March 12, 2010

What has happened to our Hillary?

Hillary Rodham Clinton is — have you forgotten? — Secretary of State. And here we see her as the First Lady's sidekick at the 2010 International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony:


This photograph almost enrages me. Michelle Obama laughs openly and Hillary covers her mouth like a geisha. The photographer doesn't even get a clear shot of the shrinking former First Lady. A fuzzy head blocks our view.

Is Hillary Clinton some sort of special women's Secretary of State? Every time I see her, she's tending to some nurturing, women-oriented matter, helping people in the Third World and so on. Women of Courage... where's her courage? Or is her annoyingly modest posture a cover for a truly bold move in the offing? I hope so!

52 comments:

garage mahal said...

Two smiling women enjoying themselves enrages you?

AllenS said...

Hillary: "Oh, my God. There's my husband, Bill."

Michelle: "Look! He's smelling a cigar, hahaha."

former law student said...

To me, Hillary covered her mouth because she was saying something to Michelle that she didn't want lipreaders to pick up.

Compare baseball pitchers covering their faces with their gloves when the catcher comes out to the mound to speak with them.

NewHam said...

Why would she want to associate herself with this crowd?

Hillary is smart. She understands that she doesn't want to appear anywhere near a camera with these losers.

It might get on her.

Lem said...

She didn't want her lips read.

Meantime Obama sends Biden to Israel.

MaggotAtBroad&Wall said...

It appears someone told a joke that Hillary found risque while Michelle just rolled with the humor.

1jpb said...

This is the event where MLO almost called HRC 'president clinton'.

Paddy O. said...

"almost enrages"

Irritates? Frustrates? Bothers?

Angers? Maddens? Rankles? Incenses?

Chafes? Vexes? Exasperates?

Lem said...

good catch fls

Hoosier Daddy said...

Is it me or is Hillary starting to look like Madeline Albright?

exhelodrvr1 said...

Not referring to this picture, but she is trying to maintain separation from the administration to keep her options open for future campaigns.

1jpb said...

Here are some more pictures of this terrible situation that has Althouse so upset.

Just awful.

The disgrace. The horror.

BTW,
I wonder if postings like this could be cathartic. Without an online-bitterness-outlet it could be that Meade would suffer greatly.

Big Mike said...

Is Hillary Clinton some sort of special women's Secretary of State?

It would be nice if Hillary viewed her job as Secretary of State for the United States, instead of just Secretary of State for Women's Issues.

Kansas City said...

Wow. Why the outrage over the details of a photo that, to me, looked like two people having fun and a laugh.

Second wow. Ann thinks highly of Hillary? You should read Game Change (or speak to someone honest who has had some contact with her) and you would change your mind.

Are she and Bill still trying to figure out how to become president? Of course.

HKatz said...

The photographer doesn't even get a clear shot of the shrinking former First Lady.

It gets a clear shot of her eyes. Michelle's eyes are closed, but Hilary's are alert, piercing and watchful.

Synova said...

The photo isn't bad and going to an event and having a fun time and being happy isn't bad. Certainly we're not required to be all stern and serious all the time. (I'm recalling that stupid anti-women-in-the-military woman I've thankfully lost the name of making a big deal about some Army recruits doing the giggling girls with make-up thing, as if that made them not-soldiers.)

But, but, but...

As the photograph of Hillary does manage to illustrate her "Women's Secretary of State" status, yes, the photograph is almost enraging.

I sometimes think that despite my protests to the contrary, I'm an ardent feminist. I've long complained that feminists marginalize themselves when they promote women's issues. They set themselves in a corner and then complain of being set there. I certainly have noticed that Hillary seems to be, first and foremost, focused on women's issues as Secretary of State. And I can't believe that it's her idea to marginalize herself that way.

Was Condi ever ever reduced to running around doing the job of a first Lady or a hereditary Princess? If she promoted women's issues it was by confronting male heads of state in misogynistic parts of the world, bold as brass balls, and dealing with the matters of State. That was her job.

Has a male Secretary of State ever done the equivalent sorts of things that Hillary has done?

former law student said...

Meantime Obama sends Biden to Israel.

A strategic decision. Biden is well known for shooting off his mouth, while a Secretary of State has to be diplomatic. Biden was the best choice to tell Israel a hard truth.

Hoosier Daddy said...

It would be nice if Hillary viewed her job as Secretary of State for the United States

Why should she? Obama just sends Bill out if he actually needs to get something done.

Kansas City said...

What has Hillary done as SOS? What does anyone expect her to do? When was the last time a SOS did something of great significance?

I had the impression she was biding her time and enjoying the privileges of the job. I think she probably recognizes there is nothing going on that provides any realistic prospect for her to look good. She probably plans/hopes to serve about two years and, if she can get out before something blows up, be in a position to blame Obama and either challenge him down the road or at least be off the hook for whatever major screw ups occur in his presidency.

former law student said...

Was Condi ever ever reduced to running around doing the job of a first Lady or a hereditary Princess?

Actually, Condi created the International Women of Courage Awards, to honor International Women's Day. She presented them at State the first two years, 2007 and 2008.

