Would A Man Have Received This Question?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was indignant when asked by a student at a forum in the Democratic Republic of Congo what her husband thought of a particular issue and what her male guide thought, but not what she thought.
He said: “We’ve all heard about the Chinese contracts in this country. The interference is from the World Bank against this contract. What does Mr Clinton think through the mouth of Mrs Clinton and what does Mr Mutombo think on this situation? Thank you very much.”
Dikembe Mutombo is a 7ft 2in tall former basketball player who was Mrs Clinton’s guide in Kinshasa and was sitting beside her.
What she thought was the question clearly touched Mrs Clinton’s rawest nerve. Piqued by the student’s question her response appeared to be less than becoming for America’s top diplomat. Looking aghast as she heard the translation in the headset, she then took a breath and let rip.
“You want me to tell you 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.”
There’s more to the context than that the question was misinterpreted, and the question was what President Obama thought, not what former President Clinton thought.
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