DAVENPORT, IA.—Could it be, I think it is, presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton parked at a double entrendre.
With a grin and hoots and hollers from an audience, the former first lady, now New York Senator and 2008 presidential hopeful demonstrated comedic timing, a wry wit and the willingness to create a joke at her own expense.
Clinton on Sunday took questions at a town-hall style meeting at a fairgrounds in this city hugging the shores of the Mississippi River. This is Clinton’s first swing to Iowa in her eight-day old White House campaign.
She’s encouraging people to ask her anything. Clinton is running kind of a massive Iowa focus group, learning in these early encounters what people want to know about her, her policies, her past and what she would do as president.
A man in the crowd asked her what she had in her background that would make her a good commander-in-chief given that the world has “evil, greedy, rotten power hungry leaders” and a lot of them “happen to be men.”
For the estimated 500 people in the room, Clinton rephrased the question for those who could not hear.
“The question really is,” she said, “we face a lot of dangers in the world and in the gentlemans’ words, we face a lot of ‘evil men.’ People like Osma Bin Laden comes to mind.
And what in my background equips me to deal (she pauses a beat and get a glean in her eye) with evil and bad men.”
Next was one of those you have to be there to appreciate it moments.
The audience immediately broke out in a communal gale of hoots, holler and laughter. Clinton kind of took a dip, wearing a Cheshire cat grin.
What is the reference?
Ken Starr, the vortex of the right-wing conspiracy who got President Clinton impeached?
Or someone else.
“Not her husband, not a chance,” said Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson.