Then last evening, the keynote speaker for our Premier Governance Meeting was Hillary Clinton. This was her third presentation for the day and if the NY Times is accurate, yesterday was quite a payday at $200K per speech. I found her to be engaging, extremely knowledgeable on issues other than health care. She read prepared remarks from the teleprompter related to our work in health care and you could tell that someone else wrote her remarks.
However, once she moved to politics and her roles as Senator and Secretary of State, she was very much on her game. She said her greatest moment as Secretary of State was the capture and death of Osama Bin Laden and her worst was the death of Ambassador Stevens and three others in Benghazi. Good answers under any circumstances, especially if you are running for President. She did not use our venue to announce her intent.
Other great moments had a more human interest spin, i.e. freeing the Chinese dissident from the US Embassy in China where he sought asylum. In her opinion, the best world leader to work with is Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and the worst is Vladimir Putin, the Russian President. At least Hillary has her dislike for Putin in common with George W. Bush. We heard W speak two years ago at this same conference and say that he very much disliked Putin for the same reasons--that he is an intimidating bully who is trying to make Russia great once again but is failing miserably. The greatest threats against the US over the next five years per Hillary are terrorism (I guess we didn't defeat it after all), weapons of mass destruction (and we are negotiating with Iran to keep their enriched uranium?) and China picking fights of already claimed territories, islands, atolls, etc. mostly with Japan.
All in all, it was a most interesting evening; and like her or not, she is very much Presidential material.