The Trail: A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008


In Seoul, 'Dear Secretary'

By Glenn Kessler
SEOUL -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had lots to say Friday at the world's largest university for women, making the case for greater gender equality and combating any backlash against women's rights; and, on a more policy-oriented note, expressing a desire to improve U.S.-North Korea relations if Pyonyang eliminates its nuclear program.

The mostly female audience of about 2,000 at Ewha Womans University--students, but also movie stars, politicians, designers and others from the cream of Korean female society--listened in rapture.

Then came the questions.

Was there anything else she wanted to be?

How does a woman balance marriage and work?

How does she deal with disappointment?

How did she know Bill Clinton was the one for her?

How much does she love Chelsea?

How would she define love?

For the diplomatic correspondents traveling with Clinton, it was a bit much. What would Henry Kissinger say?

"She's become special envoy for Dear Abby," quipped one reporter.

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Posted at 8:44 AM ET on Feb 20, 2009
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