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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Clinton’s back-up dancers need practice

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, cutting the rug in South Africa. (Jacquelyn Martin - AP)
The video of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s smooth dance moves in Johannesburg with South African jazz and Afro-pop singer Judith Sephuma has gone viral.

In the Loop has identified some of her back-up dancers.

While Clinton looks ready for Dancing with the Stars, the same can’t be said for some other officials. Amongst those gamely trying their best — but, alas, not getting there — are undersecretary for economic affairs Robert Hormats and Export-Import Bank chairman Fred Hochberg.

Ambassador Donald Gips does a bit better, though we only see him at the dinner table.

Australian High Commissioner (ambassador) to South Africa Ann Harrap, the woman to Hormats’ right early in the video, clearly knows her way around the dance floor.

The event was supposed to be closed to the press after the initial toasts, but we understand Clinton’s team let the press corps traveling with her sit in as invited guests at the dinner hosted by Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Then the dancing started and they grabbed cameras and started shooting. The event was off -the-record, so the press had to get Team Hillary to let them use the video.

Have to wonder if the Clinton team from 2007-8 would have said okay to releasing something like the South Africa video. Probably not. If they had. . .


By  |  08:00 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Tags:  Hillary Clinton, Dancing, dancing video, Judith Sephuma, South Africa, Robert Hormats, Fred Hochberg, Donald Gips, Ann Harrap, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

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