January 7th, 2013
01:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Ready to tackle the job: Clinton returns to State

(CNN) - Who says politics and diplomacy aren't contact sports?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returned to work Monday and was gifted the proper equipment for her final plays on the job.

Her Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides and staff at the weekly meeting of approximately 75 department managers presented her "a football helmet with a State Department seal, lots of good padding," State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

Reporters were not in the room, but the presentation was described by Nuland at a press briefing Monday afternoon, and the department distributed photos of her opening the gifts.

Clinton had been on team State Department's "injured" list after a bout with the flu, which led to a fall, concussion, and the discovery of a blood clot in her head, according to her office.

She was also given a "football jersey that said Clinton on the back and on the front it says '#112,' which symbolizes the number of countries she visited as secretary of state," Nuland said.

"She loved it," Nuland added. "She thought it was cool. But then being Hillary Clinton she wanted to get right to business."

On Friday, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland described Clinton's condition after her release as "upbeat" and "raring to go."

Clinton will leave her post as secretary of state once her replacement for the post is confirmed by the Senate. President Obama announced his nomination of Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry for the post late last year.


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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. mary

    Oh the haters! Mrs. Clinton you have done yourself proud. Job well done! I'm sure you have lots to do in the next few weeks. Then please take a much needed rest. Spend time with your husband and beautiful daughter. Then see how you are in 2 years and see how you feel mentally and physically then maybe 2016.

    January 7, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. bob

    Without Bill this pretender wouldn't have been elected dog catcher – now tell us about Vince foster.

    January 7, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. CryBabies

    Whats with this Hillary lovefest......mama and Cal G? Unless Hillary is incompetent or a fool please TRY to explain the video fiasco that she and BO floated to the public and why. I think you all know the answer. So don't put madam Clinton on the throne as she learned how to "stretch" the truth from one of the best in the business....her husband. You left lovers slay me LOL

    January 7, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. plain&simple

    @ padraig the complex look for what may or may not exist in all things....the simple simply see what is there.

    January 7, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    I am in no way a fan of Hillary's, but the woman has been fighting since she was seven years old. Do you really think she's afraid of a few irrelevant old men? The Clinton's know how to take a punch, wipe it off and make a million dollars off it. If I were a betting person, I would place my money on Hillary.

    January 7, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "What about it? The Tea Party suddenly cut her overseas embassy security budget by 20%, by more than $450 million annually."

    That's because it wasn't in their district. Just ask Palazzo and some of the other 67 Teatroll d-bags who voted against aid for Sandy victims despite having self-righteously demanded aid for their own districts after Isaac and Katrina.

    All political d-baggery is local...but it's affects are not.

    January 7, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. kols

    Loki is plain mistaken. Hillary has been the finest Sec. of State this country has ever had.
    Further, I don't recall either Colin Powell or Condi Rice even leaving the United States while serving in the same position. Cowards by comparison to Hillary.

    January 7, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. adsfas

    Behold!!! Billary is back for more wine tasting! But wait, lets talk Benghazi first Mrs. Billary.

    January 7, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Welcome back, Mrs. Clinton. Now about that Benghazi thingy....
    ---–
    What about it? The Tea Party suddenly cut her overseas embassy security budget by 20%, by more than $450 million annually.
    ---------
    Sure Rudy... sure. Then let her testify – under oath – to exactly that and it will be all over. OK?

    January 7, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. DBF

    Let's stop the little love fest Dominican mama and California Gary until she explains why 4 brave folks died because of her failure to properly protect them. No matter what you say, it's her fault, she's already said so and took responsibility, so now let's hear what happened so it doesn't happen again! And it was very convenient, the timing of her little fall and episode, not saying she was faking it but stranger things have happened, especially in politics.

    January 7, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Wilson

    @Rudy NYC

    Wilson wrote:

    The people of America lost our freedom in April, 1865 when Lincoln took complete control. Our current President is only tighting the noose.
    ------––
    For those of you out there who wonder why so many of Barack Obama's critics are labeled racists, here's one example of why that is so. More reasons will be the enthusiastic acclimation high regard that such comments achieve.
    --------------------------------------
    My comment had nothing to do with race. You need to educate yourself rather than continue throwing the race card. Try doing some research, starting with the book, "the real lincoln," then do some research verifying what that book says. Lincoln took away states individual rights with force. That was the entire purpose of the civil war. In fact, Lincoln had no interest in freeing the slaves. That was a "happy accident."

