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hypothetically speaking

hypothetically speakingは、仮定の話をする場合に便利な前置きですね。ヒラリーさんは慎重に話そうとしているのが分かります。Will the next president be a woman?という観客からの質問に答えた動画だそうです。

Toronto, Canada - June 20, 20131. SOUNDBITE: (English)
Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State
"Let me say this, hypothetically speaking, I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime. And whether it's next time or the next time after that, it really depends on women stepping and subjecting themselves to the political process, which is very difficult.

You know, one of my great predecessors, Eleanor Roosevelt, said as far back as the 1920s, women want to be in politics, they need to grow skin as thick as a Rhinoceros, and I think there is still truth to that, so you have to step up, you have to dare to compete, you have to get into the process and then the country, our country, has to take that leap of faith.

We did have a historic election with the election of President Obama, which was incredibly important for all the obvious reasons given our past. And I hope that we will see a woman elected because I think it would send exactly the right historic signal to girls, women as well as boys and men. And I will certainly vote for the right woman to be president (cheers, HRC smiles)."


It was a crowd that was receptive to such a message, even if she gave no hint — beyond the playful “hypothetical” and “right woman” remarks — that she was talking about herself.

USA TODAYとTrontonistの表現を見比べてみます。5,000 people who attendedと5,000 or so fans and supporters were in attendanceとが使われています。さまざまな記事を読み比べれば表現の幅も広がりそうです。

The Torontoist blog reports Clinton got a standing ovation from about 5,000 people who attended the Unique Lives & Experiences event, billed as North America's "foremost women's lecture series."


Thursday night at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre—where Clinton spoke as part of the Unique Lives & Experiences lecture series—5,000 or so fans and supporters were in attendance, many likely hoping for some sort of confirmation (or hint) that she might be making a second run at the U.S. presidency in 2016.

この話題ばかりがニュースになっていますが、いろいろな質疑応答があったようです。話せば長くなりそうな難しい質問をされた時には彼女が使った“Can you stay here until breakfast?”は便利そうですね(笑)

Hillary Clinton Speaks at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
During a wide-ranging talk and interview, Hillary Clinton charmed a Toronto audience of thousands.

After Clinton had finished speaking, Nutt returned to the stage for a Q and A. First question: what is the unfinished business of the women’s movement? Clinton’s answer: “Can you stay here until breakfast?” She explained the continuous struggles that women face around the world and the opportunities that women are denied, particularly in the political realm (something Toronto can relate to). When asked how she manages to cope with sexism in the media, like when she was criticized for not wearing makeup, she responded bluntly, “I don’t care anymore.” She went on, however, to condemn ongoing sexist attacks against Julia Gillard, Australia’s first woman Prime Minister. “We should never dehumanize anyone,” Clinton said.

On her biggest accomplishment as Secretary of State: “Restoring America’s reputation in the world,” she said. One thing that she wishes she could do over? She’d spend more time outdoors. On whether women lead better than men, she said she finds women more likely to seek consensus. Will the next president be a woman? (Which was a not-so-subtle way of asking what we all want to know.) Clinton laughed, but kept her poker face. “I hope I see a woman president in my lifetime,” she said. “I will certainly vote for her!”