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Years of blogging here about Hillary Clinton have taught me that there is one group of people who have a hard time dealing with Hillary undercover, behind closed doors, or in any other way out of the public eye.  They are her loyal followers and supporters.  For them, over the years,   I have posted a variety of slideshows as “Hillary-fixes” when she is either indisposed or catching a little R & R.

For two weeks now, a second group of people have raised a clamor over her absence from the spotlight.  Neither loyalists nor supporters,  in fact not even Democrats, their hysteria about her absence has been reaching fever pitch over the past few days in the most illogical context.  They consist of a faction of the Republican Party (certainly not all) who demand,  ever more loudly, to know where Hillary is because, they charge, she is feigning illness and injury in order to avoid testifying before Congress  about events in Benghazi on September 11.

Here’s the thing: Congress is not even in session.  To whom are they expecting her to testify?  To an empty chamber?  Not even responsible enough to address our fiscal problems in the waning days of the year,  they are bouncing off the walls because they do not know where she is or what she is doing.

Ironically, if Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State,  had ever received the kind of press coverage for her work that she should have, this blog would have been rendered unnecessary.   Since she has not received that coverage these pages have attempted to keep a record.

Today’s installment of the year in review here covered August 2012.  When you look at it and at the August archive, you see that her family rented an East Hampton vacation home for two weeks of this year and that she did  not even get to spend more than 10 days there.  Most Americans with easier jobs get a longer vacation.  By August 30 she was back in the air on a difficult trip on precious little rest.

Fast forward to this month when, while on foreign travel in Europe, she was felled by a nasty bug,  fainted from dehydration,  sustained a concussion,  and was ordered by her doctors to stay home, rest, and recover doing as little work as possible.  Oh the rumor-mongering that ensued!  Oh the breast-beating and cries of “foul!”

That all of this occurs among the holidays indicates the lack of interest these people have had in Hillary’s whereabouts in the past.  Except for once, in late December 2010 when a press release informed us that on January 1 the Secretary of State would be in Brasilia for the inauguration of Dilma Rouseff, we have not seen or heard from Mme. Secretary from about December 23 till early January – about the fourth – the routine reason for all of those Hillary-fixes for her loyalists.

So what’s up?  Are these hysterical cries for news of her due to a sudden concern for her well-being?  Nope!  They insist she is trying to avoid testifying … additional proof that they never had an interest in her activities and know nothing about her.  Hillary Clinton has already responded to Congress about the ARB report in writing and most assuredly will respond to all of the questions Congress wishes to put to her when she has rested and her doctors clear her to return to work.

Hillary Clinton is a straightforward person who prepares diligently for hearings like these and answers with honesty and dignity.  She took responsibility for Benghazi long ago …  before the President even did.  She has nothing to fear or be stressed about where these hearings are concerned.  These noisy people, if they want to do something of consequence, should get their behinds back to D.C. and do something about our fiscal situation.

They should leave Hillary alone.  She worked herself sick for this country.  We would appreciate a little work from the House with its paltry work schedule. Leave our Hillary in the shadow and let her recover.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to return to work

Updated at 05:46 PM today
WASHINGTON (WABC) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to return to work next week.
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Clinton aide Philippe Reines released a statement saying, “The Secretary continues to recuperate at home. She had long planned to take this holiday week off, so she had no work schedule. She looks forward to getting back to the office next week and resuming her schedule.”

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Once again, in August 2012, Mme. Secretary began and ended the month on foreign travel.  As she did in August 2009, she spent the first weeks touring Africa.

This was the original itinerary which, like the Asia trip in July ended up being extended.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Travel to Africa

Press Statement

Victoria Nuland

Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

July 30, 2012


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Africa July 31 through August 10, 2012. During this trip, the Secretary will emphasize U.S. policy commitments outlined in the Presidential Policy Directive – to strengthen democratic institutions, spur economic growth, advance peace and security as well as promote opportunity and development for all citizens.

The Secretary’s first stop will be Senegal, where she will meet President Sall and other national leaders and deliver a speech applauding the resilience of Senegal’s democratic institutions and highlighting America’s approach to partnership.

Hillary Rodham Clinton U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Senegal's President Macky Sall at the Presidential Palace in Dakar

Next, Secretary Clinton travels to South Sudan where she meets with President Kiir to reaffirm U.S. support and to encourage progress in negotiations with Sudan to reach agreement on issues related to security, oil and citizenship.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Salva Kiir

In Uganda, the Secretary meets with President Museveni to encourage strengthening of democratic institutions and human rights, while also reinforcing Uganda as a key U.S. partner in promoting regional security, particularly in regard to Somalia and in regional efforts to counter the Lord’s Resistance Army. She will also highlight U.S. support in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Hillary Rodham Clinton U.S. Secretary of State Clinton is met by Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister Oryem upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds one of the 12 Raven unmanned aircrafts provided by the United States during her visit to Kasenyi Special Forces Group barracks south west of capital Kampala U.S. Secretary of State Clinton follows a demonstration of a Raven unmanned aircraft during her visit to Kasenyi Special Forces Group barracks 40km (25 miles) south west of capital Kampala U.S. Secretary of State Clinton meets with Ugandan President Museveni at the State House in Kampala

The Secretary will then travel to Kenya where she plans to meet President Kibaki, Prime Minister Odinga, and other government officials to emphasize her support for transparent, credible, nonviolent national elections in 2013. To underscore U.S. support for completing the political transition in Somalia by August 20th, Secretary Clinton will also meet with President Sheikh Sharif and other signatories to the Roadmap to End the Transition.

