Would we have Coffee With….Chilean President Michelle Bachelet?
Cammy: Sure. I mean, every-friggin’-where but here, gals are getting the top political job. It’s almost getting to be old-hat. Almost. But even if we’d crossed into old hat territory, I think it would still be worth it to have coffee with Bachelet. For one, thing, mad respect to a woman who has a medical degree and success in politics. That pedigree puts her into that category with Angela Merkel (physicist) and Margaret “The Lady” Thatcher (chemical engineer) (could that be why we haven’t had a female president yet? Should we be tapping the science department instead of the law department or wherever the fuck we’re getting the female set in US politics? Me? I’m hoping for a Computer Science Gal. Preferably NOT me). And then, well, she was tortured and exiled. Even though she tends to play her torture down somewhat (generally pointing out that others suffered far more), doesn’t change the fact that she was tortured. That puts her into a very unfortunate, and limited circle of world leaders, and I don’t think there are a lot of other girls in the club with her. There is no way that cannot result in some serious insight and unique viewpoint on things. Not saying I’m likely to agree with her politically, but I don’t agree with a lot of people politically, so it’s not like that’s a coffee-killer. And if we can pull together a special bonus round, I want coffee with Bachelet AND Merkel.
Kristy: Definitely. As Cammy said, she’s got to have a fascinating life story, and I would love to hear her tell it. I would like to hear also what she thinks we’re doing wrong up here in los Estados (or what they’re doing right down south) that has enabled women to have more success seeking executive office. Besides her lack of a Y chromosome she has a couple of other factors that would make it harder for her to get elected in the US: she’s an open agnostic and she’s separated (for those not in the know, divorce was only legalized in Chile about ten years ago, so most people just stop living with their spouses when things go bad). I’d like her take on whether that’s a sign Chileans are just less uptight, or were those things she had to overcome. I’d also like to chat about relations between Latin American nations; she’s had some issues with Peru, Bolivia, and Cuba, does she have any thoughts on those? (other than simply telling Peru their maps are wrong)
Cammy: And seeing as both Kristy and I are fans of a good Chilean Carmenere, I think we opt for wine over coffee here….