(Wall Street Journal) – While former President Bill Clinton was giving a rousing speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention here, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was nearly 10,000 miles away in East Timor.
But that didnâ€™t keep her from watching the 48-minute address, albeit a recorded version, after she finished a meeting with the countryâ€™s prime minister and a press conference.
Mr. Clinton kept his wife in mind as he heaped praise on President Barack Obama, saying â€œPresident Obama appointed several members of his cabinet even though they supported Hillary in the primary. Heck, he even appointed Hillary.â€
When Mr. Clinton wrapped up his speech, Mrs. Clinton was at a press conference, according to an aide traveling with her. She then went to the ambassadorâ€™s house and watched her husbandâ€™s speech on a 17â€™â€™ computer; it was streamed using a program called SlingBox that was connected to an aideâ€™s home TiVo. Despite being 9,930 miles away, there were only a few hiccups in the feed, the aide said.
The aide said Mrs. Clinton was as surprised as anyone to see Mr. Obama appear on stage at the end of Mr. Clintonâ€™s speech, and she later told reportersâ€”while boarding a plane to Brunei, the 110th country she has visited as secretary of State â€” that she thought the speech was â€œgreat.â€
It wasnâ€™t the first time Mrs. Clinton heard parts of the speech. â€œOn a personal level, let me also say that my husband read parts of his speech to me over the last few days,â€ she said at the press conference in East Timor. â€œI received the as-prepared version, which Iâ€™m anxious, when I can, to compare with the as- delivered version.â€
Secretaries of State have generally skipped political party conventions because foreign policy is supposed to be nonpartisan. Mrs. Clinton said the convention in Charlotte was the first she hadnâ€™t attended â€œin many, many years.â€