Thanks for the mammaries

Soldiers may still be dying in Iraq and Congress may remain in gridlock but the talk of the town in Washington is still Hillary Clinton’s cleavage.

Clinton’s cleavage controversy continues unabated. Did she or didn’t she flash a little too much bosom in a July 18 campaign debate? Should anybody care? Is this really important?

Important enough to dominate talk shows and news coverage. Google News reports 186 stories about it over the weekend.

Some say how a potential President dresses is important. Others, however, say they don’t give a hoot about Hillary’s hooters.

Reports AFP:

In Washington, where professional women’s style statements are pointedly conservative, Hillary Clinton’s cleavage has suddenly burst into one of the hottest topics of the Democratic presidential race.

The normally very conservative dresser’s slightly low neckline during a July 18 campaign debate on education mostly went unremarked at first, until Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan took notice and branded it a “small acknowledgment of sexuality and femininity.”

“There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning Givhan wrote.

“It belonged to Senator Hillary Clinton.”

Clinton wore “a rose-colored blazer over a black top. The neckline sat low on her chest and had a subtle V-shape. The cleavage registered after only a quick glance,” she wrote.

“There wasn’t an unseemly amount of cleavage showing, but there it was. Undeniable … It was startling to see that small acknowledgment of sexuality and femininity peeking out of the conservative — aesthetically speaking — environment of Congress.”

The focus on Clinton’s bosom rather than her national security policy drew an explosion of “thousands of angry letters and calls” from readers, mostly women, the newspaper’s ombudsman later wrote.

Many took issue with the idea that the Post devoted so much room to a non-political aspect of a tense national political battle for the White House.

The Clinton campaign on Friday chimed in, hoping to turn the controversy over Givhan’s article to advantage.

“Would you believe that The Washington Post wrote a 746-word article on Hillary’s cleavage?” Ann Lewis, a top campaign official, said in a fund-raising e-mail.

“Frankly, focusing on women’s bodies instead of their ideas is insulting. It’s insulting to every woman who has ever tried to be taken seriously in a business meeting,” Lewis wrote.

The Post ombudsman defended Givhan’s article.

“Does this have anything to do with whether Clinton should be president?” the ombudsman asked. “Not a thing. But do we want to read the column about her cleavage? Yes indeed.

“It was the most viewed story on the Web site all day. So was a recent story on (Democratic presidential hopeful) John Edwards’s hairdresser.”

19 Responses to "Thanks for the mammaries"

  1. JudyB  July 31, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    GIVE ME A BREAK!….. From all drivel and dreg I have read and listened to about Hillary bearing her cleavage one would think she appeared before congress with her “nips” exposed! What we have here is a perfect example of sexual harassment being used in hopes of thwarting her seemingly successful run for the Presidency. Her hair, her style of clothing, her ass (both her derriere & her husband) her sexuality, and now her “rack”, have been the subject of much negative press and media time….and why???….trust me on this..its because she is a women, a Democrat, a Clinton and most of all, because she is leading in all of the current polls and feared by her Republican opposition. I honestly do not know who I will be voting for in ’08 (other than not any GOP) but none of the above reasons would NOT stop me from voting for her or anyone else….Yes..GIVE ME A BREAK !!!

  2. vietnam vet  July 31, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    vietnam vet

    Most politicians are dumb and stupit, but when someone like the kennedys and clintons come along,we hear nothing but criticisms. Smart people in politics are rare. Mrs. Clinton is a smart woman and she is hated because she make a lot men uncomfortable to be around her.

    By the way, I’m a 76 year old male.

  3. pupnannie  July 31, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    I would like to know what people want from Senator Clinton. One person says she is too masculine and now she is too feminine. Whatever she does is always wrong to some people, neve mind that she is intelligent and qualified to be the President unlike the occupant of the White House now. Why don’t we complain about his cowboy boots….get real people.

  4. geyser  July 31, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    It’s hard for me to believe, this story is still getting Air time, and Press space, are we fixated on Hillary’s chest? As I see it, there are better ones and worse ones. Only Bill can tell us how nice or ugly they are. I’m not particularly a Breast Man, it’s not the first item I notice when meeting with a female. The Eyes are first followed by the Hands. Then I start the search downward.
    I hope this story is reaching its demise. The only good that’s come from it is the Picture for this article, it is the Deer in the Headlights for sure. It also makes me think, she has just been asked a question, she didn’t want asked,
    “How did you enjoy sloppy seconds, when Bill had just been with Monica?” [Only the Secret Service knows for sure]

    Taking One Day at a Time

  5. adamrussell  August 1, 2007 at 3:55 am

    Its easy to get an unflattering picture of any person, politician or otherwise. You can do it with anyone, I guarantee it.

