August 11, 2009
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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