Hillary Clinton Took On Fox News, Kept Her Cool, And Reminded Us Why We Love Her
As if we needed more proof that the former first lady was the coolest, most badass politician to grace the cover of TIME magazine with her shoe, Hillary Clinton not only made it through Tuesday's Fox News interview intact, she even confronted her most freakish of recent stalkers: the RNC Squirrel (yes, you read that correctly). In fact, she pretty much charmed the socks off of them both.
Fox News has been poised to take on the former Secretary of State for a while now, ever since her last interview back in January 2013. On Tuesday, Fox News' Greta Van Susteren and Bret Baier veritably grilled Clinton on everything from Benghazi to sexism to the NSA to the IRS — with the focus being mainly on Benghazi, because, well, it's Fox and they're thinking the timing of the Benghazi suspect’s capture is way, way too convenient for Clinton. Ahem.
Unfortunately for the network and its conspiracy theories, Clinton not only survived the half-hour segment unscathed, she even had the two interviewers grinning with her by the end of it. She laughed, she smiled, she was logical and cool-headed and, she didn't take the bait — in short, she totally schooled the network and brutally disappointed the die-hard viewers, who accused Baier and Van Susteren of throwing the former secretary of state too many softballs.
And not only did Clinton manage to take on Baier and Van Susteren on Tuesday, she also oh-so-casually said hello to the giant Republican National Committee squirrel that had been tailing her for the last week. In fact, she even got out of her car and gave it a signed copy of her book, with the inscription "Squirrel, please make a hard choice and read my book!"— yah, she's that cool.
"I wanted you to get you a copy of my book,” Clinton told the giant stuffed animal, somehow keeping a straight face. "Thank you, Mr. Squirrel," she said, shaking his paw. "Thank you so much."
As for her Fox News interview, here are some of the biggest comments to take away:
There's A Difference Between "Committing Wrong" and "Getting it Wrong"
I had a very clear sense of priorities. Protect our people, get them to safety, make sure that other attacks or threatened attacks at other embassies or other American posts are not going to happen, we need to get much more support from the governments of the countries where we are posting our people, and let's learn what happened so that we can try to prevent it in real time ... I took responsibility for being at the head of the state department at that time. Now that doesn't mean that I made every decision because I did not, but it does mean that I feel very deeply and very personally about the losses that we incurred.
If Hillary Were President...
If I were President, and the FBI and the Justice Department and our law enforcement came and said, we're finally ready, Mr or Madame President, to go and capture and detain this terrorist, and we have enough evidence to successfully prosecute him in our courts, which have proven very successful at prosecuting terrorists, I would say, then I'm ready to give the order.
No, She Isn't and Never Has Been Disappointed with Obama
I have known several presidents quite well, including my husband, and I worked closely with President George W. Bush and the White House then, after 9/11, and I served with President Obama. I disagree with all three of those Presidents on certain things, I can tell you that right now. But I also believe each has tried to do what he thought was best for the country. And I would only be seriously disappointed in any President if I thought that in some way he was either ignoring, or undermining, the national interest. And I never saw that in any of three men.
Women Need Bipartisan Support
I wanna make clear, number one, that I don't think attacking women for being women or for trying to get the votes of other women, makes a lot of sense. I think it's neither right nor smart ... I do believe that sexism is still a problem. It's not just in politics, it's in journalism, in business, in all kinds of human endeavors in our country. And we have to call it out when we find it, even when we find it, we have to say, You know what, that's a line you shouldn't cross ... We don't do any service to ourselves, to each other, to young women coming up, if we let those kinds of comments stand, if we ignore the double standard which still makes it very difficult for a lot of young women to feel like that they have a role in the public sphere because of the way they're judged. Maybe we could work together to try to get some sort of pact or agreement that people will speak up as we go forward in politics.