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Secretary Clinton’s Hawaiian surprise APEC video going viral

  • STATE DEPARTMENT EAST ASIA PACIFIC MEDIA HUB YOUTUBE VIDEO
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton burst out laughing after a torch-bearer runs behind her during a photo op with Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang.
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A video of a photo op with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Hawaii is going viral.

Clinton had just finished shaking hands with Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang and was posing for photographers at sunset Saturday in Waikiki when a shirtless torch bearer wearing a blue malo (loincloth) ran behind her during the nightly torch-lighting ceremony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel.

Photographers began chuckling when they noticed the man; Clinton turned around just in time to see him.

Clinton clasped her hands together and burst out laughing.

“That was great, I hope you all captured that,” she told photographers.

The secretary of state put her hand on Tsang’s shoulder and said, “People will wonder what the chief executive is doing.”

Clinton was in Hawaii for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

Hilton spokeswoman Dara Young said the shirtless man was Chester Centino, 24, a Tihati Productions dancer and Farrington High School graduate, who also performs at the hotel’s luau. Ninety torches are lit every night on the Hawaiian Village property, Young said.

The video, titled Hillary Clinton’s Hawaiian Surprise, is posted on the State Department’s East Asia and Pacific media hub YouTube channel and generated more than 515,000 views as of early this afternoon.

 

 

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