Thursday, March 5, 2009

“I think we’ve got her pretty well occupied”

From today's New York Times:
Obama Taps Clinton Ideas but Not Clinton Herself
“I think we’ve got her pretty well occupied,” said David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, adding that the president and Mrs. Clinton had spoken about her experience with health care “only in the most general terms.”
Well, yes, David. Hillary is "occupied". With China, and North Korea, and Israel, and Iran, and Syria.

Axelrod's tone makes it sound like they gave Hillary the Secretary of State post simply to keep her distracted and too busy globetrotting to have time to interfere with health care reform.

Seriously? Even still, he can't muster up an appreciative tone, but instead just a sigh of relief at finally figuring out a way to manage that pesky woman? Sigh.

PS - If you haven't seen it already, check out this amazing slide show from Hillary's trip to Asia.


erikasotolamb said...

"Occupied" was certainly the wrong word choice. That's the word to use when we take over another country... or when we sit our children in front of the TV to keep them busy.

In the last few weeks HRC has single-handedly restored U.S. diplomacy to the world. Now, that's quite an occupation!

erikasotolamb said...

On healthcare, Axelrod should have said: "We owe much of where we are today on the health care discussion to lessons learned by Secretary Clinton."