State Dept. link here

Dave said...

you're always either enraged or almost enraged.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Condi also would have known how to spell RESET in Russian.

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Kansas City said...

I thought Condi was fine, but what did she do of significance?

I especially like how she quietly and classily went away after her time was completed.

Chip Ahoy said...

Please don't be nearly enraged. I like the photo a lot. You already know it's not always possible to get the best of all possible shots.

But now that you mention Hillary covering her mouth, I tend to interpret that differently. I realize this is my own bias. Michelle's smile is brilliant, white, and perfect. Hillary's teeth are frankly old by comparison. She must know that.

There is an acquaintance I encounter occasionally at the clubs who always speaks to me this way, with his mouth covered like that. Always. As if what he is saying is a secret, or as if he's trying to direct sound directly into my personal space. I do not understand it as there's no problem with secrecy or with sound. As to Hillary, for all I know maybe she just ate spinach. Maybe garlic.

Skyler said...

Someday your eyes will open to the reality of Hillary and the democrats, Anne.

Synova said...

"Actually, Condi created the International Women of Courage Awards, to honor International Women's Day."

Certainly women are a part of the world, as are men and children and people with some other identifying need. And I think I was pretty clear that I didn't have a problem with Hillary laughing or the event in question.

It's just... why the difference in perception? Because there is a strong perception that Hillary in particular is focusing her Secretary of State term on women-oriented issues. Is it because she really is, and really is being pushed aside from weighty decisions and important tasks... either Obama countermands her appointment decisions or sends Bill... or is the press reporting differently?

Could it be that people who are trying to promote Hillary are doing this on purpose because they think that it shows her in a good light? Lord knows I can't figure it out, but empirically people who believe they are promoting feminism think that there is something better about careers in women's studies than in what must (logically) be considered men's studies.... which is everything else.

Is it possible that Hillary is doing the same sorts of things that Condi did, but no one was particularly interested in promoting Condi so none of the girl-stuff made the news?

Big Mike said...

@FLS, thank you for the link. From the brief summaries it certainly appears that this year's winners are worthy.

pm317 said...

former law student said...

To me, Hillary covered her mouth because she was saying something to Michelle that she didn't want lipreaders to pick up.
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BINGO! It is a shame we have to educate Ann on this.

ricpic said...

All the courage of these lefty hags evaporates in the face of Islamic misogyny.

Joaquin said...

Hillary has been a no-show as SOS and on the entire health-care debate.
Let's not forget that health-care was her BIG ISSUE and now, she's as quiet as a church mouse.
I have no doubt she is trying to get as much distance from the Obama bunch as possible.

dp said...

"our" hillary? didn't you vote for "your" obama? as a puma, this enrages me.

Kansas City said...

Hillary probably deserves it, but it is somewhat unfair that no matter what she does, her motives are suspect. I'm sure she must have moments when she it ernestly trying to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do.

Paddy O. said...

It is absolutely interesting to me that in our era where individual senators can have rather immense influence in shaping, adapting, preventing, or supporting health reform that Hillary Clinton, of all people, is entirely removed from the debate. It could be that Obama's most significant political achievement of his presidency was taking Hillary out of national politics. What's amazing is she allowed herself to be seduced away from the Senate.

I think both Clintons are immensely susceptible to undermining themselves when even slightly tempted. They each have different vices. Clinton has lust, Hillary has vainglory. Neither vice ever really satisfies as much as it initially promises.

edutcher said...

Your Hillary, maybe, not mine.

As to the line, "Is Hillary Clinton some sort of special women's Secretary of State?", you broke the code. She has been kicked upstairs to a supposedly prestigious post where all the real work is done by Barry's foreign policy czars or, when The Zero wants to really twist the knife, Willie.

The irony is that, when she challenges The Won in '12 and tries to point to her stint at State, she'll have no real accomplishments.

1jpb said...

Here are some more pictures of this terrible situation that has Althouse so upset.

Just awful.

The disgrace. The horror.

BTW,
I wonder if postings like this could be cathartic. Without an online-bitterness-outlet it could be that Meade would suffer greatly.


Jealous, mayhap?

ricpic said...

All the courage of these lefty hags evaporates in the face of Islamic misogyny.

Lefty hags and the Lefty empty suits that knuckle under to them.

holdfast said...

Biden was the best choice to tell Israel a hard truth.

Huh? Are you saying that Obama dressed up his rebuke as a sort of a gag card to soften the blow?

Biden is well known for being an f'n moron, so Israel is free to ignore anything he says, secure in the knowledge that he probably just made it up on the spot or plagiarized it from a speech by a former leader of the UK Labour Party.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Here are some more pictures of this terrible situation that has Althouse so upset.


Michelle actually looks rather nice in that purple outfit. Gigantic compared to the other ladies, but nice.

Instead of wearing her professional wrestling belt and a top that is 4 sizes too small or an outfit that looks like a Salvation Army bin reject; she is wearing a flattering top and bottom set in a color that is really great on her.

