Mo Rocca: What should Americans be asking themselves?

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Question: What should Americans be asking themselves? Mo Rocca:It’s probably not healthy to evaluate a candidate . . . It’s probably not healthy to evaluate a candidate based on legacy. It’s sort of like leaping too far ahead. But I can’t help put wonder that if Hillary Clinton were elected, would she be the first woman? Or would she be the second Clinton? What would be that thing? And this seems almost romantic and unsubstantive, but the first woman president – that’s such a . . . that’s the female George Washington. What are those qualities that she should have? Because she’s gonna be this remarkable figure that plausibly, I think will be for little girls in the future, this inspiring figure. And you know it’s . . . And I don’t know . . . And that’s not . . . I’m not saying . . . I guess I’m not saying, like, she’s unsuitable. Maybe you can’t have a female George Washington. Maybe the system is such that it doesn’t . . . Maybe the system is such that it’s not viable for that hero, whoever she is, to step forward. Maybe it’s . . . Maybe it’s . . . Maybe the . . . Maybe the problem is that 200 years later . . . 220 some years later . . . 200 . . . Maybe the problem is that 230 . . . Where are we? Well it’s 1788. Maybe the problem is that 220 years later, the system doesn’t favor the female equivalent of a George Washington; that Hillary is the ideal woman candidate under the circumstances. I don’t know, but it’s an interesting . . . The . . . Barack Obama has . . . has . . . The first African-American has captivated us so much more that the idea of a first African-American has eclipsed the otherwise huge label of first female president. And so we have . . . It doesn’t seem like people have given thought to who that person should be, because she’s going to be . . . Whoever the first female president is is going to be this gigantic figure. Recorded on: 2/14/08


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