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REMARKS BY SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT TO CENTER FOR NATIONAL POLICY RE: HER SECOND YEAR IN OFFICE WASHINGTON COURT HOTEL WASHINGTON, D.C.


Posted 02/22/99

Federal News Service
01/22/99
Page STATE DEPARTMENT BRIEFING

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COMMENTARY
Madeleine's Albrights explanation of why Xena is associated with her at an official address, after being introduced as Xena, warrior princess.

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(Applause.)
SEC. ALBRIGHT: Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you. Thanks a lot.  Thank
you.  Mo, that's great.  I'm very pleased to be here with the members of the
diplomatic corps and friends from Capitol Hill and journalists and colleagues
and guests.  It's a pleasure to always be back at the Center for National
Policy, and -- when I get introductions, it isn't usually as Xena but as the
former president of the Center for National Policy.  
But I must say that the Xena introduction issue -- it all started when I
actually was in New Zealand, where somebody asked me a question about whether I
knew about Xena the Warrior Princess, and I said I did, though I didn't --
(laughs) -- (laughter) -- but I have since learned a lot.  And what I also have
found is when I speak to huge student audiences -- and all of us are practiced
public speakers, so we know there's a moment where you're losing your audience.
And so then you think, What am I going to do now?  This I did out in the State
of Washington at some point where I had a huge high school audience, and I said,
"You know, they call me Xena the Warrior Princess," and I went like that --
(gestures) -- and I got my audience back -- (laughter) -- and I was able to go
on.   

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