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The Secretary continues her trip in Malawi, visiting President Banda to discuss economic and political governance and reform.

U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is dressed by Emmie Phiri, chairperson of the dairy farmers during her visit to Malawi

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In South Africa, Secretary Clinton will pay her respects to ex-President Mandela, and to participate in the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Dialogue focusing on the partnership between our two countries in addressing issues of mutual concern and our shared challenges on the African and world stage. Secretary Clinton will be accompanied by a U.S. business delegation.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

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Incoming Chair of the AU Commission Dlamini-Zuma welcomes US Secretary of State Clinton in Pretoria

Our friend and Hillary’s neighbor, Grace Bennett of Inside Chappaqua Magazine was along on this trip.

The trip was supposed to end there, but everyone knew that this was her farewell tour on the continent as Secretary of State, and there was much buzz on the social media about visits to additional countries, and, sure enough, the travel was extended  – to Nigeria, Ghana, for the funeral of President John Atta Mills who had died unexpectedly, to Benin, and finally to Turkey for talks of a possible no-fly-zone over Syria.

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After spending a few days in D.C. upon her return, The Most Traveled Secretary of State Ever headed  to East Hampton for just a few days of R & R before ending the month in the South Pacific on what was to be yet another lengthy tour mostly in Asia but including Russia.

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Here are the archives for August 2012.

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Having resisted for all of about ten minutes,  I have decided that it would be selfishness on my part not to share this.   After two  weeks of Tea Party Republicans and Fox News (with the notable exception of the always fair Greta Van Susteren)  emptying their quivers at our Hillary  for not testifying on The Hill last week due to her illness and subsequent injury, the genetically sarcastic Wonkette has responded to the wingnuttery with a sublimely satirical post.

Here is a tiny snip, but you will want to read this brilliant piece in full and savor it.  I suggest a trip to the bathroom before you begin in case you are accident-prone while laughing hysterically.  I sincerely hope someone has shown this to Hillary.  I can just see her reading this with tears running down those amazing cheekbones.  Here’s a tissue, Hillz.

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Concussion-Gate: Hillary Clinton Perpetrates America’s Most Nefarious Coverup

by snipy

So let’s get this straight. Hillz faked a stomach virus, had her staff fake a stomach virus (or gave it to them because she has no soul and killed Vince Foster), then faked her fainting so that she could cry “concussion!” and avoid debunking conservative nonsense about Benghazi? What the hell kind of Rube Goldberg scheme is this supposed to be?

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Mme. Secretary began July 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland attending a meeting of the Action Group for Syria at the European headquarters of the United Nations where she also granted a flurry of media interviews.  On the third, placing a phone call to Pakistani FM Khar,  she managed to get the supply lines through Pakistan into Afghanistan reopened.

Fuel tanker trucks, used to transport fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan, are seen parked near oil terminals in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on July 4, 2012. Pakistan confirmed that it had decided to reopen vital NATO supply routes into Afghanistan which have been closed since November, a government spokesman said. The official announcement came after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Pakistan was re-opening the roads and that the United States was "sorry" for losses suffered by the Pakistani military in November. The supply routes have been shut since November when an American aircraft mistakenly killed 24 Pakistan soldiers, aggravating already difficult relations between Washington and Islamabad. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN        (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Fuel tanker trucks, used to transport fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan, are seen parked near oil terminals in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi on July 4, 2012. Pakistan confirmed that it had decided to reopen vital NATO supply routes into Afghanistan which have been closed since November, a government spokesman said. The official announcement came after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Pakistan was re-opening the roads and that the United States was “sorry” for losses suffered by the Pakistani military in November. The supply routes have been shut since November when an American aircraft mistakenly killed 24 Pakistan soldiers, aggravating already difficult relations between Washington and Islamabad. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/GettyImages)

On the Fourth of July she was back in D.C. to host a party for foreign ambassadors to Washington.

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On the fifth she was wheels up again for Paris for a meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People.

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She made a stop in Afghanistan to announce the designation of Afghanistan as a “major non-NATO ally.

designated Afghanistan as a “major non-NATO ally

designated Afghanistan as a “major non-NATO ally

She was in Tokyo on the eighth for an international conference on Afghanistan. While there she achieved an historical trilateral agreement among the U.S., Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Guido Westerwelle, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Koichiro Gemba, Hamid Karzai, Yoshihiko Noda, Ban Ki-moon

On the ninth she was in Mongolia.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers the closing remarks to the International Women's Leadership Forum at Government House Monday, July 9, 2012 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. (AP Photo/Brendan

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers the closing remarks to the International Women’s Leadership Forum at Government House Monday, July 9, 2012 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. (AP Photo/Brendan

