10th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report.

WASHINGTON - JUNE 14: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds up a copy of the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report during an event at the State Department June 14, 2010 in Washington, DC. The State Department released the 10th annual report on human trafficking, which for the first time includes the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

On June 16, also at the State Department, she announce the World Food Prize laureates.

From left: William Craft, Assistant Secretary, State Department, Rajiv Shah, Administrator, United States Agency for International Development, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (speaking), John Ruan III, World Food Prize Chairman, Mrs. Janis Ruan and Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, World Food Prize President announce the 2010 World Food Prize Laureates in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department Wednesday, June 16. This years co-winners are Reverend David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World and Jo Luck, Leader, Heifer International.

On June 17, she was back on Capitol Hill with Secretaries Gates and Chu and Chairman Mullen to testify on the New START treaty before the Armed Services Committee,  on which she used to serve.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu (L), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2nd L), Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Mullen (R) testify at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty on Capitol Hill in Washington June 15, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY ENERGY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Some of our friends were in the gallery that day and were lucky enough to get this great picture with her!

June 18 she met with Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen.

Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak with the media after a bilateral meeting at the State Department in Washington, Friday, June 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Drew Angerer)

She also held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Foreign Service Institute where she was a little envious of the very consistent wireless capability throughout the building which, evidently,  is superior to the system at the State Department.

Secretary Clinton holds a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the newly expanded George P. Shultz Center at the Foreign Service Institute, in Arlington, Virginia.

June 22 was a very full day beginning with an early breakfast meeting with the Vice President at his residence (a regular Tuesday occurence when she is in country)  and continuing through a 6 p.m. meeting at the White House.  The highlights of the day were her remarks at a State Department LGBT event celebrating Gay Pride month…

… and a bilateral meeting with Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrive to deliver opening remarks at a luncheon for the U.S.-India CEO Forum, Tuesday, June 22, 2010. at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Drew Angerer)

While not the clearest picture,  I like this shot of the White House meeting for her always pretty smile and that white jacket that is smashing on her.

On June 23, she once again hosted Israeli Defense Secretary Ehud Barak at the State Department.  Again, they look like they are performing in a musical.   As you have probably noticed, she meets with Barak pretty regularly but until this point in 2010, we have not seen her meet with her Israeli counterpart, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

On her way to a series of meetings at the White House that afternoon, she looked like this, and I acquired a new favorite picture.

Most of June 24 was devoted to closed bilaterals with Russian FM Lavrov.  President Medvedev was also in town for the U.S.-Russia “Civil Society to Civil Society” Summit.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second from right, hosts a working lunch for her counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, second from left, and members of the visiting Russian delegation, Thursday, June 24, 2010. at Blair House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

But I really like these pictures  with Hungarian FM Janos Martonyi.

June 29 was Saudi Arabia day in DC.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal pose before their bilateral meeting at the Blair House in Washington, ,Tuesday, June 29, 2010.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

And that, folks, is the wrap-up for June 2010.  We have gone halfway through the year so far and have seven days left in this year.  Before 2010 runs out,  Mme. Secretary will be back at work leading the U.S. delegation to the presidential inauguration in Brazil.   She will be working on a holiday (again), and, as always, she will be smiling.

Thank you Mme. Secretary for your cheerful diligence, and Merry Christmas to you and your family.  May you have a joyful holiday.

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Well, everyone has high-tailed it out of DC, and I hope this lovely lady has as well, but that has not stopped her from working today.  Earlier today she issued a joint statement with Catherine Ashton about the post-electoral situation in Belarus, and a little while ago this appeared in my inbox.  If this was important enough for her to issue tonight, then it is important enough to post here.  Her statement on yet another election gone wrong.

 

Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Situation in Cote d’Ivoire

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 23, 2010

Today’s special session of the Human Rights Council concerning the ongoing crisis in Cote d’Ivoire underscored the international community’s commitment to ensure respect for human rights and to address serious abuses. We applaud the African Group for leading this session.

The United States joins the international community in condemning the growing violence, the grave human rights violations, and the deterioration of security in Cote d’Ivoire. We stand with the Council in calling for the immediate end to the violence and other abuses, and we will work to hold those responsible for these human rights violations accountable.

When the United States joined the Human Rights Council, we promised to work from within to improve its effectiveness as we strive to achieve our common goals. Today’s special session exemplifies this new approach and reaffirms that the Council has an important role to play on all issues where human rights are in question.

President Alassane Dramane Ouattara is the legitimately elected and internationally recognized leader of Cote d’Ivoire. We reiterate our call for former President Laurent Gbagbo to step down immediately. The rights of the Ivoirian people can only be fully realized when democracy is respected and the rule of law restored in Cote d’Ivoire.

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Believe it or not, this schedule was just posted and sent along with the schedules for December 20,and 21. I am glad I was not holding my breath waiting for them! Well, I am keeping to my promise to post every schedule they send!

Public Schedule for December 23, 2010

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
December 23, 2010

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

No Public Appointments

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Secretary Clinton is a huge “get” for Sunday morning talk shows.   She began May as the first guest on the new Meet the Press set.

