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. ann

    Only Hillary.

    January 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Barry

    Glad you are recovered and back at work. I see the hatemongers are already posting.

    January 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. edpeters101

    Good show!

    January 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. katie

    That are a lot of assistants in the pictures. I would like to know how much each one of them makes? Do we really need all of these people on the public payroll?

    January 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ihatewinter

      Oh, katie, give me a break. You really think there is only a handful of people who work for the State Department? And I bet you were one of the ones who complained that State had dropped the ball in protecting the ambassador. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

      January 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      How much public service have YOU done?
      Most people take a pay cut despite their skill set.....

      January 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • harriet

      Seriously Katie, that is a pretty sad comment. I suspect you just looked for something negative to say and that was the best you could come up with

      January 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      Serious, did you ask the same question to the members of the House?

      January 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pam

    She will need the helmet if she ever bothers to show up for the Benghazi hearings.

    January 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. empresstrudy

    "Back to work" is a bit of an overstatement. She has about a week left on the job.

    January 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PraiseTheLard

    Do you even know what a "communist" is?

    January 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MZsylsmitty

    YAY good news glad she is better....They are definately getting older...gotta take care of themselves more.

    January 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sss

    My girl is back. God is good all the time.

    January 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fiona

    speaking as someone who had a brain bleed...Idon't find this funny. Very poor taste, to say the least.

    January 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JanC

    Something must be wrong with Hillary. She keeps falling down. She keeps falling down boarding planes, she fell and broke her elbow, she fell and got a concussion. I'm not so sure that helmut is a joke. Everyone around her knows she can fall down at any moment. Weird. Do we know if she has some sort of illness?

    January 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      Balance issues are not at all unusual for someone her age, male or female. That's why one of the best things you can do for yourself as you age is engage in regular exercise that keeps your muscles strong and your reflexes quick.

      January 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. susan

    Serious, did you ask the same question to the members of the House?

    January 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    CLINTON 2016

    January 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Janeesa

    Maybe the helmet will protect her when she pretends to fall down again.

    January 7, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Janeesa

    I think she was just pretending

    January 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      Thats your problem republican, what conseritives call " thinking" the rest of the country call" stupid reactions". Keep it up we would encourage the extream right wing to keep destroying themselfs.

      January 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
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