"Now really, the only downside to this appointment is that those of us here in Washington who have had the opportunity to work with Mike will miss him. And he is, as the President calls him on a regular basis, McFaul. We look forward to hearing about McFaul’s stories of pickup basketball games at Spaso House. Donna has continued advocacy on issues close to her and my heart – families, women, and children. And I’m even told there may be a few rock and roll sessions when Mike’s band mates from The Pigs – (laughter) – visit Moscow. And it’s not an agricultural issue, Ambassador. (Laughter.) I don’t think they’ll need to be quarantined with their instruments."
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State
Benjamin Franklin Room
January 10, 2012