Hillary Clinton: "My Husband Is Not Secretary Of State"

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's temper flared on Monday when a Congolese university student asked for her husband's thinking on an international matter.

"My husband is not secretary of state. I am," an obviously annoyed Clinton replied sharply.

A week after former President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea to secure the release of two detained American journalists and stole the limelight from the start of his wife's first trip to Africa, Clinton was clearly nettled by the question at a town hall forum in Kinshasa.

"You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" she replied incredulously when the male student asked her what "Mr. Clinton" thought of World Bank concerns about a multibillion-dollar Chinese loan offer to the Democratic Republic of Congo. . "If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband," she said.

The question was left unanswered as the moderator of the event quickly moved on.

Sidelined for weeks after she was injured during a fall this spring, Clinton returned to a flurry of speculation that she had been shoved to the side as a diplomatic force inside the administration, overshadowed by globe-trotting President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a bevy of heavyweight special envoys assigned to the world's critical hotspots.

Clinton launched into a series of high-profile speeches and television appearances. But just as she landed in Africa, her ambitious visit ran into stiff competition from her husband's secret mission to North Korea, which drew heavy coverage for his role in freeing the two journalists and talking with the regime's long-time leader, Kim Jong Il.

It was not immediately clear why Clinton reacted with such umbrage, and she quickly recovered her cool and moved on to other subjects Monday. Just before the question that set off her anger, another student had asked if the United States and the West felt a need to apologize to the people of Congo for colonialism and post-colonial interference.

"I cannot excuse the past and I will not try," she said. "We can either think about the past and be imprisoned by it or we can decide we're going to have a better future and work to make it."

Clinton is in the middle of a marathon 11-day tour of Africa and has held to a grueling schedule of official meetings and private events that have kept her busy from sunrise to well after sunset.

She returned to the public eye in mid-July with what aides billed as a major foreign policy address at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. Since then, she has traveled to India and Thailand and now to seven nations in Africa.

Hours after she left Washington for Africa last Monday, news broke that Bill Clinton had gone on the humanitarian mission to North Korea to win the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, two television journalists who had been arrested there and sentenced to 12 years at hard labor.

Mrs. Clinton arrived in Kenya to find herself peppered with questions about his role in the secret mission to North Korea.

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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Aug 12, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    Thanks for your input Barlow. I had to read your response twice before I realized you were referring to me as dumb. Very clever, and classy I should mention. Take care.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 11, 2009 at 08:19 PM
    Tweety pie: you mean Bill goes in for body paint, or war paint?
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Aug 11, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    Yes dumrek, some of the cars were produced in the US but they are not GM, Dodge, etc. This was supposed to be a boon for the big three dumrek. Instead it is a boon doggle. It is also hurting the working poor by taking good, affordable used cars out of commission. What a stupid obuma idea. The nitwit lefties strike again.
  • by Terry Location: Chocowinity,NC on Aug 11, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    Has Obama backed off yet on this insane idea, About the individual military personall paying for there own injuries. Anyway this is what he has to say about this Obama plan. I cannot even see Hillary involved with this one. The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of the opposition to his proposal. "Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained. "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute.." "I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country, "Obama continued. "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its hi story, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans." You Obama voters are realy something.
  • by Chris Location: greenville on Aug 11, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    AWW. hillary ..did Bill steal your thunder? I guess your translator needs to be fired.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Aug 11, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    Were any of those models made in the US investor?
  • by Investor Location: NC on Aug 11, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    Hoots right - Top 6 New Car Purchases: Cash for Clunkers 1. Toyota Corolla 2 Honda Civic 3 Toyota Prius 4 Toyota Camry 5 Hyndai Elantra 6 Honda Fit. The cash-for-clunkers program is, in reality, a subsidy to foreign car companies, proving that Barack Obama is the best president Japan ever had. It is a violation of the World Trade Organization rules to enact a public subsidy program and skew it toward only Domestically produced products, so the Congress has no choice but to extend the program to all Overseas Made and Produced Products.No choice, that is,or not spend the money in the first place. Cash for Clunkers will do wonders for the Japanese economy, but its impact on the US job situation is worthless.This is a great illustration of what happens when a government subsidy is applied to a free world market economy. Obama keeps getting it wrong. So Obama can boast of taking American cars off the road and replacing them with foreign cars, and car parts Made Overseas
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Aug 11, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    JT, just because you are an 80 and idolize socialist elitists you don't have to try to drag Sarah Palin into your equation at all. She is far above an 80, is not an elitist and believes in leaving you to make your own decisions for your life even if you are barely capable. If you need someone to tell you what is good for you, shove your head in Hillary, obuma or whoever, just leave us out of it. I'll decide what is good for my family and I, thanks anyway. By the way JA, Jimmy Carter caused Ronald Reagan. The socialist obuma's number a dropping like a lead balloon. He will cause Sarah Palin, John Kasich, Tim Pawlenty or someone similar to be our next President, then there won't be another dumocrat for 8 to 16 years. Back to the article, I don't blame Hillary for her reaction. If she had been close to the idiot and had slapped his stupid face for making such a sexist implication, I wouldn't have blamed her and I am as heterosexual white male as you can get. She is Sec of State, not him!
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Aug 11, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    Hey Hoot: how many of those foreign-named cars were assembled here in the US? with US made parts? Find that out before you announce your hypothesis.
  • by Tyrone Location: Greenville on Aug 11, 2009 at 04:10 AM
    Now calm down Hilliary. Just because Bill took Monica to Korea and not you is no reason to take it out on a college student.
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