Hillary Rodham Clinton bids farewell today to the State Department, where she has served with a stunning mix of skill and will. Listening with an overflow crowd, I left with three forceful messages and a lingering question.
One might have expected Hillary Clinton's long-time detractors, who have been trying for more than 20 years to trip her up, to land some solid blows to her widely admired reputation for leadership on the global stage. Instead, we've been treated to salvos that were silly, at best.
Today, in every region of the world, we are working to engage, inspire, and empower women and girls through sports. Not because it's the right thing to do -- although it is -- but because it is the smart thing to do.
As Hillary Clinton packs up her office and contemplates her next move, one thing is clear: as secretary of state she changed the narrative on women by championing their social, political and economic rights over the world.
We will miss you. We will miss that bright green, blue or red jacket in the crowd, we will miss your calm and serious voice, and we will miss knowing that through you, we, the women of America, have a voice.
The Republican Party is out of touch not because it has taken unpopular positions. That is a normal part of politics. Rather, Republicans are uniquely out of touch because they continue to discuss things and promote ideas to which most of the country no longer even pays any attention.
Hillary's resume prerequisites for a presidential run are outweighed only by her panache -- a novel brand of cool she's cultivated over more than two decades in the political spotlight. Hers is a well-earned confidence that she makes seem effortless.
The legacy of Secretary Clinton will not be a dictator dead, air assault over Libya, or de-escalation in Gaza. Instead, like Nobel Peace Laureate George Marshall, she leaves behind a world more stable because she added women's force as indispensable to "smart power."
John Kerry comes to the job with a long history of work on AIDS. So there are high hopes that he will pick up the ball where Secretary Clinton left off and help ramp up U.S. global AIDS efforts.
Cultural diplomacy or public diplomacy cannot be effective when coupled with acts of war. This is a lesson which major powers keep learning and also keep forgetting. Public diplomacy could not succeed in Iraq as long as military force was used.
For the sake of party, and country -- Joe Biden should cancel his dreams of the Oval Office. That is not to say, however, that this second term as vice president need be the end of the line.
In response to the hype surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey, Roiphe gained national prominence in 2012 with a Newsweek cover story about why sadomasochism is a feminist dream. The story went viral, and many feminists again called for her to be tied up and gagged.
Since her debut on the national stage where all anyone knew of her was the color of her inaugural gown, Hillary Clinton has fought for women's rights with the force of a superpower.
Varied commentators think the Inaugural showed a "Democratic Reagan." So we ask an actual Democratic Reagan -- Ron -- and Nicolle Wallace their view and whether Obama was paradoxically Reaganesque in ending Reaganism. And will "Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall" be this era's "Ask not..."?
President Barack Hussein Obama's second inauguration pretty much dominated the political news this week. Oh, wait, I meant to say "a lip-synching scandal" was what dominated the airwaves in what passes for "journalism" in America these days. Sigh.