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US Official Gropes to Explain Clinton's Outburst

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, questions, face-off )

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WASHINGTON-The State Department struggled Tuesday to explain Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's face-off with a Congolese student and suggested that the questioner's nervousness sparked the outburst with the mention of her husband's name.

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Dee C (23)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 12:20 pm
"Clinton snapped at the university student in Kinshasa on Monday when he asked what her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and Congo native and former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo thought about an international financial matter. Mutombo was appearing with her at the university.

"Wait. You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" Clinton asked in response. "My husband is not the secretary of state; I am. So you ask my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I'm not going to be channeling my husband."

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday that Clinton reacted that way because of the question.

"As the question was posed to her, it was posed in a way that said, 'I want to get the views of two men, but not you, the secretary of state,'" Crowley said."

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Raymond S (33)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 1:29 am
I saw this on the news in South Africa, I can say she is sure making us look like a bunch of horses arses.

Elm Morrison (357)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 6:26 am
Her reply was correct.

Tierney G (381)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 7:20 am
I agree with Eureka. It gets old being treated as second place or a shadow because of your gender.

Nancy L (141)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 10:58 am
She can't make us look any worse than Obama.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 3:29 pm
So, what did Bill and Dikembe think?

Carrie B (306)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 4:09 pm
Oh Nancy L, our Secretary of State is a very knowledge person who makes us look GOOD everywhere. Unfortunately, there are many out there who are so enamored with our former President, that they don't give Secretary Clinton a fair break. Nanycy, PRESIDENT OBAMA has raised our estimation in the world so much that your comment is laughable. We, sre no longer seen as having the war mongering, self serving idiot George Bush as president, and that has raised our estimation all over the world. Secretary Clinton is doing the same, even though she has to live in the shadow of a very great PRESIDENT. President Clinton may have had quetionable morals, but at least he didn't drive us into the ditch Bush did!

Carrie B (306)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 4:23 pm
Raymond S., I DID NOT SEND YOU A GREEN STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of those Care2 mistakes. Truly, I THINK YOU ARE THE HORSES A$$ !!!!

Suzanne O (33)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 8:48 pm
I have to say, not a huge fan of Hillary's but I like her more now than I ever did. She should have remained professional no matter what. However, I agree she works hard and the way the question was translated to her was insulting. She blew! When she holds the position she does though, she needs to control her emotions. It is just the way it has to be. She now comes off as a woman who is not in control of her emotions ... not a good image for the world to see.

That display will just show that a woman should never be President because they can't control themselves. I sympathize with her and get it. Bill's an ass and gets all the respect but she blew it big time with that outburst.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 10:28 pm
A very un-diplomatic, almost frenzied, outburst in answer to a question from an inexperienced student?...This woman is not fit to be a secretary of state, much less a diplomat of any kind!...

Sorry folks, but you surely must remember her pre-election stouch with Obama...She would not step down and stabbed him in the back, is one power crazy, dirty player! and I really fail to understand why Obama gave her a job at all...She certainly is NOT a worthy ambassador for, or something America should be proud of...

Tantrums are NOT very called for here, despite the mis-translation of the question put to her...NO politician has the rigt to rant and rave at a student...Or is it ok for a woman to do that?...A male certainly would have been shot down in flames by the media...A little decorum please XO

Past Member (0)
Friday August 14, 2009, 4:14 am
No she shouldn't have lost her cool, what she should had done was just refuse to answer that question and move on to the next, but her power tripping self wouldn't allow her to do that.

Nancy L (141)
Friday August 14, 2009, 6:25 am
Well, David I agree with you on this one. And Carrie, that is your opinion and you have every right to it. Just as I have the right to mine. And just so you know....I did not like a lot of things Bush did. I am hardly enamored of him. I keep telling you people I am a registered Independent, I am not party blind like most of you I have encountered here.

Dee C (23)
Friday August 14, 2009, 9:49 pm
I don't see any problem with her reply..It was a very condescending question..and I think she answered appropriately on it..

The media also had a field day with this..It wasn't an inexperienced student..Had nothing to do with poor translation..He even asked the question twice..when asked what did you say..and did so in the same exact manner..

It was disrespectful..and Hillary handled it very well..Honestly and outspoken..Not sure why anyone would have a problem with it..And pretty sure most would have reacted the same if they were put in that place..

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