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The Best of Notable Quotables; December 16, 1996

Vol. Nine; No. 26

I Am Woman Award (for Hillary Rodham Worshipping)



"Nancy pushed Ronnie into an arms treaty with the Russians
because she wanted him to win a Nobel Prize. So maybe astrology
was healthier than whatever the rest of the nuke-Managua globo- cops were smoking in the Reagan White House. That Hillary should talk to Eleanor Roosevelt bothers some of us less than the fact that her husband obviously doesn't....Isn't it amazing that women have invented or designed or discovered the prototype computer, nitrate fertilizer, penicillin, integral calculus, food refrigeration, space helmets, atomic parity, automatic flight
control, pulsars and even DNA, not to mention square-bottomed
bags, ice cream cones, vacuum canning and the gardenia. And yet
we're still afraid of what they'll whisper into the ears of their
powerful husbands. Might we at least concede that the people we'll marry say more about us than the people we select for the
second place on the ticket of our glory-hounding selves; nobody
elects vice presidents, either. Our pathological fear of Hillary
and any other uppity woman, whatever her politics, is a form of
foot-binding as well as a species of hate radio."

-- John Leonard on CBS's Sunday Morning, September 1. [79 points]


Runner-up


"You also quote a letter in [It Takes a Village] that Nelson
Mandela wrote to one of his daughters while he was in prison, and
I'm paraphrasing a bit, but he wrote that there is no personal
misfortune that one cannot turn into a personal triumph if one
has the iron will and the necessary skills. You clearly have an
iron will, you clearly are skilled. How are you going to turn
this personal misfortune into a personal triumph?"
"You think government should do a lot more than it's doing in
terms of making children a priority, doing things for kids. We're
clearly living in an age where people are anti-government. How do
you get across the message that we all need to see everybody's
kids as our own, we need to have more programs, the government
needs to be more involved?"

-- Questions to Hillary Rodham Clinton from Today substitute co-host Maria Shriver (who called the book "really terrific"), January 16. [78]