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THE WAY I SEE IT: It's not Obama's turn
In Mar. 22 issue, Russell County News
By Barbara Sharp Zimmerman, Columnist


I get tired of younger people who say it’s time for a youthful, attractive hopeful like Barack Obama to be president. He may be an excellent candidate with the intelligence and judgment to be president someday. But not now.

And I get so tired of younger women saying Hillary Clinton reminds them of their mother, as if there’s something wrong with that. I just want to say, “Well, honey, your mama is what got you whatever advantages and/or equality you have now”. Complacent younger women have not had to fight the battles we who are older did, so they just don’t get it.

You see, Hillary Clinton has worked for 35 years for this opportunity. Earned a law degree at a time when women just weren’t supposed to enter such professions, and many who had the ability didn’t. Worked for many good causes as first lady.

Traveled the world over and met many world leaders. Fought for women’s rights everywhere. Suffered much indignation due to a philandering husband, but stood by him and now sometimes is condemned for not dumping him.

But not by me; I believe this was a personal choice that should not be a factor in her current quest any more than John McCain’s failed first marriage.

Then Hillary Clinton was elected a United States Senator and re-elected a second time. She is respected for her diligence, her intelligence and her civility to senators of all parties. She is criticized for approving a resolution to let the president declare war on Iraq if necessary, but she was misled by the bogus intelligence the Bush administration foisted on Congress.

She has been a success in the old-boy Senate by any measure you want to apply. Like Ginger Rogers, she has done everything the guys have done, but she’s had to dance backwards in high heels.

Hillary Clinton is the best hope we have for a woman president we have ever had, and it’s time for one. It’s unbelievable that America has not reached the sophistication of a Great Britain, India or even the level of a backward nation-state such as Pakistan all of whom have elected women leaders.

Senator Clinton as the Democratic nominee was pretty much a foregone conclusion until the upstart Obama stepped into the fray and really messed up the picture. But in eight years (after President Hillary Clinton’s two terms), he’ll be much wiser and more experienced, only 54 years old and would be an even more attractive choice as the Democratic standard-bearer than he is now.

In eight years, Senator Clinton will be 68 almost as old as the currently presumed Republican candidate, John McCain. Everyone knows that’s too old for the rigors of a stressful office such as the presidency.

Senator Clinton also has proven herself steely enough to withstand unfair treatment by the news media and sexist slaps by her adversaries. The media swoons over Senator Obama whose ideas are markedly similar to Senator Clinton’s, then discusses her clothes and hair, for goodness sakes!

The media seems to think that when a man’s eyes tear up, he’s simply compassionate, or in touch with his feminine side. When a woman tears up, she’s “emotional”. In the early debates, Senator Clinton always referred to her opponent respectfully, as “Senator Obama” while he devalued her senatorial status by calling her simply, “Hillary”.

When asked by a supporter “What are we going to do about the _itch (rhymes with ‘witch’)?”, Senator McCain instead of chastising the questioner’s disrespect called it “an excellent question”.

Also, I am dumbfounded by women who are adamantly opposed to Hillary Clinton but can’t really say why they hold such a view. Is it because they didn’t like Bill Clinton?

Is it because they and their husbands in many cases don’t like powerful women? Or is it because they don’t think enough of themselves to believe a woman could be a good president? After eight years of the most incompetent president we’ve ever had, I find this view truly incomprehensible.

Folks, it’s time for you, particularly if you’re a woman, to consider Hillary Clinton for president and base your decision on her ability, her intelligence, her record and her proposed policies. Do it for all the older women who fought sexism over the years and earned the right to see a competent woman elevated to the most powerful office in the country.

Otherwise, it may be a long, long time before we ever have another woman with the intelligence and drive to wage such a difficult fight.

As for me, I want her to be the one to answer the phone when it rings in the White House at 3 A.M. because I know she will not start an unprovoked, senseless war that will send thousands of our children to die for no real reason.

Yes, I’m for Hillary Clinton. It’s our time.
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