Thursday, November 05, 2009

Travel: Behind the Scenes with Hillary Clinton

Laura Rozen over at does a pretty good job of covering interesting aspecs of Hillary Clinton's travels. Here is the exact post she wrote the other day on the behind the scenes action aboard Hillary's plane from Abu Dhabi to Jeruselum:

Clinton comes to chat with the press in the back of the plane on the way out of Jerusalem at 2:30am, after meetings with Israeli leaders and a wrap up chat with envoy George Mitchell. Earlier, Clinton advisor Philippe Reines took the press corps and staff for a late bite at the King David Citadel while waiting for Clinton to wrap up her meetings, before heading back to the plane to fly overnight to Morocco for meetings this week with Arab foreign ministers. Clinton is trying to advance stalled efforts to get a relaunch of Israeli Palestinian peace negotiations.

Clinton aides Caroline Adler and Nick Merrill typing away on blackberries in front of the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

NSC senior director for the Middle East Daniel Shapiro, at the Clinton-Netanyahu news conference, is accompanying Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell on another round of meetings with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab leaders.

Flying with Clinton from Pakistan to stops in Abu Dhabi to Israel to Morroco in 24 hours, crossing six time zones, is, frankly, exhausting. And there's little to show as yet from the Middle East leg of the trip but continued foundering of U.S. Middle East peace efforts.

The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

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