One of the major issues voters had with Hillary Clinton during the campaign was that she didn’t seem authentic. The truth is, Hillary’s image has been meticulously crafted over years.
Of course, voters always saw right through the facade. Clinton would say or do anything that was convenient to become president.
Back when Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas, Hillary would speak to crowds there with some typical Southern twang. By the time she was running for Senator in New York, that accent was completely gone. Only to later affect a different twang to pander to another set of constituents, with her “I don’t feel no ways tired,” and “I carry hot sauce in my purse” persona.
Professional politicians are whoever they need to be in order to win votes, and details in the past can be played up — or disappear completely. A new film might just reveal the truth about what Hillary was doing before heading off to law school during her “mysterious gap year.”
A film focusing on a mysterious year in Hillary Clinton’s life is officially in the works.
In 1969, the 22-year-old Hillary Rodham -– as she was then –- spent a year working odd jobs across Alaska. She had finished university at the prestigious Wellesley College, where she graduated in a blaze of glory, and was yet to start at Yale Law School.
The details of what Clinton did with that time might not make for scintillating film, if not for how she has spun it throughout the years. In fact, Bill Clinton even highlighted that time in her life during his speech at the DNC:
The period Clinton spent in Alaska in her early 20s has been the subject of much speculation over the years. Bill Clinton referred to his wife’s unorthodox gap year in his speech at the Democratic National Convention last July, saying: “Between college and law school on a total lark she went alone to Alaska and spent some time sliming fish.”
In Clinton’s 2003 biography Living History, meanwhile, she described how she had spent a summer “washing dishes at [Alaska’s] Mt. McKinley National Park…and sliming fish in Valdez in a temporary salmon factory on a pier.”
Clearly, the goal was to make Hillary seem just like you and me. We can identify with someone that spent a summer working odd jobs, trying to figure out what to do with life. The anecdotes were an attempt to soften up her image for voters. However, questions have begun to surface about just how accurate Clinton’s account is:
Clinton had previously told The New York Times that she was fired from the fish factory after asking the owner inconvenient questions about the “purple and black and yucky looking” fish. At a 2015 town hall, she said that the cannery disappeared overnight when she turned up to pick up her final pay cheque.
Questions have been raised about the veracity of Clinton’s account of her time in Alaska – particularly given that there are apparently no records of a Hillary Rodham being fired from any Valdez firm in 1969, nor of a fish factory closing. It remains to be seen whether When I’m a Moth will explore these unknowns.
According to the filmmakers, the goal of the film is to show how politics make you fake. Their attempt to show the real Hillary Clinton may expose what she really did with this year in her life. Of course, it wouldn’t surprise many voters to find out it was all a lie. That, too, is a Clinton specialty.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichael Lee]