On the 10th she was in Viet Nam.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a Fulbright program at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi July 10, 2012. Clinton is on an official two-day visit to Vietnam. REUTERS/Luong Thai Linh/Pool (VIETNAM - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a Fulbright program at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi July 10, 2012. Clinton is on an official two-day visit to Vietnam. REUTERS/Luong Thai Linh/Pool (VIETNAM – Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh attend a press conference at the Government Guest House in Hanoi on July 10, 2012.  Clinton is visiting Vietnam during a multiple stop tour of Asia where she is expected to meet with leaders and others to strengthen American economic and strategic interests.  AFP PHOTO/POOL/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh attend a press conference at the Government Guest House in Hanoi on July 10, 2012. Clinton is visiting Vietnam during a multiple stop tour of Asia where she is expected to meet with leaders and others to strengthen American economic and strategic interests. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, foreground, signs Vietnamese translations of her book for U.S. Embassy staff members at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam July 11, 2012.  (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, foreground, signs Vietnamese translations of her book for U.S. Embassy staff members at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

On the 11th she left Viet Nam, stopped in Laos, and went on to Cambodia.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) shakes hands with Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong (R) at their meeting at the prime minister's office in Vientiane on July 11, 2012.  Clinton became the first US secretary of state to visit Laos for 57 years, on a trip focused on the damaging legacy of the Vietnam War and a controversial dam project.     AFP PHOTO / POOL / Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) shakes hands with Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong (R) at their meeting at the prime minister’s office in Vientiane on July 11, 2012. Clinton became the first US secretary of state to visit Laos for 57 years, on a trip focused on the damaging legacy of the Vietnam War and a controversial dam project. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gives a speech during the ASEAN-U.S. Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gives a speech during the ASEAN-U.S. Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walks to her seat with other foreign ministers during an East Asia Summit Ministerial Meeting at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations regional forum at Peace Palace, Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walks to her seat with other foreign ministers during an East Asia Summit Ministerial Meeting at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations regional forum at Peace Palace, Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

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The 13th was her last day in Cambodia.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Myanmar Preside Thein Sein, second from right, walk towards a meeting at Le Meridien Hotel Friday, July 13, 2012 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Clinton is in Cambodia to attend ASEAN regional forum and meet with other ministers and leaders to strengthen economic and strategic relationships between Asia and the U.S. (AP Photo/Brendan SU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Myanmar Preside Thein Sein, second from right, walk towards a meeting at Le Meridien Hotel Friday, July 13, 2012 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Clinton is in Cambodia to attend ASEAN regional forum and meet with other ministers and leaders to strengthen economic and strategic relationships between Asia and the U.S. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)mialowski, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Myanmar Preside Thein Sein, second from right, walk towards a meeting at Le Meridien Hotel Friday, July 13, 2012 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Clinton is in Cambodia to attend ASEAN regional forum and meet with other ministers and leaders to strengthen economic and strategic relationships between Asia and the U.S. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

The next stop was Egypt to confer with President Morsi.

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pictured at Cairo International Airport on July 15, 2012 before her departure to Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria. Clinton is visiting Egypt to meet with the nation's newly elected president and other government and civil leaders to speak about the relationship between the United States and the new democracy.  AFP PHOTO/POOL/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pictured at Cairo International Airport on July 15, 2012 before her departure to Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria. Clinton is visiting Egypt to meet with the nation’s newly elected president and other government and civil leaders to speak about the relationship between the United States and the new democracy. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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Israel's President Peres stands with U.S. Secretary of State Clinton before their meeting in Jerusalem

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad stands with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) before their meeting in Jerusalem July 16, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS)

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad stands with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) before their meeting in Jerusalem July 16, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM – Tags: POLITICS)

Back in D.C. on the 18th she worked behind closed doors at first in meetings and published an op-ed containing, among other elements, a rationale for ratifying the Law of the Sea Treaty effectively killed week by the Republican Congress. Then speeches, more speeches, a cabinet meeting and wheels up.

Secretary of State HIllary Rodham Clinton waves as she and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, left, leave the Gallup headquarters after addressing the "Evidence and Impact: Closing the Gender Data Gap" conference in Washington, Thursday, July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Secretary of State HIllary Rodham Clinton waves as she and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, left, leave the Gallup headquarters after addressing the “Evidence and Impact: Closing the Gender Data Gap” conference in Washington, Thursday, July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 23:  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at the opening plenary of the 19th International AIDS Conference July 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. The International AIDS Conference, the world's largest one, is held in the U.S. for the first time since 1990. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 23: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at the opening plenary of the 19th International AIDS Conference July 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. The International AIDS Conference, the world’s largest one, is held in the U.S. for the first time since 1990. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a symposium on ending genocide, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, July 24, 2012.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a symposium on ending genocide, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, July 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives to speak at the Second Annual Global Diaspora Forum, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives to speak at the Second Annual Global Diaspora Forum, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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The plane that will take Secretary Clinton to Africa awaits her at Andrews AFB.

The plane that will take Secretary Clinton to Africa awaits her at Andrews AFB.

The archives for July 2012 are here.

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June was another month bookended by foreign travel starting in Scandinavia.

Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, right, of Norway and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton toast during lunch following meetings at Akershus Castle in Oslo, Norway, Friday June 1, 2012.  Clinton is in Norway to addresses a global health conference on the second leg of a Scandinavian tour. (AP Photo / Saul Loeb)

Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, right, of Norway and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton toast during lunch following meetings at Akershus Castle in Oslo, Norway, Friday June 1, 2012. Clinton is in Norway to addresses a global health conference on the second leg of a Scandinavian tour. (AP Photo / Saul Loeb)

Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, right, of Norway and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton toast during lunch following meetings at Akershus Castle in Oslo, Norway, Friday June 1, 2012.  Clinton is in Norway to addresses a global health conference on the second leg of a Scandinavian tour. (AP Photo / Saul Loeb)

Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, right, of Norway and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton toast during lunch following meetings at Akershus Castle in Oslo, Norway, Friday June 1, 2012. Clinton is in Norway to addresses a global health conference on the second leg of a Scandinavian tour. (AP Photo / Saul Loeb)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Stoere (R), talk onboard the Arctic Research Vessel Helmer Hanssen during a boat tour of a fjord off of Troms rway, in the Arctic Circle, June 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Stoere (R), talk onboard the Arctic Research Vessel Helmer Hanssen during a boat tour of a fjord off of Troms rway, in the Arctic Circle, June 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. left,  greets US Secretary of State Hillary Rodam  Clinton as she disembarks from her airplane upon arrival at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden, on Saturday  June 2, 2012. Clinton is on a diplomatic visit that is taking her through Scandinavia, the Caucuses, and Turkey. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. left, greets US Secretary of State Hillary Rodam Clinton as she disembarks from her airplane upon arrival at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden, on Saturday June 2, 2012. Clinton is on a diplomatic visit that is taking her through Scandinavia, the Caucuses, and Turkey. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L), Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enstrom (R) and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt (C) walk back to their boat after greeting locals at Vaxholm Island near Stockholm on June 3, 2012. Clinton and Bildt took a boat from nearby Stockholm to the island to pick up Enstrom for a meeting on the boat trip back to the city. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L), Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enstrom (R) and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt (C) walk back to their boat after greeting locals at Vaxholm Island near Stockholm on June 3, 2012. Clinton and Bildt took a boat from nearby Stockholm to the island to pick up Enstrom for a meeting on the boat trip back to the city. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian (L) greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after her arrival at Yerevan International Airport in Yerevan June 4, 2012. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool (ARMENIA - Tags: POLITICS)

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian (L) greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after her arrival at Yerevan International Airport in Yerevan June 4, 2012. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool (ARMENIA – Tags: POLITICS)

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on June 4, 2012 before their meetings at the presidential palace in Yerevan. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on June 4, 2012 before their meetings at the presidential palace in Yerevan. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on June 4, 2012 before their meetings at the presidential palace in Yerevan. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on June 4, 2012 before their meetings at the presidential palace in Yerevan. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri, front right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, arrive for a meeting in Batumi, Georgia, on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri, front right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, arrive for a meeting in Batumi, Georgia, on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri (R) speaks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on June 5, 2012 during the opening of the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission in Batumi, Georgia. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri (R) speaks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on June 5, 2012 during the opening of the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission in Batumi, Georgia. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) listens to Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri (R) during the opening of the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission in Batumi, Georgia, on June 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO / VANO SHLAMOV        (Photo credit should read VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) listens to Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri (R) during the opening of the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission in Batumi, Georgia, on June 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO / VANO SHLAMOV (Photo credit should read VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/GettyImages)

Three countries in one day.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili (L) speaks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on June 6, 2012 at Batumi International Airport in Batumi before her departure for Baku.                            AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili (L) speaks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on June 6, 2012 at Batumi International Airport in Batumi before her departure for Baku.
AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, left, greets US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Wednesday June 6, 2012 upon her arrival the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Clinton has embarked on a tour of the South Caucasus in the hope of mediating progress in territorial disputes in the region.       (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, left, greets US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Wednesday June 6, 2012 upon her arrival the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan. Clinton has embarked on a tour of the South Caucasus in the hope of mediating progress in territorial disputes in the region. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev (R) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walk to meetings at the presidential Zagulba residence in Baku on June 6, 2012.         AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev (R) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walk to meetings at the presidential Zagulba residence in Baku on June 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) greets representatives of US-based oil and related companies as she tours the exhibits at the Caspian Oil and Gas Show at the Baku Expo Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) greets representatives of US-based oil and related companies as she tours the exhibits at the Caspian Oil and Gas Show at the Baku Expo Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets off her plane as she arrives at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on June 6, 2012. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet her British, French, Turkish and some Arab counterparts on June 7 to "discuss the situation in Syria," a Turkish diplomatic source said. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets off her plane as she arrives at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on June 6, 2012. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet her British, French, Turkish and some Arab counterparts on June 7 to “discuss the situation in Syria,” a Turkish diplomatic source said. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton(R) speaks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu before their meeting on discuss the situation in Syria, a Turkish diplomatic source said, on June 6, 2012, in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton(R) speaks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu before their meeting on discuss the situation in Syria, a Turkish diplomatic source said, on June 6, 2012, in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shakes hands with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before taking part in meetings in Istanbul on June 7, 2012.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shakes hands with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before taking part in meetings in Istanbul on June 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, left, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrive for a meeting in Istanbul Thursday, June 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, left, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrive for a meeting in Istanbul Thursday, June 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Global Counterterrorism Forum, Ministeral Level Plenary and 2nd Coordinating Committee Meeting, at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul on June 7, 2012. Al-Qaeda is still a serious and imminent threat as it is spreading geographically, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today. "The threat has spread, becoming more geographically diverse," Clinton said ahead of a counterterrorism meeting.  AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Global Counterterrorism Forum, Ministeral Level Plenary and 2nd Coordinating Committee Meeting, at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul on June 7, 2012. Al-Qaeda is still a serious and imminent threat as it is spreading geographically, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today. “The threat has spread, becoming more geographically diverse,” Clinton said ahead of a counterterrorism meeting. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

The very next day back in D.C. This woman has put everything she has into this job. I wish the people who doubt her physical condition right now would go to hell. I do not usually speak that way, but I feel very strongly about her and about their nasty accusations. She deserves recovery time. Everyone who is sick or injured whether on the job or not deserves that.

