Like many people who take time off around the end of the year holiday season, Hillary Clinton returned to her job as the United States Secretary of State today. However, Mrs. Clinton’s time off was not recreational; instead she had nearly a month of health issues including a bout with the stomach virus, a fall which led to a concussion, and finally a brief hospitalization for a blood clot that was found between her ear and her brain. She was released from the hospital in New York City a few days ago and is now back to work in Washington DC.
The Washington Post is reporting that she was given a standing ovation as she entered a senior staff meeting filled with officials from the State Department earlier today. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides presented Mrs. Clinton with a welcome back gag gift: a regulation white Riddell football helmet complete with the State Department seal on it. She also received a blue football jersey with “Clinton” on it and the number 112 which represents the number of countries she has visited since becoming Secretary of State. It is being reported that this is a record number. The Post also reported that she appeared delighted with the gifts but moved on to the business at hand. This probably did not surprise anyone who has worked with her over the years as her reputation for being a very hard worker is well known.
Hillary Clinton turned 65 on last birthday. She is leaving her post as Secretary of State at the end of the month after having served 4 very active years. Like so many baby boomers of retirement age, she shows no signs of wanting to take on a traditional retirement life. The opportunity to continue working at something that one loves guides so many of this generation. Mrs. Clinton’s career in public service may continue if she decides to run for President in 2016. One thing is for sure; Hillary Clinton is a woman to watch the next few years to see how she navigates the political landscape and to see if she goes for the highest office in the land.