PHOTO: Hillary Clinton watches husband deliver convention speech
September 6th, 2012
07:05 AM ET
2 years ago

PHOTO: Hillary Clinton watches husband deliver convention speech

(CNN) – A photo released by the State Department shows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton watching her husband deliver remarks Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.

Hillary Clinton didn't watch the speech live because she was busy meeting with leaders of the tiny nation of East Timor, 9,963 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. According to reporters traveling with the secretary of state, Clinton watched a taped version around midnight eastern time.

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Asked about the speech at a press availability, Clinton noted that it was American political tradition for secretaries of state to not attend party conventions.

"I think it is a good rule," Clinton said. "It's one that I certainly accepted. This is the first convention I have missed in many, many years."

She added that her husband read parts of his speech to her over the phone before delivering his remarks.

"It's a great honor for him to be nominating the president and I'm delighted to be here in Timor Leste on behalf of the United States in furtherance of our shared values, interests and security, and I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to visit and have these discussions today," she said.

Clinton, who hasn't missed a Democratic convention in four decades, is on an 11-day swing through the Asia-Pacific region, visiting a number of counties, including China and Indonesia, and standing in for President Barack Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum later this week in Russia. Obama bowed out because of the campaign.

The State Department says the photo was taken at the home of the U.S. ambassador to East Timor. They also added that any graphics on the screen were removed, indicating they were not endorsing one television network over another.

CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty contributed to this report.

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    visiting a number of countries, not counties

    September 6, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  2. Phineas Okari

    The Clintons' is a civilised family. That she humbly accepted to serve in a hitherto political nemesis loyally is admirable. That elder Clinton could come to the rescue of a man who floored his wife's shows reasoned sobriety. They've given obama a lifeline.

    September 6, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  3. anony mous

    What a grand speech and nomination, its Obama for another 4.

    September 6, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  4. Beth

    Beautiful. I'm so happy for both of them. Wonderful speech as well.

    September 6, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  5. rb

    "...visiting a number of COUNTIES??"

    September 6, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. Tewrobert

    She knows these two are up toNO good........I cannot wait to hear you dems in a couple years if odumbo gets in again.........It will almost be worth it........

    September 6, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. crussellwheaton

    Great foto!!!

    September 6, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. Cecil

    So the Democrats are in bed with the Chinese now. I guess they are trying to learn about socialism from the masters. I would be very scared for America when Hillary returns with all her new found 'wisdom'. Welcome to the beginning of the end of freedom in America – brought to you by the Clintons and Obama.

    September 6, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  9. Carlos

    "They also added that any graphics on the screen were removed, indicating they were not endorsing one television network over another." Sure, but they have no problem leaving the HP logo on the monitor screen clearly visible.

    September 6, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  10. mete krop

    This story is amazing!

    September 6, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  11. Joyce Edwards

    It's sad not having Hilary at the convention,she's a great American.God I don't want to hear the horrible,nasty comebacks from the other side that will be coming now. I'm just glad we have Hilary out there doing such a great job for our country ,but I know she misses the convention and would love to be there. Thanks, there's more for you ahead Hilary, and for all you naysayers,just pray there's not.

    September 6, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. imputt

    Obama leads the party of hate, He hates Hillary, but most of all
    1. Most hate God

    2. Most hate the successful

    3. Most hate the Jewish people

    4, Most hate the rich

    5. All hate anything conservative

    September 6, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  13. government cheese

    That is better than the staged UBL raid photo.

    September 6, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. GI Joe

    Wonderful Secretary of State. She looks happy.

    September 6, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    World is now so close. Hillary, you are not too far from our hearts, be ready for 2016. We dearly love you. Bill is just GREAT.

    September 6, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She has a smile on her face so large. She must have like the speech as many others did. President Bill Clinton did a good job of explaining what the GOP isn't thinking and what the Obama administration is trying to do.

    September 6, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  17. Anonymous

    I have to feel sorry for Hillary. A man who defamed her and lied about her 4 years ago is now being defended and appaulded by her husband. you would think the Clinton's would have more respect for themselves.

    September 6, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  18. yneemee

    Hillary is right to stay far, far away from this mess

    September 6, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    End of the speech tears in my eyes some hope in my mind democrats will lead this county right direction , I felt Bill Clinton speaking to me , be patient for another 4 years his argument have sense he is right

    September 6, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. essilfie

    What a beautiful picture of her. She clearly epitomizes what's good about the US- service.

    September 6, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Hillary for president in 2016! Time to break the glass ceiling.

    September 6, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. enuff

    She has been an excellent secretary and has conducted her job with honor. Plus, she has not thrown her suppoert behind any bogus WMD reports just because.

    September 6, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. IndeePendant

    Professional, diplomatic and elegant!!! Forget about her politics, appreciate her professional demeanour. She is way better than CONdi..

    September 6, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. doe22us

    It surely wasnt Fox so no problems there.

    September 6, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. gt

    that picture was taken at a time out of the gaints game....then right back to the game....

    September 6, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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