Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, age 65, skipped an overseas trip to North Africa and the Middle East this week due to a stomach virus, which dehydrated her and caused her to pass out and strike her head. She suffered a concussion and is being monitored by doctors at her home.
According to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Philippe Reines, doctors recommended she remain at her home next week. She is not expected to testify at the Dec. 20 congressional hearings relating to the Benghazi attack on the U.S. consulate. “She will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with department and other officials,” said the State in an e-mail to reporters. “She is looking forward to being back in the office soon.”
According to the Associated Press, Clinton is the most traveled secretary of state, having visited 112 countries and close to a million miles. She will be taking a break from those travels when she leaves her post in January.
Just a few days prior to her illness, Hillary appeared on ABC News in an interview with Barbara Walters in Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2012” (see video here).
Walters, after being unsuccessful in getting Hillary to admit her interest in another run at the presidency in 2016, pointed out that she would be turning 69 at that point, and asked if her age would be a concern.
“It really isn’t – thankfully, knock on wood! I’m not only healthy, but have incredible stamina, energy… I just want to see what else is out there,” Hillary replied.
We here at Addicting Info are wishing Hillary a speedy recovery.