According to a Saturday report on Feb. 2, by CBS News, close friends and colleagues of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discovered “a side to Clinton many people don’t know.”
Acknowledging that Clinton is not an ordinary, run-of-the-mill Secretary of State, Anne Marie Slaughter, once a close Clinton adviser stopped short of calling Clinton a prima donna. Still, she pointed out that on the “first trip” she took with Clinton, it “was like traveling with Madonna.”
Both Madonna and Hillary are known to demand extravagant staff numbers. On concert tours, according to Huffington Post, Madonna requires a super-star entourage of 200, including body guards and even a personal yoga instructor. Hillary is guarded by secret service men and rates a police escort for a mere drive to the White House for dinner.
Hillary’s entourage is called a “detail,” and what a “detail” it is. When Hillary traveled to New Zealand in 2010, according to the New Zealand Herald, she took a contingent of 60 with her. A full 12-car motorcade, security personnel plus a wealth of advisers went along for the trip with Hillary. That was down from her usual contingency of at least 90.
From an avid following willing to brave long waits and endless lines for a glimpse of their heroine to loyal fans who hold up signs that speak to love, there are indeed, many comparisons between Hillary and Madonna. Each are independent women who have authored books and know how to work a crowd.
Madonna’s combination of talent and showmanship has kept her in the forefront while many young stars have erupted and faded. Hillary’s star has burned brightly since she attached herself to the tail of a comet named Bill.
Madonna and Hillary have proven they have “staying power.” It will be interesting to see whether both are still shining in 2016. If so, perhaps Madonna will be invited to sing at Hillary’s inaugural ball.
Hillary and Madonna: Count the ways they are super-star sisters
At first glance, Hillary Clinton and Madonna would seem to make very strange bedfellows, much less sisters under different skins. However, there are undeniable comparisons that can be made. This list explores the similarities of two women who, for starters, both supported President Obama.
Hillary Clinton’s waxed image wears pants
The Hillary Clinton wax figure at Madame Tussauds, a wax museum, was displayed February 16, 2006 in New York City. The Hillary figure was featured waving dressed in a signature pant suit. Thousands flocked to have their photos taken with the waxen image of their idol, Hillary. Thousands also flocked to have their photos taken with Madonna’s waxen image as well.
Madonna’s wax image was featured in the grand opening of the New Madame Tussauds Museum in China
Like Hillary, a waxen image of Madonna was created wearing a pant suit. Visitors were allowed to pose for pictures with the waxwork of the singer at Madame Tussauds Shanghai on May 1, 2006 in Shanghai, China. New Madame Tussauds was the first Madame Tussauds museum in Chinese mainland and the sixth of Tussauds Group’s waxwork museums. The waxen statue of Madonna was a great attraction for the grand opening of the museum.
Hillary and Bill Clinton: A marriage of like political instincts
Known as a woman of independence, Hillary Clinton’s star has been on the rise since she hitched her wagon to a comet named Bill. Side-by-side, and many might say through thick-and-thin, the two have blazed a political trail unequaled by any couple before or after. It’s hard to say who influenced whom, Bill or Hillary; however, none can deny that the two have made a formidable team. Though Hillary might be quick to separate herself from Bill, to claim her strengths as her own, there is speculation that Hillary relies upon Bill in a pinch for career guidance and advice. After all, if world leaders and President Obama bend Bill’s ear to tap into his political savvy, why not his wife?
The ace up Madonna’s sleeve may be her ex, Guy Ritchie
If Hillary Clinton’s “biggest weapon” is Bill Clinton, the ace up Madonna’s sleeve may be her ex-husband Guy Ritchie. It was reported this week that the original “Material Girl,” is getting ready to premiere her film later this month. Although Guy has gone on to another love and Madonna has a “toy boy,” she tapped Ritchie for his expertise and help making her movie. Like Hillary, Madonna is known for a very independent nature; however, she also is smart enough to lean on solid support when it’s available.
Fans throng to Madonna concerts
When it comes to seeing a Madonna concert, no line nor wait is too long. In the above image, two fans are captured on film waiting in the cold to get tickets to see Madonna. It’s that kind of devotion that confirms Madonna has star power. It’s that kind of devotion Madonna shares with Hillary Clinton, a celebrity status that brings in throngs of loyal fans.
Hillary Clinton supporters display their devotion
During her 2008 campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton devotees displayed a near cult-like fervor as she made speech after speech on her failed trail to the White House. It’s that kind of outpouring of support that adds to Hillary’s celebrity status. Whether it’s rock star Madonna or political favorite Hillary, what special something makes a star a star? It’s possible only President Obama or Sarah Palin can beat Hillary at drawing a crowd.
Hillary’s book for children: ‘Dear Socks, Dear Buddy’
In “Dear Socks, Dear Buddy,” readers learned what a “paw-tograph” is from the publication of more than fifty letters children sent to the nation’s First Pets. Hillary also shared children’s animal advice, “Just because they went on a trip and didn’t take you doesn’t mean they don’t love you any more.” Her book was illustrated with over 80 photographs of Socks and Buddy in the White House.
Madonna authored a series of books for children: ‘The English Roses’
Madonna has been a bit more prolific in her writing of children’s books than Hillary Clinton. One series, called “The English Roses,” has proved very popular and are fast becoming collector items. There are 14 books in the series, all exquisitely illustrated, all targeted for girls. From their success, it appears Hillary has a bit of catching up to do before she surpasses Madonna’s ability to write and market books for children.