That was back in 1992; the beginning of her husband’s first term. Before we knew what we know know. Back when White House advisors were saying things like “Drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park and see what you catch.”
Of course at the time they were talking about Paula Jones.
GENEVA — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red “reset button” to symbolize improved ties, but the gift drew smiles as the word “reset” was mistranslated into the Russian for “overcharge.”
“I would like to present you with a little gift that represents what President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying and that is: We want to reset our relationship and so we will do it together,” said Clinton, presenting Lavrov with a palm-sized yellow box with a red button.
Clinton joked to Lavrov: “We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?”
“You got it wrong,” said Lavrov, smiling as the two pushed the reset button together before dinner at a Geneva hotel.
Just think about this for a moment. Here you have “the smartest woman in America,” who can’t find a Russian translator worth a damn. Who, instead of giving her Russian counterpart the traditional expensive, tasteful, thoughtful gift to open a professional relationship, instead gives him a 97 cent gift based on an outdated American television commercial — a reference he probably won’t understand the significance of.
And she misspells and mistranslates the wording on the “gift.”
And the cherry on this little ice-cream fiasco — are you really sure, Miss Hillary, you want to give a big red pushbutton to the second largest nuclear power in the world?