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Secretary Clinton’s Diplomacy with Santa Claus

December 23, 2009

A true diplomat!

From New York Magazine:

We know how much of a hassle it is for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that foreign leaders insist on talking to her in face-to-face meetings — as opposed to online, maybe, where she can carry on IM conversations with Germany, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, and Chelsea at the same time while also chillaxing in her sweats. So she must have really resented having to jet all the way up to the North Pole to meet with Santa yesterday. As State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters, for some reason:

A few of you have asked about the schedule of the Secretary of State over the next few days. I can tell you this morning the Secretary departed Washington and she stopped at the North Pole for an important bilateral meeting with a well known international figure. During the meeting, in a formal demarche, sung to the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas, the Secretary outlined her aspirations for the new year.

These included things like “Middle East negotiations” and “respect for human rights.” Hillary then thanked Santa for his kindness, and, before leaving, mentioned to him that next year maybe he could make the trek to Washington, considering she schlepped up there this year and he has that magic sleigh and all.

And from CNN’s Political Ticker:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton kicked off her Christmas vacation Tuesday with some secret holiday diplomacy, the State Department said Friday.

On the way to her home in New York from Washington, Assistant Secretary PJ Crowley told reporters Clinton stopped at the North Pole “for an important bilateral meeting with a well-known international figure.”

Crowley declined to say who the meeting was with, but a senior State Department official told CNN the tete-a-tete was with none other than the leader the North Pole himself, Santa Claus.

“During the meeting, in a formal de marche, sung to the tune of ’12 Days of Christmas’…the secretary outlined her aspirations for the new year,” Crowley said, citing “open and accountable governments, Middle East negotiations, more civilians in Afghanistan, empowerment of women, fewer nuclear weapons, respect for human rights, resolution of historic grievances, treaties through the United States Senate, six-party talks, dialogue with Iran, enough food for people of the world to eat, climate change legislation and, lastly, a championship for the Boston Red Sox.”

Crowley confessed that Red Sox championship was his own Christmas wish, which he gave sitting on Santa’s lap after the Clinton meeting.

She didn’t depart Washington on a sleigh led by nine reindeer, but Clinton spread her own dose of Christmas spirit throughout the halls of Foggy Bottom before taking off, hosting no fewer than seven holiday parties at the State Department during the holiday season.

Of course there were the obligatory parties – such as one for her staff and one for the diplomatic press corps. But Clinton alo instituted a new set of holiday traditions.

In addition to the annual party for the diplomatic corps, which traditionally only includes ambassadors and heads of embassies and consulates in Washington, Clinton also hosted a series of parties for the regional bureaus, and asked department staff to invite diplomats who they deal with on a daily basis.

And this year Clinton also gave a party for family members of diplomats serving overseas in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, where they aren’t permitted to bring their families to live with them because of security concerns.

This year the parties were smaller and much more intimate than the parties of Christmas past. Clinton held court in the cozy Thomas Jefferson diplomatic reception room, rather than the large and ornate Benjamin Franklin room where parties are traditionally held. As is customary, the Secretary of State mingled among the crowds, smiling and posing for pictures.

I’m sure it means a lot to State Department employees (and their families) that Secretary Clinton is so willing to make herself available this holiday and its nice that she adds her own personal touch – having the parties in a smaller, more personal forum.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. nikki permalink
    December 23, 2009 8:17 pm

    too cute for words! ❤

  2. December 23, 2009 8:45 pm

    Now how could Santa ever say no to her?

  3. December 23, 2009 9:01 pm

    Great press release from the State Department today. I’m glad to know that the Secretary had some special time with Santa. I appreciate how hard – and smartly – she works. We are very lucky to have her as our SOS. I hope she gets some much needed rest over the holidays and has a wonderful time with her family and friends. And thank you, Stacy, for all your hard work on this site.

  4. veyry permalink
    December 23, 2009 10:17 pm

    Thank you stacy for this wonderful website, it’s a “must” for all Hillary’s fans. Happy hollidays for you all guys! god bless you.

  5. pcfs1 permalink
    December 23, 2009 11:49 pm

    She approved this message from the State Dept. So cute and full of the Christmas spirit. God Bless you Madame Secretary and enjoy your holiday break with your family.
    Merry Christmas everyone.

  6. James permalink
    December 24, 2009 5:12 pm

    How can you support this administration after escalating the war in Afghanistan and essentially ignoring human rights abuses? Obama was an embarrassment in China allowing himself to be censored by the Chinese government. All the right wingers were pissed off he bowed in Japan but the real outrage was his acceptance of the Chinese government’s terms for his public speaking events- nobody in fucking China even saw it because it was CENSORED. What does that say about this administration’s commitment to human rights?

  7. RangerRick permalink
    December 24, 2009 5:15 pm

    To whoever runs this blog- you seem intelligent and well-spoken so why do you support this traitor President and his hand maiden secretary of state?

    I voted for McCain but I bet if Hillary Clinton were in charge we’d have bombed Iran by now- that’s why I’d rather have had her than Obama. And she would sure as hell be more supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself against the Palestinians just like she did as Senator but now she’s forced to pretend to be a liberal and go along with her non-citizen boss.

    • Carolyn (Rodham) permalink
      December 26, 2009 12:16 pm

      I don’t love everything our President has done but in what sense is he a traitor, Rick? It always makes me a little nervous when slander is flung around so thoughtlessly, as if saying it makes it so.

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