Frequent flier Clinton hits 100-country mark All for naught at taxpayers expense, I wouldn't be bragging about it.

Welshtaff 2012/06/29 00:39:20

Associated PressBy MATTHEW LEE | Associated Press – 12 hrs .

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walks with a bouquet of flowers she received after arriving in Riga, Latvia, Thursday, June 28, 2012. According to the State Department, Clinton has set a new frequent-flier record, touching down in her 100th country as America's top diplomat. She has made 70 trips, completed 337 days on the road, and spent the equivalent of over 73 days on the plane, equaling over 1,750 hours.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives for a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, Thursday, June 28, 2012, at the Council of Ministers in Riga, Latvia. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State Hillary …
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton made and marked history on Thursday, setting a new frequent-flier record for American secretaries of state by touching down in her 100th country and commemorating the strong stand one of her predecessors took against Soviet expansion.

The globe-trotting Clinton hit the century mark when she stepped off her Air Force Boeing 757 plane in the Latvian capital of Riga. No previous secretary of state has visited more than 96 countries while in office, according to the State Department. The previous record-holder was Madeleine Albright, who served as secretary of state during President Bill Clinton's second term in office.

In her three and a half years as secretary, Clinton has so far logged 70 trips abroad to countries from Afghanistan to Zambia, the department said. She has spent 337 days on the road, including more than 1,750 hours, or more than 73 days, on her Air Force 757, it said. Counting her trips abroad as first lady, Clinton has now represented the United States in 122 countries, according to her staff.

Clinton, who first visited Riga with her husband in 1994, is in Latvia on the second stop of a four-nation European swing that took her to Finland on Wednesday and will see her visit St. Petersburg, Russia, and Geneva, Switzerland, where she will attend an international conference aimed at ending the crisis in Syria.

In Riga, Clinton was meeting Latvian officials and dedicating a street in front of the U.S. Embassy in honor of former Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles. In 1940, he issued what became known as the Welles Declaration, which set out Washington's refusal to recognize the Soviet Union's takeover of the Baltic States — Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

"We were proud never to have wavered in supporting the independence of Latvia and the Latvian people, and we are proud now to be a partner of a free Latvia," Clinton said before meeting the country's prime minister.

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  • Mary Ann 2012/06/29 13:00:10
    Mary Ann
    Limousine liberals....do as I say, not as I do.

    From the, “you never hear about that from the media” file – Those “Evil, Rich People” that Democrats are always wailing about are actually – Democrats.

    In fact, the Top 3 on the list: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett & Larry Ellison are all Democrats. Together, they are worth $126 Billion Dollars.
  • SK-pro impeachment 2012/06/29 01:38:26
    SK-pro impeachment
    I wonder if she's been to all 57 states yet.
  • Mary Ann SK-pro ... 2012/06/29 13:00:56
    Mary Ann
  • Always Right 2012/06/29 01:29:15
    Always Right
    Matches 0bama's number of golf games, reminds me of Nero fiddling while Rome burned, 0bama playing golf, while America burns!
  • Welshtaff Always ... 2012/06/29 02:51:59
    Yeah and Obama lit the match !
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2012/06/29 01:12:37 (edited)
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    She demeans America and what we stand for as badly as heR boss. Hillary is a snake
  • Red doofieg... 2012/06/29 05:21:21

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