    January 7, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    How abou an article about DebraLee Hovey (R-CT), who represents the district in which Newtown, CT is located, telling Gabby Giffords to get the hell out of her district? Hmmmm? That one should be a fun comment section.

    January 7, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. WakeUp

    She'd better put that helmet on when the tough questions about Benghazi come her way. She owes us an explanation of how her incompetence or desire to protect the president got four Americans killed. When the truth comes out about the way she handled that mess, her political career will be over.

    January 7, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. bob

    Sniffit

    "What about it? The Tea Party suddenly cut her overseas embassy security budget by 20%, by more than $450 million annually."

    That's because it wasn't in their district. Just ask Palazzo and some of the other 67 Teatroll d-bags who voted against aid for Sandy victims despite having self-righteously demanded aid for their own districts after Isaac and Katrina.

    All political d-baggery is local...but it's affects are not.
    ======
    actually the dems cut funding for security and used the money to buy electric cars for the European Embassy's. BUT NICE TRY.

    January 7, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. DBF

    I have a better idea, why don't all you Obama and Hillary lovers move to California, Illinois and New York and leave the rest of the country to us! That's just about the way the popular vote cam down so pack your bags! And oh yea, how's California these days under O's leadership? Worst in public schools, highest in taxes, broker than anyone, etc. etc. etc.

    January 7, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "All of you whinning about Benghazi, where was the outrage at the 50 people killed under W in our U.S. Embassies and Consulates in his 8 years?"

    I'm sorry, but Bush was white. Still is too. There truly are two sets of rules...or hadn't you heard? IOKIYAR

    January 7, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. shindigg

    what's funny about the haters is how they hate so, um, hatefully, good public servants like hillary clinton while just sweeping under the rug all the unnecessary death and destruction abroad, rot and and stagnation at home, and the Great Bush Republicon Recession (bordlerline depression) and other waste that was and that symbolizes the giggling disaster monkey fuehrer's prior mis-administration...(of course, his base, the have mores, heh heh heh loved that mis-administration for all the pocket-lining it did for the base, heh heh heh...)

    January 7, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. bob

    Sniffit

    "All of you whinning about Benghazi, where was the outrage at the 50 people killed under W in our U.S. Embassies and Consulates in his 8 years?"

    I'm sorry, but Bush was white. Still is too. There truly are two sets of rules...or hadn't you heard? IOKIYAR
    ======

    Nice try – Hillary is white. You are a race baiter and as we all know race baiters are almost as evil as child molesters.

    January 7, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. MaryM

    Wow, bob lie much?
    Keep up the lies and hate repubs and you WILL lose 2014 and 2016 and on and on and on!!

    January 7, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That Benghazi thingy.....has bee explained AD NAUSEUM by those in the intelligence community. You 'Thugs who continue to try and spin it into: (1) The President's demise, (2) Hillary's undoing, (3)Watchahoosits and whodoyoumacallit can continue doing so in your very own padded cells. The rest of us who have been made familiar with the nature of intelligence briefings have embraced reality and facts and moved on.
    @ California Gary:
    Thank you for filling in the missing words in my post! LOL! I'm doing this at work, and...you know...!
    Hillary is a class act, and an intelligent woman. Easy to admire her.

    January 7, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Strategic Bob

    Claudia from Houston,

    John Bolton is every bit as much a "total nut case" as is Allen West, even if he may have fallen off a different kind of tree. They are both an embarrassment to their race – the human race, that is.

    January 7, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. carlos

    bob....I am getting to believe you are not a legitimate human being, really!!!

    January 7, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. plain&simple

    Lotta hate out there directed at Mrs Clinton ...haters live to hate and need a target!!! There is health care out there for you now...provided by those caring enough to want a better country.

    January 7, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. A. E. Newman

    I am glad she is well and back on the job. Since the State Department was responsible for denying Ambassador Steven's repeated request for additional security in Benghazi, were her doctors able to get Steven's (and the other three Americans) blood off of her hands?

    January 7, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Ed1

    Clinton might want to where the helmet when she goes before Congress.

    Can they hook her up to a lie detector too.

    The Tea Party didn't cut anything the Senate is controlled by Democrats you need to get your facts straight before you spout off. The House can only propose budget cuts the Senate has to approve them in the end then the President signs off on the cuts.

    January 7, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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