For his part, President Kennedy apparently understood that even though HE was President, his wife was at times the real “star.” Months after his narrow, hard-fought victory over Richard Nixon, the newly elected President paid a diplomatic visit to France at the invitation of President Charles De Gaulle, and seemed to grasp that the warm welcome from the French people was more about her, than about him.
When the time came, President Kennedy stood up at the state dinner in Paris and humbly stated “…I do not think it altogether inappropriate to introduce myself. I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it…”
Smart politics? You bet. Jackie improved the way people perceived JFK, and JFK let her do it. And a similar dynamic is playing-out right now.
In the past few weeks, Hillary seems to have abandoned her concerns over “the politics of personal destruction” and a close association with an impeached former President, and now has moved on to “the politics of personal re-construction,” while seemingly taking every opportunity to have Bill at her side.
And why not? Since she issued “the commandment” in February, a lot of bad stuff has happened to her.
Hillary was publicly called a “liar” by entertainment mogul and former supporter David Geffen.
Hillary was snubbed by the Rutgers University women’s basketball players when she rushed to console them after the Don Imus insult.
Hillary has ended up in an all-out battle with Obama for previously presumed endorsements in the African-American community.
Hillary has continued to outrage the far-left of her party by refusing to renouce her Senate vote allowing the use of force in Iraq.
And Hillary is having to fight with Obama for campaign donations, while some polls have Obama closing-in on her.
These challenges, and others, were likely at least part of the reason for Hillary’s recent disclosure of her plans future plans for Bill.
While speaking to a “town hall” audience in a crowded junior high school gymnasium recently, Hillary revealed that, when she becomes President, Bill will be America’s “Ambassador to the world” (presumably she’ll work out the conflicts with her Secretary of State later), and a global “cheerleader” for the United States.
And why not? Just as Jackie-O charmed the world and improved her husband’s fortunes, Bill is strategically positioned to help Hillary. But Bill’s new assignment in the Hillary campaign points to a paiful reality: Hillary doesn’t have a “past impeachment” problem; Hillary has a Hillary problem.
And if you hear Bill’s voice at the grocery store anytime soon…that should tell you something about the severity of the Hillary problem.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.