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Clinton’s 100 days: the mileage

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hits her 100 day mark on May 1st, a few days after President Obama. Aides are proudly noting that just shy of 90 days, her travel mileage so far as the country’s top diplomat is 57,622 miles. Clinton has gone to Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, Egypt, Israel, ...

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - MARCH 03: In this handout image provided by the US Embassy Tel Aviv, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) steps down from the airplane holding an umbrella against the rain on March 3, 2009 in Jerusalem, Israel. Hillary Clinton is at the start of a two-day visit to the region during which she will hold talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Designate Binyamin Netanyahu before meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmood Abbas. (Photo by Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv via Getty Images)
Clinton in Tel Aviv in March 2009

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hits her 100 day mark on May 1st, a few days after President Obama. Aides are proudly noting that just shy of 90 days, her travel mileage so far as the country’s top diplomat is 57,622 miles.

Clinton has gone to Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, Egypt, Israel, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, Holland, the UK, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago on six international trips since taking office. (You can keep track here.)

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “is the reigning record-holder for miles traveled in the first 100 days in office,” one Clinton aide said. “Not only is HRC outpacing Rice on miles traveled, she’s also edging out Rice on solo trips,” without the prez.

Not so fast, says an aide to Rice.  “By day 85, Secretary Rice had traveled 74,701 miles,” e-mails Colby J. Cooper, chief of staff in Rice’s office at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, pointing to these stats.  “On Secretary Rice’s day 100 she was starting her 9th trip, with the President to Latvia, The Netherlands, Russia, and Georgia.”  

Beyond the display of endurance, give or take a few thousand miles, Politico‘s Ben Smith notes today, Clinton has seemingly earned the respect of several partisans and operatives from the heated Democratic primary campaign opposition camp previously unsympathetic to her. “She was just effective every day,” former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said today, according to Smith. “I think that it impressed the president.”

UPDATE: Just to prove there are no quick, innocuous items of, let’s face it, relative meaninglessness, a colleague writes: “I just crunched the numbers … If you add up all the miles for Rice’s first hundred days, you get 90,865. She also far exceeds Clinton on number of trips and–what i think is most important–days out of the country. That’s how i always did the travel stats.”  FP regrets the error and all that. Really! Now, please, onto the torture memos. Send the wiretap transcripts. Maybe some strategic arms reductions treaties. 
 

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