International diplomacy is a tricky undertaking. Occasionally, this figurative dance becomes a literal one and then the whole world can join together in a collective chuckle at the expense of those in power. I now give you our recent Secretaries of State busting a move for greater international understanding.
Madeleine Albright – Secretary of State under Clinton from 1997-2001
I’m not sure where this took place, but it was dated 2000.
Secretary Albright in North Korea, 2000.
Ah, the late 90’s! The Cold War was over, the War on Terror had not yet begun, and EVERYBODY was doing the macarena… even the Secretary of State and a Botswanan diplomat at the UN.
Colin Powell – Secretary of State under George W. Bush from 2001-2005
All of this was from a 2008 event in London to benefit Africa. Post Secretary of State-hood yes, but he was still shaking it for a good cause.
Condoleeza Rice – Secretary of State under George W. Bush from 2005-2009
… managed to avoid the cameras when dancing and is most likely very pleased about that.
Hillary Rodham Clinton – Secretary of State under Barack Obama from 2009-present
South Africa, 2009. These singers are really good.
Kenya, 2009. Not exactly the most flattering position for her, but she looked to be enjoying herself. At least she gave it a try. I am, however, still of the opinion that those in politics should generally leave the dancing to others. Hillary Clinton in particular should just leave the music alone. She CANNOT sing at all – like not even a little bit. Remember her rendition of the national anthem she treated us all to during the primaries? Ugh. Rhythm in general is a mystery to this woman and I present as evidence these photos from her tenure as First Lady. The gentleman in the photos with her and also busting a move is Václav Havel, then President of the Czech Republic.
Sort of like watching family members “dance” at a wedding (post cocktails).
That’s as close as Madame Secretary needs to get to letting the music move her.