Clinton lauds oldest Peace Corps volunteer
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday praised as “one of the best” the oldest Peace Corps volunteer in the world, an 85-year old Florida woman serving in Morocco.
Clinton recognized Muriel Johnston during a meet-and-greet session of U.S. Embassy officials and other Americans in Marrakech, Morocco. Clinton was representing the U.S. at an international conference in Morocco, during a trip that stretched from Pakistan to the Middle East.
“I have to recognize — I just learned about this last night — Muriel Johnston. Muriel? Stand up, Muriel,” Clinton said to applause and cheers from Johnston’s fellow Peace Corps workers and other Americans.
“My young staff said, ‘Oh my goodness, Muriel Johnston, she’s the oldest Peace Corps volunteer in the world.’ I said, ‘That’s not the way we think about it.’ No, Muriel and I might say she is one of the best Peace Corps volunteers in the world,” Clinton said to more applause, emphasizing “best.”