On the Plane

Archive: Clinton in Mideast, March 2009

Clinton Keeps Up an Active Pace Overseas

By Mary Beth Sheridan Secretaries of state tend to be a hardy lot, with long days of negotiations, meetings and receptions. But Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton may be in a category of her own. On her latest Middle East trip, the secretary, her staff and reporters boarded a...

By washingtonpost.com | April 26, 2009; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton's 'Red Carpet Treatment' En Route to Iraq

By Mary Beth Sheridan Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton flew into Kuwait on Friday on Air Force 2, a top-of-the-line jet featuring leather seats, TV monitors and dinner served on china with silverware and cloth napkins. For her hour-long hop to Baghdad on Saturday, however, the frills were gone....

By washingtonpost.com | April 25, 2009; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (79)

Hitting the Wrong Button

By Glenn Kessler ANKARA, Turkey, March 7--Diplomacy often is about shades of gray. And symbols, as well as substance, are all part of the game. So what happens when you throw a gimmick into the mix, a stunt more akin to a primary campaign? It's a bit daring and just...

By Lexie Verdon | March 7, 2009; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (6)

Always Late, Ever the Crowd-Pleaser

By Glenn Kessler BRUSSELS, March 6--Nothing starts on time in Hillaryland. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is late to nearly every meeting and event on her schedule, and today's "town hall" with European Parliament interns and young professionals was no exception. The overflow crowd of hundreds of people was...

By Washington Post Editor | March 6, 2009; 07:06 AM ET | Comments (12)

For Clinton, Fewer Crowds in Mideast than Far East

By Glenn Kessler BRUSSELS, March 5--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has tried to make public outreach an important part of her busy diplomatic schedule, hoping to get outside the grand halls and meeting rooms of foreign governments and actually talk to ordinary people. But on this Mideast trip, her...

By Washington Post Editor | March 5, 2009; 06:25 AM ET | Comments (3)

Israeli Press Gets Different View of Clinton's Talks

By Glenn Kessler RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 4--Throughout Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's journey in the Middle East, she and her media team appeared very concerned not to be seen putting pressure on the Israeli government. At news conferences, she deferred questions, often saying she had to wait until...

By Lexie Verdon | March 4, 2009; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (5)

Secretary Clinton Can Still Play Politician

By Glenn Kessler JERUSALEM--Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's global celebrity is readily apparent here at the storied King David Hotel, where both she and her press entourage are staying. The center of the main lobby includes the signatures of the many presidents, prime ministers and Hollywood stars who...

By Washington Post Editor | March 3, 2009; 06:37 AM ET | Comments (6)

No Day at the Beach

By Glenn Kessler SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 2 -- Welcome to the reporters' prison camp. The grandly titled "International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Economy for the Reconstruction of Gaza" is being held at this Red Sea resort town of beautiful beaches, soaring mountains and sparkling blue water. But...

By Kendra Nichols | March 2, 2009; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (5)

A Surprising Silence

By Glenn Kessler SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 1--Something strange happened as we traveled to this resort town for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's first foray in Middle East diplomacy. She didn't talk to reporters. Of course, there had been some mild chitchat before the plane departed at 11 p.m....

By Lexie Verdon | March 1, 2009; 06:56 PM ET | Comments (6)


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