Clinton’s back-up dancers need practice


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, cutting the rug in South Africa. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

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. . .

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Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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