The streets of Monrovia are abuzz – all Liberia really is – with talk of the upcoming visit by Secretary Clinton. Efforts to clean up the streets are now embraced by all Liberians, not just driven by Monrovia’s dynamic and hard-charging mayor Mary Broh. She has been a powerful, one-woman rebuilding force for several years, earning respect and some resentment, but now the rest of society has joined her to put Liberia’s best foot forward to welcome the U.S. Secretary of State.
Liberians are very fond of Americans and quite proud of the unique partnership between our two countries. They view this visit as a reaffirmation of that relationship and a show of support from the United States. for their efforts to recover from the conflict.
Women in Liberia are pleased to welcome the Secretary for her meeting with the first woman elected Head of State in Africa, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. After the ravages of the conflict here, which affected women and children very heavily, Liberians are proud of their progress in women’s empowerment and inclusion in government. Secretary Clinton has emphasized the link between women's empowerment and social and economic progress throughout her seven-nation trip.
So for now, the whole country waits expectantly for Secretary Clinton’s arrival. Speculation abounds about what the Secretary will say to the National Legislature, and everyone is ready to roll out the welcome mat.