But does Hillary heart Bill?


Speaking of what she didn’t say, did you notice that, in Hillary Clinton’s opening remarks, she pronounced herself a proud mother, a proud Democrat, a proud Senator from New York, a proud American and a proud supporter of Barack Obama. But no love for Bill, who stood there applauding, sucking his lip and looking generally verklempt. It kind of had the ring of Hilary Swank’s first Oscar acceptance speech, when she thanked everyone but her then-husband Chad Lowe, who was sitting right in front of her, sobbing into his prime rib.

Yes, she sort of made up for it later in the speech (although there she praised his political record, not his personal one). But still, the early omission—which was, undoubtedly, by design—still registered as a glaring one for two reasons. First, it was a tacit acknowledgment of the fact that her people knew she couldn’t have said “proud wife” and not expected a swell of snorts and rib-nudging from the audience and the media. And second, it stood out in light of Michelle Obama’s glowing tribute to her husband the night before.

Not that Hillary Clinton should have to say anything of the sort. He’s not running for anything. But it drives home what will always be one of her greatest political challenges: even when she says nothing about her husband, she always seems to be saying something.


But does Hillary heart Bill?

  1. I heard some time back from an american friend of mine that their system seems to be similar to ours re: quid pro quo as they say and that in the not too distant future there might be a little payback from the party for her efforts much like our leadership candidates get when they compete at their conventions. Apparently the position of Senate Majority Leader might be available and if Hillary were to end up there don’t be surprised and you didn’t hear it from me. I think this would be interesting as Obama would then have 2 of the most powerful women in the States to deal with re: Nancy Pelosi and Hillary to get anything done as he would need them on board – hey politics is fascinating isn’t it!

  2. I thought the video they played about Hillary, just before her speech, was verging on misandry because there was no mention of her father or husband. God help Obama or McCain if Wayne’s scenario happens!

  3. She could have gone on forever about things that she’s proud of, but she addressed the areas that were directly relevant to her speech. Her daughter was mentioned in her opening remarks because she was mentioned later on in the speech when women’s voting rights were being addressed. The speech demonstrated that Hillary understands how to develop a cohesive speech through developing topic paragraphs and sentences. There was no intended slight of Bill Clinton. He wasn’t part of the theme of the speech.

    It’s amazing to me that people nitpick everything she says, apparently trying to come up with ammunition to support their views. It would be nice if people could give her the benefit of the doubt and accept what she says at face value, particularly since she is no longer a candidate. She’s a busy lady and definitely doesn’t have the time to be devious all the time. Give her a break.

  4. Speaking of Bill Clinton:

    It is opined that Bill Clinton committed racist hate crimes, and I am not free to say anything further about it.

    Respectfully Submitted by Andrew Y. Wang, J.D. Candidate
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    (I can type 90 words per minute, and there are probably thousands of copies on the Internet indicating the content of this post.)
    “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Off the top of my head—it came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

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