Via YouTube, originally airing on CSPAN:

The Saban Forum 2012 (which focuses on Middle East issues as related to U.S. foreign policy) kicked off with a keynote speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton’s remarks were immediately preceded by a tribute video to her career in service of the United States.

Following the video, Sec. Clinton, before beginning prepared remarks, said:

I am somewhat overwhelmed, but I’m obviously thinking I should sit down. (Laughter.) I prepared some remarks for tonight, 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.)

Commentary at The New Civil Rights Movement, by David Badash:

President Barack Obama, Senator John McCain, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, along with political leaders from Israel, the Palestinian National Authority, recorded this video saluting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as she prepares to leave office.

The video even has Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying he “˜just had the opportunity to work with her to achieve the cease fire between Israel and Hamas.’ …

Many are calling it Clinton’s first 2016 presidential campaign video, and if it is, she will win, hands down.

I don’t know, obviously, if Clinton will run in 2016, nor that she would win, “hands down.” It’s an interesting tribute, whatever else.

Your thoughts?

(Sec. of State Hillary Clinton via