Alright, so, here’s a brief video of what happened at a Q & A session at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN):
And here’s a link to a slightly longer video (I’m sorry, but I tried and I can’t embed this one into the blog page):
So, my thoughts… the question never should have been asked. Do I see where Evan Strange (the kid who asked the question) is coming from, in that it could show Clinton’s strengths? Yes, but it’s still a WAY too personal question to be asking. The affair of her father has nothing to do with the campaign of her mother.
On The Trail (a Washington Post blog), readers reacted, and I’ll provide some of the comments. I was surprised how many people actually sided AGAINST Chelsea here:
Posted by: edbyronadams | March 26, 2008 03:21 PM
Posted by: JakeD | March 26, 2008 03:24 PM
Posted by: nwrepresent1 | March 26, 2008 04:09 PM
Posted by: ajtiger92 | March 26, 2008 04:22 PM
Posted by: ymaxoneil | March 26, 2008 04:26 PM
Now, there were some comments that commended Chelsea (which I left out for the sake of room), but I was surprised at how many bashed her over this. Like I said – a personal affair of Bill has nothing to do with this, and I probably would’ve gotten just as angry (or angrier). I mean, Monica Lewinsky ruined a decent part of her childhood – and being asked about it when it’s completely irrelevant would just make me angry – I think it never should have been asked, and it DEFINITELY could’ve been asked in a less blunt way.
Now, the 2nd video did bring up a good point – if she’s working for a campaign, she shouldn’t be exempt from the media. If she doesn’t want the spotlight on her, she has to get off the stage. She can refuse to answer questions to reporters, but I see no need for them to bow down to her wishes and turn off cameras whenever she’s around.
On this one though, I say, “Way to go Chelsea!”
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