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Madeline Albright's 'Read My Pins' Exhibit

'Read My Pins' Exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum

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    'Read My Pins' Exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum featuring Madeline Albright's famous brooches.
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    The former Sec. of State tours the exhibit, explaining the meaning behind some of her pins.
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    Albright decided to wear an eagle spreading its wings for her swearing in ceremony, but later came to regret it, “It almost blew off in the wind,” she said.
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    “People often ask me what my favorite pin is and it’s this one that my daughter made….. It’s kind of a sign that any pin that can kind of convey a sentimental message is very important.”
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    “I love music,” Albright says, showing off her jazz instruments.
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    “When I wore a bee it might mean that I would give a stinging message,” Albright said, showing a pin that she wore to meet Yasser Arafat.
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    “This pin, which is actually more of an arrow, when I was talking with the Russian Foreign Minister; they began to understand that I was sending messages with pins. We were talking about the anti- ballistic missile treaty and he looked at me and said ‘Is that one of your interceptors?’ I said ‘Yes it is. You can see we make them very small and you need to negotiate.”
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    “This is the pin I wore when I met Kim Jong Il. I decided that all he ever did was attack the United States and so I figured that there would definitely be a picture of us when we met and if I wore a large enough American flag he would have to explain what was going on.”
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    “This pin I like particularly. It was given to me the wife of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and it is a combination of all the service pins of the American military.”
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    “Who would have thought the President of the United States, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense would sit on a sofa and look like that? ” She said of her “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” monkeys, which she wore to meet with President Putin.
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    “I wore the zebra when I met with Nelson Mandela. I think this is kind of a neat picture.”
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    Not all of her pins were serious. Albright is very fond of animal pins.
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    The Katrina pin is one of Albright’s favorites. It was given to her from a man whose mother died in the hurricane.
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    The former Secretary of State is a big fan of Star Trek, according to this pin display.
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    The “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” pin.
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    Dagger and grenade launcher pins.
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    “Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil” pins.
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    Oversized American flag pin.
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    This pin is contains a piece of the Berlin Wall.
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    Read my Pins: The Madeline Albright Collection is on display though April 20th at the Phoenix Art Museum.