She pre-records her Sunday appearances, so this was actually taped on Friday,  April 30, but it aired on May 2.   It is always a treat to see her on TV, especially on a weekend.

On May 3, she addressed the U.N.

NEW YORK - MAY 03: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the United Nations 2010 High-level Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at U.N. headquarters May 3, 2010 in New York City. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the conference earlier today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

May 7, at the State Department she dedicated a memorial plaque.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a memorial plaque ceremony in memory of three American diplomats who lost their lives while on active duty overseas, at the State Department in Washington May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

May 10,  in Washington.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) participates in a dinner with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai (2nd L) at Blair House in Washington, May 10, 2010. Alongside Karzai are U.S. National Security Advisor James Jones (L) and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates (3rd L). REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

I love this smile!

May 11, the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Discussions began.  President Karzai had been a little moody.  Mme. Secretary was sent in on a charm offensive.  Whenever the situation calls for charm,  she is the girl for the job.  Apparently she is irresistible!

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai before a USA-Afghanistan expanded bilateral meeting at the U.S. State Department in Washington, May 11, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

May 12, at the White House for bilateral meetings between Presidents Obama and Karzai.

WASHINGTON - MAY 12: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen (L), Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (C) and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listen during a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House May 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai held the joint press conference after a meeting where the two leaders spoke about the war in Afghanistan, terrorism, economy and other regional issues. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Then a speech at the State Department.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks to the 40th Washington Conference on the Americas, May 12, 2010, as leaders from North and South America meet in the Loy Henderson Conference Room of the US State Dept. in Washington, DC. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

May 13 at the U.S Institute of Peace.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Afghan President Hamid Karzai participate in a question and answer session at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Later that day at Dumbarton Oaks.

May 18 on Capitol Hill with Michael Mullen and Robert Gates, she testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, left, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 18, 2010, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the new START Treaty. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pretty in pink and flirting with Senator Lugar who strongly supported START yesterday in the Senate chamber before the vote.  Thank you Sen. Lugar!

May 19 welcoming President Calderon of Mexico.  Love the walk!

19 May 2010, Washington DC, USA --- United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leads U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden to the ceremony where U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed President Felipe Calderón of Mexico to the White House for a State Visit on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP --- Image by © Ron Sachs/CNP/Corbis

At the State Department luncheon for President Calderon, a toast … one of several she pretended to sip but never actually drank any champagne.

Hostess with the mostest!

May  21 she arrived in Japan absolutely rocking this outfit!  Wow!

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama during a meeting at Hatoyama's official residence in Tokyo Friday, May 21, 2010. Secretary of State Clinton said Friday that evidence was "overwhelming" that a North Korean submarine sank a South Korean warship and that the communist country must face international consequences for its actions. Clinton is in the Japanese capital at the outset of a three-nation Asian trip. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

That evening she arrived in Shanghai.

The next day at the Expo.  She worked very hard to get a U.S. Pavilion installed there.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to visitors during her visit to U.S. Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai, China, Saturday, May 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves after touring the US Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, May 22, 2010. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in China on Friday for a visit set to culminate next week with wide-ranging talks in Beijing, with tensions running high over North Korea. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you your Secretary of State, and perhaps the most respected person on the world stage today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.” Jon Huntsman 05-23-2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a meet and greet with U.S. consulate employees and their families in Shanghai, China, Sunday, May 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

With the children of U.S. Consulate employees.  Hillary + kids = ♥ I cannot resist.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, holds a stuffed animal of Haibao, the mascot of the Shanghai World Expo 2010, given to her by the children of U.S. consulate employees during a meet and greet in Shanghai, China, Sunday, May 23, 2010. (AP Photo/ Saul Loeb, Pool)

This one just because….

On May 24 in Beijing the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue began with a diplomatic entanglement, and proceeded with many other cute pictures.  These are just a few.

China's Vice Premier Wang Qishan (R) and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (L) try to shake hands while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stands in the middle ahead of the opening ceremony of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing May 24, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

May 25

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong sign an agreement at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing Tuesday, May 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

May 26 her visit to Seoul began with yet another diplomatic entanglement, this time with President Lee.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, left, embraces U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during their meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday, May 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) speaks as South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-Hwan (R) looks on during a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Seoul on May 26, 2010. Clinton arrived from Beijing, where she pressed China to get tougher with its ally North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship. AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN / POOL (Photo credit should read KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Back in the U.S.A. on May 27, she hit the ground running (as usual) and delivered an address at the Brookings Institution.

WASHINGTON - MAY 27: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) is applauded by Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott before she delivers remarks about the Obama administration's national security strategy at the Brookings Institution May 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. Clinton addressed a variety of security topics, including the prevention of nuclear proliferation, terrorism, the use of military force, development and diplomacy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

There’s that kissy mouth!

May ends with a bilateral with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Peiris.  My own editorial note here:  He seemed so very happy to be visiting her at the State Department.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) reaches out to shake hands with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris as they deliver remarks to the media after a private meeting on May 28, 2010 at the US State Department in Washington. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Busy month for a busy lady who represents us brilliantly, beautifully and charmingly all over the globe.  Thank you, Mme. Secretary for your diligence and good spirits.  You keep us all smiling!

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