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HRC: Chalk it up to chauvinism

From NBC's Michelle Perry
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley sought to clarify Secretary Clinton's angry outburst yesterday in the Congo, when she was responding to what she thought was a question from a student asking about her husband's view on a trade deal.

Crowley said she was responding to the question as it was posed to her in the English translation and that she was perhaps angered by the hint of chauvinism in the question.

"It's important to understand the context here," Crowley said, "that, you know, one of -- an abiding theme that she has in her trip to Africa is empowering women.
As the question was posed to her, it was posed in a way that said: 'I want to get the views of two men, but not you, the Secretary of State.' And I think it -- obviously, she reacted to that."

He added her reaction was part of her larger concern for women's rights in Africa.

"I think it's part of something that she is obviously very passionate about," Crowley said, "which is making sure that if -- that the role of women in the agricultural sector, in the political sector, in civil society, if Africa's going to advance in the future, the role of women has to be, you know, more significant in the continent than it is today."

Crowley said at the end of Clinton's town hall in Congo, Clinton and the student spoke and he didn't think there were any "hard feelings."