February 16th, 2010
03:09 PM ET
13 years ago

Petraeus gives Clinton a lift

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/16/art.petraeus.file.gi.jpg caption="Gen. David Petraeus agreed to pick up Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday."](CNN) - Luckily Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has friends in high places.

Clinton's plane broke down in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where the nation's top diplomat held a town-hall meeting at a local college.

Fortunately, Gen. David Petraeus was nearby, having met with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh Monday.

Petraeus and his entourage agreed to pick Clinton up on their way home, but there is a small hitch. Because Clinton is a higher-ranking government official than Petraeus, the plane technically becomes hers when she steps foot on board.

Filed under: David Petraeus • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Orange Curtain, CA

    Yes but the Republicans like to pretend that America is a fascist military police state where the Generals make policy decisions instead of civilian elected officials.

    February 16, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Does Toyota make planes, too?

    February 16, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. rachel

    Hope that plane gets fixed don't need any accidents.

    February 16, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |

    i love general petreaus,calm and smart and calculating,and ofcourse my favorite lady secreatery clinton.i would love to be in that ride and hear some conversation,bet choo it would be interesting.

    February 16, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Jane/Seattle

    How very sweet and touching, keeping these folks constantly in the news! This is some critical story, right, CNN?
    The Real Story: STOP THIS KILLING, AMERICA! Let the People live! Genocide is why the World Hates you so much and you do it so well with Lies and Deceit!

    February 16, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Susan

    "...the plane technically becomes hers when she steps foot on board.
    Thats why I do not give a ride to hitch-hikers...............

    February 16, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. single mom

    General Petraeus is a gentleman and hardly going to worry about who's plane it is.
    Let's look at this as an example of 'someone was aware of what was going on in their region and found a solution.'
    Relish it. Cherish it. This doesn't happen nearly often enough.

    February 16, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You've gotta love the chain of command.

    February 16, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    ""Doing so would remove any appearance of unfair gamesmanship by the Democrats while affirming their belief that voters, and not party bosses, should be the final arbiters of elections,"

    So...after all we listened to in response to what happened in MA with respect to the changing of the rules, etc., the GOPer's response in Indiana is that Dem leadership should break their own rules and extend the deadline or, by following the rules, appear to be engaged in "gamesmanship"??? Do these guys even listen to the words coming out of their mouths or is it all just sort of a political form of Wernicke's aphasia...resulting in an explosive-diarrhea-style partisan talking point word salad every time they open their mouths?

    February 16, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Mitt Romney for President

    Carpooling is cool.

    February 16, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. tpbco

    Cue the cameras, I'm SURE that there will be more machine gun fire to dodge. But this time, if its ours, it might be real. LOL.

    February 16, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Sue

    Within the next 8 months..........if Clinton announces that she is going to resign from her current position.........This means that she is going to challenge Obama in 2012.

    February 16, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Tom

    Good use of our military hardware!

    Jane – no one is forcing you to live in the USA, feel free to LEAVE any time you want. Some of your neighbors may even help you pack to make sure you don't come back.

    February 16, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Chung Tran

    General Petraeus just added to a long list of respectedgenerals that the US ever has. And alone with former first lady turned State Secretary who one one gained as much support as the president did during the election..I think we have a good choice of the leaders.Now image they both serve under "Commander in Chief" Sarah Palin !!!!

    February 16, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    Interesting turn of events. Didn't she rip him when he appeared before Congress a few years back?

    February 16, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Jay G

    Actually, the plane belongs to the American taxpayers, regardless of who is on the plane. It does not belong to Clinton. But let's not let facts get in the way of politician's egos.

    February 16, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Stacie

    They talked about how President Obama's strategies in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq are going so well that fairly soon Dick Cheney will be a drooling, babbling mess (oops, too late).

    February 16, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Stacie

    Dear Jane/Seattle,
    Now, I'm a democrat, and I don't like war either, but genocide...really??? That goes waaaaaay too far.

    February 16, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Eric Hanson

    Umm, why exactly was General Petraeus meeting with the King of Saudi Arabia?

    February 16, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Stacie

    What did they do during the plane trip back? I bet they talked about how President Obama's strategies in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq are going so well that fairly soon Dick Cheney will be a drooling, babbling mess (oops, too late).

    February 16, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |