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There is some video here from last night that the embed software will not accept.  I may find more from this event later.  If I do, I will post it separately.

Hillary Clinton Accepts Public Service Award In Beverly Hills

BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived at a Beverly Hills gala to much fanfare on Wednesday as she prepared to accept an award for her public service.

Local volunteers from a national organization called “Ready for Hillary 2016″ were organized outside the Beverly Wilshire hotel, where the Pacific Council on International Policy would be honoring the secretary.

The Council awarded Clinton with the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award, named after the former secretary of state who served under her husband, former President Bill Clinton, from 1993 to 1996.

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Clinton plays down politics at event in Beverly Hills

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton focuses on her predecessor’s legacy as she accepts an award named for Warren Christopher from the nonpartisan Pacific Council on International Policy.

Hillary Rodham Clinton in Beverly Hills

Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / May 8, 2013

May 8, 2013, 10:58 p.m.

Hours after Republican members of Congress sharply questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton and the State Department‘s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the former secretary of State did not explicitly mention the controversy in an appearance Wednesday night. But she did reference partisan bickering in the nation’s capital as she accepted an award in Beverly Hills.

“We truly, still today — despite all of our partisan wrangling, and the gridlock that sometimes seems to take hold — we stand up for the rights and opportunities of all people,” Clinton said in a speech that largely focused on U.S. policy toward Asia.

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Hillary Clinton avoids politics in Beverly Hills speech

Fomer U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event hosted by The Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles, California on May 8, 2013. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty)

Fomer U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event hosted by The Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles, California on May 8, 2013. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty)

Political Washington was consumed with a charged debate over Hillary Clinton’s legacy Wednesday, but the former secretary of state largely steered clear of politics in a speech in Beverly Hills. Clinton was in Los Angeles to accept an award at the nonpartisan Pacific Council on International Policy named for one of her predecessors, the late Warren Christopher.

Her only mention of the growing drumbeat from conservative critics—who are zeroing in on Clinton for the first time since Barack Obama pulled ahead of her in the 2008 presidential race—was oblique. “We truly still today, despite all of our partisan wrangling and the gridlock that sometimes seems to take hold, we stand up for the rights and opportunities of all people,” she said.

But Clinton’s speech, like the others she’s given since leaving the State Department in February, focused on what she believes to be foreign policy legacy: her lifelong work on human rights and women’s issues, the U.S. pivot to Asia, and her view of American exceptionalism. Christopher, she said, “understood something America’s leaders have to understand and act on: The United States remains a beacon of freedom and opportunity precisely because the American dream has been and must remain open to all.”

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Hillary Rodham Clinton in Beverly Hills

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Hillary Clinton will be in Beverly Hills this evening to receive another in a long string of awards and honors.

Chairman’s Gala

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

U.S. Secretary of State (2009-2013)
May 8, 2013
BEVERLY WILSHIRE HOTEL | BEVERLY HILLS

Gala to honor Hillary Clinton May 2013 | Los Angeles
At a gala event on May 8, the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver one of her first addresses on the west coast since stepping down as U.S. Secretary of State earlier this year. Secretary Clinton will accept the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award from the Pacific Council on International Policy, conferred in recognition of her distinguished service to the country

The Ready for Hillary Super PAC is planning a rally to greet her, as they have at previous events.

All of this pro-Hillary excitement unfolds against the backdrop of a flurry of anti-Hillary activity in the House of Representatives where today the Oversight and Government Reform Committee heard the testimony of three State Department employees called by Darryl Issa who is itching to pin a bogus cover-up or something else – whatever he can find – on the retired Secretary of State.

Largely ignored by cable outlets today (except Fox News, of course),  at least some of the testimony concerned issues that had been adequately addressed in the Accountability Review Board (ARB) report provided to the all interested Congress persons well prior to Secretary Clinton’s January 23 testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

State  Department officials have repeatedly and consistently stated that under Secretary Clinton’s leadership all 29 recommendations by the board had been implemented.  Hillary Clinton unequivocally took responsibility for failures on the part of her department.

Andrea Mitchell today had Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who led the board with Admiral Mike Mullen,  on her show.  Pickering stated that Gregory Hicks, who was second in command to slain Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and remained in Tripoli the night of the attack, had done a fine job and had spent many hours being interviewed by the ARB.  He pointed out that the requests from Hicks for four special forces to be sent to Benghazi after the first attack and for a fly over in Benghazi were deemed impractical both by State and by the Department of Defense.

Pickering also stated that he offered to testify before the committee and Issa declined his offer.

Sending the only four special forces out of Tripoli where classified documents are kept would have left the embassy vulnerable when embassies across the region were under siege.   There were no classified documents in Benghazi.  The primary responsibility of the special forces is protection of classified materials – not personnel.  No one could have predicted a second attack in Benghazi.  The planes requested for the flyover could not have refueled since there was no tanker in the Mediterranean that night. (See p. 37 of the report)

So, while Issa and company continue to aim at her and miss,  Hillary will be receiving a public service award and her fervent supporters will greet her with pleas for her to run in 2016.  Meanwhile, husband Bill says she is having a fine time doing what she wants and talk of 2016 is a waste of time.  Hillary does not have to do anything at all to get her name in the headers or on her husband’s lips, but she has already done so much that regularly she is given awards and honors.

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On May 8, in Los Angeles, Hillary Rodham Clinton will accept the inaugural Warren Christopher Award for Public Service at the Pacific Council.   Our Hillary collects awards with a regularity that continues to impress and to cry out for her to have her own library-museum in which to display them.

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LOS ANGELES, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Pacific Council on International Policy will host Hillary Rodham Clinton in Los Angeles on May 8, 2013 as she accepts the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award from the Pacific Council at a gala event.

“The Christopher Award seeks to honor the lifetime achievements of former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, the long-time Chair of the Pacific Council’s Board of Directors, and to recognize the public service of others whose work reflects his distinctive leadership qualities,” said Council President and CEO Jerrold Green. “His career was defined by commitment to international affairs, to high ethical standards, to promotion of the common good, to equality and fairness, and to government service as a noble pursuit. We are pleased to recognize Secretary Clinton as the first recipient of this award.”

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