August 13th, 2009
09:45 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton in Liberia for meeting with president

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MONROVIA, Liberia (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived Thursday in a dark and rainy Liberia, where she planned to hold a bilateral meeting with the country's pro-American president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Liberians have a historic fondness for Americans and view Clinton's visit as a show of support and affirmation of the special relationship between Liberia and the United States, said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to Liberia.

"Women in Liberia are pleased to welcome the secretary for her meeting with the first woman elected head of state in Africa, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf," Thomas-Greenfield wrote in a State Department blog. "After the ravages of the conflict here, which affected women and children very heavily, Liberians are proud of their progress in women's empowerment and inclusion in government. Secretary Clinton has emphasized the link between women's empowerment and social and economic progress throughout her seven-nation trip."

Clinton's trip is designed to show U.S. commitment to Africa. Wednesday, Clinton visited Nigeria and met the country's president and senior politicians.

In a town hall meeting in the capital, Abuja, Clinton talked about the importance of democracy and warned the country that it could be a target for al Qaeda.

Nigeria has been wracked by violence between Christians and Muslims, and hundreds have died in riots over the past several years.

"Al Qaeda has a presence in Northern Africa," Clinton said. "There is no doubt in our mind that al Qaeda and like organizations that are part of the syndicate of terror would seek a foothold anywhere they could find one, and whether that is the case here or whether this is a homegrown example of fundamentalist extremism - that's up to the Nigerians to determine."

Clinton opened her 11-day Africa trip in Nairobi, Kenya, then went to South Africa, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo before going to Nigeria. After Liberia, she plans to visit Cape Verde.

The Obama administration is also using Clinton's tour to promote development and good governance, the State Department has said.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. schmedly

    I wish her husband was the one handling our international interests. At least he can accomplish things without being called a funny little school girl.

    August 13, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Debra R

    Hillary has been working very hard
    travel gate
    the lie about her not being a "stand by my man" kinda gal
    Can we next send her Afgansistan instead of these dog and pony shows?

    August 13, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. daniel

    Am I alone in this, or does it seem to anybody else that Republicans are just too eager for this particular president to fail? The monitoring of every poll and the salivating and baboon-like gibbering over any numbers that show the president's approval dipping? I have never seen the like in my life. And don't bring up Bush. After 9/11 and for months afterward the nation was behind him. It was his blunder in Iraq that changed things for me at any rate and many people I know. I didn't start out praying, hoping, sacrificing cattle for his failure. Honestly, what would Jesus say about all the hate from the far-right crowd? It makes me despair for our nation to see ignorance rampant.

    August 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. single mom

    Gee, I wonder why the media didn't highlight Bush's trips and policies the way they do the Obama administration's. Has everyone forgotten the millions Bush put into HIV/AIDS for Africa? Or tried to warn about Islamic fundamentalism spreading, which SoS Clinton suddenly announced earlier this week?

    August 13, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Marlene the Dream

    i thought Hillary had been doing a pretty good job until this little blow-up. The situation with North Korea was probably really getting under her skin, what with Kim Jong Il calling her a schoolgirl then rubbing salt in it by specifically requesting her husband to handle things and come get the two journalists. Jong Il knew what that would do to Hillary's ego. Add on top of that the bad timing to have the question from an innocent student bungled and bring up the bile that Hillary had been holding back. She showed her true colors and proved why she is not qualified for president.

    HIllary is strong and powerful but lacks the poise and demeanor it takes to be a true statesperson. Her body language and facial expressions were repugnant; her behavior was embarrassing to our country. She did not have to react that way, so horrid and defensive. There are a thousand other, better ways to react and she needs to start learning them.

    August 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Bluebonnet

    Its hilarious what the Obama administration is doing to her and she can't do anything about it! Bill's more in the limelight, with hero status, than she'll ever be. This administration is just plain throwing her away. Biden too! Everyone doing important things and she's stuck in Africa; what she's doing is low on the totem pool for the USSOS. I almost feel sorry for her except for the fact that's what she deserves!

    August 13, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Scott, Tucson

    Why not start a program along the lines of the Peace Corps where we send all the ACORN followers over there.

