Friday, March 6, 2009

Hillary Impresses Young Europeans

Hillary took questions from young Europeans at the EU headquarters in Brussels. The Q and A session was streamed live in 31 countries.

According to the reports Hillary absolutely amazed and impressed the young Europeans

Clinton was received rapturously. She glad-handed her audience at the vast ­European parliament. People cheered. She waved. They clapped, they craned their necks for a better glimpse, and they gave her a standing ovation.

"Europe is a miracle," Clinton told around 1,000 young high-fliers. "A complex compromise of different interests." ...

The lad in the "I Love Hillary" T-shirt, a gay rights activist from Moldova, extracted a ringing endorsement of his campaign.

"Human rights are the inalienable right of every person no matter who that person loves," Clinton said, adding that attacks on gays and lesbians were not only occurring on a worrying scale, but were being "condoned and protected".

"That was great," crowed the German parliament president, Hans-Gert Pöttering, unable to conceal his delight at hosting the highest-profile American in his parliament since Ronald Reagan visited Strasbourg 24 years ago. He prompted mild guffaws by boasting that the European chamber was "a real and growing power".(buzzle)
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Clinton’s performance was brilliantly executed in that she pitched her message at exactly the level the European audience wanted. They wanted to hear an American talk like a European, and that’s what they got.

Of course, her best line came at the start when she called Europe a “miracle” because of the way it had overcome two world wars and a century of fanaticism and put itself on the path of peaceful, prosperous integration. “Europe is enjoying its longest period of peace since Roman times,” she said, displaying a grasp of 2,000 years of history that is just the kind of thing Europeans think the average American doesn’t have a clue about. (FT)

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