Hillary Clinton with Haiti's President Rene Preval

Hillary Clinton during her tenure at the State had travelled to Haiti four times as often as she did in Japan, Afghanistan or Russia. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton had mentioned a number of times that his work in Haiti is "one of the great joys of my life." When Hillary visited Haiti in April 2009 as the Secretary of State, she met then Haitian President Rene Preval. To mention how Haiti has remained close to her heart, Hilary said when they visited Haiti as newlyweds, 34 years ago, they bought five Haitian paintings that have traveled with them in every house they have lived in, including the White House. She reminded Preval a proverb, "Beyond the mountains, there are mountains." That means you never get over the mountains, but we should make the journey, and then you see new challenges; you get better and stronger every day. And that is our hope for the people of this wonderful nation. In January 2010, Hillary defended Preval from criticism of his leadership following the devastating earthquake one week ago. However, in 2011, she flew to Haiti to pressure President René Préval to admit Mr. Martelly, a popular recording artist, into a two-person runoff for president by omitting Mr. Préval's handpicked successor, Jude Célestin, a state public works official.


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