Hillary Clinton Would Still Really Rather Skype

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Nobody, except freaks, actually likes flying. But Hillary Clinton really doesn't like flying. We can tell, because whenever she talks about the downsides of her job as secretary of State, she doesn't mention "We can't stop Iran from getting the bomb" or "Afghanistan is a quagmire" or "The Israelis and the Palestinians are hopeless." She mentions air travel. In fact, she can nearly recite her gripe by memory at this point. From Newsweek last December:


What I have found hardest to balance is the amount of travel that is expected today. One would think that in an era where communication is instantaneous, you would not have to get on an airplane and go sit in a meeting. But, in fact, it's almost as though people are more desirous of seeing someone in person.

That's very close to what she recently told Esquire, save for an added poignant and slightly unintelligible observation about the human condition:


"It wears you out," Clinton told Esquire in a story for the May issue of the magazine. 'The jet lag, the dry air on planes, the whole 'If it's Tuesday, I must be in...' kind of thing.'" ....

"But you would think, in the world in which we live today, that with instantaneous communications, that you wouldn't need to travel as much."

"But, in fact," Clinton explained, "you almost have to travel more, both because everybody knows you can get on an airplane and get to where they're expecting you, but also because it's almost as if the virtual reality cries out for the real relationships need to be affirmed."

Not Hillary, though. Unlike the diplomatic lightweights around the world who relish the chance to meet such a high-profile political celebrity in person, Hillary does not cry out for the warmth of face-to-face interaction. She just wants some freaking couch time.

Hillary Clinton worn out [Politico]