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Thank you,  Raven,  for reminding us all that today is the 36th anniversary of the wedding of these two exceptional leaders.  We wish them continued happiness, and many, many more years together.

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Well, we have no new pictures today.  This time last year, the Clintons were preparing for Chelsea’s wedding. I thought I would share, once again, these pictures from July 27, 2010, as Mme. Secretary arrived for a final fitting of her MOTB gown, which, you will remember, was truly fit for a princess.  Happy Anniversary, Chelsea and Marc!

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

On July 2, she arrived in Ukraine.

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

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

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

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

July 3, in Krakow, Poland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

She attended a baseball game in Azerbaijan!

She arrived in Georgia on July 5.  How pretty!

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Mr. dos Anjos was clearly delighted with this achievement.

 

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

On July 13 at the State Department.

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

😀 FM Qureshi

On the 19th, still in Pakistan.

 

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

 

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

Then on the 20th in to Afghanistan.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

The class picture.

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Later that day in Hanoi….

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

 

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

 

I love this picture with all my heart!

 

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

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

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

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

July 23, still in Hanoi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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To go, over the period of a single week, from the sublime to the abominable tries the hardiest of spirits.  One weekend we were celebrating the storybook wedding of an American princess and the next mourning the senseless executions of wonderful, selfless, dedicated people trying to help unfortunate people in an unfortunate land.

The joy and the glow that we saw on last week’s lovely MOTB  had faded to a grim pallor on the cheek of our beautiful Secretary of State as she delivered in person, yesterday,  the words she had issued as a press release on the weekend.  In each of these roles, she was pitch perfect.  Every word, expression, movement, every nuance … perfect!

The superb Hillary Rodham Clinton provided us with just enough of a glance into the family’s private, personal celebration last weekend seeming to know that her beloved internet was burning up with curiousity:  The dresses? The make-up? The hair? The guests?  We got our glimpses of the glamor and were grateful .

Our Superstar SOS returned to D.C. last Tuesday and delivered superbly an important,  I would say,   landmark speech in the best, and most vibrant of spirits.  Comments from those who heard and/or read this speech indicated that the audience was electrified by her and by her words.   The word is overused, but if you were to look in the dictionary for a definition of the word “awesome,”  the picture at left should be there.

Fast-forward to this past weekend, which began quietly enough, perhaps too quietly for some of us who were already nostalgic for the romance and excitement of the weekend before until the bombshell hit.  The news broke and spread like blood over the media and the internet.  Ten dedicated career relief workers providing all sorts of medical care to impoverished, disadvantaged people in war-torn Afghanistan had been captured and cruelly executed.  The Taliban claimed “credit.”  It shocked.  It hurt.  It angered … infuriated!  It broke our hearts.  And from the moment we heard, those of us who follow the work of Hillary Rodham Clinton knew a statement would be forthcoming.

Come, it did,  and as always the words were perfect.  I knew, like I know the back of my hand, that our SOS was grief-stricken, heart-broken by these senseless acts.  I knew she was taking this hard.  With Hillary Clinton,  though,  the harder she takes something,  the harder she comes back, and come back she did.

Yesterday, in a brief but singularly impressive, somber appearance at the State Department, she delivered her words to the cameras with gravitas, determination, and strength.  She did not shed a tear, although most assuredly she had, her voice did not tremble, her lip did not quiver.  She looked into the lenses and said her piece, mesmerizing us with her presence, grace, and strength.  You could see the pain in her eyes, but she struck a note and proceeded,  as the leader she is, to set the tone of our appropriate response to the heinous actions of a barbaric, oppressive enemy of all decent people everywhere.

Yes, it was a week that went from the sublime to the abominable,  and through it all Hillary Clinton,  glamor-girl supreme last weekend, was, yesterday,  the best leader I have ever seen in her life and mine.

Thank you so much, Mme. Secretary, for everything you do … for working so hard, for leading us so well, for putting your life to the side for your country, for speaking with so strong and clear a voice, for being so consistent,  for enjoying what you do, and for taking the time and the pains to look so beautiful doing it all.  I appreciate all of that!

(Parenthetical post script:  While she was directing the troops, setting the tone, representing our stance, the [s]elected guy was “governing” in Texas as he has been doing in Michigan and sundry other parts over the past 18 months.  As far as we know, there has been no statement from the White House about these murders  –  I would call them assassinations.)

From Team Hillary Clinton:

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After days of wishing/waiting finally we are permitted a long shot of the MOTB dress.  I had said on Saturday or Sunday that from what I could see, Hillary looked like a princess herself.  Here is the comment of a guest.

A guest at the wedding said of Hillary’s entrance into the ceremony, “when she walked down the aisle, it took your breath away. She looked stunning–like a princess. She was beaming.” Her radiant smile was not only for her beautiful dress — a friend of the Secretary reported that “she was so thrilled and over the moon about [the dress]” — but also for her role as mother of the bride.

Read more at Hillary Clinton’s MOTB Moment: ‘Stunning–Like a Princess’

I know you are dying to see, so I will torture you no longer. Take a breath first, because she will take your breath away!  (To see a large version, click on the picture twice.  Put on sunglasses first for protection.  She is dazzling!)

What a lovely picture of three beautiful generations!  Dorothy also looks very young, stylish, and happy.   Hillary showing beautiful arms!  It is nice to see some skin.

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Best Wishes to Chelsea and Marc!



From The New York Times:

At 7:23 p.m. came an announcement from the family via e-mail: Ms. Clinton was now married to Marc Mezvinsky.

“Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends,” the Clintons said in a statement. “We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family.”

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Yesterday,  while enjoying a brief respite from her hectic professional life as she, in the bosom of her family, prepared to see her only child wed, Hillary Clinton again showed us how to reach out to those less fortunate.  While attending to her daughter and family and guests, she remembered that not all families are so happily united.  The three hikers apprehended in Iran last year have been in detention one year today.   Despite all the last-minute  wedding details she had to attend to, our lovely Secretary of State released this thoughtful statement.  I am sure that this particular weekend she feels the pain of these families in an especially poignant way.

One Year of Detention

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

Tomorrow marks the year-long detention of three U.S. citizens, Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Joshua Fattal, for allegedly crossing into Iran during a hiking vacation in Iraqi Kurdistan. Their release by Iran is long overdue and their continued detention is unjustifiable.

Iran has long espoused to the world its commitment to justice, security and peace for all. We urge Iran to take action in the case of the three hikers – detained for a year in Evin Prison without charge – to match its stated commitments. We call on Iran to do the right thing and allow these three Americans to return home to their families.

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