At White House, Clinton visits room she avoided as First Lady

May 7, 2009

AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN/USA-CLINTONShe lived in the White House for nearly a decade, but one area of the executive mansion did not enchant former First Lady Hillary Clinton: the press room.

But the presidential spouse-turned-senator-turned-diplomat returned on Wednesday in her role as Secretary of State and surprised reporters with a visit during a daily briefing.

“You know, I successfully avoided this room for eight years,” she said to laughter after being introduced by spokesman Robert Gibbs.

“But I’m very pleased to be here to discuss the series of meetings that we had this morning as part of our second trilateral with delegations from Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Clinton often avoided the press as First Lady but that changed after her husband, former President Bill Clinton, left office and her own political career took off.

Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters in the briefing room of the White House on May 6, 2009.



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