On the Plane

Clinton Shows Off Her New Kenyan Hairdo

By Mary Beth Sheridan
NAIROBI -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton often injects a personal note into her speeches to create a bond with her audience -- mentioning her daughter, the artwork she's bought overseas, the people she's met in her many trips.

On Wednesday, she brought up her hair.

"I had a chance to meet two women here in Nairobi, because I had to get my hair done," she told hundreds of delegates to a U.S.-Africa trade conference.

"My hairdos are the subject of PhD theses," she said with a wry grin. "I want everyone to know I got a good one in Nairobi."

Then she got to her point: She had asked the women what it was like to live in Nairobi. "They said, it's a wonderful place, and a great place to raise children. I want to hear that everywhere, from every family, from every mother and father who can say truthfully, it's a great place to raise children."

By Kendra Nichols |  August 5, 2009; 12:56 PM ET
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