Our "Photo of the Week" comes to us from Nick Merrill, who serves on the Secretary of State's strategic communications team and captured a moment during her senior staff meeting on Monday, January 7. During this staff meeting, the Secretary was greeted by a standing ovation from the 75 people assembled, including all of her deputies, under secretaries, assistant secretaries, and special envoys. Then, Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides presented the Secretary with a gift box, which included a football helmet with the State Department seal and a football jersey with the number 112, which symbolizes the number of countries that she's visited as Secretary of State.
"...[The Secretary] loved it. She thought it was cool," State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said. "But then, being Hillary Clinton, she wanted to get right to business. So we do what we always do in that meeting, went around the room, and she heard from everybody what they're working on and what's coming forward."
During the meeting, the Secretary and her team discussed a broad range of policies underway and particularly focused on President Karzai's visit to Washington, D.C. You can view more "behind the scenes" photographs from the Secretary's meeting with her senior staff, as well as President Karzai's visit, on the State Department's Flickr account.