Can an American top-ranking female political leader in 2008 speak as passionately & forcefully as Martin Luther King Jr. or John F. Kennedy & get away with it? Why is it that Obama can follow in those remarkable footsteps but every time I hear Clinton speak–she’s softer? During their last debate, Obama’s most consistent expression was a serious & thoughtful one while Clinton smiled–and even beamed–throughout most of the evening. With every public appearance, it seems that Obama becomes more aggressive while Clinton becomes “warmer.” Would we even want a constantly smiling, “soft” Obama or a serious, unsmiling Clinton? I dare say this has something to do with us—the American people—& our struggle to embrace the idea of a profoundly powerful woman leader. Had Benazir Bhutto (related to a powerful male leader, like Clinton) been American, could she have achieved her political success and survived her political failures, staging a comeback against all the odds? Or would we have assassinated her long ago? Let her formidable oratorial style speak for itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-8M9759sGg.