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After all the hoopla about a whole month in East Hampton (not!), it appears that Mme. Secretary might be lucky to catch just one week at her summer rental.   Reports, unconfirmed by the State Department, are coming out of New Zealand that activities in the Cook Islands indicate that she  is expected in the islands for the 16-nation Pacific Forum to be held there starting on August 27.

Apparently the islands lack wide roads, and therefore also SUVs as large as the ones commonly used in her motorcades.  Neither can the airstrip accommodate her 757.  It seems they are seeking to borrow larger SUVs,  and U.S  Navy ships, including an aircraft carrier, are headed for the islands to assist with transportation.

The one bright spot in the possible curtailment of her tiny break is that one account has a certain handsome ex-president Birthday Boy accompanying her.  That would be a refreshing change of pace!

*APPLAUSE*

This article from Stuff.co.nz provides the most detail.

Rarotonga almost too small for Hillary Clinton

MICHAEL FIELD

Tiny Rarotonga is set to host great power politics and diplomatic posturing this week with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reputedly accompanied by her husband Bill, arriving on the island to challenge growing Chinese influence in the South Pacific.

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US diplomats and security advisers have been on Rarotonga and Aitutaki to the north checking venues.

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The off-limits-to-all-but leaders’ retreat will be on Aitutaki with military aircraft from Australia and New Zealand used to fly them north.

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Diplomatic sources say the US Navy has moved several large ships, including an aircraft carrier, toward the Cook Islands to help logistics, including transport between the two islands.

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Prime Minister John Key is scheduled to attend the forum but unless he stays for the post-forum dialogue session, he will not meet the Clintons.

The US State Department has yet to confirm Clinton’s trip, and it may yet be derailed by Middle Eastern events, but locals on Rarotonga report extensive security preparations are underway.

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The comment about John Key could mean that they are not expected to attend the entire forum, and perhaps will arrive after a few weeks at their summer rental,  but again, none of this is confirmed by DOS.

Here are a few other articles trumpeting her expected arrival.  This one is from Australia’s Independent.

Welcome to the Cook Islands, Hillary – now, can anyone lend us a motorcade?

Kathy Marks

Saturday 18 August 2012

Life usually dawdles in the Cook Islands, a cluster of coral atolls sprinkled across the South Pacific. But with Hillary Clinton due to visit later this month, the place is in a spin.

For one thing, the government doesn’t have enough cars for an official motorcade.

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A team from the US embassy in Wellington was in the islands this week, scouting the facilities. Jaewynn McKay, a local official coordinating preparations for the forum, said the biggest challenge was finding a suitable place for Mrs Clinton to stay with her large entourage.

“I understand she usually travels with 90 [people], but they’ve had to lessen their footprint on this occasion,” Mrs McKay told Associated Press. “We had to tell them we just don’t have the space.”

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This one is from nzherald.co.nz. in New Zealand.

Cook Islands prepare for Hillary Clinton visit

By Nick Perry

US Secretary of State HIllary Rodham Clinton will be attending the Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga at the end of the month. Photo / AP

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be attending the Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga at the end of the month. Photo / AP

The tiny Cook Islands are proving almost too small for Hillary Clinton.

The South Pacific island chain, home to just 10,000 people, is buzzing as it prepares for the expected visit of the US secretary of state, the biggest dignitary to stop by since Queen Elizabeth II nearly four decades ago. Hosting such a high-profile guest and her entourage, however, is posing problems for a government that owns just three small SUVs and is scrambling to borrow cars from residents to create a proper motorcade.

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The US Embassy in Wellington on Friday declined to confirm whether Clinton would be part of its delegation, but Cook Island officials are preparing as if she is coming.

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If she is attending, it would be a nice birthday present for her hubby to be able to accompany her.  They have been apart for many weeks recently – actually for a month.  We all love to see them together!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT!!!!


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Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 8, 2011


We are deeply saddened by the passing of First Lady Betty Ford. As a staunch advocate for women’s and equal rights, Betty paved the way for generations of women to follow. Her courage, compassion, and commitment to helping our nation deal with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction helped thousands of people to a successful recovery and in the process she helped to save countless families. We were honored to host President and Mrs. Ford at the White House in 1998 when they received the Congressional Gold Medal for their dedication and service to our nation.

Betty was a remarkable woman whose legacy will live on in people around the country whose lives are longer and better because of her work. Our thoughts and prayers are with her children and grandchildren. We are grateful for her contributions, and for her kindness to us. We will miss her.

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Thursday of this week, President Clinton will celebrate his 64th birthday. Given the scare he gave his loving wife this past winter, I hope he celebrates many, many more. Take care of yourself, Mr. President! Please! And have a lovely birthday.

It has been quite some time since I mounted this slideshow, and it has grown. When I started it, our lovely Secretary of State was still a Senator from New York. I think Mr. President’s birthday week is a good time to reintroduce his hugs and kisses with our now Mme. Secretary.

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Visit President Clinton’s Birthday Wish, make a card for him, make a donation, and share.

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