Clinton Returns to Work, Gets Gag Gift

She's greeting with applause, and a helmet

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 7, 2013 3:00 AM CST | Updated Jan 7, 2013 12:17 PM CST

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is back at work, and while her blood clot is gone, her sense of humor is hopefully not. The State Department greeted Clinton with a standing ovation and a gag gift: a football helmet adorned with her department's seal, reports the AP. She was also given a blue football jersey with "Clinton" and the number 112—the record-breaking number of countries she has visited as secretary of state—on the back. Aides described her as delighted, though they noted she didn't try the helmet on.

The big-ticket item on this week's agenda is a series of meetings in Washington with visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai. But her most notable swan song will likely come later in the month: Clinton told her staff today that she will indeed testify before Congress about the Benghazi report before she leaves office. But Congress is in recess until Jan. 21, which means she'll likely remain secretary of state for about a week after Obama's inauguration. After she testifies, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which John Kerry chairs, will then take up his nomination.

This handout photo provided by the State Department shows Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holding up a football helmet presented to her at the State Department.
This handout photo provided by the State Department shows Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holding up a football helmet presented to her at the State Department.   (AP Photo/State Department)
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