Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested Sunday she may have been less than diplomatic when she told an audience in Tunisia to “not pay attention” to the rhetoric coming from the Republican presidential primary race. But she doesn’t take back the gist of her comments.
Speaking Saturday in the first country to undergo the transformation of the “Arab Spring,” the nation’s top diplomat was answering a question from an audience member who asked how Arabs can trust candidates on both sides who “run toward the Zionist lobbies to get their support in the states. And afterward, once they are elected, they come to show their support for countries like Tunisia and Egypt.”
With all due respect Mrs. Clinton should have been straight and forthright with her audience simply by admitting the truth, along the lines of, — Oh, that’s the way we all are…of course we run to the lobbies, especially when we want the money.
Without addressing the audience member’s question about supporting the Arab “enemy,” Clinton, who was vanquished by Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, said that Tunisians will learn as their democracy grows that “a lot of things are said in political campaigns that should not bear a lot of attention.” Say what?
“There are comments made that certainly don’t reflect the United States, don’t reflect our foreign policy, don’t reflect who we are as a people. I mean, if you go to the United States, you see mosques everywhere, you see Muslim-Americans everywhere. That’s the fact. So I would not pay attention to the rhetoric,” Clinton said.
She then added that the audience should “watch what President Obama says and does.”
”He’s our president. He represents all of the United States, and he will be reelected president, so I think that that will be a very clear signal to the entire world as to what our values are and what our president believes,” she said, adding that she is sometimes “a little surprised that people around the world pay more attention to what is said in our political campaigns than most Americans.”
It would have been a sharper and certainly less degrading comment if Hillary Clinton just stated the extremely obvious – just keep up with anyone of the many polls who make a living polling various people such as Gallup, Pew, Rasmussen, ABC, Fox News, or any one of the many other services that specialize in American public opinion.
“So I think you have to shut out some of the rhetoric and just focus on what we’re doing and what we stand for, and particularly what our president represents,” Clinton said. This must be her way of saying “…all Americans are mindless pigs…who just follow their leader…”
Clinton, whose post is supposed to be non-political, acknowledged Sunday that her comments may have been overly exuberant.
“Probably my enthusiasm for the president got a little out of hand,” Clinton told CNN when asked about the remarks, claiming that her remarks stem only from wanting what’s best for the country.