We learned a new term yesterday, hearing it a couple of times from different people involved in the Secretary's visit. Let's just say they were accurately describing the day's events and using "goat rope" as a substitute for more colorful language. Full definition at the end of the post.
The Secretary touched down in Chennai on Wednesday afternoon and was whisked by carefully planned motorcade to the Anna Centenary Library for a policy speech about the relationship between the U.S. and India. From there, she met with the chief minister of Tamil Nadu; checked on an effort to equip needy women with clean cook stoves and visited a microcredit lending organization that aids poor working women. She ended the day under a sacred Banyan tree at the Kalakshetra Foundation, where she was treated to a traditional Tamil Nadu dance performance. She was outfitted with an Indian lei and a traditional bindi forehead decoration.
It took dozens of Foreign Service Officers to pull off the big day -- reinforcements from other posts around India, including Kolkata, Hyderabad, and New Delhi, were drafted. And that's not including the security officials and the secretary's own advance team and entourage. Some details:
The big speech was delivered in the large, new Chennai library auditorium -- one of the first events ever held in the room. All suited up for the big event: James as usher; Sarah as press wrangler (see below for the local media's review of the press wrangling).
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