Holbrooke to undergo heart procedure
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the administration’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, will travel to New York Thursday to undergo angioplasty due to possible clogged heart valves. Steve Clemons, New America Foundation’s foreign policy head and editor of the Washington Note, broke the news with Holbrooke’s permission after he informed his staff at meeting Tuesday morning. ...
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the administration’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, will travel to New York Thursday to undergo angioplasty due to possible clogged heart valves.
Steve Clemons, New America Foundation’s foreign policy head and editor of the Washington Note, broke the news with Holbrooke’s permission after he informed his staff at meeting Tuesday morning. From Steve’s post:
Yesterday at 2 pm, Richard Holbrooke was told that he may have some clogged heart valves — and is going in Thursday for an angiogram and further treatment in New York. He was supposed to travel with Jack Lew, Rajiv Shah and others with General David Petraeus on a major AfPak trip this week, but will have to forego that trip.
Holbrooke assured me that this kinds of things are routine now. He shared the news with Secretary of State Clinton last night — and was in the process of contacting General Petraeus during our meeting.
When at the end of his staff meeting he conveyed this personal news to the 50 members of his team, he was very low key and laughing about it. There were looks of concern around the room — but he looked at them in his paternal way paused and said with a wry grin as if he’d never offered this sort of thing to them before "Come talk to me. I want you to share all of your angioplasty stories with me."
We send along our best hopes and wishes to Holbrooke for a healthy diagnosis and speedy treatment. Holbrooke told Clemons he plans to be back to work on Monday.
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