Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Hillary Clinton Names Ellen Degeneres HIV AIDS Special Envoy
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has named talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres as the U.S. government's Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness. The announcement came Tuesday (Nov. 8) at the National Institute of Health during Clinton's address about AIDS and the HIV virus.
Clinton says of DeGeneres, "[Ellen] is going to bring not only her sharp wit and her big heart, but her impressive TV audience and more than 8 million followers on Twitter, to raise awareness and support for this effort. I know we can look forward to many contributions from Ellen and her loyal fans across the globe."
"I’m honored to have been chosen by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as Special Envoy for Global AIDS awareness. The fight against AIDS is something that has always been close to my heart. And I’m happy that I can use my platform to educate people and spread hope. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go look up what “envoy” means," said talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
*Envoy - a diplomatic agent of the second rank, next in dignity after an ambassador, commonly called minister.
aka - an accredited messenger or representative.