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SOS Hillary Clinton in Kosovo

October 13, 2010

Secretary Clinton was warmly received in Kosovo and she visited the statute of former President Bill Clinton and did a bit of shopping, walking, talking and generally mingling with the locals:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton got a rapturous welcome from large pro-American crowds in the capital of Kosovo on Wednesday as she closed out a three-nation tour of the restive, ethnically splintered Balkans.

Thousands of people, many waving U.S. flags, lined Clinton’s motorcade route from Pristina’s airport to the city center that included a long stretch on Bill Clinton Boulevard. It’s named for the man many Kosovars revere for spearheading the 1999 NATO airstrikes on Serbia aimed at ending a brutal crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists here.

In between occasional billboards with Hillary Clinton’s picture proclaiming “Welcome,” Clinton stopped her car at a square where an 11-foot gold statue of her husband stands. Amid cheers, Clinton got out and inspected the statue, smiling broadly and posing for photos while waving at a crowd of roughly 1,000 gathered there.

“It’s so great to be here,” she said, wading into the throng to shake hands before she found a tribute of her own: a small women’s clothing store called “Hillary,” where she was given a jacket as a gift.

People in the crowd sought out members of Clinton’s party, saying “Thank you America,” and shaking their hands while others carried signs expressing appreciation. “People thank you, U.S.A., family Clinton. Thank you, Hillary,” read one.

From the statue, Clinton went immediately into meetings with the leaders of Kosovo, the world’s newest nation at just two years old. After those talks, she will visit the nearby Serb-majority town of Gracanica, site of a historic Serb Orthodox monastery, to stress the importance of inclusion…

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles as she walks out of a store named in her honor, which is located next to a statue of her husband, in Pristina, Kosovo, Wednesday Oct.13, 2010. Clinton is wrapping up a three-nation tour of the restive, ethnically splintered Balkans with a stop in Kosovo, the world's newest country. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) chats with shop owners at a store named in her honour which is located next to a statue of her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, while driving from the airport to Pristina October 13, 2010. Kosovo prepared a warm welcome for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton where she is expected to push for EU brokered talks between Belgrade and Pristina to start as soon as possible. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses at a statue of her husband former President Bill Clinton, in Pristina, Kosovo

9 Comments leave one →
  1. theprosecutrix permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:26 am

    That’s really cool. I love the fact that she stopped to see the Bill statue and shop and Hillary.

    • Vcal permalink
      October 13, 2010 10:42 am

      WOW! I love the HILLARY store and the bag with her name on it! They love her as much as we do.!

  2. Fatos permalink
    October 14, 2010 9:00 am

    I just wanted to thank VERY MUCH our Secretary of State Clinton for visiting Kosovo. Her support for the people of Kosovo is priceless and we will not forget what her husband President Clinton and she have done for us. I am proud to call myself an Albanian American because the US is one of the very few countries that helps establish and maintain democracies around the world, including the youngest Europeans Kosovo.

  3. Luani permalink
    July 1, 2011 3:47 pm

    I’m an Albanian and I am very thankful to Clinton family for supporting us. I am very thankful to America, UK, Germany, France and all other countries that have been supporting us.

    Good bless the west for giving us the help.

    You guys don’t know how much we like America in here. We even call our streets after Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, G.W. Bush.

    Once again I am very happy to have America as my best friend in the world.

  4. DonnaMarie permalink
    January 13, 2012 12:04 am

    What Mrs. Clinton does not know is of all the Albanians living in US in New York especially in the Bronx who are taking advantage of the Americans living here, and abusing their homes/personal property and she will know when I write her a letter explaining of what was done to the home I live in. I am sure she will take note of how this certain group is very “greedy” and thinks they have rights to damaging a home I live in that my mother worked her entire life to buy. See Americans don’t owe the Albanians anything we worked for what we “own”, nor do we take advantage of other people’s personal property and belongs. I will also explain to her of the Bronx Albanian Mafia and how this certain group has been harassing my senior aged parent in her own home. We have a right to quiet enjoyment in this country where we live and we do have to right to formally press legal proceedings against anyone for this type of behavior. See I may not like someone regardless of their race, color, etc,. but I do not go out of my way to destroy their personal property (home) trying to “intimidate”. The US citizens living in the Bronx want Hillary to know what is really going on in the borough. It makes the community we live in downgrade to this type of criminal activity because they feel they are trying to “scare people”. I will make sure Hillary Clinton hears about the corruption and abuse going on in THE BRONX.

    • Kosovo State permalink
      October 26, 2015 8:25 pm

      that’s Albanian from manhattan

  5. August 23, 2013 6:32 pm

    shes amazing


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