A cosmetic solution to our differences?
Blog Guy, as a Washington DC insider you’re an expert on high-level diplomacy. I hear countries have little ways of showing degrees of displeasure through diplomatic contact. Is that true?
Of course. Our own Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a gold medal pro at this tactic. Here she is talking with the President of Turkey, while putting on lipstick. Does it look like she gives a crap what he’s saying?
Wow! So whenever she’s displeased, out comes the old tube of lipstick?
No. For subtle diplomacy, she needs a whole range of ploys. The lipstick is about in the middle.
What does she have that’s worse?
Well, to show that she’s slightly angrier than a lipstick break, Clinton may floss her teeth during a conversation. Beyond flossing, she has pimple maintenance and hair curlers.
I see. And what is the most extreme, when she’s really, really pissed?
Ah. That one involves a place to sit down and some big honking toenail clippers. It means we’re probably going to war.
Top: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pauses to put on lipstick while talking with Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul (R) at the start of a United Nations Security Council meeting at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 23, 2010.
Right: Clinton puts on lipstick while talking to Gul (back to camera) September 23, 2010.
REUTERS photos by Jessica Rinaldi