“… I hope to be around when we finally elect a woman president. That would be a great experience for me, to be up there cheering.” – Is This Really Goodbye?, by Ayelet Waldman
SECRETARY CLINTON minces no words when Marie Claire’s Ayelet Waldman hitched a ride ’round the world, or at least to the African continent, and got an interview that’s deliciously filled with items that are signature Hillary.
But let’s not beat around the dish.
It begins with the article from Ann-Marie Slaughter that was panned by yours truly, which Secretary Clinton was asked about during the interview.
When I asked Clinton about Slaughter’s claim that “juggling high-level governmental work with the needs of two teenage boys was not possible,” Clinton’s disapproval was palpable. She reminded me that she has spent her career advocating on behalf of women, that she is committed to the idea that “it’s important for our workplaces … to be more flexible and creative in enabling women to continue to do high-stress jobs while caring for not only children, but [also] aging parents.” But, she said, Slaughter’s problems were her own. “Some women are not comfortable working at the pace and intensity you have to work at in these jobs … Other women don’t break a sweat. They have four or five, six kids. They’re highly organized, they have very supportive networks.” By all accounts, this was precisely the kind of mother Clinton was to Chelsea—hands-on, prioritizing her child, and yet ever committed to work.
Clinton has very little patience for those whose privilege offers them a myriad of choices but who fail to take advantage of them. “I can’t stand whining,” she says. “I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they’re not happy with the choices they’ve made. You live in a time when there are endless choices … Money certainly helps, and having that kind of financial privilege goes a long way, but you don’t even have to have money for it. But you have to work on yourself … Do something!”
The author of the article, Ayelet Waldman, was not a fan in the least when her trip began, being part of the Samantha Power booing section, so to speak.
However, like so many people who get to see Hillary Rodham Clinton up close, as well as watch her work, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Secretary Clinton’s made another convert.
Photo: State Department