Too Bad the Cat Got Chelsea’s Tongue

By Adele

Chelsea Clinton choked when asked if she thought her mother showed weakness during the Monica Lewinsky business. Stalling, she said no one had ever asked her that in 70 college appearances, then the best she could come up with was, “I do not think that’s any of your business.”

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Now, I’ve always liked Chelsea. After all, she had a cat named Socks until her parents gave him away.

But I think 9-year-old Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin, could have fielded that question with more grace and tact.

Chelsea missed a golden opportunity to turn the Lewinsky mess into a big plus for her mother rather than dodging it. Instead, she reminded us that Hillary would have done exactly the same.

Chelsea could have said, “I can’t begin to tell you how much I admire my mother for keeping her cool and holding our family together during what must have been an intensely embarrassing and painful time for her. The way she steered us through widespread disapproval and made our family even stronger shows that she has what it takes to do the same for this country.”

The student from Butler University who asked the question, Evan Strange, is a big Hillary supporter who later said Chelsea surprised him because he thought he was giving her an opportunity to put Monica-gate to rest for the cause.

But Chelsea chose to blow it.

Unlike Bindi Irwin, a media darling, Chelsea’s a public figure with an iron-clad policy of never speaking to the press. You’d think a 28-year-old woman who believes she’s mature enough to scour the country campaigning could handle the odd uncomfortable question – no matter who asks it. But, for some reason, the press lets Chelsea go around in a protective bubble, shooting her mouth off unchallenged.

Here’s my advice to Chelsea: The next time someone asks you a stumper, stop and ask yourself, “What would Bindi Irwin do?”

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3 Responses to Too Bad the Cat Got Chelsea’s Tongue

  1. tom says:

    What a strange comment…

    I was randomly viewing items when I cam across your comments. I don’t even know how old this story is. I have doubts that Evan Strange is a big Hillary supporter. Really, you expect a supporter to ask this question and then suggest he was doing a favor to the campaign by providing an opportunity for the campaign to put an 8-year old story to rest? I don’t see it. By the way, it was really weak to put words in Chelsea’s mouth and suggest how she should have answered – did you somehow know this is her feeling or were you suggesting she lie because the answer was good politics?

    I give Chelsea a lot of credit to holding to her principle. This isn’t a legitimate question for a campaign – it is a distraction. A supporter of a candidate can expect that the questions focus on the campaign. If she dodges issues then go at her, but not personal questions. To go even further, I believe there are boundaries to what we can ask a candidate. Almost any intrusive or boorish question could be justified on the basis of “I have a right to know.” Claiming a right doesn’t make it so.

    And the Bindi Irwin reference? How strange.

  2. catsworking says:

    Yes, this is post is rather old, as was the Monica Lewinsky matter. However, I still think Chelsea missed a golden opportunity to put her mother in a very positive, forceful light and squash the question once and for all. I’d still stack my so-called “words in her mouth” against her inarticulate “It’s none of your business” any day as the way she should have handled it.

    Since Ted Kennedy got into the news again with his brain tumor, many people are bringing up Chappaquiddick and Mary Jo Kopechne again. Shouldn’t THAT be off-limits too, since it’s decades OLDER than the Monica story?

    I just read today that Bill Clinton thinks Chelsea has caught the political bug and may want to run for office some day. If so, she’ll have to learn to think on her feet better than this. The press isn’t going to give her a free ride forever.

    As for Bindi Irwin, what’s so odd about that? The point you seem to have missed is that Bindi is only 9 years old, yet she’s a lot sharper than Chelsea when it comes to extolling her parent in public. Of course, Bindi does have the advantage of not worrying about keeping a thousand family skeletons locked in the closet.

    Even so, Bindi could tutor Chelsea in media relations so Chelsea could gain the confidence to someday start talking to adults as well as college kids.

  3. […] Democratic party wouldn’t have to worry about Clintons stirring up any more trouble – unless Chelsea someday enters politics. But that wouldn’t be for years because Chelsea has to get comfortable […]

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