I had a busy 4th of July weekend, since my boss Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came to Baku. On Saturday night I worked right through until sometime around 3 AM, caught some sleep, and then started working again throughout the 4th. It was worth it, as she had one of the smoothest visits (or so we were told). It is always hectic, but a little exhilarating to work on such visits. I have worked on visits for several Presidents and Vice Presidents and for every Secretary of State since Warren Christopher.
One of the oddest jobs I did was to be a seat-filler for a speech President Clinton did at Moscow State University. The First Lady was sitting in a roped off area with a lot of empty seats, and since CNN was taping it they didn't want to see a bunch of empty seats around Mrs. Clinton. They drafted a number of us at the embassy to put on our best suits and fill those empty seats. I happened to be the person who sat next to Hillary. She nodded and said 'Hi', and that was about it.
Hillary came to the embassy in Baku after her meetings with the Azeri president. She spoke to all the diplomats, family members, and local staff and then did a walk-around to shake hands with everyone. It didn't allow for the best pictures, so below is the best I could find. It shows me with my two sons. My older son Anton is shaking her hand.
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