May 8, 2013 8:31 PMBEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived at a Beverly Hills gala to much fanfare on Wednesday as she prepared to accept an award for her public service.
Local volunteers from a national organization called “Ready for Hillary 2016″ were organized outside the Beverly Wilshire hotel, where the Pacific Council on International Policy would be honoring the secretary.
The Council awarded Clinton with the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award, named after the former secretary of state who served under her husband, former President Bill Clinton, from 1993 to 1996.
Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / May 8, 2013
May 8, 2013, 10:58 p.m.
Hours after Republican members of Congress sharply questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton and the State Department's handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the former secretary of State did not explicitly mention the controversy in an appearance Wednesday night. But she did reference partisan bickering in the nation's capital as she accepted an award in Beverly Hills.
"We truly, still today — despite all of our partisan wrangling, and the gridlock that sometimes seems to take hold — we stand up for the rights and opportunities of all people," Clinton said in a speech that largely focused on U.S. policy toward Asia.
4:02 PM on 05/09/2013
Political Washington was consumed with a charged debate over Hillary Clinton’s legacy Wednesday, but the former secretary of state largely steered clear of politics in a speech in Beverly Hills. Clinton was in Los Angeles to accept an award at the nonpartisan Pacific Council on International Policy named for one of her predecessors, the late Warren Christopher.
Her only mention of the growing drumbeat from conservative critics—who are zeroing in on Clinton for the first time since Barack Obama pulled ahead of her in the 2008 presidential race—was oblique. “We truly still today, despite all of our partisan wrangling and the gridlock that sometimes seems to take hold, we stand up for the rights and opportunities of all people,” she said.
But Clinton’s speech, like the others she’s given since leaving the State Department in February, focused on what she believes to be foreign policy legacy: her lifelong work on human rights and women’s issues, the U.S. pivot to Asia, and her view of American exceptionalism. Christopher, she said, “understood something America’s leaders have to understand and act on: The United States remains a beacon of freedom and opportunity precisely because the American dream has been and must remain open to all.”