And...she is 'your' Hillary. Not mine. Nevertheless, I do believe that the Obama administration has really kept Hillary boxed in and diminished.

The Crack Emcee said...

OUR Hillary?

c3 said...

Biden is well known for shooting off his mouth, while a Secretary of State has to be diplomatic. Biden was the best choice to tell Israel a hard truth.

Huh!!
I thought this administration was into diplomacy. this doesn't sound very diplomatic to me.

PS And so why didn't Joe run the Healthcare summit then?

kent said...

And so why didn't Joe run the Healthcare summit then?

Because yet another "hard truth" (to coin a phrase) is that Joe Biden is the Ralph Malph of American politics, and would unquestionably find himself hard pressed to "run" a pair of dimestore nylons.

danielle said...

oh gosh, Ann and her overdone interpretation of photos ! ridiculous ! this is the perfect example of reading into a picture what you already believe to be the case. Ann does this a lot.

how often do you see Hillary covering her mouth to laugh ? yeah, never. ever think there was possibly some other reason for her hand at that moment ?

And is there any particular reason that a secretary of state cant also bring her stature to women's issues ? Does the role of secretary of state have to be defined by how men did the job ?

traditionalguy said...

Biden went to Israel to tell them directly from Obama's mouth, "Go to hell". The message was loud and clear.The Israelis will have to become a regional hegemon themselves now that the Obama has made the USA's support for their survival disappear. Don't bet against them. Meanwhile not a peep about the Iranian Mullahs being an illegitimate government that is sworn to destroy Israel...the Obama muslim instincts are in a house of peace with the Mullahs and are in a house of war with the Jewish state and the Christian state. Contrast that message with Sarah Palin's message that dividing Jerusalem is not going to happen. Hmmm.

Big Mike said...

I'm sure she must have moments when she it ernestly trying to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do.

@KC, I wouldn't bet the mortgage on it.

Matt said...

I had Biden's resignation for "health reasons" and Clinton replacing him coming after one year. Maybe Clinton senses she has a shot in the 2012 primaries instead.

Kansas City said...

The only way Biden is giving up that VP slot is if you pry it out of his cold stiff hands. He adores the attention and the opportunities to be in situations where people are required to listen to him.

Kansas City said...

If you want to read a great column on the crazy persons who pursue the presidency (including Hillary), read Peggy Noonan.

http://www.peggynoonan.com/

Kansas City said...

The hilarity continues. The State Department announces today that HIllary has a 43 minute call with Netenyahu [sp?] to express criticism. It almost has to be in part (probably large part) to temper ridicule about Biden and not her going to Israel.

Joe said...

It would be nice to say that Hillary just stinks at being Secretary of State, but I think she's just not being allowed to be one. Obama keeps tapping other people to do the serious lifting, which tells me that the entire appointment was Machiavellian politics. Ironically, Hillary probably could have done more good of Obama in the Senate (which, I suppose, is precisely the point.)

Cedarford said...

holdfast said...
"Biden was the best choice to tell Israel a hard truth."

Huh? Are you saying that Obama dressed up his rebuke as a sort of a gag card to soften the blow?

Biden is well known for being an f'n moron, so Israel is free to ignore anything he says, secure in the knowledge that he probably just made it up on the spot or plagiarized it from a speech by a former leader of the UK Labour Party.


Israel ignores the message Biden delivered at their peril.

Every Turkey, and every Arab country in the region is extremely concerned about Iran's nuclear ambitions, even if they understand the Israelis are Iran's rivals to regional hegemony. They know they are "next", so they are putting their own nuclear weapons programs in the starting blocks.

However, the political realities are that Muslim lands have all pledged they would work to get a fair settlement for the lands, homes and possessions the Israelis stole from the Palestinians and stop Israel from seizing more land and water resources from the Palestinians while they worked on a Peace.
The King Abdullah Proposal is on the table.
That has to happen before any initiative that puts Arabs aligned with Israel on Iran.
Biden delivered the message, and Israel responded by announcing more lands in East Jerusalem will be taken from Palestinians so 1600 Settlers can move in. (Calculating that AIPAC can still cow the US Congress, and do as Israel wishes)

traditionalguy said...

C-4...You seem to agree with me that Obama is letting Israel defend itself alone or agree to surrender to slow elimination at the hands of a Palestinian State that wants to start with the occupation east half of the old City of Jerusalem. But the Jews have vowed to never surrender Jerusalem again. And the Israeli military has the only nuclear weapon capabilities in the middle east. So what is the peril to the Jews? Therefore the peril is apparently to every Islamic Despot once the Jews know that they have nothing left to lose. Where am I Wrong? Are you assuming that Obama/Biden/Clinton will order the US to shoot down any Israeli Air Force attacking Iran as they have threatened to do?

Bob Ellison said...

Your rage betrays your silly feminism.

Mister said...

Hillary wouldn't do well as a Star Fleet Commander, and that's because she constantly ignores the prime directive: "Don't interfere with their development."

She acts as if it's fine and well to get Afghanis to adopt her ideas on the relations between men and women.

She's a Chauvinist!