The Comprehensive Supercut of Hillary Clinton Laughing Awkwardly With Reporters

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June 27, 2014, 6:30 a.m.

Hil­lary Clin­ton is a bit awk­ward with the press. 

Wheth­er it’s an­swer­ing ques­tions about her pos­sible 2016 bid for the White House, or her evolving views on gay mar­riage, or her fin­an­cial woes, the former sec­ret­ary of State has a de­fault re­sponse: un­com­fort­able laughter. 

As late-night com­edy shows like Sat­urday Night Live have poin­ted out in years past, it’s a de­fin­ing char­ac­ter­ist­ic of the wo­man who could be pres­id­ent. This tic has re­sur­faced with force dur­ing Clin­ton’s re­cent spate of tele­vi­sion in­ter­views pro­mot­ing her new mem­oir, Hard Choices

The res­ult is the above com­pil­a­tion of her nervous chuck­ling, with a few flash­backs thrown in for good meas­ure.

But the video might just leave you won­der­ing: Why does the former first lady even try for folksi­ness, if it comes across as weird and ali­en­at­ing?

As The Daily Show host Jon Stew­art smartly framed it in 2007 dur­ing her first pres­id­en­tial cam­paign, Clin­ton is merely “de­term­ined to show­case her hu­man­ity.” And what ex­actly is “hu­man­ity’s hu­man-est hu­man­ity?” 

Cue the Hil­lary Clin­ton laugh track.


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