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Happy Birthday, Madam Secretary!

We here at The Cable would like to send out our warmest birthday wishes to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is 64 years young today. So how will the secretary be spending her special day? She did two interviews this morning on Iran: an interview on social media with BBC Persia and then an ...

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We here at The Cable would like to send out our warmest birthday wishes to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is 64 years young today.

So how will the secretary be spending her special day? She did two interviews this morning on Iran: an interview on social media with BBC Persia and then an interview  VOA Parazit, VOA’s Persian-language station. Clinton then met with Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa and joined Deputy Secretary Tom Nides‘ meeting with Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayyad.

"They don’t make hallmark cards for that," one State Department official told us.

We’re also told the assistant secretaries and senior staff sang Happy Birthday to Clinton and gave Clinton a birthday cake at their weekly staff meeting Tuesday; it was a vanilla cake with white icing and a harvest theme.

President Obama gave Clinton an early birthday present when he praised her up and down last night on the Jay Leno show, as noticed by Politico‘s Ben Smith. Here’s what Obama said.

She’s been outstanding. She’s done a great job We’re really proud of her. …. She stepped up to the plate. She works as hard as anybody I’ve ever seen. She is tenacious. And we are really very proud of her. …

She has been, I think, as good of a secretary of State as we’ve seen in this country. She’s been outstanding. She’s done a great job. We’re really proud of her. … The truth is Hillary and I agreed on the vast majority of issues … during the campaign. In fact, one of the problems with all those debates was you’d start running out of stuff to say, because, you know, we had a similar world view. She was, I think understandably, tired after the campaign and hesitant about whether or not this would be a good fit. And I told her that I had complete confidence in her, that the country needed her. She stepped up to the plate. She works as hard as anybody I’ve ever seen. She is tenacious. And we are really very proud of her.

Obama might have been particularly grateful that the State Department has spent over $70,000 stocking foreign embassies and foreign libraries with his book, "Dreams from My Father."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) hasn’t come out with a statement in honor of Clinton’s birthday, but if he did, we’re pretty sure it would go something like this:

We here at The Cable would like to send out our warmest birthday wishes to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is 64 years young today.

So how will the secretary be spending her special day? She did two interviews this morning on Iran: an interview on social media with BBC Persia and then an interview  VOA Parazit, VOA’s Persian-language station. Clinton then met with Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa and joined Deputy Secretary Tom Nides‘ meeting with Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayyad.

"They don’t make hallmark cards for that," one State Department official told us.

We’re also told the assistant secretaries and senior staff sang Happy Birthday to Clinton and gave Clinton a birthday cake at their weekly staff meeting Tuesday; it was a vanilla cake with white icing and a harvest theme.

President Obama gave Clinton an early birthday present when he praised her up and down last night on the Jay Leno show, as noticed by Politico‘s Ben Smith. Here’s what Obama said.

She’s been outstanding. She’s done a great job We’re really proud of her. …. She stepped up to the plate. She works as hard as anybody I’ve ever seen. She is tenacious. And we are really very proud of her. …

She has been, I think, as good of a secretary of State as we’ve seen in this country. She’s been outstanding. She’s done a great job. We’re really proud of her. … The truth is Hillary and I agreed on the vast majority of issues … during the campaign. In fact, one of the problems with all those debates was you’d start running out of stuff to say, because, you know, we had a similar world view. She was, I think understandably, tired after the campaign and hesitant about whether or not this would be a good fit. And I told her that I had complete confidence in her, that the country needed her. She stepped up to the plate. She works as hard as anybody I’ve ever seen. She is tenacious. And we are really very proud of her.

Obama might have been particularly grateful that the State Department has spent over $70,000 stocking foreign embassies and foreign libraries with his book, "Dreams from My Father."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) hasn’t come out with a statement in honor of Clinton’s birthday, but if he did, we’re pretty sure it would go something like this:

Josh Rogin covers national security and foreign policy and writes the daily Web column The Cable. His column appears bi-weekly in the print edition of The Washington Post. He can be reached for comments or tips at josh.rogin@foreignpolicy.com.

Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.

A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.

Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C. Twitter: @joshrogin

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