"It is hard enough with two parties to come to any resolution, and I say this very respectfully, because I feel the same way about our own democracy, which has been around a lot longer than European democracy." The remark provoked much headshaking in the parliament of a bloc that likes to trace back its democratic tradition thousands of years to the days of classical Greece.
I know, as the highest ranking diplomatic representative of the U.S.A. she is expected to know the names and titles of other diplomats with which she is meeting.
One working lunch later with EU leaders, Clinton raised more eyebrows when she referred to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who stood beside her, as "High Representative Solano."
She also dubbed European Commission External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner as "Benito."
Again, we the citizens of the U.S.A., extend our apologies for sending our highest ranking diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State, H. Rodham Clinton, to meetings unprepared. Please understand, as a first lady, a private citizen and then U.S. Senator H. Rodham Clinton, she was not required be knowledgeable of the such little details (like the form and age of our government and the titles and names of foreign diplomats).
H. Rodham Clinton is still in the learning phase and I am sure she will learn and grow into her position.