Arriving to a standing ovation, and departing to another as admirers rushed the stage to touch her, Hillary Clinton made a rock star impression on her Canadian audience last night. Speaking, as usual, without benefit of notes or teleprompter, she addressed the Vancouver Board of Trade on the issue of women in business and the benefit to all when women fully participate in all facets of society - business included. Societies hurt themselves when women are not given full opportunity for participation, she told them, and advised that women should be empowered as peace-makers. Not nurturing any illusions among female listeners, she told them to dare to compete, to expect to fall down, but to be ready to get up and continue the climb.
At a more
general level, she explained that the U.S. has a robust - even
boisterous political system. She took a swipe at the 24/7 news
marathon saying it thrives on bombastic conflict and counseled her
audience not to vote for candidates who will not compromise. While
asserting that our countries need to work together - with Mexico as
well - on climate change, she avoided comment on the Keystone pipeline.
addressing foreign policy and events in Ukraine in particular, she
provided a quick history of events leading to the current situation and
mentioned that she and Bill Clinton attended a conference in Ukraine
last fall. She said she had worked cooperatively with Yanukovych as
secretary of state but that he was not a visionary leader.
her visit with affirmation of our long amicable relationship with our
neighbors above the border, she could not resist mentioning the
exception: ice hockey - and the crowd roared.
Here are some twitpics I snagged.
didn't say this but note silver medal winners: There's no crying in
ice hockey. Just dust yourselves off and try again.