Hillary Clinton was angry about being photoshopped out of an iconic 2011 photo in the Situation Room, according to a new batch of emails released from the State Department on Thursday. "The Jerusalem Post reported today that a NY Hasidic paper Der Zeitung published the sit room photo w/o me (or Audrey T) photoshopped out perhaps because no woman should be in such a place of power or that I am dressed immodestly!!" Clinton wrote of the image showing administration watching the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
"This is reported at: failedmessiah.typepad.com. And so, Happy Mother's Day," Clinton concluded jokingly.
"Stunning!!! Bare minimum I hope the WH formally objects," Judith McHale, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs responded. "This is so frustrating and depressing. I'm increasingly coming to believe we are moving backwards again in terms of women's issues."
"Do you want me to reach out to rhoades and ask him to formally complain ? WH photos are not supposed to be altered," McHale added in a later email. "I'm just so incredibly pissed off I want to do SOMETHING!! Let me know."
The newspaper later apologized for the incident. “In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status," a statement provided to The Washington Post in 2011 read. "Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.”
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."