We told you about the picture, but left out what Hillary Clinton said in response. Here it is:
“Senator Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon’s obvious interest in the State Department,” Philippe Reines, a Clinton spokesman, noted in an email to ‘The Loop, “and is currently reviewing his application.”
Let me tell you what I initially thought. Then do please look at Campbell Brown’s unhappy reaction linked to below and see what you think.
I thought it was a not bad put down. “I’m reviewing his application” is an assertion of her power and his comparative lack of it, so it takes the picture for exactly what it was: about power.
If she had cried “sexism,” what would have happened? The evening news would once again be full of insulting references to Clinton’s complaining and not being able to take a joke! As it was, they just didn’t get it.
Or am I just wrong? See what Campbell Brown thinks. (You’ll also see the offending photo.) What do you think?
From the Independent:
The trouble arose yesterday afternoon when some photos briefly appeared on the social networking site Facebook, showing Jon Favreau, the president-elect’s boy-wonder chief speech writer, dancing at a party with a lifesize cut-out of the soon-to-be chief diplomat of the US.
In another picture, the 27-year-old Favreau (credited with inventing the ‘Yes We Can’ slogan that became Mr Obama’s rhetorical trademark) is seen placing his hand on Ms Clinton’s cardboard chest, while a friend is pressing a beer to the lips of the former first lady and outgoing New York Senator.
What frat party was that??
Susie Tompkins Buell writes:
Over the past two months I have become the poster-child, in the press, for the so-called Hillary holdouts; Hillary Clinton supporters who were angry and frustrated with the way she was treated in the primary and post-primary and weren’t ready for unity….
The turning point for me was the Democratic Convention in Denver this week. I saw how Hillary was treated by the Obama campaign and his supporters and I saw how President Clinton was greeted as a hero in our party and our country….
I know that Hillary’s most important work is yet to come and I know with a President Obama, her dream of Universal Health Care for all Americans will come true. Senator Obama has done the right thing; he has honored her and her policies in the way they deserve to be honored. Do I wish she were at least Vice-President? Absolutely, but that’s water under the bridge. We live in dark times and we need the kind of leadership that can take on our problems head-on and I know Senators Obama and Biden will do just that. So I hope everyone will join me and Hillary in saying, NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN.
She has founded an organisation which is now devoted to fighting media misogyny, Women Count. Hurrah!
For more of Buell’s statement, go here