For me the best part of the Shanghai Expo is not the pavilions themselves, but the interactions between people, pavilions, countries, and cultures, so I was happy to see Secretary Clinton's visit generating some of that same spirit as she moved through various parts of the Expo grounds today. After her tour in three acts at the USA Pavilion, the Secretary boarded a bus for a through-the-windshield view of the Expo. Our Consulate Expo Liaison Officer Alys Spensley -- who has lived and breathed all things Expo for over a year now -- provided running commentary for the Secretary, staff, and media as we cruised past Argentina, South Africa, Italy, UK, Korea, Japan, Kyrgystan and other parts of the globe. From our seats on the bus we could see thousands of Expo-goers lined up waiting to enter the most popular pavilions, determined, despite the rain, to hit the must-see spots. When they caught sight of Hillary Clinton sitting in the right-hand front seat of the bus, people did double-takes, pointed, smiled, and waved excitedly. Just as I was kicking myself for not bringing a camera, the NBC cameraman on our bus moved over to my window to record the ripple of recognition that flowed along the sidewalks in the Secretary's wake. Even through a bus window in the rain, I felt the thrill of people connecting across cultures.
Read Consul General Camp's blog entry about Secretary Clinton's earlier visit to Shanghai.