January 7th, 2013
01:17 PM ET
1 year 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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  1. CryBabies

    Woman in California...You're right...Hillary is a tough lady and she did a great job as SoS. But all that good work gets heavily tarnished because she couldnt call it straight with the citizens of the U.S. over the Benghazi incident. The death of 4 or 400 makes no difference....she plain out lied and was supported by the POTUS with the same explaination. I do not excuse lying , R or D, by the people we elect or people appointed by people we elect. Needless to say, there are a vast number of politicians , past and present, that did not and do not deserve the position that they hold.

    January 7, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. bob

    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.
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    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."
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    Wilson you are exactly right. All the left has is hate. They are race baiters and as we all know race baiters are almost as evil as child molesters.

    January 7, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. ColdWarVet

    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 Democrat controlled state department would rather send 10 Chevy Volt Electric Cars and a charging station for $150K to the embassey in Vienna Austria to look trendy to Europeans than to provide security to those in need.

    What about the news leaking that Hillary was actually hurt in a plane crash in Iran? That would explain her blood clot treatment which was not consistent for the type of clot she had. I wonder if Obama was doing a quid pro quo with Iran to stay out of Syria? Gee I only thought Republicans did that?

    January 7, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would have hoped that Sec. Clinton would have stayed on a few more months. I understand the desire to get out of the spotlight for a while.

    January 7, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Boob @ 3:04 with the Vince Foster paranoia

    you funny, boob, you very funny . . .

    January 7, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Sniffit

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

    Yes, but SHE has a hoohoo...and we all know that irritates the GOP/Teatroll misogynists almost as much as someone not being white.

    I'm not a race baiter. I'm just calling it as it's obvious. The GOP/Teatrolls haven't done a very good job of hiding their racism the past 4-5 years...birtherism, "Obama's a secret muslim," widespread, pervasive efforts to disenfranchise minority and poor voters, the sudden blow-up over "illegals" after his election...the whole 9 yards...and no, ginning up the GOP/Teatroll base to accuse everyone of "race baiting" whenever someone points all this out is not an effective means of hiding or distracting from the truth of the matter. The GOP/Teatrolls are angry and afraid of the shifting demographics in this country...as well they should be: it's going to make them entirely irrelevant in about 2 decades or less. Reap what you sow...and I'll tell ya, alienating minority voters for 70 or so years is going to produce a mighty crappy harvest for you folks.

    January 7, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    bob....I am getting to believe you are not a legitimate human being, really!!!
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    Meanwhile the rest of us are completely convinced that he is a conveniently over-simplifying rabit right-wing simpleton with more hate than time left on this earth.
    Or maybe that's just MY take.

    January 7, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "actually the dems cut funding for security and used the money to buy electric cars for the European Embassy's. BUT NICE TRY."

    Actually, that's not what the legislative record shows. Facts matter...and your pre-programmed talking points handed out by Red State generally fall short of having anything to do with facts.

    January 7, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Jason

    All these whining nut jobs wanna talk about benghazi. Guess what idiots, aint nothing going to happen to mrs clinton. The FACTS already came out about this and congress can't touch this woman. All they can do is talk loud, ask questions and show they behind off on TV.

    All you obama bashers and hilary haters, might as well go cry to your mommy or go whine on some Fox News blog..

    January 7, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rabid. That should've been "rabid" LOL!

    January 7, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    bob/wilson wrote:

    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."
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    Nice try. States rights is the old rallying cry of the confederacy. When you start talking about slavery and nooses there is only one conclusion to be drawn, you're a redneck and don't even know it.

    January 7, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. A.E. Newman

    Great picture of Sec. Clinton. What is that red stuff on her hands?

    January 7, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. lisaspups

    CryBabies. What exactly did Ms. Clinton lie about? I do not excuse ignorance. Get your facts straight and spare us the hysterics.

    January 7, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. California Gary

    @DBF......What about all the other brave souls that have died in terrorist attacks over the years? Are you saying that everytime a terrorist attack occurs, it could have been prevented and someone has to be held accountable? Who was held accountable in the Bush administration for 911? Who was held accountable in the Reagan administration for the Marines being killed in their barracks in Lebanon? It's a dangerous world and sometimes bad things happen to good people......it doesn't mean someone needs to be drawn and quartyered for it. As for your California comment.....my state continues to be a place that many others around the country like to visit and wish they could live here. Things are not as bad here as some like to make it out to be. Our state, like most states these days, is having budget issues and has to make adjustments.......how about your own state there DBF.....living the life of Riley there are you?

    January 7, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. SCBAMA

    @Jason.....Benghazi is why I don't want her answering that 3 am phone call. She does not possess the capabilities to deal with the solution. This did her in for a 2016 run sugar britches.

    January 7, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. bob

    Fact is billary would still be in Arkansas if it wasn't for bill. She is totally incompetent and a liar. She lied about benghazi, she lied about taking fire in Bosnia, she lied about whitewater and she lied about vince foster. How many lies does she get to tell before being branded a liar.

    January 7, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wilson you are exactly right. All the left has is hate. They are race baiters and as we all know race baiters are almost as evil as child molesters.
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    Hey Bob your record is stuck, stuck, stuck, stuck, stuck, stuck, suck, suck,suck...

    January 7, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is that blood on Hillary's hands?

    January 7, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yes, but SHE has a hoohoo...and we all know that irritates the GOP/Teatroll misogynists almost as much as someone not being white.
    -------------------------------------------------
    ....Aaaaaand, we all know that the whole Benghazi thingy was not so much to crush Hillary (they never really went after her did they?) it was right before the election hoping to crush......the BLACK man that was and is the President and who said that the buck stopped with him.
    AFTER the a$$-whipping of epic proportions that President Obama bestowed on Mitt the Twit, THEN and only THEN, did all eyes roll towards Hillary.
    Anybody care to guess why?
    2016.

    January 7, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Marcus

    bob – Explain to us why we should take YOUR 'facts' over those recorded by the Congress and the MSM (the part of it that doesn't use edited videos and transcripts that is)...

    Wilson – Do you honestly believe that the USA has been a freedomless land for nearly 150 years?

    January 7, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    @bob

    Wilson you are exactly right. All the left has is hate. They are race baiters and as we all know race baiters are almost as evil as child molesters.
    ===============================================================================================
    Really Bob? Child molesters? Remember the Tea Party signs of just two years ago?

    I'm certain you flooded the sites with outrageous indignation when Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld cherry-picked intelligence data to start the Iraq War – then outed Valerie Plaime to get back at her husband for busting them publicly. That resulted on the loss of over 4,500 lives of Americans and untold numbers of Iraqis. You did complain... right?

    January 7, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. CryBabies

    @ Jason...??? Say again?

    January 7, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is that blood on Hillary's hands?
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    I see we have "contributors" too braindead to come up with their own moniker more than willing to steal someone else's in an attempt to have someone read and believe their lies.
    Desperate Rethuglikkklans at it again.

    January 7, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Larry L

    @bob

    Wilson you are exactly right. All the left has is hate. They are race baiters and as we all know race baiters are almost as evil as child molesters.
    ===============================================================================================
    Really Bob? Child molesters? Remember the Tea Party signs of just two years ago?

    I'm certain you flooded the sites with outrageous indignation when Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld cherry-picked intelligence data to start the Iraq War – then outed Valerie Plaime to get back at her husband for busting them publicly. That resulted on the loss of over 4,500 lives of Americans and untold numbers of Iraqis. You did complain... right?

    January 7, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Daniel

    Love the Clintons!

    January 7, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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