A village in India is named for her. In 2010 in Kosovo, Clinton’s motorcade made an impromptu stop at a store called ‘‘Hillary’’ just a stone’s throw from a statue of her husband on the main road from the airport to the capital of Pristina. She happily posed for pictures there with her entourage.
She dealt confidently with the first major hiccup of her watch, the release of hundreds of thousands of classified State Department cables by WikiLeaks, which caused deep embarrassment as it laid bare confidential and often harsh assessments of foreign leaders by U.S. diplomats around the world and put at least several informants at risk.
Aside from her recent health scare, Clinton has not been immune from personal tragedy while serving as top diplomat.
One of her foreign policy mentors, the diplomat Richard Holbrooke, whom Clinton tapped to run Afghanistan and Pakistan policy, died in December 2010 after suffering a ruptured aorta during a meeting in her office. Less than a year later, Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham, died at the age of 92.
And, Clinton’s own painful memories of marital discord were rekindled in the summer of 2011 when Abedin’s husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., was forced to resign from Congress after a sexting scandal.
Yet, her four years as secretary of state also yielded personal triumphs. From her daughter’s wedding in July 2010 to her emotional get-together with Suu Kyi in Yangon and separate meetings with ailing South African icon Nelson Mandela, a personal idol, Clinton rode the crest of a wave of popularity she had not seen in her public career before.
‘‘Get into the arena, stand up for what you believe and put together the arguments that can win the day,’’ she told the AP as she prepared to leave office, imparting advice to anyone who might be considering a career in politics.
‘‘I am making no decisions, but I would never give that advice to someone that I wouldn’t take myself, she said. ‘‘If you believe you can make a difference, not just in politics, in public service, in advocacy around all these important issues, then you have to be prepared to accept that you are not going to get 100 percent approval.’’