    August 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Bill

    Hillary couldn't lead a pack of starving wolves to meat. Please look at th big picture....she has accomplished absolutly nothing. It's like kicking dirt at the umpire. Lot of dust flying but in the end the score is the same. Complete disappointment. And the Florida statement of cheating is so out of line. If you didn't like Bush just think of what life would have been like under that idiot Gore....good grief.

    August 13, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. southerncousin

    Is this the worst Secy of State America has ever had or what. Part of the most corrupt and divisive administration the country has ever had. What have the dope smokin', non working Oprah watchers done to this country,

    August 13, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Ashish

    Republicans, please get a life. Accept the fact that Obama is the president and judge him after 4 years. As far as Clinton is concerned, she is doing wonderful job.

    August 13, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Island girl

    Facts from the archival library: "Liberia did not exist as a nation state until it was colonized by freed slaves from the United States. These freed slaves formed an elite group in Liberian society, and, in 1847, formed a government based on that of the United States, naming their capital city after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States".

    My dear people, the capital is Monrovia, and you can see why.

    August 13, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. 60's survivor

    empower women and change the step at a time. those who keep yapping and nipping at everyone heels who is actually trying to get something positive done -go back and sit on the porch -you are just annoying little dogs....(i have little dogs and love them – but don't expect them to really get anything accomplished) lots of noise and really thats all. talking points are just that (hot air) talking points....those who are struggling to get health care reform are the ones I look up to and will continue to vote for and support....

    August 13, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt - Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed (1SPMI) of the gospel, for it is (3SPAI) the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (PAPMSD), to the Jew first & also to the Greek

    As long as she is not throwing bombs and grenades, I say 'Go Girl!!!!

    August 13, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Moe,Larry and Curly

    If you havent seen"The Right :Feeling Wronged" on HBO,you have missed the saddest comedy ever made.These people will believe anything,the Earth is flat,global warming is a hoax,and President Obama is the antichrist.We laughed nonstop,but also felt very sad for them.

    August 13, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. rachel

    Good Job Hillary don't listen to the haters.

    August 13, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Al. Phillips

    I urge the Sec of State to effectively communicate to my President the need to Develop a Practical Domestic Reconstruction Plan to stimulate growth and jobs in all parts of Liberia. Its in both nations' long term vital interests that Liberia succeeds as imports from the USA to Liberia will also create jobs here in the USA and allow infrastructural growth in Liberia.

    Over the past 4 years of our President's adminstration in Liberia, the lack of proper planning has been evident and the rejection of "Decentralization" of policies and programs to allow for the counties (political subdivisions) in LIberia will be able to implement programs that will allow them to EXIST as Commercial Centers that will support growth and development.

    Practical Development for Progressive Growth = JOBS JOBS JOBS

    August 13, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Getting worried

    I am losing more and more respect for Hillary. I am sure she has some great intentions... however that mouth of hers is bad news

    August 13, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    I wonder who she will insult this time.

    August 13, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Flagship, NC

    Hillary is doing just fine, she is the right person for this position.
    You go girl!

    August 13, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, the Hillary haters . . . still hating after - what has it been now - 10 years?

    GOP - stuck in reverse with no where to go.

    August 13, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Megan/Cleveland, OH

    I don't understand these comments saying Hillary is an embarrassment and has not accomplished anything. She has been a much more active Secretary of State than Rice and has only been SOS for six months. She has done a lot of work re-establishing relations with other nations and showing other world leaders the United States is adopting a new diplomatic practice. I approve of what Hillary has done thus far as Secretary of State and look forward to how she will further United States diplomacy in the future.
    P.S.-She did not go ballistic when asked what Bill thought, although she was clearly annoyed (and who can blame her?)

    August 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Debra R

    I personally apologize to the Liberian people. Yours is a great country filled with history and acts of courage. You surely rate a visit by our country and keeping our psotove feels continuing.

    Some of us feel that the current administration is anathma to everything you stand for. they are walking us closer to a socialsit state and we are fighting for our constitutal rights and the survival of our country. your capital city was named after Monroe who would be appauled at what Obama and Co are doing.

    August 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. yuri

    Let's not hear Hillary say another gaffe about domestic politics, so Morning Joe does not pick on her.

    August 13, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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