It’s Hillary’s Birthday. Hillary (Rodham) Clinton, we all wish you a Happy Birthday and many more.
The toll-free phone number at the State Department is 800-647-4000. The Federal Relay Service phone number is 1-800-877-8339. Hillary Clinton may also be reached at the State Department via the internets HERE.
Sent Hillary some love, or merely appreciation, today.
Hillary loves to say, “wherever you are planted, make sure you blossom.” Hillary has lived her life that heroic way.
Earlier this year, at an annual State Department briefing for editorial writers, a special envoy hesitated and then insisted he go on background when I asked how the new secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was doing. [snip]
The envoy cited how years of useless negotiations between rivals — in an unidentified region — were zapped within hours after Clinton showed up. She had been running late, so the nervous staff had little time to brief her on the issues that matter. But Secretary Clinton knew what questions to ask to hone in on what mattered most to both sides.
“Okay I got it,” she said, leaving the staffers stunned as she headed inside.
“She gets it,” the envoy said. “She has proved to be a natural. She has the toughness and scars to do what’s needed with the job.” [snip]
She is a masterful conciliator, albeit the first woman so far with the best chance to be the first female U.S. president, who knows how to retrofit her life after a numbing defeat.
No wonder, the secretary of state is now viewed favorably by 62 percent of Americans, compared to President Obama’s 56 percent rating. [snip]
She’ll be back as presidential candidate Hillary, I suspect, but not as someone forced to make lemons out of lemonade.
Parade Magazine yesterday published 21 photographs of Hillary Clinton. They may be viewed HERE.
On Sept. 16, PARADE’s Leslie H. Gelb spent an action-packed 24 hours following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton through the ordinary paces of her day at the Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, D.C. From formal ceremonies to top-level security meetings, the following photo essay depicts a typical workday in the life of Madame Secretary.
As the accompanying citation to the photographs states, Hillary was followed for “an action-packed 24 hours, by Leslie H. Gelb. Gelb, the president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote an exhausting article yesterday detailing a Hillary day.
“We’re going to work you to death,” Hillary Clinton promised me with a laugh. She was taking me—and PARADE’s readers—along on a typical day in the life of the U.S. Secretary of State. Our 24 hours together would prove both grueling and inspirational, full of diplomatic pageantry, big meetings with policy brainiacs, small sessions with trusted aides, a stream of time-consuming formal duties, and, of course, phone calls and more phone calls. The Secretary allowed me to be a fly on the wall for almost every minute, under the constantly watchful eyes of the Diplomatic Security Service. Having known her since her husband began his first run for the White House in 1991, I couldn’t stop myself from calling her Hillary. To everyone else, however, she was always Madame Secretary.
Gelb’s, or rather Hillary’s day, was indeed grueling. Dinner with Muslim-American leaders with a surprise visit by a rabbi included, the daily staff meeting in the morning to review the day’s schedule, policy meetings, more staff meetings with senior staff, breakfast with Congresswoman Nita Lowey, an Energy-Security Briefing, Recording “thank you” videos, meetings with a boob and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding Afghanistan, a ceremony for Senegalese diplomats, swatting away rumors, meetings on strategy toward India, meetings with the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister (a woman), a swearing-in ceremony, meetings and more meetings on Taliban propaganda and Pakistan and new technology, another swearing-in ceremony, and more meetings and a policy dinner to discuss Iran, then more calls and some reading, which finally ends Hillary’s day.
Hillary, always working and putting her hard earned experience to use.
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Hillary was born in 1947. In 1947, the top 30 Billboard songs were:
Near You – Fanics Craig; Peg O’ My Heart – Harmonicats; Heartaches – Ted Weems; Linda – Ray Noble & Buddy Clark; Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette…) – Tex Williams; I Wish I Didn’t Love You So – Vaughn Monroe; Peg O’ My Heart – Three Suns; Anniversary Song – Al Jolson;
Near You – Larry Green; That’s My Desire – Sammy Kaye; Ballerina – Vaughn Monroe; Mam’selle – Art Lund
Managua Nicaragua – Freddy Martin; Chi-Baba Chi-Baba – Perry Como; Timtayshun Red Ingle & – Jo Stafford; I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now – Ted Weems & Perry Como; Near You – Andrews Sisters;
The Old Lamp-Lighter – Sammy Kaye; When You Were Sweet – Sixteen Perry Como; How Soon – Jack Owens; Too Fat Polka – Arthur Godfrey; I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder – Eddy Howard; My Adobe Hacienda – Eddy Howard; Huggin’ And Chalkin’ – Hoagy Carmichael; Ole Buttermilk Sky – Hoagy Carmichael; Mam’selle – Dick Haymes; You Do – Vaughn Monroe; (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons – King Cole Trio; Anniversary Song – Guy Lombardo; White Christmas – Bing Crosby.
We’ll let Nat Cole speak appreciation for Hillary on our behalf today: