Remarks at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy 2012 Saban Forum Opening Gala Dinner Haim Saban,a friend,a colleague,a mentor,an inspiration to so many of us has always challenged me to make the most of America’s place in the world and especially our close friendship with Israel..
PoliticalNews.me - Dec 01,2012 - Remarks at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy 2012 Saban Forum Opening Gala Dinner
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
The Willard Hotel
SECRETARY CLINTON: I am somewhat overwhelmed, but I’m obviously thinking I should sit down. (Laughter.) I prepared some remarks, but then I thought maybe we could just watch that video a few more times. (Laughter.) And then the next time, I could count the hairstyles, which is one of my favorite pastimes. (Laughter.) I think I now know what it feels like to be one of Haim’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. (Laughter.)
Well, I guess we should expect nothing less from Haim Saban, who’s a friend, a colleague, a mentor, an inspiration to so many of us here tonight. He certainly has always challenged me to make the most of America’s place in the world and especially our close friendship with Israel. And it is extremely humbling to be honored by the Saban Forum in front of so many Americans and Israelis whom I know and respect so greatly. And I am so appreciative of all those very much too kind words. I can’t wait to show my husband. (Laughter and applause.) And speaking of spouses, I want to acknowledge my dear friend, Cheryl Saban – (applause) – who’s being doing heroic work as a public delegate with our team at the United Nations.
There are so many friends here, and it’s always a little dangerous – in fact, a lot dangerous – to acknowledge or point out any. But obviously, I want to thank Martin Indyk and Tamara Wittes and all the thinkers and scholars whose insights help us navigate this very difficult, challenging time.
I also want to say a special word to two friends who are retiring. One, Senator Joe Lieberman, – (applause) – who is leaving the Senate and going into standup comedy, I’m told. (Laughter.) He’s got a lot of good lines; I’ve heard many of them over the years. But he and Hadassah deserve some very well merited time for themselves. And of course, Ehud Barak, who’s announced his retirement. And so we want to wish you very much happiness in the future as well.
Let me also acknowledge the Chairman of my authorizing and oversight committee, Senator John Kerry. (Applause.) Thank you, John. And Teresa Heinz, it’s wonderful seeing you here as well. (Applause.) My Congresswoman, Nita Lowey – (applause) – who does such a great job in every way and is, as they say, moving on up, which we’re happy to hear. I saw Howard Berman here, and I think we all want to pay a great acknowledgment – (applause) – and gratitude to Howard. There are some others that I just want briefly to mention, other members of Congress. I know there are some here, but I can’t see everyone.
I want to also acknowledge Foreign Minister Lieberman, Deputy Prime Minister Meridor, Ambassador Oren, our Ambassador Dan Shapiro, my former Deputy Secretary Jim Steinberg,