Hillary Clinton could barely tear her gaze from the windswept ocean as Premier Colin Barnett invited her to the podium at Cottesloe's Indiana yesterday afternoon.
With the replica Duyfken sailing ship at sea behind her as she spoke, the US Secretary of State told 180 guests at an informal reception the scene was almost perfect.
"It's a bit of a torture to be standing here on a day like this with our backs to the ocean and not having a chance to even stick a toe in," she said.
"This only means that, speaking for myself, I will look for the opportunity to return and see more of Western Australia and the rest of this beautiful country."
Winding up the talks before Mrs Clinton continued on to Adelaide, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said Cottesloe reminded him of his home in Monterey, California.
Lapping up the adulation of his electorate was Mr Barnett.
"I thought it was a wonderful idea - my own idea I must say - to bring you not only to Cottesloe beach but as far away as you can get from Washington," he said.
Mrs Clinton was introduced to burns specialist Fiona Wood, Chief Justice Wayne Martin and Victoria Cross recipient Cpl Daniel Keighran.