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Hillary Clinton is gifted above and beyond the rest of us.  Those of us who hang out here know that.  It is why we are here!  So when stories crop up about gifts she has received, we are all eyes and ears. Some people have sewed gifts for her using their best sewing machine.  As Secretary of State, she brought gifts with her to present to personages she was visiting.  This documentary from National Geographic has a segment about that.

If you have never seen this video, I hope you can see it here.  Here Inside the State Department from National Geographic.

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We see that, prior to trips, the Secretary of State chose and brought gifts along for those she was about to visit.

In turn, she received gifts.  These were not personal gifts, however.  They belonged, from the start, to us.  Hillary did not keep them.  She could not.  They were property of the U.S. government from the moment they were given.

Nonetheless, when I see stories like these, I think  – well, yes.  If I were a Saudi Sheikh, I would give her jewels too!  I would want to bedeck her in gems.  Hillary is so beautiful inside and out.  Yes, I would shower her with precious crystals, metals, and stones – carefully.

If I were a Chinese official, though, I would give her a panda cub.  I think she would love that!  This little ball of fur is one on the Atlanta Twins.  So far so good with them, thank God and the great vets there!  I think Hillary would have been thrilled for us actually to have one not owned by China (alas that was not to happen), and I am sure she would have let us rotate as babysitters.  (Well, it’s still vacation time.  Daydreams are permitted.)

I have to say that I love the picture the New York Daily News chose for this story.

State Department reveals Hillary Clinton received $500K worth of jewelry from Saudi king

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden received expensive gifts from Saudi Arabia, Russia and China, among others.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks about women's issues during an event at the State Department, January 31, 2013 in Washington DC. Secretary Clinton is an Ambassador at large for Global Women's Issues and helped the group launch four new initiatives valued at up to 86.5 million dollars.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received expensive jewelry from Saudi Arabia and Brunei.

Foreign diplomacy doesn’t always resolve world-class problems, but it sure does rake in the swag.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was given a half-million bucks worth of diamond and ruby jewelry by Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and received $58,000 worth of bling from Brunei. Imagine all the gold teeth she can get grafted on her teeth, she would intimidate all, if she doesnt already…

The lavish gifts were among a treasure trove of keepsakes bestowed upon U.S. leaders in 2012, the State Department disclosed Thursday.

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Here is another take on the same story.

$500K diamond-encrusted jewels, Cognac and a 41-inch saber: The lavish gifts given to President Obama, Hillary Clinton and others from foreign leaders

  • Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz gave Hillary Clinton diamond-and-ruby-encrusted jewels worth half a million dollars last year

  • The gift was disclosed by the State Department, which has released a complete list of items given to U.S. officials in 2012

By Hayley Peterson

Foreign leaders gave lavish gifts to a number of U.S. officials last year, including the Saudi Arabian king, who gave Hillary Clinton diamond-and-ruby-encrusted jewels worth half a million dollars.

Clinton’s gifts from King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz – which included a necklace, bracelet, earrings and a ring – were by far the most expensive items among the hundreds of gifts given to U.S. officials in 2012.

A complete list of the gifts received last year, as well as a couple dozen from previous years, were disclosed by the State Department on Thursday.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, right, meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, March 30, 201

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, right, meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

So, as summer wraps up and vacations end, it’s fun to speculate about the gifts she got for us by being so awesome, and what we might have had if China would only let us actually keep just one little panda. Nonetheless, we watch and hold our collective breath hoping these two little babies make it to day 100 and finally receive names – in the Chinese tradition.

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To do list for tonight before going to bed:

1. Turn the clocks back one hour. (N.B. If doing this on an analog clock, do not actually turn it back!  That could damage the clock’s delicate settings.  Turn it ahead 11 hours.)

2. Change the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

3. Set the DVR to record Inside the State Department Monday, November 8, at 9 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel!

The link above goes to a preview at the NGC website.  Below is a slideshow of photos also at the NGC website.

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Remarks at the World Premiere Screening of “Inside the State Department”

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
National Geographic Headquarters
Washington, DC
October 25, 2010

Thank you very much. This is an exciting opportunity that we’re thrilled to have partnered with the National Geographic, and I want to thank Steve Schiffman and Steve Burns and Steve Hoggard and everybody named Steve – (laughter) – who has anything to do with National Geographic.

This project made perfect sense to us at the State Department because the State Department works in just about every country on the planet, and National Geographic has taken its audience over the years to just about every country on the planet. And the filmmakers were wonderful to work with. We very much appreciate their understanding and sensitivity and we’ll see the final product, but for us, it was a real privilege to work with you.

This is truly a tribute to the more than 60,000 people who work for the State Department around the world. Now, not all of them could fit into the movie, but without their service standing behind all the faces that you will see and the people that you’ll meet, there are literally hundreds and thousands more who do every day what is necessary to protect America, to promote our values, advance our interests in every corner of the globe.

It is amazing to me how even in this period of connectivity that can literally put us in touch with someone with the flick of a mouse, or the picking up a telephone, it is the face-to-face encounters that are important. And it is a necessity that each and every person who works for the State Department faces because they have to get out and basically tell the story.

So for me, there is a great privilege and honor to be the 67th Secretary of State. I wish that this could have been done at an earlier time with others who served in my capacity because I think it’s long overdue. Because we want to tell the story of the men and women of the State Department who serve you, the American public, every single day. We have really appreciated the chance to tell this story. It is part of our overall effort to elevate diplomacy and development alongside defense to make it clear that this is who we are and what we do.

I’m delighted that I get a chance to see this for the first time with all of you, and again, I thank National Geographic for going inside the State Department and expanding the audience to all of America, and indeed, the world so that people know what it is that we are focused on and the mission that we are pursuing as we serve the country that we love.

So, Steve, again, thank you very, very much.

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