isn't she cold, robotic, and unlikable?
Q: Why is Hillary so cold, robotic, and unlikable?
A: Well, first of all, the real Hillary Clinton is none of those things. Just ask the people who know her. The Hillary that some people think is real is the result of decades-long attacks by her critics, and Hillary’s admitted discomfort with the process of campaigning.
John Podesta, Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, Counselor to President Barack Obama, and Chairman of Hillary’s 2016 Presidential Campaign:
“You hear people say, ‘She’s so different in person.’ That’s what they’re finding so appealing. When people don’t know her well and they encounter her, people are taken with the fact that she is interested in them.”
Lucia Bath, mother of Jordan Davis:
“Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say black lives matter. She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish. She doesn’t build walls around her heart. Not only did she listen to our problems, she invited us to become part of the solution.”
Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State:
“She knows that safeguarding freedom and security is not like hosting a reality TV show. It is a complex, round-the-clock job that demands not only a steady hand and a cool head, but also a big heart.”
“I never once doubted that my parents cared about my thoughts and my ideas, and I always knew how deeply they love me. That feeling of being valued and loved — that is what my mom wants for every child. It is the calling of her life.”
Q: So where does the myth that Hillary is unlikable come from?
- For two and a half decades, Hillary has faced attacks on everything from her hairstyles and clothing choices to the sound of her voice, her laugh, and her smile (or absence of one). Even her cookie recipe created controversy.
- If Hillary is perceived as too serious, she is labeled “angry and defensive.” If she expresses passion for the causes she has fought for her whole political life, she is “too emotional.”
Q: But why does Hillary get attacked more than other politicians in the first place?
A: The Guardian writes that Hillary Clinton’s perception as a ”militant feminist, difficult to deal with“ was largely related to people’s aversion to her feminist attitudes. The article goes on to quote Craig Shirley, a biographer and historian:
He noted that she faced hostility in Arkansas politics and media when Bill Clinton was first elected governor, because she kept her maiden name. ”Here she comes, the feminist from Wellesley and Yale,“ Shirley explained […], ”down to Little Rock and brings her attitudes with her“.
By the time she arrived in D.C., Shirley explains, her reputation was already established.
Q: But doesn’t politics and campaigning come naturally to her?
A: On the contrary, Hillary has acknowledged that campaigning does not come easy for her. Nevertheless, those who endorse Clinton note that her emotional restraint and poise under pressure would help make her an effective president
Those who know Clinton best can attest that she is an empathetic, caring individual. But more important, they confirm that she is ready to lead this country.
“I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman — not me, not Bill, nobody — more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America.” - President Barack Obama