State continues to merely shuffle the deck chairs and employ officials who were part of the management deficiencies and systematic failures that were tragically made.
Democrats have called the criticisms a partisan show, noting that at least 13 U.S. embassies and consulates were attacked during President Bushs term, leading to the loss of at least 96 lives, at least 10 of whom were American.
The Benghazi drumbeat, though, hasnt hurt Clintons early poll numbers, which show shes a front runner nationwide and in must-win Florida. Polls indicate shed even best Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush in the Republicans home state.
Clinton said nothing about Benghazi or Syrias civil war tensions over its chemical weapons.
Speaking engagingly and without notes, the crowd sat with rapt attention as Clinton gave an address for about 30 minutes and then answered a few questions from the moderator, Nikki Grossman, CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Grossman presented Clinton with a gift: a volleyball-sized glass globe filled with sand and shells.
In some cities you get a key to the city or a plaque. In greater Fort Lauderdale, we have balls, Grossman said. And I dont think theres a person in this room, or perhaps in this world, who doesnt think you do, too.
The crowd exploded with laughs and applauded. Clintons smile and blush were visible in the upper-deck of the Hyatt Regency Miami auditorium.
However, this one is full of sand, shells and love from the people of Greater Fort Lauderdale and South Florida, Grossman said.
Clintons speech to the travel agents was tailored to them. She stressed the importance of travel name-dropping countries like Togo and sharing personal anecdotes about Nelson Mandela or generals from Burma who told her they were learning about democracy from watching NBCs The West Wing, which aired from 1999-2006.
Clinton, though, credits the countrys move away from a dictatorship to the fact that its generals went abroad and saw the rest of the world.
I am convinced that travel helped change minds in the military dictatorship of Burma, Clinton said.
She also fondly recalled the first time she met and traveled with Bill Clinton, whom she described as this long haired guy I was dating at the time in 1973.
And Clinton fretted about the future and current state of the United States.
The confidence of Americans in most of our important institutions have fallen to historic lows, she said. Americans have lost loss faith in the press, churches, banks, sports heroes, you name it Majorities across all partisan and demographic groups certainly express little or no trust in government at any level.
A previous version of this article indicated that the questions to Clinton were pre-screened. The moderator now says they were not.