The GOOD 100: Hillary Clinton The GOOD 100: Hillary Clinton
The GOOD 100: Hillary Clinton
Blonde AmbitionHow the polarizing politician has successfully reinvented herself. Again. Whatever you think about Hillary Clinton, you no doubt think something. Whether you want to pat her on the back or turn your back to her, the woman elicits powerful reactions. She also elicits respect on the world stage, and when she doesn't get it, she demands it. That is one of the things that make her best suited for her job. (But we'll get to that.)Modern America loves its female secretaries of state-maybe the "softer sex" is seen as better suited to issues of diplomacy. And while Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright both brought tremendous experience to the job, neither packed a house like Hillary Clinton. She just brings a bigger microphone to the job, commanding the attention and respect of people and world leaders due in part to her high profile, sure, but also because of her resume. She was the first former First Lady to run for public office, the first female senator from New York, and the first woman to have a real shot at the presidency. She's also been to more countries (80) and met with more heads of state (exact number unclear, but it's a big one) than we have space to list. And that was all before she became our chief diplomat.Clinton took over the State Department at a moment when entire continents seemed to hate the U.S. government. It was also a time when the world had any number of wars that needed ending, peace agreements that needed negotiating, and deals that needed brokering. Her to-do list includes stopping nuclear proliferation in Iran, halting the Islamic insurgency in Pakistan, promoting civilian projects in Afghanistan, getting us out of the quagmire that is Iraq, and alerting the world to the humanitarian crisis in Congo-to name only a few.She has worked overtime on those relationships that are either tense or outright disastrous. She made nice with Russia, spoke publicly about Kim Jong Il's successor, told India that climate change is its problem, too, and she quietly and successfully led 33 countries to set binding conditions for Cuba's re-entry into the Organization of American States. To get all those jobs done, she persuaded the Obama administration to increase the foreign-affairs budget by 10 percent, boosting aid and bringing aboard more diplomats. And it's only been nine months.Here's a theory: All the things about Clinton that rub people the wrong way-her candor, her outspokenness, her gumption, her ambition-are the very things that now make her so good at her job. To put it bluntly, she's not full of shit. This could not have been made clearer than in that incident in Congo, when a young man asked the secretary of state, "What does Mr. Clinton think through the mouth of Mrs. Clinton?" Hillary was pure Hillary. "My husband is not the Secretary of State. I am. If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I'm not going to be channeling my husband." And in one brilliant and honest moment, the point of her entire trip promoting women's rights was made manifest. It's not a slogan or a policy speech, it's the necessity for men and women to be treated equally.Finally, Clinton is a patriot. Not in that my-patriotism-is-bigger-than-your-patriotism sort of way. She's the kind of patriot who believes America is an exciting, inspiring country that can be and has been a force for good in the world.For decades it was as easy to argue against Hillary as it was to argue for her. But in her brief tenure as Secretary of State, a new Hillary Clinton has emerged-a highly intelligent, uncommonly thoughtful, and profoundly erudite leader who grasps the complexities of foreign affairs in a way that honors the job description."There is a hunger for the United States to be present again," Clinton has said. And that's the best thing about Hillary Clinton-she has a way of making sure everyone knows she's there.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helped raise $340,000 for a trans rights group while proving her nerd cred at the same time. The Apollo 11 mission was so risky, Nixon had a speech ready in case the astronauts were left to die on the moon. For anyone who’s ever wondered if organic food is really better or just more expensive — check this out. Comedic genius Bill Bailey shows how the U.S. national anthem played in a minor key makes it sound Russian. Mom breaks down realizing her daughter was practicing lockdown drill in ‘cute’ bathroom picture. Tech writer's tweet about Facebook's viral photo challenge is making some people nervous. To the people who don't give up on me because of my anxiety and depression. Hillary Clinton just tweeted the best ‘told you so’ in Twitter history. A woman got asked out by the guy who bullied her as a kid, so she stood him up with this awesome note. This NFL player was stuck in the snow trying to get to a playoff game when a homeless man came to his aid. Gillette’s inspiring new toxic masculinity ad asks: “Is this the best a man can get?” New study shows Americans pay the most for health care while getting the least care for it.
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