  6. Jeffrey B.  August 2, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    According to Rick Biesada in his book, The Angry White Male and the Horse He Rode in On, her hooters are nothing to Hoot over. They wouldn’t even make a luncheon snack at the Colonel’s with a side of cole-slaw.

    Bill might have said, “Thanks for the mammaries,” but he sure wasn’t talking about those of Ms. Roddamned Clinton – besides, why should we really be concerned about her boobs, when we have so many other boobs wanting to gain entry into 1600?

  7. Jeffrey B.  August 1, 2007 at 4:24 am

    To Rick Fuller:

    “This story is blatant sexism. There would NEVER be a story about the male candidates “packages.” So why pick on the lone female? This story is stupid and idiotic.”

    The story maybe stupid and idiotic, but when Teddy took Mary Jo out for a an apple bobbing contest in the moonlight in ’69 (the Summer of Love – remember?), no one could fortell that he would continue to get erected – I mean – elected over and over again – an dyou think he wasn’t checking out the cleavage?

  8. bryan mcclellan  July 31, 2007 at 8:04 am

    M.S.M.: please give a hoot ,don’t pollute (the airwaves) with useless drivel !!!

  9. gene  July 31, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Oh for God sake, give..me..a…break!!!!! This web site is just to good to even post this ridiculous bullshit. And where in the hell did that photo come from? Its wonderful!!

    “Only in America” can we fine such moronish shit.

  10. gene  July 31, 2007 at 8:59 am

    I think I have figured it out (at least for me). This nation is like a bunch of children playing with a loaded gun. OR..the other way….adults acting like children playing with some very dangereous objects. Their must be some mass regression going on here.

    These children are spoiled rotten and disgusting to be around, no wonder the world hates us and who can blame them.

  11. Rick Fuller  July 31, 2007 at 9:12 am

    This story is blatant sexism. There would NEVER be a story about the male candidates “packages.” So why pick on the lone female? This story is stupid and idiotic.

  12. LurkingFromTheLeft  July 31, 2007 at 10:17 am

    EXACTLY…

    …I mentioned the males and potatoes yesterday and no one even flinched –

    …I mean, I have ‘em too but I am so tired of this latest attempt and making this dog and pony show interesting –

    …let’s get back to the DUMBASS in DC before he hurts any more people – sadly enough, he’s too dumb to hurt himself –

    LFTL

  13. remoran  July 31, 2007 at 9:13 am

    The photo is the best!!! Question, does Hillary have nice hooters? Maybe MSN and the Washington Post should have a poll. That will keep people stupid and happy as we slouch toward 2008.

    “Never stop questioning.” Einstein

  14. gene  July 31, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Hello (remoran)…in reference to your above comment. I don’t think we need a (poll) to keep people stupid in this nation. I believe its become a genetic “thing”…their just simply born with it. Their ARE (exceptions) so please people, be nice.

  15. Sandra Price  July 31, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Maybe I should have found a pair of large breasts to use as my Avatar here and elsewhere instead of a jumping black cat. I’ve got a pair but they are well covered. When I first went on line, I had pick up emails all over the place. I was old then and still am. When I opened my own website, I used a photo taken for a book that a group of us needed for the publicity. It stopped the emails which is exactly what I wanted. Once in a while I’ll show cleavage but only when I’m very dressed up or in the pool. I often speak at conventions and still remember how to keep the attention on me and at 74 this is not easy.

    Leave Hillary alone. She dresses in good taste and she should be proud of being a female. I am!

  16. Rick Fuller  July 31, 2007 at 11:08 am

    …actually, Sandy, I think Nancy Pelosi is the “smarter” (read: snappier) dresser.

  17. adamrussell  July 31, 2007 at 11:08 am

    I think she and Bette Midler should do a USO tour for the soldiers.

  18. pupnannie  July 31, 2007 at 11:38 am

    I would like to know what people want from Senator Clinton. One person says she is too masculine and now she is too feminine. Whatever she does is always wrong to some people, neve mind that she is intelligent and qualified to be the President unlike the occupant of the White House now. Why don’t we complain about his cowboy boots….get real people.

  19. pupnannie  July 31, 2007 at 11:39 am

    I would like to know what people want from Senator Clinton. One person says she is too masculine and now she is too feminine. Whatever she does is always wrong to some people, neve mind that she is intelligent and qualified to be the President unlike the occupant of the White House now. Why don’t we complain about his cowboy boots….get real people.

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