Here’s Why Hillary Clinton Was Named Barbara Walter’s “Most Fascinating Person Of 2013”


Three cheers for Hillary Clinton coming on top of this list! She is a very worthy candidate, and it’s kinda rad to see two legendary warrior women, both pioneers in their own industry (politics and journalism) coming together for some festive feminist goodness!

It has been the question on everyone’s (who is interested in the state of affairs of the United States government) lips: will Hillary run as presidential candidate in 2016? The answer she gave to Barbara definitively was “I haven’t made up my mind.”

She did go on to say: “Obviously, I will look carefully at what I think I can do and make that decision sometime next year.”

OK so now that she set that record straight officially, the two were able to talk about more important issues, such as the impact having a female president will have on the country. If she does run in 2016, it will be her second attempt at the Chief Executive Officer seat. The first was in 2008 when she lost the Democratic candidacy to Barack Obama.

But like a pro, she manages to steer the conversation back to the real issues that she is focusing on in the meantime.

“I think we should be looking at the work that we have today. Our unemployment rate is too high. We have people getting kicked off food stamps who are in terrible economic straits. Small business is not getting credit, I could go on and on, so I think we ought to pay attention to what’s happening right now.”

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton has openly spoken of the need for a female US president, which could be a hint at what his wife will end up deciding. Either way, Hilary laid out to Barbara why women need to see more female representatives in the White House and Congress in general.

“It matters. It matters because we have half the population that has given so much to building this country, to making it work, raising children and, of course, I want to see women eventually in the White House,” Clinton said. “If you look at my friends and former colleagues, who are now in the Senate, it was the women senators, on both sides of the aisle, who finally broke the fever over the government shutdown and the debt limit. … They have been working across party lines, and we need more of that.”

After Barbara jokingly tells her she MUST run simply from that statement alone, Hillary laughs saying she has been talking like this for 40 years.

“I care so much about what happens to this country because I am a beneficiary of the sacrifices my parents made. I certainly don’t want to be part of a generation that sees the American Dream depreciated”

She ends with some solid advice that we as women can take on board to ensure richer and fuller lives for ourselves.

“You have to chart your own course, and you have to stand up for what you think are the right decisions.”

If you need any more evidence that America is ready for a female president, especially if it is Hillary, just watch how expertly she handles a debate about abortion rights in third world country with a Republic representative in the video below. The video is from 2009 when she was President Obama’s Secretary of State. She is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and that having access to education and health isn’t just a female issue, it’s a human issue.


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