Where were you when you heard the news about Osama bin Laden's death? Myself, I was camping in the hills of Tennessee. It was a good place, because I could process the info on my own, deciding in the end that his execution was deserved and inevitable but not something I was going to celebrate. (If you'd like to rage about that thought, by the way, go here.) But my reaction doesn't matter. You know whose does, though? Hillary Clinton, our female Secretary of State. I bet she had, like, emotions about it, right? She's a woman, after all. She probably had all the emotions, which is why she was covering her mouth with her hand in this now iconic Situation Room photo:
Of course, because we live in a weird terrible place, Clinton was asked to explain why she had an emotional response to the death of a man who coordinated the worst attack on United States soil since Pearl Harbor. Don't worry, everyone: it was just allergies. As she told the AP:
I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs… So, it may have no great meaning whatsoever.
How many different ways does this exhaust me? (So many.) My first thought is: own your shit, Hill! If you want to cover your face, cover it. You've been rocking your job, so do what you want. But my second, bigger thought is: who the fuck cares that Clinton covered her mouth while watching the execution of Osama bin Laden? Go report an actual story.