Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took part in a far-ranging Facebook Q&A on Monday while visiting the social media giant’s Menlo Park headquarters, giving answers on everything from holding Russia responsible for the shoot-down of a jetliner to letting dogs on the sofa.
Here are some of the highlights:
Melinda Arons, Los Angeles: Secretary Clinton: What is your response to President Obama sayin earlier today that Putin has “direct responsibility” for the downing of MH17, and what can we do to bring justice to the families? How can we realistically hold Putin accountable with anything other than sanctions?
HRC: I agree with the President’s comment today and we should do more to ensure a thorough investigation that not only respects those who were murdered in the attack on the plane, but also tries to find answers to who is responsible. In addition, we should work to bring our European allies together with us on tougher sanctions that would make it clear to Putin that there is a price to pay for this kind of behavior and we should encourage Europeans to start immediately to make sure they are less dependent on Russian energy so they are not intimidated. Finally, I would like to see more support given to the Ukrainians to guard their borders and to protect themselves.
Amit Choudhary, Jamshedpur (Tata Nagar), India: Please describe your book in one sentence.
HRC: Just as individuals face hard choices in their lives as I reference in my book, so do nations, and we need to face up to them and be willing to make them for the good of our citizens and the rest of the world.
Lauren Hill, Negaunee, Mich.: What is your favorite book?
HRC: The Brothers Karamazov.
Danny Foglia, Jamesburg, N.J.: Would you support a Constitutional Amendment overturning the Supreme Court’s “Citizen’s United” ruling, limiting the amount of money corporations and outside influences can contribute to political campaigns?
HRC: I would consider supporting an amendment among these lines that would prevent the abuse of our political system by excessive amounts of money if there is no other way to deal with the Citizen’s United decision.
Sophie Evekink, New York, N.Y.: If you became president of the United States, what would be your first action item on the agenda?
HRC: Answering hypothetically… the next President should work to grow the economy, increase upward mobility, and decrease inequality.
Esteban Wood, Miami: What is your opinion on Guantanamo Bay. Are you in favor of closing it? Why do you think the current administration has not closed it yet?
HRC: I supported closing it and know how hard the President has tried to do that.
More, after the jump…
Laurynda Ann Williams, Meridian, Idaho: What can we do as women, to keep choice from being eliminated? I am 58 & have 4 children. I am solidly Pro Choice. Abortion rights are being whittled away across the states, access to BC denied. This is an issue I thought went away 40 years ago.
HRC: We need to continue the fight to give women the right to choose and that requires electing politicians to office who will protect choice and especially now, we need to stand up for contraception which is threatened by the Hobby Lobby decision.
Rufus Doggetti, Dayton, Ohio: How do you really feel about dogs? If you, say lived at 1600, would you let dogs on the sofa?
HRC: I love dogs, especially our three. Although it may not be proper dog etiquette, I do let our dogs on the sofa from time to time.
Ahmed ElMnakhly, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt: What do feel about Gaza? Then what will you do?
HRC: I hope there can be a ceasefire soon to end the conflict. I negotiated the last ceasefire in November of 2012 which I write about in my book and am fully supportive of Secretary Kerry’s efforts to work with the Egyptians to forge a new ceasefire.
Barbara Sheridan, Orlando, Fla: How did you decide now was the right time to write and release this book?
HRC: I wanted to write about the four years I spent as Secretary of State because so many consequential events occurred from the Arab Spring to sanctions on Iran’s economy to the pivot to Asia because I think it is important for people to have an inside account of how I worked on these issues so they can have more information to form their own opinions.
Van Le: Are you excited to be a grandmother?
HRC: I am so excited I cannot wait!
Terri Donovan, New Hampshire: Will we see you soon in NH? And what will be the first book you read to your grandchild?
HRC: I love New Hampshire. Goodnight Moon will be the first book I read.
Woody Woodbeck, Los Angeles: In your lifetime, who has meant the most to you to meet along the way and why?
HRC: Meeting Nelson Mandela was extremely meaningful to me. I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with him and found his courage and capacity for forgiveness astonishing.
Austin Brown, Crossville, Tenn.: If I send you my book, will you sign it??:))