June 18th, 2009
04:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Hillary Clinton nursing fractured elbow

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes remarks at the State Department on Wednesday.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes remarks at the State Department on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was working from home Thursday after fracturing her right elbow the day before during a fall, State Department officials said.

Clinton fell Wednesday afternoon at the State Department on her way to the White House and was taken to George Washington University Hospital. She was treated and released. She will have surgery to repair her elbow in coming weeks.

Clinton was with Richard Holbrooke, President Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, when she fell.

"Secretary Clinton appreciates the professionalism and kindness she received from the medical team who treated her this evening and looks forward to resuming her full schedule soon," said department spokeswoman Cheryl Mills.

Philip Crowley, an assistant secretary of state, said President Obama was one of the first people to call Clinton Wednesday night.

Clinton was at home "resting comfortably, or uncomfortably. She is working from home. She is already taking some calls, and I'm sure starting to learn the limits of movement - how well you can text with one arm in a sling," Crowley said.

–CNN's Paul Courson contributed to this report.

Updated: 4:04 p.m.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    First Sotomayor's ankle, now Hillary's elbow. The President may have to get his staff an insurance policy.......but not from AIG.

    June 18, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Hastey Dellinger

    Did someone try to throw her under the bus?

    June 18, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. KJL

    Painful injury. I wonder if she has had her bone density tested.

    June 18, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  4. MatthewDetroit

    That is too bad.
    I hope she heals fast and does well.
    BUT, can we talk about Barack trying to ram more legislation through congress. Now he wants to take over more of the financial markets. I dont mind some regulation if it is needed, but can they at least read the bills before they vote on them this time.
    I would hate to see more bills rushed through that will damage the American Way and Capitalism as a whole.
    Barney Frank and Chris Dodd both were KEY factors in the mortgage crisis which caused the entire ecomic collapse. Lets not pass that same legislation.
    Unemployment was at 5.3 1 year ago and the Press said we were doing bad. It is at 9.4 NOW under Barack. Let us not make more mistakes. You can cause a lot of damage quickly that will not be able to be fixed for a long time.

    June 18, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. Thomas

    Get well soon Ms. Secretary

    June 18, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. rachel

    Get well Hilldog, way to go toe to toe with leiberman.

    June 18, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Puddytat

    SEEE ?Nothing wrong with the health care . Even Hillary gets treated right away .

    June 18, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Get well soon HIlary. George Washington University Hospital is one of the best in this area.

    June 18, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. Alex

    ouch, that's no good. good thing she has health insurance!

    June 18, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    What is it with anyone associated with Obama hitting the skids lately?
    First Sotomayor breaks her ankle... now Hillary Clinton breaks her elbow.

    Being associated with the Obama administration is becoming almost as dangerous as being associated with the Clinton adminiatration.

    June 18, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  11. Dee, 1 Vote

    Big "O", That way we need help with America Health Issue! Sec of State Hillary, REST, than comeback to work!

    June 18, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. Richie

    Ouchy! We love you Hillary. Get well soon.

    June 18, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  13. D.T.

    Get well soon Hillary!

    June 18, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. Dave

    Get better Hillary.

    June 18, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. Henry Miller

    I think she probably needs mandatory bed-rest for at least the next 3.5 years. Can't be too careful, you know... Older women, osteoporosis, fragile bones... :-)

    June 18, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. phoenix86

    A fractured elbow will not stop her and Obama's policy of capitulation.

    June 18, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  17. grey stone

    The way Obama whacked her the other day during his interview with John Harwood, it looked like he did more than just break her arm.

    June 18, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  18. jennifer

    Get well soon we need you

    June 18, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. NAVY JACK

    and will the public enjoy the same medical coverage, life insurance , dental plan and retirement plan as all wonderful federal senators, congressmen and other politicians?

    these people are sucking on the same supply of our money as the ones at the bottom rungs. They just take a bigger portion!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. Matt in CT

    Yikes – my sympathies to her!

    June 18, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. Ryan Indy

    Ha,,,,,Its fair game for republicans to make any comment they want. Remember when GW choked and fell, and you liberals were making comments like" Wish he would have just died",,,,yea republicans remember that, what goes around comes around.

    June 18, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  22. Cnn please post my thoughts! 1 love!

    AWWWW sorry hillary......you are the best! Hope your elbow gets better soon!

    June 18, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  23. ch

    Good thing there was no injury to her brilliant mind. Get well soon Hillary – we need you!

    June 18, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. Katherine

    Get Well Soon!

    June 18, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. Jeff Brown

    Get well soon!

    June 18, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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