Hillary Clinton cites travel's role in world peace
Speaking recently to a group of travel professionals....
Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and possible presidential candidate, was without question the star power that held the crowd to the very end of the ASTA convention in Miami this week.
Speaking for more than half an hour without notes, Clinton avoided the subject of politics and instead talked about the importance of travel in opening minds and making the world a more peaceful place.
In Burma, for example, she said the fact that its generals went abroad and saw the rest of the world helped propel the country away from a dictatorship.
"I am convinced that travel helped change minds in the military dictatorship of Burma," Clinton said.
She also recalled the importance of travel in her own life, reminiscing about the first time she traveled with "this long haired guy I was dating" in 1973, Bill Clinton, who proposed to her in England.
Clinton visited 112 countries and logged more than a million air miles during her term as Secretary of State, making her "America's most frequent traveler."
She said she has a "deep appreciation for the magic you work each and every day" and thanked her own "terrific travel agent" for keeping her travels smooth.
"You help Americans follow their dreams," she said. "You are in the travel business but also in the dream business."
I think Hillary nailed it - what do you think?