Hillary Clinton explained in a blog post Thursday why she thinks she can be perceived as “aloof or cold or unemotional.”
In a blog post for Humans of New York on Facebook, Clinton explained that when she had to take a law school admissions test at Harvard, she said a group of men began to yell at her and her friend saying, ‘You don’t need to be here,’ and ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’
“It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room,” she said.
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Clinton said that one of the men, before the test, said that if she took his spot, he could get drafted and serve in the Vietnam war and die.
She explained that she had to learn as a young woman how to control her emotions.
“That’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’ And sometimes I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena,” she said. “And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility. I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.”
This week, though, as Clinton returned to the campaign trail, she welcomed reporters onto her new campaign plane and has begun speaking more often with them -- she held a press conference on the tarmac of the airport in White Plains, New York Thursday.