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Arab League Joint Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan walk to the podium  in Washington

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Arab League Joint Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan walk to the podium in Washington

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08:  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomes President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III, (R), during a luncheon at the Department of State, on June 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. Later today President Aquino is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 08: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomes President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III, (R), during a luncheon at the Department of State, on June 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. Later today President Aquino is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Then it was family day in Little Rock for the opening of an exhibit about Virginia Kelley and Dorothy Howell Rodham – moms of the two most awesome people I have ever seen.
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Old home week continued at Wellesley.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright respond to applause as Clinton is introduced to a gathering of the Women in Public Service Institute at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., Monday, June 11, 2012. Both women are graduates of Wellesely. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright respond to applause as Clinton is introduced to a gathering of the Women in Public Service Institute at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., Monday, June 11, 2012. Both women are graduates of Wellesely. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright respond to applause as Clinton is introduced to a gathering of the Women in Public Service Institute at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., Monday, June 11, 2012. Both women are graduates of Wellesely. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodhback in D.C.am Clinton, left, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright respond to applause as Clinton is introduced to a gathering of the Women in Public Service Institute at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., Monday, June 11, 2012. Both women are graduates of Wellesely. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Same day back in D.C.

Secretary Clinton with Jordan Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

Secretary Clinton with Jordan Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

Busy day on the 12th!

Secetary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens at right as Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize, speaks at the 2012 World Food Prize laureate announcement ceremony, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Secetary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens at right as Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize, speaks at the 2012 World Food Prize laureate announcement ceremony, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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And then with Shimon Peres at Brookings.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 12:  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) participate in a discussion at the Hay Adams Hotel June 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Clinton-Peres discussion was part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy of Brookings Institution.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 12: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) participate in a discussion at the Hay Adams Hotel June 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Clinton-Peres discussion was part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy of Brookings Institution. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna walk to a joint news conference, Wednesday, June 13, 2012,  at the State Department in Washington.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna walk to a joint news conference, Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) shakes hands with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, following talks at the State Department in Washington on June 12, 2012.   AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER        (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) shakes hands with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, following talks at the State Department in Washington on June 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hugs actor Ben Affleck after speaking at the USAID Child Survival Forum, Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Georgetown University in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hugs actor Ben Affleck after speaking at the USAID Child Survival Forum, Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Georgetown University in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

US Secretary of State Hillary  Clinton listens while South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kim Sung-hwan speaks during a plenary session of a meeting at the US State Department June 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. Clinton, Panetta, and Kim met during the ministerial dialogues between the United States and the Republic of South Korea to discuss regional and international issues.  AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens while South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kim Sung-hwan speaks during a plenary session of a meeting at the US State Department June 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. Clinton, Panetta, and Kim met during the ministerial dialogues between the United States and the Republic of South Korea to discuss regional and international issues. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves to the media as she leaves with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after a news conference with South Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kim Sung-hwan, and Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan-jin at the State Department in Washington June 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATESU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves to the media as she leaves with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after a news conference with South Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kim Sung-hwan, and Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan-jin at the State Department in Washington June 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves to the media as she leaves with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after a news conference with South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kim Sung-hwan, and Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan-jin at the State Department in Washington June 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS)

Family time at Redondo Beach at nephew’s graduation.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives to Los Cabos international airport to attend the G-20 Summit in Baja California Sur, Mexico, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives to Los Cabos international airport to attend the G-20 Summit in Baja California Sur, Mexico, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flips her hair standing next to an unidentified official after she stepped off her official airplane June 17, 2012  at Los Cabos International Airport in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico to attend the G-20 Summit  which starts on Monday.      AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flips her hair standing next to an unidentified official after she stepped off her official airplane June 17, 2012 at Los Cabos International Airport in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico to attend the G-20 Summit which starts on Monday. AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GettyImages)

Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton holds up a copy of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report during a ceremony marking the occasion at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton holds up a copy of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report during a ceremony marking the occasion at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Then it was wheels up once again.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a speech at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, , Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a speech at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, , Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

At the pre-Sandy Jersey shore for Marjory’s birthday.
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She was back in Scandinavia toward the end of the month.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) and Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja leave on June 27, 2012 after signing a General Security of Information agreement during their meeting in Helsinki.  AFP PHOTO / LEHTIKUVA / MARTTI KAINULAINEN - FINLAND OUT -        (Photo credit should read MARTTI KAINULAINEN/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) and Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja leave on June 27, 2012 after signing a General Security of Information agreement during their meeting in Helsinki. AFP PHOTO / LEHTIKUVA / MARTTI KAINULAINEN – FINLAND OUT – (Photo credit should read MARTTI KAINULAINEN/AFP/GettyImages)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton receives a gift from Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the Government Banquet Hall in Helsinki, Finland. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton receives a gift from Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the Government Banquet Hall in Helsinki, Finland. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles after receiving a bouquet of flowers from Latvian President Andris Berzins before their meeting, Thursday, June 28, 2012, at the Riga Castle in Riga, Latvia. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles after receiving a bouquet of flowers from Latvian President Andris Berzins before their meeting, Thursday, June 28, 2012, at the Riga Castle in Riga, Latvia. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after signing the Supporting Justice Sector Reform in Moldova and Renewed U.S. - Latvia Fulbright Academic Exchange Program Agreement with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevics, Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Riga, Latvia. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after signing the Supporting Justice Sector Reform in Moldova and Renewed U.S. – Latvia Fulbright Academic Exchange Program Agreement with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevics, Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Riga, Latvia. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, Pool)

