Â Kids say the darnedest things.Â Big kids, too.Â This report by the AP on comments by the Secretary of State is a little hard to peg, but we’ll throw it upÂ against the wall for effect, as perhaps she was doing.Â Â We don’t know the context of the remarks; the reports we’ve read are by the AP and they reference an address to State Department personnel. Mrs. Clinton is reported toÂ have saidÂ that she and the President joked about longevity in office:
Clinton said Tuesday that she and Obama often marvel over foreign despots who want to stay in power for decades.
She said neither she nor Obama can understand leaders who cling to office for 10, 20, 30 or 40 years.
“He and I look at each other and say, ‘Oh, my gosh. Can you imagine?” she said.
Â Â Â Â OMG, indeed.Â Â Boys and girls, neither you nor I are President or Secretary of State of the United States and the vast majority of us did not go to Wellesley, Columbia, Yale and Harvard, but if we think real hard can we not come up with, oh, maybe one or two reasons why leaders stay in office? And besides that, this is coming from a woman who, while not barricading herself in the same office, has neverthelessÂ been more or less ‘in it to win it’, having been Bill’s alter ego in Arkansas and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, then a member of the power elite in the US Senate, then aspiring to be leaderess of the formerly free world and nowÂ current Top World Diplomat, comprising what, 10, 20, 30, going on 40 years now? Â That same 10, 20, 30, 40 year time frameÂ that she, and Barack, just can’t imagine anyone wanting to hang around for? Had she prevailed in 2008 she would have, including 92-’00,Â probablyÂ racked up sixteen golden years at the Premier Address.Â Remember, Bill told us back then we were getting a twofer.Â Â Besides their poor, ambitionless selves,Â have she and Barack never heard or read about kings….dictators ….dynasties………Franklin D. Roosevelt?Â Â
Â Â Â Â We suppose that this is supposed to be the takeaway from Clinton’s humorous aside to her audience, if indeed it was an aside:
Clinton says Obama told her recently, “I’m going to win re-election, and then I’m done,” a remark that drew laughter from the audience.
In other words, speaking to the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy out there listening in, Clinton is ha-haing and pooh-poohing the notion that The Gift intends to declare martial law, suspend habeas corpus, seize the internet and hang around the premises until America is transformed.
Â Â Â Â Or the ‘foreign despot’ reference Â could have been bragging about being in control of Predator Drones equipped with rockets andÂ the names and addresses of MidEast rulers who have overstayed the welcome of the bipartite commission ofÂ Islamic and Communist brother- and- sisterhoods.Â Â Could have been just airhead banter, like the Reset Button episode. Could have been a replay of herÂ most famousÂ swipe at the VRWC, when she declared everybody was just making things up about the First Black President, Billy Jeff. Â But when we look around the country and around the globe, at misery and strife and wars and now very strong rumors about a replay of our nightmare about Latin American dictators teaming with Eastern autocracies to introduce missiles into our half of the world, aimed either at us or our allies, we need conversation that is a little more adult than Hillary and Barack tee-heeing about how they are just soooo past remaining in office one more minute than absolutely necessary to………..reset and ………. transform things.