Today, we celebrate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 65th birthday. Clinton faced many critics as first lady and a presidential candidate in 2008, but she seems to have hit her stride as secretary of state. Diplomatic successes aside, Clinton has won the international crowds over with her more lighthearted moments. Whether she's abroad or at home, Hillary shines when she lets her guard down. See some of her best unscripted moments here.
|Hillary Gets Maternal|
Hillary Clinton let down her guard speaking about her experience being the first female partner at a law firm -- the first pregnant, female partner at the law firm.
In her speech given at an event kicking off the State Department's 2012 National Work-Life and Family Month, Clinton discussed the importance of balancing work and family as a personal decision. She shared her own account of balancing the jobs of being a mother, wife and lawyer.
"Many years ago when I was pregnant, I was in a law firm. I was the only female partner and they never had a female partner and certainly not a pregnant female partner and they literally just were not sure what to do with me," Clinton said.
"I would walk down the corridor getting more and more pregnant and the men in the firm would, like, look away, never say a word, and I just kind of thought I am just going to wait to see if anyone says anything to me about the fact that I am going to have a baby. So, nobody ever did."
Clinton added that the birth of her daughter Chelsea lead to the creation of the firm's first ever maternity leave policy.
|Hillary Breaks It Down|
Clinton takes a break from official business in Johannesburg, South Africa, to boogie with the locals.
|Cool in Cow Print|
Hillary, who seems to have become a dancing queen in Africa, dressed up in local garb and tried out some dance moves in Malawi in August.
|Frog in Your Throat?|
A coughing fit got the best of Hillary in Hanoi, Vietnam, but Clinton didn't let it derail her. She wrapped her speech up by quipping, "At the risk of coughing any longer, I just want to say thank you, and let's get to work."
|'C' in MC Hammer Is for Clinton|
While swearing in Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Hammer, Clinton livened up the ceremony by donning wing-tipped glasses and Mardi Gras beads, even poking fun at herself by lamenting that she had pantsuits "in nearly every color, except purple."