Sometime ago, I told a German friend that I was going to write about the similarities between Hillary Clinton’s style and that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It’s already been done, she replied, and directed me to an article in a major German newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The newspaper showed cropped images of the two women’s hands, framed against their colorful jackets and dark trousers, and asked readers to guess which hands belonged to which leader. (By the way, Clinton is on the left.)
While some women’s groups were offended, pointing out that all male leaders basically look alike, both Clinton and Merkel thought it was a good joke. When Clinton made another visit to Germany, Merkel presented her with a framed copy of the newspaper page. And of course, both of them were wearing pant suits for the occasion.