On the Plane

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 7:30 am plane from Kuwait to Iraq on Saturday. In a 12-hour visit, she met with US military brass, several Iraqi officials, U.N. envoys, war widows, U.S. diplomats -- and held a campaign-style town hall meeting.

Clinton arrived back in Kuwait shortly before midnight -- just in time to preside at a lavish dinner for her staff and guests, plus the rather bedraggled reporters.

No sign how she kept up the pace, although she did gulp a tiny cup of thick Arabic coffee as the evening ended, about six hours before she was due to head for her next stop, Beirut.

By washingtonpost.com |  April 26, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  | Trip:  Clinton in Mideast, March 2009
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