She may have just left her job in Foggy Bottom, but former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton LAW ’73 seems set on staying in touch with the American public.
The one-time first lady has launched a new website that simply features a photo of her with a button labeled “contact.” Hitting “contact” produces a pop-up window, in which, in the spirit of full disclosure, I ventured to enter the required personal information — first and last name, email, phone number — and indicated my purpose — “other,” as opposed to “scheduling request” or “media inquiry.” And in the questions/comments box, I took a more informal approach: “Hey, unlike everyone else, I’ve ascertained you don’t really want to run in 2016, so maybe we can be friends?”
Personal opinions abounded in reaction to the website: Pundits took to Twitter and other social media outlets to speculate simultaneously about the website’s purpose and Hillary’s future. Still, mainstream opinion regarding her performance as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat has been overwhelmingly positive. Her political prospects have only brightened, and she now arguably outshines her husband, former President Bill Clinton LAW ‘73, on both the world and American political stage.
But for now, the future of today’s “most powerful woman in American history” — as she was dubbed in a recent Newsweek cover story — seems apolitical. Clinton has described her current priorities only in relation to women’s rights, telling The Daily Beast in 2011 that female issues, and not the political stage, are “the unfinished business of the 21st century.”
Guess we’ll just wait to see where America’s “Iron Lady” goes next. I’m still waiting for her to get back to me myself.