Hillary Clinton was at a loss to list even one accomplishment as secretary of state during her appearance Thursday at the Women of the World Summit in New York City.
“When you look at your time as secretary of state, what are you most proud of?” the moderator, journalist and author Thomas L Friedman asked. “And what do you feel was unfinished, and maybe have another crack at one day?”
Clinton called the question a “good” one, saying that’s why Friedman “wins prizes.” Then she went into evasion mode.
“Look, I really see my role as secretary, in fact leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race,” she said. “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.”
World events by 2009, Clinton said, had created “a perilous time,” and her marching orders were to tell the world that “we were going to get our house in order” and “stimulate growth.”
Of course, such domestic issues have nothing to do with her role as secretary of state — and the marching orders have been left undone. The economy has worsened, the middle class has shrunk, and fewer people are employed now than when Obama took office.
And yet, Clinton said she was “really proud of the stabilization … that leads us to deal with problems like Ukraine.”
Ukraine is not a problem being addressed by the Obama administration. As for “stabilization,” the world is now a tinderbox, relations with our allies have deteriorated, and then there’s that Benghazi thing, which Clinton’s State Department was warned about but did nothing to prevent.
Still, Clinton was able to rack up more frequent flyer miles than any other secretary of state in history.
“Then of course, a lot of particulars, but I am finishing my book, so you’ll be able to read all about it,” she said.
So if we want to know what her “accomplishments” are, we’re just going to have to put in our order at Amazon. Until then, they’re a secret.
Watch her attempt to answer below, then check out “This is how a real man peels potatoes.”
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