June 18th, 2009
04:04 PM ET
9 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. ch

    Josh from Knoxville, TN June 18th, 2009 10:57 am ET / What a clumsy fool.
    I guess Josh is sooo smart and agile that he has never suffered a fall. He can't be too smart or graceful though – he is, after all, from the redneck, trash state of TN! What an ignorant fool!

    June 18, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Harry

    Ms. Clinton:

    Get Well Soon. America needs you.

    By the Way. Republicans don't like you.

    They like Bush, Cheney and Limbaugh.

    Republicans like only those people who can screw them. Republicans don't like Gentle Persons. Republicans like Criminals, Scoundrels, Rascals and Thugs, because there is a saying, "Birds of the same feather flock together".

    June 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. haha

    hahahahaha don't worry obamas bailout money will make a great cast

    June 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Patrick

    Perhaps Hillary should travel to the UK and sign up for fractured elbow treatment and see for herself how long a wait socialized, government-run health care can last. Maybe then that will help her understand what's in store for Americans under the Obama Administration

    June 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Zach K

    She deserves the break. (No Pun Intended)

    She's done SO much as our Sec of State in less than five months.

    Rest Easy Hillary. 🙂

    June 18, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Dan

    Was the elbow hit by enemy fire?

    June 18, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Shibumi

    Hillary must have popped the clutch on her broom and fell off. This is obviously a right wing conspiracy of some sort.

    June 18, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. La Chatte

    To the nasty people who think it's cool when someone else gets hurt:
    Your karma stinks and you will live long enough to suffer from it.

    June 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. ThinkAboutIt

    Very painful! I hope she gets better soon.

    June 18, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. G

    This would be an excellent opportunity to remind Secretary Clinton that if she really thinks that the rich need to pay more – – she is rich! She can pay for her own surgery out of her own pocket instead of using her Senator Health Insurance that gets paid with tax dollar.

    Hehehe, I do wish her a speedy recovery. She's done a good job so far at the State Department.

    PS – some day when we have socialized medicine she'll be waiting 6 months to get that surgery. Keep medicine private!!!!

    June 18, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Get well soon Secretary Clinton. We've got some N. Korean booty to spank.

    June 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Cankles

    i thought her hips would have broken the fall. seriously though, that's a very painful injury.

    June 18, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Shari, NY

    I wish her a speedy recovery. Same goes to Sotomayor. Ladies, be careful, especially after 50! Those bones become less dense.

    June 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. ThinkAboutIt

    Hey, to everybody who's calling Clinton clumsy and a fool, get a life!

    And don't forget that Gerald Ford had his share of mishaps, too. And don't forget G.W. Bush's fall off the Segway scooter a few years back.

    People fall; if you're a public figure, it makes the news. Nothing more, nothing less.

    June 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Troy B.

    Poor Hillary. I hope you have a very quick recovery.

    June 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. sara

    Get better Hillary...... I need a bone density test, postmenapausal.... but I don't have insurance and is out of work.

    June 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Island girl

    Why would these mishaps have anything to do with Obama and why would someone call her clumsy? Some people need a life. Get well Hillary, and when you need some rest go south where the islands are warm and sunny all year round. Some of them have mineral springs loaded with curataive powers gushing from the rocks. Soak yourself in one of their pools and let nature heal you!

    June 18, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Last Honest man

    She can hang out with the Supreme Court Justice nominee.

    June 18, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Steve (the real one)

    Personally, I blame the democrats for this. If she were President she would have been in the Oval Office where it is carpeted! All joking aside, get well! From a Christian conservative!

    June 18, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. candian pov

    If you had universal health care like we do in Canada, anyone requiring surgery to mend a fracture would be treated immediately. Don't use someone else's misfortune to further a shallow and misinformed opinion. Mrs. Clinton is doing a fine job as Sec of State.

    June 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Xavier-Santa Barbara CA

    OUCH! Hope you feel better soon Hillary!

    June 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Johnboy

    Get well Hillary. I don't like you politically, but I wish you well.

    June 18, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. diane

    hope you have a speedy recovery, Hillary.

    June 18, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Red by Choice

    What I conclude from this is one has to be a klutz or a tax cheat to be appointed by Obama.

    I wonder if SNL will slaughter Clinton and Sotomayor for their falls as they did Republican President Ford. I doubt it.

    June 18, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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