Jet-setting Hillary Clinton breaks travel record

Jet-setting Hillary Clinton breaks travel record

Cebu : Philippines | Jul 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM PDT
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Secretary of State

Skooter reporting 07/18/12

First, let me ask this question – how many countries did Hillary Rodham Clinton visited during his term as Secretary of State? Let me guess… more than a hundred? Your guess is as good as mind. Someone said, if diplomatic achievement were considered by the number of countries visited, Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the most accomplished secretary of state in history.

While historians will argue and finally evaluate her term as America's top diplomat, Clinton is already guaranteed of a place in the State Department record book.

When her plane arrives at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington early Tuesday morning, she will have finished an impressive 13-day journey of 27,000 miles that is about 2,000 miles more than the limits of the Earth, all the way through and over Europe to Asia and then going back to the Middle East.

“It’s especially absurd, even for us,” a well-traveled Clinton staffer described the France-Afghanistan-Japan-Mongolia-Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia-Egypt-Israel route. Even how mind and body numbing the journey was, the former first lady jokingly said that she was ready for more.

Clinton was quoted as saying when she told reporters on her last stop Monday, in Israel, "I appreciate being here, I am only sorry that I have to leave.” She went on, “my traveling team is anxious to get home. I'd like to be hanging out in Jerusalem, but, you know, I have to do my duty," she said with a sigh.

Base on State Department’s records, when Clinton became secretary of state in 2009, she has registered 351 days on the road, journeyed to 102 countries and flown an amazing 843, 839 miles. None has visited more nations than Clinton, even though to some previous secretaries may have traveled more miles, mainly due to going back and forth to the Mideast on peace missions.

Madeline Albright had a total overall of 98, and Clinton broke that record last month, when she traveled to Finland for number 99 and then beat the 100 mark in Latvia. Not satisfied, she nailed down another two countries and these were Mongolia and Laos, where she was the first secretary of state to visit in 57 years and only the second ever, on her latest trip. Mind you, she has another six months to go before she step down and take a break.

It is not surprising if Clinton tells anyone who asks that she won’t be hanging on if President Barack Obama wins a second term. But with her popularity at an all-time high and the Democrats apparently need of a 2016 candidate despite whether Obama is reelected, there is a common rumor that Clinton would find a second crack at becoming first female president enticing


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In this June 10, 2011 file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as the arrives at Lusaka International Airport in Lusaka, Zambia.
skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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