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August 11, 2009

Hillary Clinton Gets A Little Testy

Posted: 02:29 PM ET

From guardian.co.uk / By Andrew Clark

No matter where she goes, it seems that Hillary Clinton cannot quite escape the international shadow cast by her husband.

Usually polished in public, the US secretary of state's calm demeanour momentarily cracked yesterday when a Congolese student asked her about Bill Clinton's view on a foreign policy issue. "My husband is not secretary of state," Clinton snapped. "I am."

The encounter, in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, came during an 11-day whistle-stop tour of Africa. The male student had asked her what "Mr Clinton" thought about a controversial $9bn deal between Congo and China, in which the African country has traded rights to develop its rich copper reserves for help in building roads, railways and schools.

"You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" Clinton asked sharply. "If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channelling my husband."

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Kim St Thomas ON   August 11th, 2009 5:07 pm ET

Good for you Hillary! There is no high profile male politician/leader in the entire world who would be asked what their respective wives thought of any given issue. I realize that there was a mistake in translation but had that been a real question, it would be simply insulting. Hillary is a force in her own right and in this watcher's opinion, helped to meld and shape former President Clinton's career and world view such that he would never have been so successful without her involvement. She is a super smart, super savvy lady who deserves every ounce of respect and courtesy that would be afforded a man in the same position.
Keep givin' em hell Hillary


joe   August 11th, 2009 5:42 pm ET

Oh Hil, come on now; he did do your job – you did not get the girls out of NK now did you?


Yulia   August 11th, 2009 6:06 pm ET

You Go Girl!!!
One day we will have a female president.


Terry, TX   August 11th, 2009 7:33 pm ET

Good for Hillary....she has reason....Obama played her for an idiot....and what Bill Clinton wouldn't do when he was President....Obama had him pick up the ladies because .....as it's coming out....Obama paid to get those women who illegally crossed into North Korea. What they didn't see the river between China and North Korea.


CJ   August 11th, 2009 7:52 pm ET

I have no problem with politicians getting testy with other politicians and professionals. But they should refrain from showing an aggressive attitude to students who have neither shouted nor hurled abuse at them, have asked a question politely and are interested in politics. Don't you wish there were more students like that?

If Clinton has diva-ish tendencies and does not wish to be asked questions regarding her husband, perhaps she should have warned those attending, much like actors do when they don't want to be asked questions on topics about which they are sensitive. But don't shoot down a rather innocent questioner.

It's fair enough Clinton was offended (if indeed that was what the student asked), but I think her tirade shows a strong lack of diplomacy, restraint and levelheadedness. It not savvy by any stretch of the imagination.

If Palin had reacted like that – fair enough. She's all over the place. No one expects her (or her supporters) to know any better and hopefully she never had and never will have a shot at the White House.


Alice, NJ   August 11th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Live her alone. She is doing a fab job!!!!!


Sharon   August 11th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Hillary's comments and tone were the only appropriate response. The fact that men don't get that should be of no surprise to anyone.


TL/Huntington Beach   August 11th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I am reading this as- No other person's opinion counts but mine. Hillary is coming from a place of hurt and emotional pain. She lacked sensitivity with little regard for the feelings of the speaker or how the audience would receive her. It was a rather impulsive response.


carol kesling   August 11th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

i think the person asking the ? made a mistake & said bill instead of obama... it was an innocent mistake.. i love bill clinton& hillary both.. and i did indeed vote for obama !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cathy Costa   August 11th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Hillary was totally justified in her response but it was her body language that caused her to look "ugly".


Lyn Nielson   August 11th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Good for Hillery. She is her own person and was put in the position she is in for who she is, for her own thoughts, I think the people of the the United States are very fortunate to have her. I enjoy listening to her. She is intelligent and personable. She shows the world that there are intelligent people in the United States and is putting States back into respect. I am so grateful she is looking at helping woman's rights in Africa and would continue with other parts of the world. Hillery keep on smiling and doing such a great Job. Lyn


mike adkins,charlotte,nc   August 11th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Hillary Clinton is a well educated lawyer, Senator, Secretary of state and has a great backround. IF anything, Bill Clinton needs her advice and opinion. To suggest the opposite is an insult and disrespectful. She got "TESTY" GOOD! She needed to.


Donna   August 11th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

If Hillary were a man there would not even be a discussion here. A man would be seen as being strong and having a backbone. We need to get rid, once and for all, of this double standard regarding women.

Way to go Hillary!


shirley   August 11th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I fully understand where Hillary was coming from.Iused to feel like a shadow of my husband,always being referred to as Toms wife.This used to really infuriate me. Istarted correcting these people,telling them Ihave a name,ITS SHIRLEY.Hillary is a great woman and should have been PRESIDENT.Lets here more of her good works


Marie Greene   August 11th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I think Hillary is doing a great job as Sec. of State. To me, what she said was "viery nice." Seemingly, this job was for her. President Obama did not play her for an idiot as Terry said in Tx. (Do people ever think positive anymore). President Obama knew she was a smart woman that would fit in his administration to help regain our country's imagine in the world. Thanks Sec. Clinton and thanks President Obama.


patty   August 11th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

she was not feeling well & slouching in her chair..maybe jet lag...I applaud her..maybe she will be the Pres in 8 yrs.....her hair could have looked better,,liked the periwinkle suit she wore ....


Judith   August 11th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

So what if Hillary came out and said what she said.Good for her.


idzan ismail of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   August 11th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

Please take Hillary Clinton as the POWER lady she is.
She is no appendage to hubby..
You go madame..
I want to see you as America's President maybe in 2016.


teisho   August 12th, 2009 3:34 am ET

I disagree with those who exhault this person's ability as secretary of state. I know if she does run for president, I will not vote for her.

She's as creepy to me as ultra left or ultra right wingers are.


Jude   August 12th, 2009 6:21 am ET

Perfectly understandable reaction!


Cob   August 12th, 2009 6:43 am ET

This was a prime example of why we are lucky that she was not elected president. The display might be excusable as the Sec of State but not as the President. She could have made the same point but in a much more diplomatic fashion with a much more professional demeanor.


esiafe   August 12th, 2009 10:12 am ET

nobody doubts the rich qualification,experience,endowment of hillary clinton.Her last outburst to a simple question was undiplomatic,She could have answered the question diplomatically.The audience is aware of her status,she did not need to wash her dirty linens before the international public.


Bill   August 12th, 2009 11:09 am ET

One possible approach might be to begin applying some common-sense to her performance as secretary of state,instead of following blindly the official administration policy of "Tough" diplomacy thru the the process of "Kissing asses and taking names".


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