July 16th, 2009
06:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton: 'I broke my elbow, not my larynx'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The cast on her elbow is finally off, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wasted no time Thursday swinging back at media reports that she is being sidelined by the White House in shaping U.S. foreign policy.

At a question-and-answer session at the State Department, Clinton drew a laugh with her quip that "I broke my elbow, not my larynx." She told reporters she is consistently involved both in shaping and implementing policy.

Clinton is beginning a week-long trip to India and Thailand.

She broke her elbow last month, requiring several weeks in a cast as well as hours of physical therapy, and forcing her to cancel two international trips and curtail her public schedule.


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Alicia

    Go Girl! I did not vote for ya but respect ya lady.

    July 16, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Zero.

    But CNN, boke any connection to the real world. They really did rape the free thinker. I never saw Wolf smoke a cigar, but you got ??????, just the same...

    July 16, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Really?

    See...just people and media trying to stir up s_it. No surprise here. Can't stand it when we get along.

    July 16, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Man, I say we do it like the old times, you know? Where the leaders come here and visit us in the morning...while our leaders are wearing pajamas, LOL!!! :) It can saved us some $$$.

    Hey, Thomas Jefferson use to do that, he loved his pajamas!! :)

    July 16, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. The power be with you

    You are doing a great job Hillary!!!

    July 16, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. kishen c.rao

    Just wonderful answer....Mrs. Clinton, way to go.....god bless.....

    July 16, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Lisa in Shelton

    Welcome back!

    July 16, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. MatthewDetroit

    Poor Little HIllary.
    Barack sold you a bag of sawdust.
    You would have been more effective and apparent as a Senator.
    He has officially shelved your dumb self.
    Now you can not compete against him in 2012 and you will be dead weight by 2016.
    Your very old and getting older.
    Too bad lady you blew it in the campaign and blew it again as SS.

    July 16, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. Larry

    Hillary, you need to know that your job at the State Department is not to flaunt your bloated ego. Your job is to represent this country in an intelligent manner under the direction of President Obama, your boss.

    You are one of the most arrogant, delusional people I have ever seen.

    You should get tested for schizophrenia. I don't think you even live on this planet anymore.

    July 16, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Flash in the Pan

    Sure you are, Hillary....

    July 16, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)

    Barack Obama did not select HIllary Clinton to be Secretary of State in order to sidline her or diplomacy. This story is media-driven.

    July 16, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. rachel

    Hillary always make me laugh. Swat the haters away Hillary. The press and media have some nerve aksing where clinton is, when the PRESS is the one who fails to cover her do they need directions to the state department? Perfect opportunity to cover her on Monday and Wed. and CNN you blew it. CSPAN had her speech go to the state department website and you can see what she has been up to. Hillary needs to make some of these people go Missing. CNN post.

    July 16, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. steve

    what a shame

    July 16, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. davie guns

    haha... what a world we would live in if it was the other way around! Thank you for the laugh.

    July 16, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Wanda

    This is why I love Hillary Clinton. What a great role model she is for all women. She is such a class act.

    July 16, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Daniel Lopez

    Kudos to Hillary on her positive attitude and her sense of humor! As a moderate Republican who voted for McCain in the primaries and Obama in the general election, it makes me very happy to see that Ms. Clinton & Mr. Obama were able to set aside their differences from the primaries in order to work towards the common good.

    Long live America! Huckabee for 2016! Come on, you know Obama is going to get re-elected... Rock on!

    July 16, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. catmom

    Thank you Mrs. Clinton. This was just another right wing ploy to pit you against President Obama. Some people just can't understand that for you it is country first. Most of us get it though.

    July 16, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    I misread the headline – I at first thought it said that Hillary Clinton broke her larynx. The excitement was fleeting, though....

    July 16, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Katie Smith

    God bless you Mrs. Clinton and get well soon.

    July 16, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Why India

    Don't go there Hillary!! Those people are Bush lovers, they love him for giving our jobs to them. 45% Indians love Bush-the highest for that criminal in any country.

    Anyone who supports terrorist is a terrorist. Since they love the war criminal we called President for 8 years they are terrorists too.

    July 16, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. Joyce Becker

    No one can sideline Madame Clinton, she is one smart lady and is doing just fine in the State Department.

    July 16, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Why India

    Don't go there Sec. Clinton. Those people are Bush lovers. 45 % Indians love him for shipping our jobs to them-the highest approval rating for that war criminal in any country.

    anyone who supports terrorists are terrorists themselves. Republicans and Indians are terrorists

    July 16, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Steve in NYC

    And what a shame that is.....

    July 16, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. Debby

    Yep and CNN was the first to report this.

    July 16, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. M J

    Save your larynx, Madam Secretary. The media and the haters will never learn or listen.

    July 16, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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