Even before the official publication of
Soul searching or cone-of-silence breaking is not the Hillary way. Unlike her husband, Bill, whose worst moments have come when discipline waned, the past and potentially future presidential candidate appears almost always to be in control.
That can make her, at times, seem more than a little inauthentic.
"We came out of the
Perhaps she intended to commiserate with the down and out. But the Clintons were no middle-class family in extremis. Bill Clinton's salary as Arkansas governor was limited. (That was among the reasons the Clintons gave for investing in the Whitewater real estate development that made them targets of a grand jury and an independent prosecutor in the 1990s.) And the Clintons did leave the White House with abundant debts, mostly to lawyers (another legacy of the 1990s).
But President Clinton left office more than 13 years ago, and more than a decade before Hillary Clinton began her whirlwind of speeches. Both have written books that earned them millions, on top of his presidential pension and her
If that part of the interview clanged a bit, however, there has also been evidence of deftness born of 40 years in politics.
Asked about the concussion she suffered at the end of 2012 that has led Republicans to question her fitness for office, she swiftly brought up Wisconsin Rep.
"I ran into Congressman Paul Ryan at the inauguration last year, and I had read he was this great athlete," she said, repeating a story she had earlier told People magazine in an interview for their cover story. " I said, 'Congressman, did you ever have a concussion?' and he said , 'Oh, yes.' He said, ' I had several, I think three; the last one was serious but my mother was smart enough to make me stay in. '"
In two sentences, she managed a defense against criticism of her age and the impact of her injury, using a popular Republican two decades younger. She took only one sentence to remind viewers of the partisan background of
"I know he was called 'Bush's brain' in one of the books written about him," she told Sawyer, as if waving away a gnat, "and I wish him well."