Happy Birthday, Madam Secretary

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It seems like just yesterday a youthful 47-year-old Clinton met with Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto at a luncheon in her honor at the prime minister's home in Islamabad on March 26, 1995. Bhutto described Clinton as a "symbol for women throughout the world." After Bhutto was assassinated in 2007, Clinton wrote that "Bhutto acknowledged the difficulties faced by women who were breaking with tradition and taking leading roles in public life.... She deftly managed to refer both to the challenges I had encountered during my White House tenure and to her own situation."

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In her long political career, the former first lady and current secretary of state has made many friends in high places. Above,  Clinton speaks with Sesame Street's Big Bird on the benefits of public broadcasting in the Sculpture Garden at the White House on June 26, 1995. Clinton said that both Democrats and Republicans should support public broadcasting. 

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Two years later, Clinton dazzled at the podium on Jan. 20 1997, for the swearing-in of Bill Clinton to his second term as president.

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Above, Clinton prepares to speak on energy diplomacy in the 21st century at Georgetown University on Oct. 18, 2012. ''[E]nergy cuts across the entirety of U.S. foreign policy. It is a matter of national security and global stability. It is at the heart of the global economy. It's an issue of democracy and human rights,'' Clinton said. ''It has been a top concern of mine as secretary. And it is sure to be the same for the next secretary of state.'' 

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But sometimes the former first lady lets her wild child out. In this now infamous photo, Clinton enjoys a relaxed moment at Cafe Havana in Cartagena, Colombia, on April 15, 2012. Clinton was in Cartagena to attend the sixth Summit of the Americas.

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All that partying hasn't stopped President Barack Obama from letting Clinton do some of his administration's heavy lifting on diplomacy. Although Obama did address the U.N. General Assembly this year, the campaigning incumbent left most of the meeting and greeting to his secretary of state. Here, at the Security Council meeting on Sept. 26, Clinton takes a moment to speak with British Foreign Minister William Hague.

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