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    Clinton is the first Secretary of State to enter the Congolese war zone. Hundreds of thousands of women and many boys and men have been raped in the last 10 years alone, often by members of the Congolese military. Her mission there is to urge an end to sexual violence in a country the United Nations calls "the rape capital of the world." So to be asked what her "husband" thinks...well I can understand her response. You can't validate a question like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lurkur View Post
    But as a diplomat, she should understand that things can be changed in translation, especially across cultures and many languages. Perhaps have them repeat the question in order to let them rephrase or confirm that they said what you heard.
    Turns out, that's what happened.

    Question riles Clinton; translation might have been off

    (CNN) -- The question may have been lost in translation, but a visibly angry Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bluntly told a town-hall meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, "I will you tell you my opinion, I'm not going to channel my husband."
    Hillary Clinton became visibly angry after a translator asked what Bill Clinton would think regarding an issue.

    The unscripted moment happened as Clinton spoke to students at a Congolese university in Kinshasa, the Congo capital.
    A male student rose to ask a question about Chinese financial contracts with Congo.

    The student asked Clinton what President Obama would think of the deal, but pool reporters in the room said the translator made a mistake, posing the question as what would Bill Clinton think.

    Clinton looked surprised when she first heard the translation in the headset, and then sharply replied, "You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not the secretary of state, I am. You ask my opinion. I will tell you my opinion; I'm not going to channel my husband."

    At the State Department, Assistant Secretary P.J. Crowley said the question she heard "struck a nerve," that her opinion on the matter was apparently of less interest than that of her husband, the former president.

    Crowley told CNN that Clinton's answer must be considered in the context of her African trip.

    "The secretary of state is going to Goma Tuesday, to draw attention to the plight of women who are victims of rape as a weapon of war" in Congo, Crowley said.
    "She did react to what she heard," Crowley explained, but regardless that the interpreter may have gotten it wrong, "you can't separate the question from the setting."

    He said "If Africa, if Congo is going to advance, women have to play a more significant role. She was in the setting of a town hall, and the questioner was interested in what two men thought, not the secretary of state."

    Crowley, who has just returned to Washington after traveling with Clinton during the first part of her trip to Africa, said the State Department has not yet reviewed recordings of the original question, in French, to learn whether the student clearly intended the question to refer to Obama, not former President Clinton.

    "She did talk with the student afterward, and they seemed to have reached an understanding," Crowley said.

    Question riles Clinton; translation might have been off - CNN.com
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    I agree that as a diplomat, her gender should mean nothing. But her attitude was off, in my opinion. She could have gotten it across much better ... instead it looked like a knee jerk reaction to something that she's been harboring a chip on her shoulder about. Again, in my opinion, she didn't handle the answer well.

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    [quote=Trixiebelle;1843058]I laughed when I saw the footage on tv this morning, but I agree, no woman should ever be asked in a work situation "so, what does your husband think?"[/quote]

    It is insulting I must say and I certainly wouldn't want to be asked that question.


    as for Hilary making a fine president, I thought she was one for 8 yrs. She just didn't tell Bill
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    I love Hilary to death. She can be a bitch, but she would've made a great president. I really hope she chooses to run again. Maybe not in 2012, because I think Obama's going to get re-elected, but maybe the election after that.

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