Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Sean Goldman’

Although she is, as she puts it, “out of politics.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, when she visits Capitol Hill, does represent a Democratic administration, and when she presents proposals on the Hill, her opposition is not likely to come from the Democratic side of the aisle. Today she was before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. You might remember this exchange with Rep. Christopher Smith (R – NJ) over the issue of abortion when she appeared before that same committee last April 22.


What to make, then of this lovely photo that seems to show genuine mutual admiration? Note that Rep. Hill is clutching her hand.

Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks with House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, after she testified before the committee’s hearing on the State Department’s fiscal 2011 budget. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

The answer is that despite their differences, they worked closely as Secretary of State and Rep. from N.J.   Hillary Clinton is very good at reaching across the aisle (and table). She is our top diplomat because of that ability. Part of that skill consists of knowledge.   Did you notice in the video that she knew how many daughters John Fortenberry has?   That kind of comment disarms adversaries. It is part of her charm and smart power. It takes the wind out of opposition sails and ultimately can result in some jumping aboard HER boat. Chris Hill is less of an adversary today, more of an admirer, and she appears genuinely to like him (her face is always a wide-open book, as we know). Why are they friends now? This little boy brought them together.

You might remember. He is pictured here with his dad, David, who fought for five years to get Sean Goldman home from Brazil to Tinton Falls, N.J. in what was essentially a case of kidnapping. David’s Congressman, Chris Hill and Secretary Clinton worked in tandem to accomplish that, and succeeded. What a beautiful story all around!

Read Full Post »

Return of Sean Goldman

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 24, 2009

I am thrilled that 9-year-old Sean Goldman was reunited with his father David Goldman earlier today in Rio de Janeiro and that they are flying home to New Jersey. I want to thank everyone who helped bring this long process to a successful conclusion, including a number of members of Congress and many concerned parties both here and in Brazil. We also appreciate the assistance and cooperation of the Government of Brazil in upholding its obligations under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. I offer my warmest wishes for father and son as they celebrate their first holiday season together in five years.

They are currently in flight. I know that Hillary appreciates David Goldman’s perseverance in working to get Sean home. It’s a quality she, too, possesses.

Read Full Post »

This is the end of a long nightmare for the Goldman family. Secretary Clinton has been personally involved with this case from the commencement of her service at the State Department. Excellent news! Thank you, Madame Secretary, for your hard work. And thank you, Appellate Court of Brazil!

U.S. Citizen To Be Returned From Brazil

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

December 16, 2009

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesman

For Immediate Release December 17, 2009

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CLINTON

I was pleased to hear that the Appellate Court in Rio de Janeiro has upheld the lower court’s decision that Sean Goldman, a young American boy wrongfully retained in Brazil for more than five years, should be reunited with his father David in New Jersey. We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of the Government of Brazil in upholding its obligations under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. And it is my hope that this long legal process is now complete and that the Goldman family will be reunited quickly. They will be in my thoughts and prayers today and throughout this holiday season.

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: