Former U.S. Sec. of State Madeleine Albright wfae.org
Patrick Center January 31, 2013 | WGVU
“The whole thing started because of Saddam Hussein.”
The Gulf War had ended. It was February of 1993 when former U.S. Secretary of state Madeleine Albright was on a mission to make sure United Nations Security Council sanction resolutions remained in place.
“So I said terrible things about Saddam Hussein constantly which he deserved. All of a sudden a poem appeared in the papers in Baghdad that compared me to many things, but among them an unparalleled serpent. And I had a snake pin so I wore it when we talked about Iraq and that’s how it all started.”
More than 200 pins later, a book and a museum exhibition she calls Read my pins. As I walk with Albright, the pins come to life as she tells the story behind each one. You appreciate her negotiating talents and the value of first impression. She points to a multicolored pin that looks like an arrow.
“I was negotiating the antiballistic missile treaty with the Russian Foreign Minister, Igor Ivanov, and all of a sudden he looks over and says, ‘Is that one of your interceptors?’ and I said no, but we do make them very small and its time for you to negotiate.”
She’s worn a pin that looks like a bee to let Yasser Arafat know she could sting him. In 200 during the Moscow Summit, Albright adorn her lapel with three monkeys representing see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. A questionable choice.
“President Putin turns to President Clinton and says, ‘We always notice what pins Secretary Albright wears, why are you wearing those monkey pins?’ And I said because of your Chechnya policy I think its evil. And he got furious at me and said, ‘You shouldn’t be dealing with the Chechens at all!’ And President Clinton gave me this look like, ‘Are you out of your mind, you’re supposed to be our chief diplomat and you just screwed up the summit.’ So, they got me into trouble.”
Read my Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection Exhibition held at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is open to the public through April 21st.
More WGVU News
Yesterday Settlement to end odors from Detroit incinerator Detroit MI October 21, 2014 | WGVU The state of Michigan says it's reached an agreement with two companies to end odors from a Detroit incinerator as part of a settlement that includes a $350,000 fine.
Wayne State law school plans to freeze tuition Detroit MI October 21, 2014 | WGVU Wayne State University's Law School plans to freeze tuition next year and give a scholarship to every incoming student.
Central Michigan star back Rawls to be sentenced Mount Pleasant, MI October 21, 2014 | WGVU One of college football's top running backs faces sentencing in a Michigan theft case.
Grand Rapids Community College plans buyouts Grand Rapids MI October 21, 2014 | WGVU Grand Rapids Community College plans to offer buyouts to some faculty and staff as part of an effort that could save $5 million over the next decade.
Great Lakes water levels rise to above average Port Huron, MI October 21, 2014 | WGVU The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit says water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron are above average this season for the first time since 1998.
Apple Pay option for West Michigan consumers October 21, 2014 | WGVU This week's launch of Apple Pay gives consumers another way to pay. Will it change the way we shop? ListenDownload Upper Midwest wolf population rises despite hunts VIRGINA, Minn. October 21, 2014 | AP The gray wolf population has increased slightly in the Western Great Lakes District, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Michigan doctor sentenced in sexual assault PETOSKEY, Mich. October 21, 2014 | AP A northern Michigan family care doctor who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a patient under the pretense of therapy has been sentenced to 38 months to 10 years in prison. Health groups plan Michigan insurance events EAST LANSING, Mich. October 21, 2014 | AP Health advocacy groups are partnering in Michigan to help uninsured residents sign up for health coverage. Democrats slam Snyder over health care contract LANSING, Mich. October 21, 2014 | AP The Michigan Democratic Party is accusing Gov. Rick Snyder's administration of extending a state contract without competitive bidding and increasing its worth a day after the company's executives held a fundraiser for his campaign. Spectrum Health, Pennock enter merger talks GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. October 21, 2014 | AP Spectrum Health and Pennock Hospital in Barry County are entering into merger talks.
Pennock with its 49-bed hospital in Hastings has entered into merger talks with Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health.
Discussions are underway after Pennock Health’s board of directors signed a non-binding letter of intent.
The Pennock health care system includes eight primary care physician offices, three specialty clinics for women’s health, general surgery, orthopedics, two pharmacies and a health and wellness center.
There are also plans for the construction of a new, $70 million Pennock Hospital near Hastings. If a partnership can be reached, it’s not clear what will become of those plans. Officials there say the creation of a new master facility plan would be necessary to determine whether the new hospital moves forward.
ListenDownload Michigan donors to super PAC include Land's dad LANSING, Mich. October 21, 2014 | AP Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land's father was among Michigan residents who gave heavily last month to a conservative group that has spent at least $4 million on TV ads against Democrat Gary Peters. Gov. Snyder signs law to ban Tesla direct sales LANSING, Mich. October 21, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law tighter restrictions to prohibit electric car maker Tesla Motors from selling vehicles in Michigan.