First Lady Coaching

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sits during the opening ceremony of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Diaoyutai Guesthouse in Beijing on May 3, 2012. (SHANNON STAPLETON/AFP/Getty)

New York Times Washington correspondent and the author of The Obamas (Back Bay Books, 2012) Jodi Kantor discusses the media coaching given to first ladies in light of the now-public documents from the Clinton-era White House, and how the old documents may affect Hillary Clinton today and her plans for the future.


Jodi Kantor

Comments [6]

martha r from Greenpoint

Another bizarre history-ignoring segment!
I have a feeling I would not like reporter Kantor's book, to judge by her superficial takes on things, with a rare insight or two thrown in. But do we not remember that between being First Lady and Secy of State, Hilary Clinton was OUR senator, and all this garbage about likability was thrashed over by the press (not the public) then, and all the tongue-wagging Villagers insisted she couldn’t win the election because she was so unlikable. The same pathetic Beltway nonsense about "living at 30,000 feet, in limos, and at fancy parties," not connnecting with the common people, blahblahblah… and then she went on her 'listening tour 'and —shock!—she proved to be respected, and "liked" by women AND OTHERS and handily won, not just because her foolish suburban opponent "got in her face" during the debates.
By the way, i tried rotating that obnoxious photo of Clinton above to the correct horizontal perspective, and lo! HER NOSE IS NOT UP IN THE AIR. She is looking straight ahead.
Finally, she ain't my candidate. But I like history better than Beltway punditry.

Mar. 05 2014 12:17 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

It takes a village. It takes fembots. It takes wolves. It takes robots. It takes everything and anything to raise a child, except for a biological father. He exists only to be taken to the cleaners.

Mar. 05 2014 10:48 AM
Bridget O'Driscoll from New York

Preventing and reducing obesity is among the top five public health priorities of every state. Let's move and increasing the consumption of water rather than high sugar drinks are simple daily habits that help us attain and maintain an ideal weight. Mrs. Obama is lighting the way.

Mar. 05 2014 10:46 AM

Sorry...The problem of public relations and perception is a minefield for the women in our nation. Unlike the men, the women needs accomplishments AND looks/wardrobe/pleasant personality...whatever.

Hillary learned how to be a pol's wife down in Arkansas in a different place and time. She's a smart woman who has shown that she can learn from experience. I hope if she gains the White House that her take on "It's the Economy, Stupid" puts the needs of the bottom four quintiles over gains at the top.

Mar. 05 2014 10:46 AM
pliny from soho

she voted for the war in Iraq
when all of New York was against it
i dont care how likable she is

Mar. 05 2014 10:46 AM

Something about cookies.

Mar. 05 2014 10:35 AM

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