St, Petersburg arrival

St, Petersburg arrival

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a brief statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on health care, on June 28, 2012, after arriving in St. Petersburg, Russia. The US Supreme Court on June 28 upheld historic sweeping health care reforms in a major victory for Democratic President Barack Obama as he seeks re-election in November elections. US President Barack Obama hailed the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold his health care reforms as a "victory" for people across America and urged opponents to swing behind the law. AFP PHOTO / POOL /  Haraz N. Ghanbari        (Photo credit should read HARAZ N. GHANBARI/AFP/GettyImages)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a brief statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care, on June 28, 2012, after arriving in St. Petersburg, Russia. The US Supreme Court on June 28 upheld historic sweeping health care reforms in a major victory for Democratic President Barack Obama as he seeks re-election in November elections. US President Barack Obama hailed the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold his health care reforms as a “victory” for people across America and urged opponents to swing behind the law. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Haraz N. Ghanbari (Photo credit should read HARAZ N. GHANBARI/AFP/GettyImages)

A picture taken in St. Petersburg on June 28, 2012, shows US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laying flowers at the  monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, commemorating those who fought against the Nazis during the 900-day siege of the city in 1941-1944. The city's name was changed back from Leningrad to St. Petersburg after the 1991 Soviet collapse. Clinton arrived today in St. Petersburg, for talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that are expected to be dominated by the ongoing crisis in Syria. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA        (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/GettyImages)

A picture taken in St. Petersburg on June 28, 2012, shows US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laying flowers at the monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, commemorating those who fought against the Nazis during the 900-day siege of the city in 1941-1944. The city’s name was changed back from Leningrad to St. Petersburg after the 1991 Soviet collapse. Clinton arrived today in St. Petersburg, for talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that are expected to be dominated by the ongoing crisis in Syria. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/GettyImages)

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I don’t think anyone could be more dedicated and impressive. God be with you Mme. Secretary in this difficult time. We love you, are praying for you, and want the best for you. Merry Christmas to you, Mme. Secretary, and your loving family. We, here at Still 4 Hill love you and want to see you well again.

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Wishing you a lovely Christmas with your family.  Mme. Secretary, praying for your speedy and complete recovery,  and a happy and healthy 2013 for all.  We are going to miss seeing you here, Mme. Secretary.  Hoping we will still find a way to follow your work.

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Secretary Clinton began and ended May on foreign travel. May second through fourth found her in China accompanied by Treasury Secretary Geithner.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, center, enters a dinner with State Councilo rDai Bingguo, left, in Beijing, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.  (AP Photo/Shannon Stapleton, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, center, enters a dinner with State Councilo rDai Bingguo, left, in Beijing, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Shannon Stapleton, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks at Chinese President Hu Jintao smile during the opening ceremony of the U.S.- China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Shannon Stapleton, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks at Chinese President Hu Jintao smile during the opening ceremony of the U.S.- China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Shannon Stapleton, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) looks on as China's President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 4, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) looks on as China’s President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 4, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA – Tags: POLITICS)

She spent the seventh and eighth in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina (C), U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) and Bangladesh Foreign Minster Dipu Moni (R) pose for a photo after signin an agreement in Dhaka on May 5, 2012. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived May 5 for a difficult mission in Bangladesh where violence and a crackdown on the opposition threaten new instability. Clinton, coming from a row in China over a Chinese dissident, was set to sign a new partnership agreement with the impoverished South Asian nation. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMAN        (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina (C), U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) and Bangladesh Foreign Minster Dipu Moni (R) pose for a photo after signin an agreement in Dhaka on May 5, 2012. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived May 5 for a difficult mission in Bangladesh where violence and a crackdown on the opposition threaten new instability. Clinton, coming from a row in China over a Chinese dissident, was set to sign a new partnership agreement with the impoverished South Asian nation. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (R) with Grameen Bank founder and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus pose in Dhaka on May 6, 2012. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton threw her support May 6 behind microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus on a visit to Bangladesh, calling the embattled Nobel laureate a global inspiration. AFP PHOTO/ STR        (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (R) with Grameen Bank founder and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus pose in Dhaka on May 6, 2012. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton threw her support May 6 behind microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus on a visit to Bangladesh, calling the embattled Nobel laureate a global inspiration. AFP PHOTO/ STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/GettyImages)

Then she visited India for what would be her final official stop there as Secretary of State.

