Although Clinton looks ready for “Dancing With the Stars,” the same can’t be said for some other officials. Among those gamely trying their best — but, alas, not getting there — are undersecretary for economic affairs
and Export-Import Bank Chairman
does a bit better, although we see him only at the dinner table.
Australian High Commissioner (ambassador) to South Africa
, the woman to Hormats’s right early in the video, clearly knows her way around the dance floor.
The event was supposed to be closed to the media after the initial toasts, but we understand that Clinton’s team let the news corps traveling with her sit in as invited guests at the dinner hosted by Foreign Minister
Then the dancing started, and they grabbed cameras and began shooting. The event was off the record, so reporters had to get Team Hillary to let them use the video.
Have to wonder if the Clinton team from 2007-08 would have said okay to releasing this kind of video. Probably not. If it had . . .
Last plane to paradise
All packed for that wonderful 9th Circuit judicial conference in Maui, Hawaii, that starts Saturday?
Ready for a little sun, golf, yoga, surfing, snorkeling and Zumba, plus spellbinding sessions on legal issues and court administration?
The pricey getaway is a go!
Loop Fans may recall that the circuit court’s chief judge,
, has been sparring since mid-May with Sens.
(R-Ala.), who are, to put it mildly, dismayed about the week-long stay at an expensive “island paradise.” The 2010 conference there cost taxpayers more than $1.1 million.
The senators want the event either canceled or seriously scaled back.
Kozinski, in his latest response on Friday, said that “it is too late to change course this year,” citing “enormous penalties” for a canceled contract, which was signed in 2010.
Many of the 300 or so judges, lawyers and court officials, he explained in a brief letter, had purchased “non-refundable airline tickets to reduce travel costs.”
The conference program — Justices
(he’s the circuit justice) and
will be there — is just “outstanding,” Kozinski told the senators, and “we are very conscious of doing our best to minimize expenses.” (What? No luau?)
Kozinski pointed out that they have canceled the 2013 conference and will hold the 2014 event in California, where more than half the circuit’s judges live. (They did so under heavy pressure from Grassley and Sessions.)
But cancel this one? Not gonna happen.
“In hindsight,” Kozinski observed somewhat ruefully in the letter, “had we foreseen the nation’s current fiscal problems, we may have chosen a different site for this year’s conference.” Or maybe not.