Archive for December, 2012

All of us here at Still4Hill send you and your family all the best for 2013.  We wish Mme. Secretary a speedy and complete recovery as we continue to pray that the New Year brings  improvement and healing.  You are both national treasures.

Bill And Hillary Clinton Lower Times Square 2009 New Years Eve Ball

Wishing  all the Still4Hills  a Happy, healthy, and safe 2013.  Love you all.

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This statement was issued within the hour by the State Department.


Press Statement

Washington, DC
December 31, 2012

Statement by Dr. Lisa Bardack, Mt. Kisco Medical Group, and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, George Washington University

In the course of a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday, the scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed. This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage. To help dissolve this clot, her medical team began treating the Secretary with blood thinners. She will be released once the medication dose has been established. In all other aspects of her recovery, the Secretary is making excellent progress and we are confident she will make a full recovery. She is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff.

Her dear friend, Lynn Forester de Rothschild blogged this lovely idea at HuffPo.

18 Million Prayers for Hillary

My mailbox was lit up this morning with messages of worry and concern and love for our Secretary of State. It made me dream that perhaps as a nation, as a world, we could all say a little prayer for the safe and speedy recovery of Hillary Clinton.

For so many years, and in so many ways, she has touched our hearts and changed our lives. Maybe now we can come together to say a prayer that will bring her back to good health.

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We are praying for her and for her family while remembering this lovely moment from four years ago.  We are hoping to see her return to her bubbly self soon.

Former US President Clinton and his wife US Senator Hillary dance at midnight in Times Square during New Year festivities in New York

Meanwhile, for the 17th time in 20 years, Gallup has named her the most admired woman.

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As always, even from her hospital bed, our Hillary remembers Haiti, a country dear to her and to me.

Haiti’s Independence Day

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 31, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Haiti as you celebrate your 209th anniversary of independence this January 1.

As the second-oldest republic in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti blazed a trail of independence that has inspired others seeking freedom and dignity. For more than two centuries Haitians have met and overcome challenges, even in the most difficult circumstances.

The United States is proud to be Haiti’s neighbor and partner today and in the years to come supporting Haiti’s work to ensure that every Haitian is able to live up to his or her god-given potential. May this year, and many to come, bring peace, prosperity and stability.

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December began very glamorously and with so much good cheer.   For the fourth and final time, Mme. Secretary and President Clinton hosted a dinner at the State Department for the Kennedy Center honorees and a host of celebrities.

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Then  she left for what we now know would be her last official trip as Secretary of State arriving first in the Czech Republic and from there traveling to Belgium and a NATO meeting.  Upon arrival in Brussels, she met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani  Khar.

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On the fifth, after making her final official remarks from NATO headquarters, she left for Dublin, Ireland.

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Somehow it is appropriate if ironic that the beautiful Secretary of State who began the month in that lovely emerald gown ended her official travel on the Emerald Isle where she and her adoring spouse are so well-loved.

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On the seventh, she arrived in Belfast, her final stop as Secretary of State as we now are pretty sure.

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Upon her return home, laid low by a stomach virus and dehydrated, she fainted and sustained a concussion causing her to cancel a planned trip to Morocco, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates and her doctors to restrict her to rest at home (no work – although she did read and write an extensive response to the ARB report on Benghazi) and no travel for several weeks.  Since she is only weeks away from passing the torch to John Kerry,  we expect that these are the last of her travel pictures as our most awesome Secretary of State.

Mme. Secretary, you are in our thoughts and prayers.  We wish you a speedy and complete recovery and hope to continue following you no matter what path you choose in 2013.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

And may we meet again within the next few weeks. Here is the archive for December 2012.

Edited to add: This post was assembled and scheduled to publish before the events of the evening of December 30 when our treasured Hillary entered NY Presbyterian Hospital with a blood clot.  Our thoughts and prayers  continue.

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Continued prayers and good thoughts go out for our precious Secretary of State. Here is the official announcement from the State Department.



Press Statement

Office of the Spokesperson
Philippe Reines, Deputy Assistant Secretary
Washington, DC
December 30, 2012

In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary Clinton’s doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago. She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.

Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. They will determine if any further action is required.

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We are praying for you Mme. Secretary.

Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters file

Clinton, photographed here on Dec. 6 at Dublin City University, canceled a trip to Morocco earlier this month after a bout of flu. She was hospitalized Sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot stemming from a concussion she sustained earlier in the month.

By NBC News staff

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized Sunday after doctors discover a blood clot had formed, the State Department said in a statement.

Philippe Reines, a State Department senior advisor, said in the statement that the clot stems from a concussion she sustained several weeks ago.

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Secretary Clinton wrapped up her Balkans visits on November 1 in Bosnia and Serbia while many of us on the East Coast were literally in the dark for an extended period due to Hurricane Sandy.

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When she did return we did not see her right away.  Her next public appearances  were on November 8th at the State Department  and  at the  Common Ground Awards where she presented a posthumous award to Chris Stevens which his sister Anne accepted in his name.

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On the 12th she arrived in Perth, Australia.  She met with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Australian Foreign Minister Robert Carr, and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith, in Perth, Australia.

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On the 16th she arrived in Singapore where she visited a GE plant and delivered a speech on economic statecraft.

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On the 18th she arrived in Thailand where she was joined by President Obama.

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On the 19th the President and Secretary of State arrived in Burma.

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The next stop was Cambodia where she arrived adorably late for one meeting but beamed nevertheless.



