In what may not be the best strategy, former president Bill Clinton made his first solo campaign appearance to stump for his wife. The Daily Mail reported on how it went with what may be one of the most aptly descriptive titles, with original emphasis, of “Paging Donald Trump: Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary in New Hampshire but the women on stage behind him scowl, grimace and look like they’d rather be ANYWHERE else.”
The Daily Mail took a vast collection of photographs of mostly young women, though also young men and older women looking bored as could be during Clinton’s speech.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) January 4, 2016
Deanne Martin and her 14-year old daughter, Mary, were asked by the Daily Mail about their reactions. The mother-daughter pair hadn’t even realized they looked so “apathetic.” They quickly changed their tune though once they were made aware:
‘We were nervous,’ she explained, and then abruptly shifted into the role of enthusiastic Hillary supporter.
‘I was ecstatic!’ the girl insisted, quickly painting on a go-getter’s grin, even though pictures told a different story.
The Daily Mail says they, with added emphasis, “delicately asked Deanne if she has told her daughter about Bill’s reputation with women during his White House years.” They need not have approached what ought to be a sensitive topic and a liability in such a manner, however:
Young Mary jumped in and cut her mom off with a ‘so what’ shrug.
‘Oh, I’m aware,’ she said. ‘Yeah. He’s a womanizer.’
‘I think that that’s his social life,’ the eighth-grader said of the famous political Lothario. ‘And his work should be separate from that.’
Asked if she agreed, Deanne rolled her eyes left, then right, and sighed.
‘Um – I guess,’ she said at last.
It’s a sad world where people can be aware and still not care about Bill’s record with women. As the Daily Mail also reported, Donald Trump referred to Hillary as an “enabler.” Then again, with Bill’s treatment of women and Hillary’s scandals, from Benghazi to her e-mail server, it seems the political power couple is used to getting away with everything and anything.
If Bill’s appearance is going to bore young people, particularly young women, Hillary may want to consider if he’ll hurt more than he helps. With how poorly Hillary herself is doing with young people and young women she should be seeking all the help she can get.