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Say What? Hillary's in Charge

Say What? Hillary's in Charge


"You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not secretary of state, I am. If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband."

— Still on her trip to Africa yesterday, Hillary Clinton responded to a Congolese student who asked for her husband's opinion on an international policy matter. Don't worry Hillary, Bill's North Korea rescue mission last week didn't make us forget that you're still working hard as secretary of state.

Update: Apparently the Congolese student's question got lost in translation. The student told Hillary after the event that he had asked what President Obama thought, but the translator misquoted him as asking about Bill.

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akosijen akosijen 6 years
the question was misquoted by the translator though. Poor kid, probably didn't even realize why she got so mad at his question!
mermei mermei 6 years
She's the nation's chief diplomat. She seriously couldn't have made this (very valid point) a little more politely?
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
awesome :rotfl: i love it! but then i do appreciate people who put it all out there w/o any sugar coating BS :kiss:
janneth janneth 6 years
Maybe it was a little feisty, but maybe somebody will think twice next time before asking her what her husband thinks. Good answer.
CoCoFab8 CoCoFab8 6 years
It was a stupid question to ask. She is not her husband and I think shes human and wants to be acknowledged for her opinion. Go Hillary!!!
Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 6 years
I think this is just more of showing her true colors. Nasty!!
Beauty Beauty 6 years
I loved the way she handled it, and this is coming from someone who isn't always Hillary's number-one fan. The question was sexist.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
That question touched a nerve. Truthfully, I have compassion for her. I could understand why she was offended. With that said, I think it would have been better if she showed some restraint. But she's human, after all. I'm certain everybody has been in her shoes -- upset by an unexpected, sensitive question.
cakeshinigami cakeshinigami 6 years
It was a sexist question and she was standing up for all women. I'm proud of her. The latest news of her in Congo is that she's speaking out against all the sexual violence there. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090811/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/af_clinton_africa
Briandiesel Briandiesel 6 years
I don't agree with the snappy comeback but I do understand what she means-
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 6 years
Sexism is to be expected, but it shouldn't be tolerated or liked.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
CaterpillarGirl, don't you think its unfair that Hillary should "expect" questions about her husband and his opinions? I think it totally sucks. SHE is the Secretary of State, and she has every right to be annoyed if someone is asking her about anyone else's opinion.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
When your husband is the BJ posterchild for the world, and you are his wife, you are going to always play second fiddle to his "accomplishments"
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
I admit she could have been a teensy bit more diplomatic, but she has a point. She's an accomplished woman with her own brain and her opinion matters.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
Mama, Michelle wasnt once the president. Hillary HAS to expect these kinds of questions if Bill is to continue to be in the national spotlight.
arianamarie arianamarie 6 years
uh, can you blame her for spazzing out like that? i would be mad too if everywhere i went, my husband was the topic of choice, she deserves to not be compared to him so much, they're too different people
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
are you serious? she needs "grace"? if someone asked President Obama what Michelle thought about war, healthcare, taxes, it would be as ridiculous a question. it insults Secretary Clinton when people (A) address her as "Mrs. Clinton" (B) completely disregard the fact that she is the public servant, her husband is currently a private citizen.
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years
I think she just went a little too far with snapping back like that.
luna08 luna08 6 years
Cringe
amelioratelj amelioratelj 6 years
LOL
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
Shows what she is made of. which isnt good stuff. she needs to find some Grace and poise.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
Well, I can understand the question, because obviously he was president. However, I think she was right to be kind of defensive. She knows Bill was the president and is trying to stray from being wife of the president to the secretary of state.
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