Today I'm writing about some newsworthy events in the lives of two women who should be Presidents of the United States. And in a different era, they would be recognized for the content of their character and not have the subliminal (and not so subliminal) sexism thrown in to roadblock them. Our country would be greatly served by having these women at the helm of leadership. They have both been proven leaders all of their lives having both their careers capped off by stints as U.S. Secretary of State. I am sad every day that these women aren't my presidents.
First of all, let me begin with Hillary Clinton. I still wish she'd run for President again, naive as it sounds. I am aware of the difficult thicket of politics that she would have to negotiate to go at it again. I am aware that if she waits she will be 69 years old in 2016, and if Obama loses the 2012 election (and anything could happen no matter what you think about the Republican field at this moment), the path to a Hillary Clinton presidency looks impossible. But in U.S. politics (and in life) anything is possible. So a part of me continues to hope.
Anyways, Hillary Clinton's mother died yesterday. We all send our condolences to her family. It is a monumental event in ones life when your mother dies regardless of your relationship. And by all accounts, Hillary and her mother had a wonderful relationship. Her mother, Dorothy Rodham, died at 92, and according to the articles I've read, she was healthy right up until a week ago when she fell ill and then died. Looking at it that way, if Hillary shares the DNA of her mother, age 69 is young. If she lives as long as her mother, she would have another 23 years of good health ahead of her in 2016. Just saying.
In spite of her protestations of retiring from politics in 2012, Hillary Clinton's thinking about life is bound to change with the death of her mother. I lost my mother when I was 25, and I've talked to others who have lost parents, and few things change your life as much as the death of a parent, regardless of age. Especially when it is your last living parent who dies. It changes you in many many ways. You miss them and grieve for them for sure. But it also changes the way you look at yourself and how you approach your life. All of a sudden, it is YOU who are the leading generation in your family, and it is YOU who are the elder. There is no one above you. I am certain that this change in Hillary's life will make her contemplate things differently. Who knows what the result of that could mean?
The second woman who I fervently wish were my President is Condi Rice. She has written a new book, No Higher Honor, a memoir of her years in Washington, and is currently making the rounds to promote it.
She did a full hour interview in front of a live audience of students on Seah Hannity's show last night, and throughout I was reminded of how amazing this intelligent and talented woman is, and how our country would benefit from her leadership. For those of you who have a knee jerk reaction to all things Fox, all things Hannity, all things Bush, and all things Republican, I ask you to put your biases aside and contemplate the character of this woman.
Rice has rejected all notions of being President of the United States right from the get go, and one of my friends is always reminding me that Condi Rice is too smart to put herself through the meat grinder character assassination that is required to be President of the U.S. Boy do I get that!!! However, Rice has leadership qualities that are called for at this time to straighten up the mess we are in. She's brilliant, charismatic, thoughtful, reasoned. She is not an idealogue. She has been tested in a man's world, and she has measured up. She has had lots of leadership experience. She has been an effective manager. It is hard to find people who have worked with her who have anything but wonderful things to say about her. Everything she has done, she has done well. She handles questions about race with uncommon grace. I'd like to see more of her, not less. She's a formidable role model.
Yes, there are certainly many other amazing women I could be writing about today, and I'm sure I'll be writing about them in the future. But my thoughts are with Hillary and Condi. Godspeed to Hillary's mother, Dorothy Rodham. Condolences to the Clintons and the Rodhams. And much success to Condi Rice and her new book. Hopefully both women will see the light and make a run for it--------for the White House, I mean!!!!