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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed a rare flash of public anger on a trip to Africa as a student asked for her husband's views, putting him in his place by saying she is the United States' top diplomat.
At an open forum with young people in Kinshasa, a university student took the microphone and asked about the involvement of China and the World Bank in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"What does Mr Clinton think about it?'' he said to the befuddlement of the crowd.
Clinton replied in a forceful voice: "You want to know what my husband thinks?''
"My husband is not the secretary of state, I am. You ask my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I'm not going to channel my husband.''
Originally posted by crw2006
Hillary is totally peeved that Bill got the job done in North Korea. Dont forget that a few weeks ago a top North Korean official basically called Hillary a school girl and laughed her off as a diplomat. Then Bill goes in there and gets those journalist out in a matter of hours. I think she probably has some resentment towards him for this as well as some other past incidents (dont have to explain that one).
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Hillary's response was indefensible.
It showed an egregious lack of poise, grace, intelligence, and diplomacy.
A simple "I don't know" would have been sufficient.
Responding in such a defensive and condescending way to an innocent student was probably the worst diplomatic gaffe I've seen in my lifetime.
[edit on 2009/8/10 by GradyPhilpott]
Originally posted by Taxi-Driver
On top of her rude, condecending comments, didn't Hillary look unkept, disheveled, and just plain unstatesperson-like.