Washington (CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton kicked off her Christmas vacation Tuesday with some secret holiday diplomacy, the State Department said Friday.
On the way to her home in New York from Washington, Assistant Secretary PJ Crowley told reporters Clinton stopped at the North Pole "for an important bilateral meeting with a well-known international figure."
Crowley declined to say who the meeting was with, but a senior State Department official told CNN the tete-a-tete was with none other than the leader the North Pole himself, Santa Claus.
"During the meeting, in a formal de marche, sung to the tune of '12 Days of Christmas'...the secretary outlined her aspirations for the new year," Crowley said, citing "open and accountable governments, Middle East negotiations, more civilians in Afghanistan, empowerment of women, fewer nuclear weapons, respect for human rights, resolution of historic grievances, treaties through the United States Senate, six-party talks, dialogue with Iran, enough food for people of the world to eat, climate change legislation and, lastly, a championship for the Boston Red Sox."
Crowley confessed that Red Sox championship was his own Christmas wish, which he gave sitting on Santa's lap after the Clinton meeting.
She didn't depart Washington on a sleigh led by nine reindeer, but Clinton spread her own dose of Christmas spirit throughout the halls of Foggy Bottom before taking off, hosting no fewer than seven holiday parties at the State Department during the holiday season.
Of course there were the obligatory parties - such as one for her staff and one for the diplomatic press corps. But Clinton alo instituted a new set of holiday traditions.
In addition to the annual party for the diplomatic corps, which traditionally only includes ambassadors and heads of embassies and consulates in Washington, Clinton also hosted a series of parties for the regional bureaus, and asked department staff to invite diplomats who they deal with on a daily basis.
And this year Clinton also gave a party for family members of diplomats serving overseas in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, where they aren't permitted to bring their families to live with them because of security concerns.
This year the parties were smaller and much more intimate than the parties of Christmas past. Clinton held court in the cozy Thomas Jefferson diplomatic reception room, rather than the large and ornate Benjamin Franklin room where parties are traditionally held. As is customary, the Secretary of State mingled among the crowds, smiling and posing for pictures.
She's all class and all Americans should be proud of her. Sorry she is not President but she's in a position to help everyone around the world. A voice for the voiceless and bringing hope throughout the world.
Happy Holidays Madame SOS. We love you – A LOT
All I want for Christmas is National healthcare and a few new Senators to help out.
I want our troops home, safe, well and whole.
HEALTH CARE for all, either Single Payer or a GOOD Public Option.
Outsourcing to stop.
Stop insourcing of illegal aliens, AND legal aliens who do jobs that citizens could do, and for the fair market incomes without alien competition.
I want people, all people, regardless of political affiliation to be NICE, honest and informed in their disagreements.
Can you help me Santa?
I don't know if Clinton met with Santa but I'll tell you that picture of Bo at the White House and thinking of the family that is ACTUALLY LIVING THERE thanks to millions upon millions of MY FELLOW AMERICANS fills my heart with joy and hope and love. Aww jeez I'm tearing up again.
God Bless America Merry Christmas to all!
rite, starting to get me to doubt that she had important meeting with heads of other countries
She did so well as a First Lady. It's the holiday season so I'll stop at that. She did so well as a First Lady.
Merry Christmas Secretary Clinton, you always make me proud. Love you.
Nice article. Also nice to read that the parties are smaller. Nice to read that our Secretary of State personally knows Santa Claus. Sweet.
...the secretary outlined her aspirations for the new year . . . "open and accountable governments, Middle East negotiations, more civilians in Afghanistan, empowerment of women, fewer nuclear weapons, respect for human rights, resolution of historic grievances, treaties through the United States Senate, six-party talks, dialogue with Iran, enough food for people of the world to eat, climate change legislation and, lastly, a championship for the Boston Red Sox."
Anyone notice she didn't mention health care reform? Smart lady! She's distancing herself from Obama's healthcare debacle - she'll run against him, you can bet on it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Would that be Santa in celestial....not so good , right? :-)
On a serious note...she is rooted in the Methodist tradition...service oriented. Your doing well this year SOS Clinton..Thank You!
Hillary Clinton – the person who deserved to be President. Not what we have in the White House now.
I just love her! Happy holidays and a happy healthy new year to and your families Secretary Clinton, President Obama, Vice Pres Biden, Secretary Gates and the rest of the administration! Thank you all for all the hard work youre doing to make our country and the world a better place! You guys are really an excellent team and I for one am proud that we have you representing our country. God bless you and god bless our commanders, generals and of course our amazing troops for putting your lives on the line to serve and protect! Such brave men and women we have in our military who dont get enough praise. God speed! Bless you all and your families this holiday season and always!
Hillary!!! Please save the economy!!! What are you doing? It's the wrong job for you!!!!
I wish I were there to personally thank her and through her, her husband Bill for the good works they are doing for mankind and, for her being so sincere and honest in diligently serving President Obama after the bitter rivalry they went through during the primaries.
Well...Secretary Clinton has not been nauthy at all. She has been a very very good girl, and deserve a personal thank you from Santa with along with special gifts.
Considering Hillary is a Yanks fan- I was wondering!