Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (AP) - Half a world away from the Democratic National Convention, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delayed her departure from Brunei on Friday to watch President Barack Obama accept the party's nomination for a second term.
After meeting Brunei's Foreign Minister and launching a new US-funded English language training project at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Clinton postponed her departure for Russia's Far East to return to her hotel to watch a recording of Obama's speech online.
A Clinton aide said she loved Obama'S speech and now plans to read the transcript.
Clinton, who lost a bitter race against Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008 but as secretary of state is barred from partisan political activity, is missing her first Democratic convention since 1968.
On Friday, she was nearing the end of an 11-day, six-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific during which she has again shattered her own record for secretarial travel.
East Timor was the 109th and Brunei the 110th country Clinton has visited as America's top diplomat, easily eclipsing the second-place holder, Madeleine Albright, who travelled to 98.
Since becoming Secretary of State in 2009, Clinton has now been out of the country and in Asia for two major political events - this year's conventions and the 2010 congressional midterm elections.
Clinton was flying Friday to Vladivostok, Russia, where she will stand in for Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin