Yesterday at the Women of the World Summit in New York City Hillary Clinton was fielding softball questions when one of them threw her for a loop. The event was supposed to be a PR event designed to further her not-yet-announced 2016 presidential campaign by showing how she empowers women. Instead, an innocent question had her flopping around on the deck like a Long John Silver’s catch of the day.
At one point, the moderator asked:
When you look at your time as Secretary of State, what are you most proud of? And what do you feel was unfinished, and maybe have another crack at one day?
The short answer would probably be the Benghazi clusterf*ck, but presumably Clinton wanted to highlight the good things she accomplished as Secretary of State. On that, she had no answer, but it didn’t stop her from talking. Her reply:
Well, I really see — that was good — that’s why he wins prizes. Look, I really see my role as Secretary, in fact leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race. When you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton. Some of what hasn’t been finished may go on to be finished, so when President Obama asked me to be Secretary of State I agreed.
So far I’m not following her. Is she saying that her greatest accomplishment was that she took the job and then quit? Hopefully the rest of this answer that seems to have her squirming in her skin will make it more clear:
We had the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we had two wars. We had continuing threats from all kinds of corners around the world that we had to deal with. So it was a perilous time frankly. What he said to me was, ‘Look, I have to be dealing with the economic crisis, I want you to go out and represent us around the world.’ And it was a good division of labor because we needed to make it clear to the rest of the world, that we were going to get our house in order. We were going to stimulate, and grow, and get back to positive growth and work with our friends and partners.
Hmm, Obama was too busy worrying about an economic crisis to be Secretary of State so he asked Clinton to do it. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t SoS a separate job from president? Isn’t it a necessary cabinet position? She thinks occupying an office that was going to be occupied by someone is an accomplishment.
She says that they needed to get the house in order, but clearly that never happened. They never grew or stimulated anything, so these examples are failures in the purest sense of the word. This answer is going terribly. Hopefully, she brings it home with some actual successes:
So I think we did that. I’m very proud of the stabilization and the really solid leadership that the administration provided that I think now, leads us to be able to deal with problems like Ukraine because we’re not so worried about a massive collapse in Europe and China — trying to figure out to do with all their bond holdings and all the problems we were obsessed with. I think we really restored American leadership in the best sense. That, once again — people began to rely on us as setting the values, setting the standards. I just don’t want to lose that because we have a dysfunctional political situation in Washington. Then of course, a lot of particulars, but I am finishing my book so you’ll be able to read all about it.
To sum up: Hillary Clinton’s proudest moment as Secretary of State is that the Obama administration miraculously saved Europe and China from collapse. What? Did I miss something? When exactly did Obama do this? If this were even remotely true Clinton would have given some examples, but it’s all fantasy.
It’s even more delusional that she thinks Obama’s leadership is having a positive affect on the Ukraine situation. Does she watch the news? Emboldened by the administration’s ineptness in Syria, Russia and Vladimir Putin have been thumbing their noses at us. America has become an inconsequential international player due to Obama’s weakness in foreign policy.
Accomplishments for the head diplomat would be things like peace treaties and trade agreements. Clinton did none of this in her time. She was given the position of Secretary of State to help bolster her foreign policy cred for a possible presidential run. Unfortunately for her, she was in way over her head. Even she recognized this, which is why she quit. She was bad at the job and it was only going to get worse.
I do like how she ends her rambling non-answer like a lame 10-year old’s book report: “…and if you want to know the rest of the story, you’ll have to read the book.”
I say Hillary gets an “F” because she was clearly faking her way through and was unfamiliar with the material.