Will the woman in red suit make it to the presidency?

Last week, the New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton just before that evening of the presidential debate which was the most-watched among all US presidential debates. The endorsement came at the right time for Clinton who was getting ready to look her best for the debate with Trump, the man who is known for his sharp verbal attacks. The New York Times’ move was expected by those who follow the most famous daily in the US.

Clinton’s father is of Welsh descent while her mother is of Scottish and French-Canadian descent. She was born in Chicago as Hillary Diane Rodham. She described herself as ‘a mind conservative and a heart liberal’ as she moved from elementary school toward pursuing her education and becoming a bright lawyer.

During the presidential debate, she wore a red suit – red like her father’s heart who was a conservative communist man – and she wore her mother’s smile – Dorothy Rodham who was born in 1919, one year before the 19th amendment of the American constitution.

This amendment granted women the right to vote; thus allowed this little child from Illinois the right to study law so she could be the Democratic Party presidential nominee and stand for the presidential debate before that angry man who wore a blue suit and tie.

The New York Times justified why it’s biased toward Clinton since the beginning – in the end of July. “Mrs. Clinton, who grew up in an era of few opportunities for women, revealed strength and tenacity building a career that spanned the world,” the newspaper said.

I wonder if Hillary Clinton’s rise as a presidential candidate follows efforts that began with a constitutional amendment 100 years ago. How many years does a single law needs before it is fully put to use?

Turki Aldakhil

The daily wrote: “When Barack Obama was inaugurated as the nation’s first African-American president, historians wondered what combination of qualifications, experience and personality made him, of all black leaders, the one to break through that barrier. Such questions are, if anything, even sharper for Mrs. Clinton.” It further said: “Skeptical voters have scrutinized her age, voice, tone, even clothing as qualifiers for the White House.”

I wonder if Hillary Clinton’s rise as a presidential candidate follows efforts that began with a constitutional amendment 100 years ago. How many years does a single law needs before it is fully put to use?

Accusations vs accomplishments

Days have gone by and arguments between the former secretary of state, who has traveled more than any former state secretary, and Donald Trump continued. Her rivals criticized her for her husband’s infidelity; however, she has forgiven him with her good and conservative heart. She was the victim of an unfaithful husband who completed his presidential term because men’s mistakes are usually forgiven.

They accused her of neglecting her e-mail so she confessed, just like mature women do. She promised she will be more careful when she’s given chance to lead the US. They highlighted her health issues so she released her medical records and recovered in time for the debate. Trump, on the other hand, continued to wonder where Barack Obama was born.

During the debate, Clinton had organized her arguments well. She kept her composure and her smile, which rarely left her face. If Trump has lost a lot of money in his career as a businessman, Clinton has recovered from her husband’s “infidelity”. While Trump cannot make out the directions on the map, she has traveled more than him and her husband.

Before the debate ended, Donald went out of his way as usual and went back a 100 years: You Hillary – in the red suit – do not have the presidential look! Toward the end of the debate, when Clinton appeared calm and Trump irritable, we were witness to what is a really strange election. It is definitely shaping differently than how Abraham Lincoln knew it.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on Oct. 04, 2016.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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