Chief of India's ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi (R) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shake hands before their meeting in New Delhi May 7, 2012. Clinton leaned harder on India on Monday to deepen cuts of Iranian oil imports, saying Washington may not make a decision on whether to exempt New Delhi from financial sanctions for another two months. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS)

Chief of India’s ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi (R) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shake hands before their meeting in New Delhi May 7, 2012. Clinton leaned harder on India on Monday to deepen cuts of Iranian oil imports, saying Washington may not make a decision on whether to exempt New Delhi from financial sanctions for another two months. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) looks on with India's West Bengal state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Writers' Building, which houses the state secretariat, in Kolkata on May 7, 2012.  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged India May 7 to further cut its imports of Iranian oil, saying New Delhi should use its growing clout to help isolate the Islamic republic. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR        (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/GettyImages)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) looks on with India’s West Bengal state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Writers’ Building, which houses the state secretariat, in Kolkata on May 7, 2012. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged India May 7 to further cut its imports of Iranian oil, saying New Delhi should use its growing clout to help isolate the Islamic republic. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/GettyImages)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) shakes hands with India's Minister of External Affairs S.M.  Krishna before a news conference in New Delhi on May 8, 2012. Clinton has been pressing India to buy less from Iran as a way to pressure the Islamic regime over its contested nuclear programme. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wraps up a tour of Asia dominated by thorny disputes, as she sees signs of progress in working through problems with emerging powers China and India. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN        (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/GettyImages)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) shakes hands with India’s Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna before a news conference in New Delhi on May 8, 2012. Clinton has been pressing India to buy less from Iran as a way to pressure the Islamic regime over its contested nuclear programme. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wraps up a tour of Asia dominated by thorny disputes, as she sees signs of progress in working through problems with emerging powers China and India. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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Back in D.C. on the ninth, she continued her at-home duties with bilaterals, addresses, and meetings.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Crown Prince of Bahrain Sheikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, walk up to speak o the media before a meeting at the State Department, on May 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Secretary Clinton and the Crown Prince participated in a bilateral meeting on reginal issues.   (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 09: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Crown Prince of Bahrain Sheikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, walk up to speak o the media before a meeting at the State Department, on May 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Secretary Clinton and the Crown Prince participated in a bilateral meeting on reginal issues.
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On the 10th she was in New York City to receive another award.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10:  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) holds up the New York Women's Foundation Century Award with Abigail Disney (R) during The New York Women's Foundation 2012 Celebrating Women Breakfast on May 10, 2012 in New York City.  Secretary Clinton delivered the keynote address at the New York Women's Foundation Celebrating Women Breakfast and was honored with their 2012 Century Award.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 10: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) holds up the New York Women’s Foundation Century Award with Abigail Disney (R) during The New York Women’s Foundation 2012 Celebrating Women Breakfast on May 10, 2012 in New York City. Secretary Clinton delivered the keynote address at the New York Women’s Foundation Celebrating Women Breakfast and was honored with their 2012 Century Award. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In D.C. from the 16th.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Tajikistan's Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Tajikistan's Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak face reporters before their meeting at the State Department in Washington May 17, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak face reporters before their meeting at the State Department in Washington May 17, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS)

French President Francois Hollande, accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius leave the White House in Washington, Friday, May, 18. 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

French President Francois Hollande, accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius leave the White House in Washington, Friday, May, 18. 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

Then to Chicago for the G8.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

She took Catherine Ashton and others to a Cubs game and sang during the seventh inning stretch. (Yes, she did!)

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) talks to NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow before a Foreign Ministers meeting with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro and Macedonia at the NATO Summit in Chicago, May 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) talks to NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow before a Foreign Ministers meeting with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro and Macedonia at the NATO Summit in Chicago, May 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

In D.C. on the 23rd she, Joint Chiefs Chair Dempsey, and Defense Secretary Panetta testified on the Hill before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C), U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (R), and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (L) wait to testify at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C), U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (R), and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (L) wait to testify at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington May 23, 2012.
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Posing with her successor when only he, she, and I thought he would be her successor.

US Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) stands alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta prior to testifying before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Law of the Sea Convention, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

US Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) stands alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta prior to testifying before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Law of the Sea Convention, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Releasing the 2011 Human Rights Report and causing a stir because ever since she has been SOS she has insisted the U.S. be included in the report.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, May 24, 2012, to discuss the State Department's annual report on human rights.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, May 24, 2012, to discuss the State Department’s annual report on human rights. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Back home in Chappaqua she marched in the Memorial Day parade which she never misses.
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By the 31st she was on the water in Copenhagen starting off another foreign trip.

Denmark's Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal (L) speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as they take a boat tour down a canal through central Copenhagen May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool  (DENMARK - Tags: POLITICS)

Denmark’s Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal (L) speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as they take a boat tour down a canal through central Copenhagen May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool (DENMARK – Tags: POLITICS)

Here is the archive for May 2012.

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Many will remember the “Hillcar” from the 2008 primary days.

in hillcar saluting

The artist, Gretchen Baer, sent me this great article about  her latest project on the border wall.  It appears the border guards get a kick out of the Hillcar.

Artists brighten up U.S.-Mexico border fence

A team from Arizona spearheads the painting of murals on the southern side of the boundary, in a colorful gesture of fellowship.

By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles TimesDecember 23, 2012

BISBEE, Ariz. — They can’t tear it down, so they decided to do the next best thing. They painted it.

For nearly a year, a contingent of artists from southeastern Arizona has joined forces with Mexican children to paint portions of the 650 miles of border fence separating the United States and Mexico.

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Monday was Baer’s fourth painting trip to Naco. She’s famous in Bisbee for her 1989 Toyota that serves as an artistic shrine to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Baer’s a fan, she explained, as she pulled up to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Naco, Ariz.

