Hillary Clinton’s official portrait was unveiled at the State Department

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks at the unveiling of her portrait during a ceremony at the US State Department in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks at the unveiling of her portrait during a ceremony at the US State Department in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI

Sept. 26 (UPI) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who served during the Obama administration, watched the unveiling of her official portrait at the State Department on Tuesday, calling it an “incredibly emotional moment.”

“I look to so many of you who I have had the privilege of serving in my four years,” Clinton said earlier the portrait, painted by Steven Polson, has been unveiled. “Now, 14 years ago, I knew, hard to believe, that this place was very special and that the unique honor of leading the State Department and USA ID would be an incredible experience, both personal and professional.”

“Today I had the honor of returning to the State Department and unveiling my official portrait as the 67th Secretary of State alongside Secretary of State Antony Blinken,” Clinton wrote Tuesday in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

When it was unveiled, Clinton joked that she hadn’t seen the portrait – which shows her in front of an American flag – in some time.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hug during the unveiling of her portrait on Tuesday at the US State Department in Washington, DC. Blinken called Clinton "esteemed predecessor." Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hug during the unveiling of her portrait on Tuesday at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. Blinken called Clinton a “esteemed predecessor.” Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI

“Between COVID and not wanting to finish it during the previous administration,” Clinton said in a swipe at former President Donald Trump, to whom she lost the election in 2016. In addition to being the Democratic presidential nominee, Clinton was first lady to former President Bill Clinton – who also attended Tuesday’s ceremony – and the first woman from New York elected to the U.S. Senate.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken introduced Clinton and said she was about to join “this esteemed group” of predecessors who line the wood-paneled mahogany wall on the seventh floor on the way to the secretary’s office.

former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Evan Ryan, wife of Blinken; and former President Bill Clinton attend the unveiling of the former First Lady and US Senator's portrait on Tuesday at the US State Department in Washington, DC. Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI

former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Evan Ryan, wife of Blinken; and former President Bill Clinton attend the unveiling of the former First Lady and US Senator’s portrait on Tuesday at the US State Department in Washington, DC. Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI

“Secretary Clinton, your foothold has helped revitalize the power and purpose of American diplomacy. It reminded the world of who America is and what we stand for, and helped us fulfill our mission,” Blinken said.

“Secretary Clinton had this vision from the beginning. She promised, and I quote, to “address the urgent, the important and the long-term at the same time.” “That means dealing with crises day in and day out, which she has done incredibly skillfully, including by brokering a groundbreaking ceasefire in the Middle East,” Blinken added.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken; former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Evan Ryan, wife of Blinken; and former President Bill Clinton attend the unveiling of the portrait at the US State Department in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI

Secretary of State Antony Blinken; former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Evan Ryan, wife of Blinken; and former President Bill Clinton attend the unveiling of the portrait at the US State Department in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI

In her own remarks, Clinton thanked Blinken and everyone at the State Department and praised the Biden administration for “carrying forward many of the values ​​and priorities we have worked on.”

“Defending democracy in Ukraine, expanding NATO. Just by the way, it’s a shame you brought this on yourself,” Clinton said, taking a swipe at Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Confront Russian aggression, address China’s challenges, use creative diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific,” Clinton added, “and strengthen our alliances and partnerships.”

Chris Estrada

Chris Estrada is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Chris Estrada joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: chrisestrada@24ssports.com.

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