US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, right, is all smile with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after presenting him a device with a red knob during their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, March 6, 2009. Clinton said Friday she hopes her first discussion with her Russian counterpart will begin a new era in U.S.-Russian relations without raising doubts about American support for European allies. (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini, Pool)
OK, now, THAT's more like it! Was it just yesterday that I was bemoaning Hillary Clinton's lack of cutesy media awareness? This shows promise. Team Hillary actually manufactures props! Condi never worked with props, unless you count her spherical, invisible friend or, of course, the biggest prop of them all, Condi herself.
But anyway, just look at that! A cute red reset button with an amusingly mistranslated message! I like it:
And then it hit me: that's no prop! I believe that what we're seeing above is the actual, real reset button from the Disneytronic, Animagic Condibot, the labor-saving robot sent out by yesterday's State Department when the real Condi was getting her hair and nails done. I bet it was originally set into the Condibot's hairdo somewhere. So this is actually a richly symbolic, darkly hilarious gesture from Clinton: The Condibot has been dismantled, never to walk or to recite talking points again. With this in mind, couldn't the Russian mistranslation be intentional, a final stab at Condi's notoriously overstated Russian "expertise?"
I like to think so. OMG, diplomacy is totally so much fun again! Yay!