Let’s have some fun. Imagine if Sarah Palin was Secretary of State, and she is in Hillary’s place on her trip to Europe. She is at a conference in Brussels, and during her speech, she comments as Hillary did – “Clinton told young Europeans at the European Parliament that global economic turmoil provided a fresh opening. “Never waste a good crisis … Don’t waste it when it can have a very positive impact on climate change and energy security.”
Now I wonder…how would the media respond to that comment, if it was Sarah who gave it? I mean admitting that she would use a “crisis” as an advantage, instead of getting people on board with an intelligent plan. (Of course her boss is doing that now). Never waste a good crisis, Clinton says on climate
As Sarah is answering questions, she responds as Hillary – “when she answered questions in front of 500 young Europeans at the European Parliament, where she was the highest-ranking U.S. visitor since the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1985.
A veteran politician, Clinton compared the complex European political environment to that of the two-party U.S. system, before adding:
“I have never understood multiparty democracy.
“It is hard enough with two parties to come to any resolution, and I say this very respectfully, because I feel the same way about our own democracy, which has been around a lot longer than European democracy.”
The remark provoked much headshaking in the parliament of a bloc that likes to trace back its democratic tradition thousands of years to the days of classical Greece.
One working lunch later with EU leaders, Clinton raised more eyebrows when she referred to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who stood beside her, as “High Representative Solano.”
She also dubbed European Commission External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner as “Benito.”
Hillary represents the most powerful democracy in the world, and yet she is totally unaware of the history of democracy! (That is pretty telling in itself, isn’t it?). But then to admit that she doesn’t understand Europe’s multi-party system – you’re the Secretary of State! I know Hillary is supposed to be really smart and all, but how would folks respond if it was Sarah who admitted this ignorance? Remember Katie Couric?
And then call poor Benita – Bonito: does she look like Mussolini to you?
Tongue-tied Clinton gets warm EU welcome
The President has just been embarrassed by Russian leadership, by not only exposing a secret letter sent by Obama, but disregarding it entirely. It would be up to Sarah not only represent the United States with dignity, but follow this slight with competence and professionalism.
She wants to start off the meeting with a gift as did Hillary – “Note to self: When trying to improve ties with a former Cold War-era foe, check a dictionary.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton learned that lesson the hard way Friday when she presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a gift bearing an incorrect translation — one that implied hostility, rather than peacemaking.
Clinton presented Lavrov with a gift-wrapped red button, which said “Reset” in English and “Peregruzka” in Russian. The problem was, “peregruzka” doesn’t mean reset. It means overcharged, or overloaded.
And Lavrov called her out on it.
“We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?” Clinton asked Lavrov.
“You got it wrong,” Lavrov said. “This says ‘peregruzka,’ which means overcharged.”
Again, I know that Hillary is supposed to be really smart and all, and is supposed to have all this experience that she could be president: but can’t she get one word right? She is representing the United States of America – not the PTA!
May I ask – does it have to be Russia? Again I ask: of all countries, does it have to be Russia?
And what about the gift itself? It looks like something made in a middle school shop class – even a memento from the Elvis museum would have been better.
I am sitting back and wondering: how would this blunder appear if it was Sarah? What would the network media, cable media, left-wing blogoshere, late night guys and liberal funny people do
with all this information? I can assure you they wouldn’t be spending all this time on Rush Limbaugh.