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One secretary to another: Kissinger has advice, award for Clinton

Czarek Sokolowski/AP file Henry Kissinger

The White House Correspondents' Dinner was less than a week ago, but the District isn't partied out yet. Hillary Clinton, who skipped last weekend's big event, was in town Wednesday to accept an award for Distinguished International Leadership from the Atlantic Council.

The former secretary of state was not only introduced by predecessor (and part-time comedian) Henry Kissinger, but via videos by Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi and Malawi President Joyce Banda, in a series of increasingly tough-acts-to-follow.

Kissinger, who practically stole the show despite not receiving an award, also gave a subtle nod to Clinton's possible future career plans, noting that "at least four secretaries of state became president" and admitting that he once considered the idea.

"There was a constitutional provision that prevented me from doing it," lamented the foreign-born Kissinger.

"I want to tell Hillary that when she misses the office, when she looks at the histories of secretaries of state, there might be hope for a fulfilling life afterwards," he teased.

"Tony Bennett is the Henry Kissinger of the music, and Henry Kissinger is the Tony Bennett of diplomacy," Clinton declared, as she received her award to a standing ovation.

Legendary crooner Bennett and Colombian singer Juanes, who received the Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award for his social activism, sang a duet of "The Shadow of Your Smile," a song they first recorded together in 2006.

Clinton is apparently a fan of the Latin American superstar, asking, "Who could not be pleased to see Juanes, anytime, anywhere?"

And before the night was over, the room -- including Clinton and Bennett -- sang Kissinger "Happy Birthday." He turns 90 on May 27.

Contributed by Lucy Westcott