The [2009 Copenhagen climate change] summit had developed into another grudge match between the developed and developing worlds. China, India, and Brazil were refusing to sign an agreement that would commit them to even incremental steps to curb emissions. Diplomats from 193 countries wandered the bright hallways of the Bella Center in a state of fretful energy.

With failure looming, [Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton telephoned [President] Obama and urged him to fly to Copenhagen to try to break the deadlock. His political advisers were opposed, not wanting to pull the boss away from a crowded domestic agenda for a diplomatic caper that looked as if it was going to end badly. Obama, though, had promised, like Clinton, to get serious about climate change. He trusted her diagnosis: that only the American President could broker a compromise. So on the evening of December 3, 2009, he ordered Air Force One fueled up for a flight to Denmark.

Twenty-four hours later, he was being briefed by an exasperated Clinton inside a small coffee bar in a shopping mall adjacent to the conference center that had been closed for the meeting. When it became clear that the Chinese delegation was trying to water down any agreement, holing up in a conference room with windows taped over to conceal their dealings from the Americans, Obama and Clinton decided to take matters into their own hands. They set off to confront the Chinese in person, fast-walking down a hallway and up a flight of stairs, panicked aides in chase, before they ran into a Chinese official in the doorway, waving his arms and shouting, “Not ready yet.”

Confusion swirled as Clinton and Obama tried to find out who was in the room with the Chinese. An advance person told them it was the Indians, the Brazilians, and the South Africans. Now Clinton was mad: The Indians had told American officials they had already left for the airport. A major developing country was lying to avoid dealing with the United States on climate change? She and Obama looked at each other in disbelief. “C’mon, let’s just do this,” he said to Clinton. She moved first, ducking under the outstretched arm of a Chinese security guard and barging into the room, which drew a collective gasp from the leaders huddled around a conference table. Obama was right behind her. “Hi, everybody!” he bellowed, like a dad coming home early to find his teenage kids throwing a keg party in the backyard. “Mr. Prime Minister, are you ready to see me now?” he said, turning to face the nonplussed Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao, who was anything but.

– Mark Landler, Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power (BOOK | KINDLE).

This story about President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton teaming up like they were in a buddy-cop movie and crashing a meeting at the Copenhagen climate change summit is one of my favorite anecdotes from the Obama Administration.


For the Chinese premiere of the film in Shanghai, Emma Watson pulled out her most arresting look yet . In a beaded and jeweled champagne Elie Saab Couture gown with a lengthy cape that trailed behind her, Watson looked like she’d stepped out of a fairy tale.

The dramatic dress made for an appealing photo op and provided a nice contrast to costar Dan Stevens’s periwinkle blue suit, but as always, Watson’s interest in luxury is informed by her concern for the environment. Created from surplus fabric—layers of tulle and crepe georgette silk—from a previous collection, the gown is an upcycled variation on couture. Watson and her stylist, Rebecca Corbin-Murray, have been smart about incorporating eco-fashion into the actress’s wardrobe, and with this latest look they offer another take on glamour.


Great video with all the arrivals and the press conference (with a long of waiting time in between, but hang in there, it is worth it to get to the press conference) from Wonder Woman’s Chinese premiere in Shanghai on May 15th, 2017. 

Big thank you to whomever posted it! 

For lots of material from this premiere check out the following:

August 15, 1917 - China Declares War on Germany

Pictured - Duan Qirui, Chinese Premier since 1916.

In July 1917 China endured a brief and honestly rather pitiful attempt to restore the Manchu monarchy, which had been toppled in 1911. For six years the Chinese Republic had been chugging along, but the rebellion was a sign of its constant instability. Its leaders were closer to warlords than politicians, with each commanding the loyalty of private armies.

The most powerful of these men was Duan Qirui, the Prime Minister. In July he overthrew the restored Manchu emperor. On August 14 he declared war on Germany. Largely Qirui was hoping for more money and power: joining the Entente would mean more loans from Japan (who were happy to collect more Chinese debt) and a position at the bargaining table when the war ended. A German U-boat had torpedoed a French ship carrying hundreds of Chinese workers earlier in that year, which angered China. But this was no mass outburst of patriotism. China would send thousands more of its workers to help the Allies, but the warlords preferred to keep their troops home to fight each other.