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As you all know,  Hillary Clinton celebrated her 65th birthday today,  and while she was closed to the press according to her official daily schedule, the media found some very creative and entertaining ways to celebrate this milestone.   Here are a few of the very lovely “birthday cards” the media sent her today.

This birthday tribute from CBS News  is sweet and contains a little more footage from Haiti that we never got to see.  The embed code does not work here,  unfortunately.

Hillary Clinton Turns 65

Not to be outdone, ABC News offered this.

Instant Index: Hillary Clinton Celebrates Birthday; Arnold Reprises ‘Conan’

The Christian Science Monitor offered quotations – always handy for Hillary loyalists to have.

Hillary Clinton: 10 quotes on her birthday

Fashion took the front seat  as Today paid tribute to her fashion sense.

Happy 65th birthday to fearless fashion maven Hillary Clinton!

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Looking good: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who turns 65 Friday, speaks to participants of the Clinton Global Initiative meeting on Sept. 24 in New York City.

By Rina Raphael, TODAY

She’s a serious, well-respected and beloved U.S. Secretary of State, but that doesn’t mean Hillary Clinton doesn’t know how to cut loose and hit the dance floor.

Apart from the success and talent, one reason many adore Hillary, who turns 65 Friday, is that she isn’t afraid to show her fun, feminine side to the public. She’s also a fearless fashion risk-taker, having braved headbands, scrunchies and neon accessories in the last few years.

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Celebuzz celebrated those luscious pantsuits we love on her so much with a great photo gallery.

Happy Birthday, Hillary Clinton: Celebrate the Secretary of State’s Colorful Style (GALLERY)

Hillary Clinton turns 65 today, and to celebrate, we’re taking a look back at her much talked-about style over the years.

Though Clinton has stepped up her style since her headband-wearing White House days, she’s remained loyal to her signature standby: the pantsuit.

Not that she’s been afraid to mix it up — she’s done the power suit in just about every color.

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HuffPo Style paid tribute to her fashions over her years in the public eye with a wonderful slideshow of 65 pictures for her 65 years.

Hillary Clinton’s Fashion: 65 Looks For 65 Years! (PHOTOS)

There’s no denying that 2012 was Hillary Clinton‘s Year Of Cool. There was the epic photo of the secretary of state fiddling with her Blackberry while wearing sunglasses and the subsequent “Texts from Hillary” meme. Then Hillary upped the ante by participating in the meme itself (she knows what “LOLZ” means!)… then went out partying in Colombia, dancing and taking swigs from a bottle of beer.

And she did it all in style. Hillary, who celebrates her 65th on Friday, has always had a distinct fashion sense, one that both incorporates trends (hello, giant glasses) and stays true to who she is (what up, pantsuits). Even when naysayers diss her scrunchies or critics question her no-makeup look, Hillz sticks to what works: tailored pants, structured jackets, statement jewelry, hair accessories and stunna shades.

Read more and see the great slideshow!

The SanFrancisco Chronicle offered this lovely retrospective.

  • A fixture in American politics for 20 years, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Friday turned 65. Take a look back at one of the most influential politicians of her generation. Photo: Getty Images / SL
    A fixture in American politics for 20 years, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Friday turned 65. Take a look back at one of the most influential politicians of her generation. Photo: Getty Images /

Foreign Policy offered their 14 favorite images.

Happy Birthday, Madam Secretary

Fourteen of the best images of Hillary Clinton as she celebrates her 65th birthday.

OCTOBER 26, 2012

Friday, Oct. 26, is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 65th birthday, and she’s certainly earned the right to celebrate. It’s been a busy year, from working on the crisis in Syria to whirlwind talks with world leaders at this year’s United Nations General Assembly. To celebrate Hill’s big day, here’s a look at some of our favorite photos of Clinton, from meme-sprouting snapshots to memories of times past.

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I hope Mme. Secretary thoroughly enjoyed her birthday and will continue to over the weekend.  Meanwhile, I hope visitors here enjoy all the wonderful pictures and quotes these news outlets  gathered in tribute to our magnificent Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Even while she is enjoying (we hope) a well-deserved,  if brief,  break away from the woes of the world,  Hillary Rodham Clinton cannot evade press exposure.  As campuses all over the country welcome the class of 2016,  The Christian Science Monitor published the Beloit College  Mindset List granting faculty a glimpse into the world in which entering freshmen have grown up.  Secretary Clinton rings in as #12 (although she is not named), and President Clinton is #8, but it is Hillary whose picture appears in the article along with Justin Bieber and an iPhone.

