And that posed some delicate negotiations in advance of the visit to Washington of Irish leaders.
During the presidential campaign, some Obama foreign policy advisors minimized the role Clinton contributed to the Northern Ireland peace process when she was first lady.
The then candidate Clinton maintained that she had worked in a hands on fashion with political leaders in Dublin, Belfast and London during the engineering of the Good Friday accord.
That work was duly acknowledged by Taoiseach Brian Cowen during his remarks at the Shamrock ceremony at the White House.
“And some of those who played a central role in our peace process are with us today, including your secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and, of course, our dear friend, Senator George Mitchell,” said Cowen.
Earlier in the day, Secretary Clinton met with Sinn F