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updated 1/30/2013 8:16:43 PM ET 2013-01-31T01:16:43

From embracing the night life in Columbia, to dealing with a half-naked man interrupting a photo-op in Hawaii, Hillary Clinton has shown she can roll with the punches.

Over the course of her stint as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has played a crucial role in several high-stakes international events. Many credit Clinton with the role the United States played in the capture of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and the secretary also became known for her dedication to women’s rights across the globe.

Clinton has become the most traveled Secretary of State, visiting 112 countries and clocking over 2,000 hours of travel time.

In addition, Secretary Clinton made history for being the first in her position to visit Myanmar since 1955. While there, Clinton met and worked with opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung Sang Syu Kyi. Clinton said it “was like seeing a friend you hadn’t seen for a very long time, even though it was our first meeting.”

Despite the pressure of her prominent position, Clinton has also shown a glimpse of her sense of humor and fun. She embraced the nightlife at a café in Colombia, and danced with locals in Malawi, Kenya, and South Africa.

Will this be the end of the beloved “Texts from Hillary,” tumblr account or will speculation about 2016 cause a resurgence? Clinton let it be known that she was amused by the meme and even met one of the bloggers behind the franchise.

Then there was the photo-bomb situation in Hawaii. Clinton was posing with Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Donald Tsang. Take a look at the Hardball Sideshow for Clinton’s reaction when an unexpected individual catches both leaders, and all the photographers, by surprise.

What was the highlight of Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State? Let us know what you think!

Video: Sideshow: Hillary Clinton’s lighter moments

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    >> recent years one in four high-tech start-ups in america, companies like google and intel --

    >> after all immigrants helped start businesses like google and yahoo.

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    >>> finally, travels with hillary, we've seen no shortage over the past four years. all the same the secretary has been game for the lighter moments of her job.

    >> can i put one on like you have over there? [ singing ]

    >> things got musical on several different occasions. then there was this photo shoot in hawaii with hong kong 's chief executive. that was, in fact, a half dressed torch bearing man dashing behind them. and then there was the speech featuring a knock at kim jong -un.

    >> time has honored so many national and global leaders. there's many i haven't had a chance to meet yet. i was sort of hoping kim jong -un would show up. i don't think he's here, but if you catch sight of him, let me know . we're still trying to figure out what he's all about.

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