Watch this clip of Hillary Clinton, taped Monday in Kinshasa, Congo.
Look at Secretary of State Clinton’s body language as she listens to the question. Look at her hair, which appears to be unstyled and sadly in need of a trim and the apparent lack of makeup. Forget for a moment that everything about her is screaming, “You people aren’t worthy of my time and I’d rather be anywhere else in the world but here.” Consider that Clinton’s little meltdown, while addressing the citizens of another country, is a tantrum worthy of a three-year-old. It’s hard to imagine former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice behaving in this fashion.
Maybe someone forgot to tell Ms. Clinton that the Secretary of State is ostensibly a diplomat. From Dictionary.com:
1. a person appointed by a national government to conduct official negotiations and maintain political, economic, and social relations with another country or countries.
2. a person who is tactful and skillful in managing delicate situations, handling people, etc.
While it appears that Secretary Clinton does indeed qualify as a diplomat by the first definition, in this instance, at least, she fails miserably to qualify by the second. Rather than a considered response; rather than sincerely asking for clarification, Secretary Clinton reacts with a jarring lack of diplomacy that reveals her to be childish, petty and insecure. I don’t think it’s very likely that anyone left that room with a better opinion of the United States than they had when they entered it.
Although I find it disturbing to see Secretary Clinton behave so poorly while overseas, what I find even more disturbing is that there seems to be a pattern of unbecoming conduct from various Democrat leaders.
Barbara Boxer dressing down a United States Army General for having the audacity to call her “ma’am.”
President Barack Obama taking the side of a friend and calling a police officer’s actions stupid on national television…even though he wasn’t acquainted with the facts of the situation.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi penning an op-ed implying that citizens are un-American for wanting to be heard on the health care issue.
There are only a few reasons I can think of – ranging from pathetically insecure to unbelievably obtuse to coldly manipulative – for this kind of behavior from elected officials. No matter what the reason, it’s boorish behavior. Is it any wonder people are frustrated?
Update: You know I love the guys at Hillbuzz, but, wow, did they ever get it wrong when writing about Secretary Clinton’s diplomatic faux pas. Clinton’s response was not that of a strong, confident woman, as they seem to think, but the reaction of an insecure one. A confident response might have gone something like, “I’m sorry, I’m not sure what my husband thinks; you’d have to ask him. But here’s what I think about that….”