Photo of the Week: Senior Staff Applauds Secretary Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is presented with a football helmet by the State Departments senior leadership on her return to the office in Washington, D.C., January 7, 2013. Deputy Secretary Nides told Secretary Clinton: As you know, Washington is a contact sport. [State Department photo by Nick Merrill/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Sarah Goldfarb serves as DipNote’s Associate Editor.

Our “Photo of the Week” comes to us from Nick Merrill, who serves on the Secretary of State’s strategic communications team and captured a moment during her senior staff meeting on Monday, January 7. During this staff meeting, the Secretary was greeted by a standing ovation from the 75 people assembled, including all of her deputies, under secretaries, assistant secretaries, and special envoys. Then, Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides presented the Secretary with a gift box, which included a football helmet with the State Department seal and a football jersey with the number 112, which symbolizes the number of countries that she’s visited as Secretary of State.

“…[The Secretary] loved it. She thought it was cool,” State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said. “But… more »

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