The article came up on a Hillary news feed, and when I saw the header, I had a few thoughts.
First, I thought it was good that she made that statement in case anybody thinks she simply is not human or is, at least super-human. She does this massive job from the same human wellspring we are all dealt, perhaps with an added gene of dedication and determination. She perseveres.
Second, it crossed my mind that she, herself, sets this ambitious travel agenda. Certainly there are conferences such as the once she is now attending in Estonia, where she is expected to participate, but other tours, such as her recent Latin American trip, her trip to Africa last summer, and her Autumn Marathon when she was out of the country for the better part of four weeks, that might have been appreciably abbreviated had she not larded in side trips, interviews, town halls and myriad other outreaches and appearances as a casual, friendly way of addressing the people and not merely the ministers.
Third, I wondered what interview this statement came from, and I did not have to wait long. The answer is in the first paragraph.
April 22, 2010
Posted by Stephanie Condon
Traveling as America’s top diplomat “wears you out,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says in an interview in Esquire magazine, published in the May issue.
“The jet lag, the dry air on planes, the whole ‘If it’s Tuesday, I must be in…’ kind of thing,” she says.
The article is by Tom Junod, whose preview at the Esquire website begins thus.
April 22, 2010 at 1:43PM by Tom Junod
I felt better about myself as an American after spending time with Hillary Clinton for the profile of her that appears in the May issue of Esquire. Seriously. It’s not just the obvious — it’s not just the fact that she never appears so quintessentially American, as simultaneously Daisy-Millerish and Tracy-Flickish, as when she stands smiling on a stage with a bunch of European guys with permanent five-o’clock shadows. It’s not even that I wind up applauding my country for producing a woman whose genius is for a kind of can-do level-headedness that somehow manages to drive both enemies and admirers around the bend. No, it’s that after traveling to Montreal, London, and Paris with the secretary of state — after listening to three of her speeches and attending at least a dozen diplomatic ceremonies and then interviewing her — I’m a little less concerned than I was about the problem of American power. And because of Hillary Clinton, we should all be a lot less concerned about the problem of a nuclear Iran (no matter the war games nor the cautious talk).
So not only is there a new keepsake issue for me to scour CVS for (and I want it pristine! No flipping through the pages you guys who secretly yearn for her and refuse to admit it!), but there arises a reason to revisit Junod’s 1999 Esquire profile of the then First Lady with this arousing header and intro.
More than eight years ago, in October 1999, Tom Junod profiled Hillary Rodham Clinton and came to a shocking conclusion: Yeah, he would.
By: Tom Junod
That slight palatal overbite — it gets to me. She seems expert at marshaling her mouth’s resources, at inspiring its ingenuity. She can fold her lips into an origami of fleeting smiles. Her basic smile is sort of chipmunky and schoolmarmish, but sometimes, when she is pouncing on the possibility of an idea, her lips extend their reach into her cheeks and carve out a wolfish, carnal line, as though nothing could please her more than her own hunger. Her mouth is enigmatic in its capacity for adjustment — it seems both the origin and repository of her secrets. Sure, when she is under duress, it can appear small, pinched, grudging, harsh, unforgiving, and grimly determined — nippy — but when she is at ease, free to discuss, you know, the issues…well, then her mouth becomes the very instrument of her freedom, and her laugh rings the bell of her throat. Her laugh is the sexiest thing about her, in fact; it packs a lewd wallop because it seems to take her by surprise. There’s a wickedness about her laugh, in its offhand suggestion that she is willing to be entertained, to be pleased. It’s quick and sudden, an unabashed, throaty gargle, and it seems to put dazzle in her eyes from below, like footlights.
Read more here>>> (How could you possibly resist?)
So clearly, Junod is predisposed to assess Hillary favorably indeed from a point of view that rarely is accessed unless it is to degrade her, a function he encountered in some men in 1999 even when he was asking whether they would VOTE for her. Certainly we saw more than enough unfair assessment of her in that vein in 2007-2008. But it is now 2010, and the “sexy mouth” has made us many friends in the world that we had allowed to fall through the cracks.
Men who persistently judge her sexually rather than politically are looking for excuses where there are none since she is. in fact, sexy and gorgeous, and in their DREAMS! Hillary, should not have to feel that she must veil her femininity and sexiness. That is all part of the whole girl, a very talented and effective one.
She does have a sexy mouth, and she knows how to use it like a machine gun if she has to, but as a diplomat, she also uses it softly and gently, to say conciliatory things. Her smiles are beautiful. She is blessed with many charms and we are lucky she chooses to use them in service to us.
So, YES, Tom, WE would, TOO! 18,000,000 of us DID and would again tomorrow!!