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Published on: January 7, 2013 05:34 PM
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This photo provided by the United States Department of State shows Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holding up a football helmet presented to her at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/United States Department of State)This photo provided by the United States Department of State shows Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holding up a football helmet presented to her at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/United States Department of State)

Washington - Cheers, a standing ovation and a gag gift of protective headgear greeted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she returned to work on Monday after a monthlong absence caused first by a stomach virus, then a fall and a concussion and finally a brief hospitalization for a blood clot near her brain.

A crowd of about 75 State Department officials greeted Clinton with a standing ovation as she walked in to the first senior staff meeting she has convened since early December, according to those present. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, noting that life in Washington is often a “contact sport, sometimes even in your own home” then presented Clinton with a gift — a regulation white Riddell football helmet emblazoned with the State Department seal, officials said.

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She was also given a blue football jersey with “Clinton” and the number 112 — the record-breaking number of countries she has visited since becoming secretary of state — printed on the back. Aides said Clinton was delighted with the gifts but did not try either of them on and the meeting turned to matters of national security and diplomacy.

“She loved it. She thought it was cool. But then being Hillary Clinton, she wanted to get right to business,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

At the meeting, Clinton stressed the need for the State Department to implement a review board’s recommendations for improving the security at high-threat diplomatic posts, officials said. Clinton said she wanted to see all 29 of the recommendations from the independent Accountability Review Board in place by the time her successor takes over.

“She’s expecting everybody to work hard in that regard,” Nuland said.

President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to replace Clinton, who had long said she would step down after four years.

The review board, created after the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, harshly criticized leadership and management at two State Department bureaus that allowed the post to be inadequately protected. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in the attack.

Clinton also told her staff on Monday that she would testify before Congress about the report before she leaves office, officials said. No date for that testimony has yet been set and Congress is in recess until Jan. 21, meaning that she may have to stay on as secretary of state for another week or so after Obama’s inauguration on that day. After she testifies, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would take up Kerry’s nomination.

Clinton fell ill with a stomach bug after returning from a trip to Europe on Dec. 7. The illness forced her to cancel a planned visit to North Africa and the Middle East and left her severely dehydrated. While at home, she fainted and fell and suffered a concussion that was diagnosed by doctors on Dec. 20.

During a follow up examination on Dec. 30, doctors discovered a blood clot in a vein that runs between the skull and the brain behind her right ear and she was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for treatment with blood thinners. She was released from the hospital Wednesday.


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 Jan 07, 2013 at 07:07 PM Aron8483 Says:

Wasn't it a play so everyone will potty her and not blame her for the Benghazi death?

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 07:46 PM Kzler Says:

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Aron8483 Says:

Wasn't it a play so everyone will potty her and not blame her for the Benghazi death?

You are absolutely right she commanded and requested a cerebral arterial blood clot. I hope you never will have it it ain't fun

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 08:07 PM cool masmid Says:

That's one thing I may never know the answer to and that is what is it in this women that so many are so gung ho over. You look at this picture and there is that majestic atmosphere that seems to be present because of her. I just cannot fathom what it is about her. Anyone who has or had direct contacts with her say she is the meanest person you will ever meet. The secret service was known to loath her. I read an account from a retired agent that said agents hated to be assigned to her. So what is it??? Can anyone shed light. And by the way I saw her once at a fundraiser and its not much better in real life.

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 08:52 PM Secular Says:

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Kzler Says:

You are absolutely right she commanded and requested a cerebral arterial blood clot. I hope you never will have it it ain't fun

The clot was in the vein NOT the artery. Had it been in the artery, she would have had a stroke.

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 10:58 PM HERSH Says:

I don't think that she will seek the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2016. She would be too old, and unfortunately, too overweight. As insensitive as it sounds, realistically speaking, the voting public, prefers a younger, healthier, and slimmer candidate. It is a fact of life. Therefore, let her enjoy her final moments of public service, prior to her retirement on Jan. 20, 2013.

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 11:43 PM Anonymous Says:

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Aron8483 Says:

Wasn't it a play so everyone will potty her and not blame her for the Benghazi death?

Right aron....everyone will "potty her"...I will potty you too when you have a blood clot near your brain.....

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