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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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. freedom

    She better be ready to answer some tough questions about the fatal negiligence of Benghazi – then the president is next. No free passes.

    January 7, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Suzi

    Got to love that woman's spirit.

    January 7, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. KBNJ

    As much as I can't stand Hilary's liberal politics and her side-stepping legitimate Benghazi questions, I have immense respect for her and wish she'd stay on as Sec of State. I think she represents the US to the world about a billion times better than Kerry will.

    January 7, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. CryBabies

    @Dm4O...C'mon...BO and Hillary were joined at the hip on this episode. None of the major networks touched this thing until after the election (except Fox and they reported it in real time not delayed coverage) Ass whipping or not , it was a cover up so as to not make the POTUS look bad before the election and perhaps damage his chances of re-election. Please tell me how you see it, regardless of who has a HooHoo.... By the way, Hillary was not heard from or dogged by the press regarding this for 6-7 weeks after the incident. Was this the 6 or 7 week flu bug? Interesting playout.

    January 7, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Larry L

    @ bob and Wilson

    I was in a Central Texas hardware store the day after the November election. Four or five of the patrons were gathered around and one of them stated loudly "It looks like we got that Ni–er President for four more years". They all looked disgusted (including the store owner) and openly agreed that America was no longer safe for "good, Christian, white people". I left the store and although I must drive over 70 miles (round trip) to get to another hardware store, I won't give my money to racists. Openly racist behavior is common here and it's delusional call everybody who hates racism a "race baiter".

    January 7, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. DL

    Conservatives watch Fox and think this is a grand conspiracy....yet ironically, they don't seem to realize that more embassies and personnel were killed by attacks under Bush's watch than anytime in History. Just more of the 'bubble' these people live in that is completely void of actual facts.

    January 7, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Peace

    @ bob
    Is it you who is lying or it is the KEY BOARD you are using to type all these lies?

    January 7, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Harvey Garciawicz

    ColdWarVet – Are you a total moron or did you have to work at it for awhile? You said the Tea Party cut the embassy budget. How? Does the Tea Party control the Senate or the House? If you knew what you were talking about you would know that embassy funding comes from the White House. Unless Obama is a member of the Tea Party, your statement doesn't hold water.

    People who have some intelligence (which seems you don't) have developed a new tool. It is called RESEARCH. LOOK INTO IT.

    January 7, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Deez_Nuts

    oh hai Hillary! Now pls testify on Benghazi.
    kthxbye!

    January 7, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. bob

    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?

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    Gotta admit I didn't see that coming. Bush's fault that Hillary is a liar. OMG you people are blind. Hillary lies and you people bend over backwards to make it true. Whitewater, Bosnia, Benghazie, Vince Foster. How many times you all going to give her a free ride ?

    January 7, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. j

    I respect Hilary, but what I'd like to know is... who paid for the gifts she received? Government needs to stop wasteful spending.

    January 7, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "What about the news leaking that Hillary was actually hurt in a plane crash in Iran? "

    Recipe for gullible Teatroll hivemind conspiracy-think:

    one tinfoil hat
    5 grams bath salts
    rolled up dollar bill
    manpampers

    Place tinfil hat on head and don your manpampers (note: please remember to wear said manpampers on the INSIDE of your regular pants and undies). Next, carve up bath salts on your favorite counter space and snort them with the rolled up dollar. Proceed to terrorize neighborhood and then spend the night in the ER after it takes 5 cops and 3 EMTs to subdue you when caught wearign nothing but the manpampers and trying to "hunt" the neghbor's dog with a sharpened stick. Wake up feeling refreshed, albeit heavily medicated, and ready to believe whatever you find on your favorite angry conservative intertubez sites.

    January 7, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. army wife

    @DL
    "Conservatives watch Fox and think this is a grand conspiracy....yet ironically, they don't seem to realize that more embassies and personnel were killed by attacks under Bush's watch than anytime in History. Just more of the 'bubble' these people live in that is completely void of actual facts."
    ------------------------------------------------

    Have you ever checked to see how many times the State Dept. turned down the ambassadors request for more security? Clinton and Co. left those poor guy exposed and vulnerable.

    January 7, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. SJAJR

    Where are peoples outrage over the thousands killed or injured over "weapons of mass distruction"? That is just one of many things that have happened on other administrations clocks that went unoticed by Falce news clones. I guess I spent 20 years in the mlitary defending peoples rights to sit on there fat a... in front of a computer, and spew there hatred againts anything that they feel threatens there "tribe".

    January 7, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Voted 2012

    Larry L, you should have said "yo momma", and just walk out with a big grin on your face. The next time you hear those racist comments just say "yo momma"

    January 7, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. CryBabies

    @lisapups....Simple...she gave an answer that was not the truth...a video did exist but it had nothing to do with the attack in Benghazi. Shall I draw you a picture?

    January 7, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. bob

    army wife

    @DL
    "Conservatives watch Fox and think this is a grand conspiracy....yet ironically, they don't seem to realize that more embassies and personnel were killed by attacks under Bush's watch than anytime in History. Just more of the 'bubble' these people live in that is completely void of actual facts."
    ----------------

    Have you ever checked to see how many times the State Dept. turned down the ambassadors request for more security? Clinton and Co. left those poor guy exposed and vulnerable.
    =======

    Actually more people were killed at Embassy's under Clinton than all of the other presidents combined. Maybe you should look into the bombing in Kenya that killed over 200 people at the US Embassy UNDER CLINTON

    January 7, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. bob

    The 1998 United States embassy bombings were a series of attacks that occurred on August 7, 1998, in which hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the United States embassies in the East African capitals of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya.

    January 7, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. ellid

    Astonishing, that sustaining a serious head injury somehow translates to "ducking questions." Secretary Clinton took responsibility for the Benghazi disaster and would have testified weeks ago if she hadn't hit her head...and why do I have the impression that certain posters wouldn't be happy unless she died of her injuries like poor Natasha Richardson?

    January 7, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. JC

    I wonder how many of you demanding answers from Hillary Clinton on Benghazi were so adamant about questioning ole GW about the basis for getting us into a war with Iraq and Afghanistan.

    January 7, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. CryBabies

    DL....Again, it makes no difference whether it was 4 or 400 killed...the administration dragged their feet on this and threw out a bogus reason to buy some time to get past the election. These people are not stupid...they new what was going down and the timing of the event could have badly damaged the upcoming election for them. This is not a conspiracy...just a good old fashion coverup.

    January 7, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. JC

    But Bob? Where is your proof that Hillary lied. What exactly did she lie about? Or are you perhaps nothing more than a Fox News robotron. Yup. That's what I thought.

    January 7, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Deserttrek

    shrillary and obummer both are traitors and should be on trial

    January 7, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. bob

    ellid

    Astonishing, that sustaining a serious head injury somehow translates to "ducking questions." Secretary Clinton took responsibility for the Benghazi disaster and would have testified weeks ago if she hadn't hit her head...and why do I have the impression that certain posters wouldn't be happy unless she died of her injuries like poor Natasha Richardson?

    Actually it would be more believable if she said she was drunk and fell down trying to get some more free booze.

    January 7, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. KiddSS

    So after a lengthy bout with the Benghazi flue Clinton is back on the job. Gee hope it's nothing that keeps you out of the 2016 Presidential elections... but that was the point right?

    January 7, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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