This photo combo shows, from left, entertainer Justin Bieber, an iPhone, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. This year’s Beloit College Mindset List, a nonscientific compilation, is meant to remind teachers that college freshmen, born mostly in 1994, see the world in a much different way. (AP Photo)

Beloit College Mindset List: How does the class of 2016 view the world?

Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world.

Most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1994. For these students, Kurt CobainJacqueline Kennedy OnassisRichard Nixon, and John Wayne Gacy have always been “historic” not “contemporary” figures. According to Beloit college officials Ron Nief and Tom McBride, there are 75 ways the freshman of 2016 look at the world differently than their professors.

– Ron Nief and Tom McBride, Beloit College

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While there remain a full range of attitudes toward the blogger Ulsterman and broad speculation as to the true identity of his Deep Throaty (class of 2016 please see Wikipedia here) informant (including that it is none other than an alternate personality of Ulsterman himself), he has,  more often than not reported stories, that later arise in other media vetted by different sources.   Such is the case with this story, originally reported by Ulsterman here on May 2, 2011.

Author Richard Miniter cites a source within Joint Operations for this story, thus a completely separate one from Ulsterman‘s “White House Insider.”

Hillary Clinton Pulled The Trigger On Bin Laden Raid, Not Obama [Book]

A new book claims that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, not a reluctant President Obama, was the one who pulled the trigger on the operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

In his new book, Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him, investigative journalist Richard Miniter says that President Obama axed three operations meant to kill Osama bin Laden before finally caving on the operation that did just that — but only at the behest of Hillary Clinton.
“Obama feared taking responsibility for a risky raid that might go tragically wrong,” Miniter alleges, according to NY Daily.

One might project a good deal of nostalgia to come when, in January, this secretary of state steps aside, but one thing we might also predict (and yours truly is exceedingly bad at predictions) is that gone will not be forgotten, and we will continue to see her in the news.  Here, for good measure, is that iconic picture.

File handout photo shows U.S. President Barack Obama with members of the national security team in the Situation Room of the White House


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No news is coming through of exactly where Mme. Secretary is right now.   Her schedule says Kampala, but I see indications in the news feeds that she may be elsewhere.  I suppose we will know later.  Speaking of news feeds, I find myself very resentful of some statements in this article, and I simply cannot let this pass.

Hillary Clinton goes to sub-Saharan Africa: a counterpoise to China’s sway?

The Secretary of State was in Senegal Wednesday, kicking off a six-nation trip to sub-Saharan Africa. Hillary Clinton will highlight Africa’s economic and political progress – and try to define what Obama means by ‘partnership, not patronage.’

By Howard LaFranchi | Christian Science Monitor – 16 hrs ago

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton may confront a sentiment that the United States is arriving a little late to Africa’s dance as she undertakes a 10-day, six-nation sub-Saharan trip to spread President Obama’s “partnership, not patronage” Africa policy.

The Obama administration came into office pledging a new relationship with Africa focused more on private investment, democracy-building, and security cooperation than on handouts. But America’s own economic troubles and its focus on Asia have meant the new policy has been more one of words than action, some Africa experts say.

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It’s an ironic metaphor La Franchi uses given this in Kenya in August 2009.

By my count, Mme. Secretary will have visited 23 African countries by the end of this trip.  I wonder if it is possible for any SOS to visit all of the countries on the continent in a four-year tenure – a moot question really when some countries are simply too dangerous to visit..   The implication that Africa has been ignored or given a back seat to Asia, and attaching that neglect to the secretary of state is incorrect and unfair.   She has been on the continent every year.  She has visited dangerous places and spoken frankly to men who did not want to hear her message.   Tirelessly,  she has made contact with civil society on the continent both in town hall and private meeting formats including business, minority, and opposition representatives.

LaFranch ignores that her work with Africa is not done solely on the ground in Africa.  Many initiatives, her work on women’s issues, entrepreneurship, public health, food security,  AIDS prevention, internet freedom … I could go on … all of these efforts involve Africa.  So when she is in D.C. there is probably not a week that goes by without Africa rising above her horizon.  She certainly has been putting our partnership issues with African nations front and center all along.  To state otherwise is to sell her work short.  I expect better from the Monitor.  This piece is uncharacteristically and unfairly negative.  As she enters the final months in her post, she is packing in as much face-to-face diplomacy as any human being can be expected to manage – more than most could.  She deserves better credit than this.

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