In the nine months since she left office as secretary of state, Democratic icon Hillary Clinton has racked up at least 15 awards, leaving The Washington Post to opine that the "awards circuit has effectively become Clinton's pre-campaign campaign."
The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state most recently received an award Tuesday from the Sir Elton John foundation for her work fighting AIDS.
Other awards in the past several months have come from the American Bar Association, the National Constitution Center, National Association of Convenience Stores and a charity called God's Love We Deliver.
Founders Award honoree Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani Wall Street, Oct. 15, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)
“She is basking in the glow of what many perceive as a successful run as secretary of state and as a former senator and what many believe to be the probable Democratic nominee for president of the United States,” Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf told the Post. “When you have that combination of power, everybody wants to say, ‘Hello!’"
The Post appears to agree.
"[I]t also appears that Clinton has figured out how to leverage the awards to her political advantage, just as the groups honoring her benefit from having the would-be candidate promote their causes," the Post wrote.
(H/T: The Washington Post)
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