Hillary Clinton Gets Testy: “My Husband is not Secretary of State, I Am”

August 11, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became visibly annoyed on Monday in a testy exchange with a Congolese student asking a question through a translator. The student asked Clinton to explain “Mr. Clinton’s” views on a Chinese trade deal with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Secretary of State,——well let’s put it kindly and say she didn’t answer the student’s question.

Clinton is on a diplomatic trip through Africa this week and stopped to take some questions in the Republic of the Congo. Clinton bristled when asked a question abou her husband’s views and responded: “You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?”

Clinton then went on to say, “My husband is not secretary of state, I am. If you want my opinion I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband.”

The student was confused by Clinton’s response, because the translator misquoted the student. The student was asking for President Obama’s views and not Bill Clinton’s. More confusion must have ensued, with the students in attendance wondering why the Secretary of State was referring to President Obama as her “husband”

After the question and answer session, the student reportedly approached the Secretary of State to explain the confusion, according to ABC news. There was no report of a response from Clinton.

Just last week Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton grabbed the headlines, after embarking on a successful humanitarian mission to free two female American journalists imprisoned in the communist country of North Korea.

Secretary Clinton obviously lost her cool in an exchange that was unbecoming for the United States’ top diplomat, especially in response to a student’s innocuous question. Women everywhere can certainly sympathize with a wife’s occasional annoyance with her husband, but not in a public forum abroad while representing the country.

Let’s chalk this exchange up to a bad day.

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3 Responses to “Hillary Clinton Gets Testy: “My Husband is not Secretary of State, I Am””

  1. Hillary Clinton Gets Testy: “My Husband is not Secretary of State, I Am” on August 11th, 2009 10:56 am

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  2. Laura B on August 11th, 2009 11:39 am

    She is quite obviously tired of being in President Clinton’s shadow. She overreacted. All the work she has done to change her image of being a…well, “b-word, has just been undone because, in my opinion, that is exactly how she came across.

  3. Chrystal K. on August 11th, 2009 6:20 pm

    Even if it wasn’t lost in translation, she could have gotten the same point across a little bit nicer.

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