Hillary and Bill dine together at Colombian steakhouse

Turns out that Secretary Clinton wasn’t the only Clinton in Colombia yesterday. Husband Bill Clinton, a former U.S. president, was also in the country for work related to his charitable activities, including a meeting with President Alvaro Uribe on reconstruction of earthquake-devastated Haiti. (Above, Bill Clinton views some handicrafts that are part of a program ...

GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images
GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images
GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images

Turns out that Secretary Clinton wasn't the only Clinton in Colombia yesterday. Husband Bill Clinton, a former U.S. president, was also in the country for work related to his charitable activities, including a meeting with President Alvaro Uribe on reconstruction of earthquake-devastated Haiti. (Above, Bill Clinton views some handicrafts that are part of a program supported by the Clinton Foundation.)

For dinner yesterday, the Clintons and some friends dined at a steakhouse in Bogotá that would have been too risky to eat at just a few years ago because of the possibility of violence or kidnapping. Secretary Clinton, in a news conference with Uribe, said  the meal was "wonderful," and added, "We talked about how remarkable it was that such a common event could take place."

Uribe said the dining experience was great PR for his country, which is trying to overcome a reputation of being filled with drug violence: "The best PR for confidence in Colombia is that last night Madame Secretary of State of the United States and President Bill Clinton were in a restaurant enjoying complete piece of mind, enjoying this beautiful city."

Turns out that Secretary Clinton wasn’t the only Clinton in Colombia yesterday. Husband Bill Clinton, a former U.S. president, was also in the country for work related to his charitable activities, including a meeting with President Alvaro Uribe on reconstruction of earthquake-devastated Haiti. (Above, Bill Clinton views some handicrafts that are part of a program supported by the Clinton Foundation.)

For dinner yesterday, the Clintons and some friends dined at a steakhouse in Bogotá that would have been too risky to eat at just a few years ago because of the possibility of violence or kidnapping. Secretary Clinton, in a news conference with Uribe, said  the meal was "wonderful," and added, "We talked about how remarkable it was that such a common event could take place."

Uribe said the dining experience was great PR for his country, which is trying to overcome a reputation of being filled with drug violence: "The best PR for confidence in Colombia is that last night Madame Secretary of State of the United States and President Bill Clinton were in a restaurant enjoying complete piece of mind, enjoying this beautiful city."

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

More from Foreign Policy

An illustration shows George Kennan, the father of Cold War containment strategy.
An illustration shows George Kennan, the father of Cold War containment strategy.

Is Cold War Inevitable?

A new biography of George Kennan, the father of containment, raises questions about whether the old Cold War—and the emerging one with China—could have been avoided.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.

So You Want to Buy an Ambassadorship

The United States is the only Western government that routinely rewards mega-donors with top diplomatic posts.

Chinese President Xi jinping  toasts the guests during a banquet marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on September 30, 2019 in Beijing, China.
Chinese President Xi jinping toasts the guests during a banquet marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on September 30, 2019 in Beijing, China.

Can China Pull Off Its Charm Offensive?

Why Beijing’s foreign-policy reset will—or won’t—work out.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.

Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the United States.

Erdogan has focused on Stockholm’s stance toward Kurdish exile groups, but Ankara’s real demand is the end of U.S. support for Kurds in Syria.