A political duet
Hillary Clinton recalls the fond memories of her youth.
“You know, my dad took me out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl,” she said.
“You know, some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are. Not because they are bitter.” ...
"As I told you, my dad taught me how to shoot behind our cottage,” she said. “I have gone hunting. I am not a hunter. But I have gone hunting." Clinton said she has hunted ducks.
To which Barack Obama replied, "she's talking like she’s Annie Oakley!"
Each of these vignettes is revealing in its own way about both Clinton and Obama, but not in the way they think. The Clinton story was intended to be a reference to Barack Obama; but the duck hunting story itself, which sounded like a kind of made to order memory, seems far more convincing as testimony to Hillary's willingness to say anything to score a political point. On the other hand, Obama's riposte was supposed to be about Hillary but turns out to be a really fascinating study of him. There's a hint of contempt in his delivery, right there on the edge of the laugh, and it's not just for Hillary either.
Hillary's no mystery. Barack is slowly coming into view.
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