Hillary Clinton is running an “inside situation room” class that has at least 1,200 students padding their resumes and very little else as their questions went unanswered.
A “student” who enrolled in Hillary Clinton’s “Inside the Situation Room” course at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs said that it was less about teaching than about making a “production.”
The course took place in September and one student named Cate Twining-Ward gave a brutal assessment of it that was not flattering to Hillary Clinton.
“From my aisle seat, I was well-positioned to access the lecture microphone. Just beyond it stood Hillary Clinton. It’s too bad I was only able to ask her one question the entire semester I spent in her course,” Twining-Ward wrote at Huff-Post.
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“Last fall I learned that Clinton would be teaching a class at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. I did not hesitate to apply — and neither did 1,200 other students,” she noted.
The student felt that Clinton’s depth of political experience would benefit her goals. Not so much.
“My application essays were impassioned. I was certain Clinton’s five decades of public service would enrich my own leadership ambitions. I had imagined that spending two hours each week with a former senator, secretary of state, first lady, and presidential nominee would embolden me in new ways. Unfortunately, my idealistic hopes got the best of me,” the student wrote.
“On my first day, I expected to enter a classroom with 30 other students, which would be typical of classes in my program. Instead, I approached a swarm of several hundred. Next to them was a sea of cameras belonging to journalists from various major outlets. Just to their right, I spotted Secret Service personnel whispering into their radios. It was only 11:30 a.m. — our lecture didn’t begin until 2:10 p.m.,” Twining-Ward recounted.
The experience left the student disillusioned and certainly disappointed.
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“Every Wednesday for 12 consecutive weeks, I sacrificed my lunch break to queue alongside 350 equally eager students for the chance at scoring a front-row seat. The third week of class, I overheard one classmate say he felt as if he was ‘waiting for a celebrity concert ticket.’ He mused: ‘I wonder if I can sleep here tonight so I can get up front and ask my question tomorrow,'” she recalled him musing.
“On our first day of class, after making it past the Secret Service agents, we settled in for a much-anticipated two hours with the onetime presidential nominee. But the class abruptly ended half an hour early — and continued to do so every week. Only a handful of students were given time to ask their prepared questions,” Twining-Ward stated.
She compared the class to an audience attending a late-night talk show. It allegedly encouraged a positive response to Clinton but discouraged students from asking questions.
“Week after week, hour-long lines wrapped around the lobby of the lecture hall, as students employed aggressive strategies to secure near-microphone seats for what became known as ‘the Hunger Games Q&A.’ Subjecting ourselves to this wait was unavoidable if we had any hope of asking even one question during the semester,” she claimed.
Clinton was absent twice during the course with no explanation. As more and more students were kept from asking questions when she was there, many attending were incensed.
“Bitterness inside the classroom grew as the war in the Middle East evolved. Clinton faced walkouts, sit-ins, and, on several occasions, fierce vocal backlash in response to her often bland answers to conflict-related questions,” Twining-Ward said.
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“When several dozen students planned a mid-lecture walkout in protest of Columbia’s response to doxxing incidents on campus, Yarhi-Milo responded by expressing her shared frustrations. One student yelled back: ‘Then do better!'” she wrote.
Despite all this, the student still praised Clinton and held her blameless.
“I do not fault Clinton for these issues. Her expertise in the situation room has enriched the academic experience for many SIPA students. Perhaps the most enthralling moments were thanks to the many guests who shared the stage with Clinton during the semester, including Peter Clement, a former deputy director of the CIA, and David Miliband, a former foreign secretary of the U.K. Parliament,” she commented.
Twining-Ward eventually got to ask Clinton her question and did get an answer, unlike others in the class. Not all attending were happy with the course and it left many questioning the university’s priorities.
For some, attending the circus was simply to pad their resume.
“Just before our final lecture of the semester, I asked several of my classmates if they would recommend the course to other students. Their responses were mixed. One particularly positive student said: ‘It’s not about what I learned, it’s the fact that I can put a class taught by Hillary Clinton on my resume … That’s the value. But I could have learned everything just from reading her memoir,'” the student wrote.