Escalating rocket exchanges between Israel and Gaza caused this visit to be cut short when the President dispatched her to the Middle East to try to negotiate a cease-fire.

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She left for home and a welcome Thanksgiving break  having accomplished her objective and while she was back at the State Department on the 26th we did not see her again until the following day when she addressed the  Millennium Challenge Corporation and the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership.


On the 28th, she addressed GLIFAA, the LGBT organization of State Department employees, presented the ACE Awards, and received  African Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the Department of State.

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Oh! And she attended a cabinet meeting that day, too.  They were applauding Susan Rice who would turn out not to be her successor.

On the 29th she


On the 29th she delivered  a speech on World AIDS Day,  one entitled The U.S. and Europe: A Revitalized Global Partnership at an event hosted by the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution,  and ended the day with an address at the Policy Planning Staff – Foreign Policy Group’s “Transformational Trends 2013” Forum held at the Newseum in D.C.

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She ended the month with a speech about art in the embassies and an address at the Saban center where we saw her whispering at length in John Kerry’s ear.  Just sayin’.


She was spectacular in November.  Here is the archive for November 2012.

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October commenced with Mme. Secretary still in NYC for a final UNGA event on small states.


She returned to D.C. the following day to give an address on travel and tourism.  On the third she hosted the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Commission and presented the McGovern Awards  with which she herself had been honored the previous year.

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For the next several days she worked behind closed doors and emerged on the 10th to receive Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the State Department.


On the 12th she met with Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata and delivered a speech at the  Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

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Home for the weekend on the 13th she was out and about in Chappaqua with her best guy and stopped to say hello to their congresswoman Nita Lowey who was campaigning.  These two are so cute together.  Note in the second picture with Lowey they are holding hands.

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In Peru on the 15th and 16th she met with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, delivered a speech on women as drivers of growth and inclusion, and sent shock waves around the world by taking full responsibility for the September 11th events in Benghazi.

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Back in D.C. on the 18th she gave a speech at Georgetown on energy diplomacy.

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In the north of Haiti on the 22nd she and her best guy dedicated an industrial park.


There were  some State Department events; an awards ceremony and a swearing in of an ambassador, and she met with Brazilian Foreign Minister Patriota.

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On the 25th she inaugurated the  Work-Life and Family Month Event at the State Department wearing one of my favorite jackets.

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She spent her 65th birthday weekend privately and quietly with her family in Connecticut.

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Then she was off on foreign travel again – to Algeria and the Balkans.

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Here is the archive for October 2012.



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Mme. Secretary  began the  month on foreign travel,  most of it her typical country-a-day routine, to countries engaged in disputes over rights in the South China Sea.  It was a particularly hectic trip with a lot of bilaterals that would have been less necessary had the Law of the Sea Convention not been killed by the Tea Party members of Congress.

September is always a heavy month for a secretary of state with the U.N. General Assembly convening at the New York headquarters.  For this particular SOS it has always been even busier since her husband simultaneously runs his Clinton Global Initiative in NYC,  and she always makes an appearance.   This year was altogether heavier than in the past since it was an election year and the president stayed only a short time and left her in charge in his wake.  She acted as head-of-state through most of UNGA this year.

Punctuating all of this were demonstrations and riots at embassies in the Middle East and North Africa.  The American School in Tunis was destroyed, and of course there was the deadly attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Here are some pictures from September starting with her visit to the Cook Islands.


On the third she was in Indonesia.

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On the fourth she left Indonesia for China following a stop at Embassy Jakarta and a visit to the ASEAN Secretariat.


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She remained in china through the fifth.

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She was in Timor-Leste on the sixth when her husband addressed the Democratic Convention in Charlotte.  Somehow they managed to find an internet connection for her to be able to watch.

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The same day she arrived in Brunei, the first top U.S. diplomat to visit all 10 ASEAN countries.


From there she traveled to Vladivostok, Russia (birthplace of Yul Brynner) where she and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov signed a cooperation agreement.

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She attended and spoke at an APEC conference.

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She left Russia on the ninth for D.C. and although she had no public events on the 11th, we later learned from State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland that she was indeed at her office late into that night when the attack on the consulate occurred.  The next day the sad aftermath rolled out from the Rose Garden of the White House to the State Department where devastated colleagues mourned the dead.

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On the 14th, the coffins came home.  She and President Obama were at the transfer  ceremony.

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The 18th was “Ladies’ Day”  at the State Department.  She welcomed  Aung San Suu Kyi and held a signing ceremony with her Mexican counterpart Patricia Espinosa.

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As world leaders began to arrive in the U.S. for UNGA, there were events in D.C.


And on the 23rd it was off to UNGA and CGI in New York where her September ended.

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When the General Assembly convened, it was clear how much she would be missed on the world stage.

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Here is the archive for September 2012.

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Press Statement

Patrick Ventrell
Acting Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 27, 2012



The U.S. Embassy in Bangui temporarily suspended its operations on December 28 as a result of the present security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). We have not suspended diplomatic relations with the Central African Republic.

Ambassador Wohlers and his diplomatic team left Bangui today along with several private U.S. citizens. As a result of this suspension of operations, the embassy will not be able to provide routine consular services to American citizens in the Central African Republic until further notice.

This decision is solely due to concerns about the security of our personnel and has no relation to our continuing and long-standing diplomatic relations with the CAR.

The United States encourages all parties in the Central African Republic to participate in the dialogue to be held under the auspices of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) to develop a comprehensive agreement that will offer a new vision of peace and security for the country.

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