A U.S. customs agent eyed the decked-out ride. Splashes of yellow and sky blue drape the sedan. Glued-on seashells and rhinestone-like gems frame a stylized portrait of Clinton’s face on the hood.

“What are you going to do on the other side?” the agent asked.

“We’re working on a painting project,” she replied.

“On your car?” the agent asked.

“No,” Baer said, chuckling slightly. The agent waved her through.

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Secretary Clinton literally hit the tarmac rolling in April putting wheels down in Istanbul on the first.  She spent the day meeting with officials and representatives of the Syrian opposition and was wheels up again for home.  The very next morning, back in D.C. she attended a North American Leaders’ Summit at the White House and hosted a luncheon for the foreign ministers at the State Department.

The next day it was off to Virginia to accept VMI’s Distinguished Diplomat Award and to visit NATO headquarters in Norfolk. Toward the end of the first week her rock star personna emerged in the glossies with discussions of scrunchies and the explosion of the Hillary-meme “Texts’ from Hillary.”

The next week she hosted the  2012 G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting,  delivered the Forrestal Lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy, participated in the U.S./Brazil Partnership for the 21st Century, and previewed a film about Aung San Suu Kyi.   She welcomed the  Japanese foreign minister as well as Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe – originators of “Texts from Hillary” – to the State Department,  exchanged hockey jerseys with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and participated  in  the White House Conference on Connecting the Americas.  Then she was off  to Colombia, Brazil, and Belgium.

In Cartagena, she spoke to civil society at the Summit of  the Americas, launched the   “Connect 2022″ Initiative at a CEO Summit, and danced at a nightclub named Havana.  Then it was on to Brasilia  where she met with business leaders, participated  in the Open Government Partnership, and conferred with her Brazilian counterpart Antonio de Aguiar Patriota who honored her at a dinner.    Then she was wheels up for the long trip to Brussels.

Late in the month, Mme.  Secretary was once again named one of Time’s “Most Influential.”   In Brussels, accompanied by Defense Secretary Panetta, she attended the Ad Hoc Minsterial on Syria and was asked about 2016 (which Panetta supported full-throatedly).  By the 23rd she was home and headed for Syracuse University where she engaged in a policy conversation with Maxwell School Dean James Steinberg.

Back in D.C. it was more bilaterals with the foreign ministers Carr of Australia and Martinez of El Salvador and a little hop to NYC to appear at Lincoln Center to speak at the Time 100 Gala.  Then she hopped right back to D.C. where she met with Albanian PM Sali Berisha,  celebrated Poland’s National Day, and picked up the Woodrow Wilson Award.   As April drew to a close she delivered remarks at the Global Impact Economy Forum,  commemorated the Holocaust,  kicked-off the Seventh Annual Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, participated with Secretary Panetta in a 2+2 ministerial with Philippine FM Albert del Rosario and DM Voltaire Gazmin, and honored Japanese PM Noda at a dinner.

Here is the archive for April 2012.

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Di Rupo (L) Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo (L) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, en route to Brussels, waves goodbye in Brasilia Brazil's Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the annual conference "Open Government Partnership" in Brasilia US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  ( Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dilma Rousseff US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton de U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the annual conference "Open Government Partnership" in Brasilia Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participate in the annual conference "Open Government Partnership", in Brasilia U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the annual conference "Open Government Partnership" in Brasilia US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sp US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sp U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a news conference after a meeting with Brazil's 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04-10-12-22 04-10-12-18 04-10-12-13 04-10-12-12 U.S. Secretary of State Clinton embraces Brazil's Minister of External Affairs Patriota before their remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Cli U.S. Secretary of State Clinton speaks to Brazil's Minister of External Affairs Patriota before their remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Cli US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton de US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton de US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton de Hillary Rodham Clinton, Stephane Abrial Hillary Rodham Clinton US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bo US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sp US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ge U.S. Secretary of State Clinton speaks during a news conference after the opening session of the second "Friends of Syria" conference in Istanbul U.S. Secretary of State Clinton speaks during a news conference at the "Friends of Syria" conference in 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Mme. Secretary spent the first half of Women’s History Month in D.C. hosting the annual Women of  Courage Awards with First Lady Michelle Obama,  addressing the 2012 U.S. Institute of Peace’s U.S.-China Conference,  presenting  the Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, and attending to her usual bilateral duties and  meetings before participating mid-month in the Women In the World event in New York City.  Also in New York she participated in a U.N. Security Counsel meeting and a Quartet meeting.  Upon her return to D.C. she hosted the second annual Chiefs of Mission conference at which John Kerry, named her successor yesterday, gave the keynote speech to the luncheon. (That was the day I knew she wanted him to succeed her).

There were receptions and a dinner  in honor of U.K.  Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to D.C. on the 14th.  Then she chaired the President’s task force  on trafficking in persons.  St. Patrick’s Day was the deadline  I had set for her to resign and challenge for 2012, but she did not.  Ed Koch, however, well before 2012 resolved,  started the 2016 ball rolling by mentioning Hillary.  I have never seen anything like that in my life!  Four-and-a-half years before an election suggesting the next nominee was phenomenal.

On the 19th she welcomed Northern Ireland officials Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson.  She celebrated Amelia Earhardt, saw Little Rock International Airport renamed for her and her husband.  She addressed water issues and received an  award,  and ended the month wheels up  for Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Here are the archives for March 2012.

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