Reading The New York Times' David Landler's commentary on Hillary Clinton's first major address as Secretary of State at the Council of Foreign Relations yesterday, one gets the impression that Clinton is Superwoman, repressed by her boss and nemesis in the White House.
Landler calls her speech "an effort to recapture the limelight after a period in which Mrs. Clinton has nursed both a broken elbow and the perception that the State Department has lost influence to an assertive White House." He also situates her speech against the backdrop of the antecedent rivalry between Clinton and Obama from their bruising presidential primary campaigns last year.
What is there to recapture? Politico reported Secretary Clinton has traveled, in her first six months in office, nearly 100,000 miles visiting two dozen countries, many of them more than once--and that's even more than two of her two of her more successful predecessors, James Baker and Henry Kissinger, in their first six-months. Besides, a successful Secretary of State is not necessarily somebody who is constantly in the limelight. Landler's harping on the Obama-Clinton rivalry also comes across as being tired and neglects Clinton's own competence and dynamism.