Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hillary Clinton Wants Some Respect

Hillary Clinton has a message for the world: It's not all about Bill.

The secretary of state bristled Monday when — as she heard it — a Congolese university student asked what her husband thought about an international financial matter. She hadn't traveled to Africa to talk about her husband the ex-president. But even there, she couldn't escape his out sized shadow.

She abruptly reclaimed the stage for herself.

"My husband is not secretary of state, I am," she snapped. "I am not going to be channeling my husband."

Clinton's presence, so bold in her historic presidential candidacy against Barack Obama, has sometimes been hard to see in the months she's served as the supposed face and voice of U.S. foreign policy.


I feel for Hillary Clinton. She is a very intelligent woman who has done a lot of good things for people around the world. Her accomplishments are even more impressive when you consider the fact that she did these things while her husband's creeping. Despite, Bill Clinton's marital missteps, he is still immensely popular and revered almost everywhere he goes. I'm a fan of Bill Clinton's work and by no means am I trying to discount it. I just think that it's difficult for Hillary to live in her husband's shadow.

Hillary Clinton has earned the right to be treated with respect. I think she was justifiably upset for being asked about how her husband felt about x, y, and z. Granted, she could have taken the high road and explained her husband's position. I'm sure she has done this on a number of occasions. We should chalk up her reaction to human nature. Eventually, we all get tired of being overlooked and disrespected.

What you want
Baby I got it
What you need
Do you know I got it?
All I'm askin'
Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Hey baby (just a little bit) when you get home