President or Pin-up?


Kay Steiger:

At the Clinton Global Initiative today, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was invited to represent her country and talk about green investment in the Philippines. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in an attempt to flatter her, said that she was his only “pin-up” in his office.

Naturally, Macapagal-Arroyo, not wanting to ruin the panel by acting like one of those humorless feminists, gave a little smile and chuckle and the bulk of the audience laughed at the joke. Tutu and the other men on the panel thus came away with their belief that this is an appropriate way to treat a woman head of government. And the circle of life continues.