Hillary Clinton back at work - with a football helmet
January 7th, 2013
01:04 PM ET

Hillary Clinton back at work - with a football helmet

Hillary Clinton went back to work as secretary of state this morning and was greeted by colleagues showing off their sense of humor.

First off, we got the official State Department photo of her hosting the weekly meeting of assistant secretaries of state. All very appropriate.

But then came word from spokeswoman Victoria Nuland that there had been some teasing too.

Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides handed Clinton a box, saying, "As you know, Washington is a contact sport."

"Inside was a football helmet with a State Department seal,  lots of good padding and also a football jersey that said Clinton on the back and on the front it says #112 which symbolizes the number of countries she visited as secretary of state," Nuland said.

"She loved it.  She thought it was cool.  But then being Hillary Clinton she wanted to get right to business."

Clinton had been out for a while, being treated for a blood clot.

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  1. Abe

    Welcome back Mrs. Clinton

    January 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kilowat23

    What! No nasty remarks yet?

    January 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe Riddick

    I wonder if it was paid for with private funds or taxpayer money? Welcome back Mrs. Clinton.

    January 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keep it real

      If you want to get technical about it, they are all employees of the government and their paychecks are a result of taxpayer dollars and therefore even if they did purchase these items with personal funds, some conservative is going to be all up in arms because it was purchased with taxpayer money... next they will want an account of all government workers purchases for presents to make sure they meet their approval.

      January 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. situationalawareness

    All politics aside, I'm glad she's back and in good working order.

    January 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Loves me some Hilary

    Welcome back Madame President. Yeah, I said it!!!

    January 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jkflipflop

    She really is a great woman. Good for her.

    January 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Premal D.Shah

    For a change, Mrs. Clinton should try playing football. I am certain she will outdo the rest of the team!

    January 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michelle

    As a fellow blood clot sufferer, I am impressed that she is back to work so soon. I hope she continues to improve.

    January 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Obviously her insurance is much, much better than yours will ever or could ever be. No offense.

      January 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob in CA

    This whole illness just a fantasy. She never had any injury or illness.

    January 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Why on earth would she fake having a potentially fatal blood clot in her head?!

      January 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in CA

      To get out of testifying on Benghazi.

      January 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      She could die from this and Republicans will still say she is faking it. Conspiracy theories piled on top of conspiracy theories. I was wondering where you guys got this from, but then I remembered that Rupert Murdoch's family made their fortunes from tabloid news.

      January 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve c

      Because she's in it up to her neck, and she's protected herself and President Stinky (bo). Vince Foster, Amb. Stevens.......pawns, not worthy of discussing.

      January 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • cw

      How's that tinfoil hat of yours, Bob... Still working?

      January 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in CA

      @ CW- Just trollin' CW and you bit. Pretty funny. I did the same thing to a co-worker and got a rise out of her. As a Republican, I would have to admit that I wish she had actually been the Democratic Candidate. I would have voted for her in a heartbeat of McCain and Obama. If the Repubs can't put up a good candidate and she tosses her hat in the ring in 2016, I will be voting for her.

      January 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. USAPeasant

    Lol, great story.

    Now Hillary is geared up to go tackle the commies and dictators around the world!

    January 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Susan

    She looks fantastic. I'm not a Democrat, but I would vote for her given the chance in 2016.

    January 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. I Vote Too

    Welcome back Madam Secretary – stay well for 2016!

    January 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve c

      Yah!! Maybe she'll be up to answering some questions by then!

      January 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • TptLead

      I wish her well, but it will be in retirement. The whole series of events indicates a serious medical condition that is not yet, and may never be, public.

      January 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. steve c

    Like her expense account!

    January 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • geraldine adkins

      Hillary has nothing to do with the world falling apart. And her expense account is her business. If you so upset with the way Congress is running it next election you run for her position

      January 7, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      y'all are sooo funny...we "elect" president everyone else is appointed by the elect...i don't agree with hillary politically however the autistic football helmet is funny...lol...

      January 7, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarahlawrence

      Err...except for the fact that one can't 'run' for Secretary of State...

      January 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • heathergirl1234

      How is her expense account her business? It's our money!

      January 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ryan

    Now get to congress and lie under oath!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sid Prejean

      There's an old saying (even older than I) about someone who is "like a dog on a bone".
      Guys like Ryan bring up the image of "a dog on a picture of a bone". Looks like a bone, but is't really. Looks like an issue, but isn't, really.

      January 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Moderateray

    If I were Hilary I wouldn't have sent the helmet to Chuck Hagel!

    January 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
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