LIttle Girls Can be Secretary of State Someday
I'm happy that Hillary might have a position in Obama's cabinet. I think she sets a great example of a woman who banged her head against the glass ceiling and didn't even stop to say ouch.
But I couldn't sleep this morning so I turned on CNN and saw this:
OBAMA MEETS WITH MCCAIN
and the voiceover said something like
"This was very awkward, so they did what guys do. They talked about football."
Yeeaarrrggggghhhhhh. I'm sure I have at least one girlfriend who really loves football, but I still hate it.
And then they cut to a clip of Henry Kissinger saying that Hillary would be an outstanding Secretary of State.
I couldn't help wondering if that was in the usual vein of "Of course you can do this, little lady."
It really does bother me that this seems to be viewed as the highest that women or minorities are allowed to go in US government.
Is it really a coincidence? If faced with a choice, to have a Team of Rivals (and frankly, I'm pretty tired of Doris Kearns Goodwin), was SoS really the only job they could think of for her?
And yes, I think it's funny that probably the best reason she's qualified for the job is... her time as First Lady. Everyone remembers those pictures of Hillary and Chelsea trotting the globe, getting off planes and sitting on top of camels.
In the early days, lots of SoSes went on to become President. But nobody suggested Hillary for the slot until she said there was basically no chance that she would ever run for President again.
(Oh, phew. Can't have that, can we. Especially not if she were, you know, even more qualified than before. )
I guess I should be happy that Hillary already broke the record of running at all and getting so close. When I was a kid, I thought Geraldine Ferraro was breaking barriers. Apparently not really, because no woman has made it up as high in all the years since she ran until this year.
More recently I heard some pundit say Geraldine Ferraro was never a serious candidate anyway, and compared her to Sarah Palin. I thought that was a bit unfair, but looking back, I really wouldn't know. I was just an idealistic kid.
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